Maniche

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Maniche
Maniche.jpg
Maniche in 2009
Personal information
Full name Nuno Ricardo de Oliveira Ribeiro
Date of birth (1977-11-11) 11 November 1977 (age 36)
Place of birth Lisbon, Portugal
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1986–1995 Benfica
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1996 Benfica 0 (0)
1996–1999 Alverca 78 (10)
1999–2002 Benfica 54 (11)
2002–2005 Porto 80 (16)
2005–2006 Dynamo Moscow 12 (2)
2006 Chelsea (loan) 8 (0)
2006–2009 Atlético Madrid 64 (7)
2008 Inter Milan (loan) 8 (1)
2009–2010 1. FC Köln 26 (2)
2010–2011 Sporting CP 17 (1)
Total 347 (50)
National team
1997–1998 Portugal U21 10 (0)
2003–2009 Portugal 53 (7)
Teams managed
2013 Paços Ferreira (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Nuno Ricardo de Oliveira Ribeiro, OIH (born 11 November 1977), commonly known as Maniche (Portuguese pronunciation: [maˈniʃɨ], or less commonly [maˈnik(ɨ)]), is a Portuguese retired footballer who played as a central midfielder.

Known for his teamwork, stamina and powerful shot, he received his nickname after Benfica's 1980s legendary Danish forward Michael Manniche.

He played top flight football in Portugal, Russia, England, Spain, Italy and Germany. In 2004 he helped Porto win the Champions League, one of eight major trophies conquered with that club. He amassed Primeira Liga totals of 177 games and 31 goals over the course of seven seasons.

Maniche won 53 caps for Portugal, representing the nation at Euro 2004 and the 2006 World Cup and finishing runner-up in the former competition.

Club career[edit]

Portugal[edit]

Born in Lisbon, Maniche began his career in the junior teams of local Sport Lisboa e Benfica. After a stint with neighbours F.C. Alverca he returned to the Reds in 1999, where he initially played as a winger.

Following disciplinary problems at Benfica he was signed by José Mourinho for his F.C. Porto team. The manager made Maniche a key member of his sides, reconverting him to centre midfielder.

Maniche enjoyed a successful period at Porto, winning both the UEFA Cup in 2003 and the UEFA Champions League in 2004, and contributing with 13 goals in 60 matches as the club also managed back-to-back league titles. He was chosen Man of the match in the 2004 Intercontinental Cup, which his team won on penalties against Once Caldas of Colombia.[1]

Abroad[edit]

Maniche was sold to FC Dynamo Moscow in May 2005, for 16 million.[2] He was accompanied in that adventure by Porto teammates Giourkas Seitaridis and Costinha (another club player, Derlei, had left for the Russian team in January). Unsettled, as were the vast majority of foreign players bought by new team owner Alexei Fedorychev, he left the side on January 2006, loaned to Premier League side Chelsea.[3]

Maniche was part of Chelsea's 2006 league-winning squad. In his first start, a home game against West Ham United, he failed to stop opponent James Collins from putting the Hammers ahead on 14 minutes, had an opportunity to score an equaliser but smashed his shot against the crossbar, and was shown an immediate red card three minutes later for a challenge on Lionel Scaloni; however, the Blues went on to win it 4–1.

However, Maniche did not make enough appearances in the league to earn a winners' medal. Chelsea had the option of making the transfer permanent at the end of the season, for £5 million (US$9 million), but the player eventually returned to Dynamo Moscow.[4]

Maniche was subsequently signed by Atlético Madrid in late August 2006.[5] Partnering countrymen Costinha and Zé Castro, he scored four goals in 28 La Liga matches in his first season, as the capital team finished seventh.

Following a run-in with Atlético coach, Mexican Javier Aguirre,[6] Maniche was cut from the squad, and agreed to join Inter Milan on a January loan, running for the second part of 2007–08.[7] Splitting time between the bench and the first eleven in eight Serie A appearances, he managed to score one goal, in a 22 March 2008, 2–1 home defeat against Juventus FC, also hitting the post in stoppage time.

In July 2008 Maniche returned to Atlético Madrid, playing a major part in the Colchoneros' early season, as the club had returned to the UEFA Champions League after a 12-year absence. However, he was ousted in late February 2009 after a new quarrel with the management, now led by former club goalkeeper Abel Resino.[8]

According to additional reports in the Spanish press, Maniche was told to be surplus to requirements in Madrid after he rejected the club's offer of a new deal, as his contract was going to expire on 30 June 2009.

"We informed Maniche three or four weeks ago that we wanted to renew his contract” said Atlético's general manager Miguel Ángel Gil Marín."

"We really wanted him to accept the conditions and sign the contract. It is a shame for us."

Maniche in action for Köln in August 2009

Maniche was released from contract on 6 May, even before the season was over, being left available to sign for any club, with a return to Porto one of the possible destinations.[9]

On 20 July 2009 Maniche moved to the Bundesliga with 1. FC Köln, signing a two-year contract and rejoining former Benfica and Portugal teammate Petit.[10]

Return to Portugal[edit]

After only one season in Germany Maniche was released from contract and, on 16 June 2010, returned to his native country, signing a one-year deal (plus an option for two further seasons) with the club he still had not represented in the Portuguese Big Three, Sporting Clube de Portugal.[11]

Frequently injured during his spell with the Lions and vastly underperforming, the 33-year-old rescinded his contract by mutual consent on 6 July 2011. In May of the following year, not being able to find a new club, he decided to retire.

On 12 June 2013 Maniche was appointed as assistant at F.C. Paços de Ferreira, after his former club and international teammate Costinha was hired as the manager.[12]

International career[edit]

Maniche playing for Portugal in 2009

Maniche made his debut for the Portuguese national team on 29 March 2003, in a 2–1 friendly victory over Brazil.[13] He was a key element in the national team's runner-up run at UEFA Euro 2004, scoring in a 2–0 group stage win against Russia[14] and adding another in the semi-finals against the Netherlands, which ended in a 2–1 victory;[15] he was subsequently selected for the Team of the Tournament.

On 21 June 2006, in the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Portugal played Mexico, in the nation's final group game. Maniche netted in the sixth minute in an eventual 2–1 triumph that sealed the group win.[16] Four days later, in the round-of-16, as the national side faced the Netherlands once again, he scored the only goal in the game,[17] and was the only Portuguese player to feature on Adidas' Golden Ball shortlist.[18]

After appearing significantly during the qualifying stages for Euro 2008, he was surprisingly left out of the nation's final squad, although younger brother Jorge Ribeiro would make the final cut. He also featured little during the qualification for the 2010 World Cup, and was subsequently left out of the squad for the final stages by manager Carlos Queiroz.

International goals[edit]

Maniche: International goals
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 16 June 2004 Estádio da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal  Russia 1–0 2–0 UEFA Euro 2004
2 30 June 2004 Estádio José Alvalade, Lisbon, Portugal  Netherlands 2–0 2–1 UEFA Euro 2004
3 17 November 2004 Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg (city), Luxembourg  Luxembourg 0–3 0–5 2006 World Cup qualification
4 1 March 2006 Esprit Arena, Düsseldorf, Germany  Saudi Arabia 0–2 0–3 Friendly
5 21 June 2006 Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen, Germany  Mexico 1–0 2–1 2006 FIFA World Cup
6 25 June 2006 Frankenstadion, Nuremberg, Germany  Netherlands 1–0 1–0 2006 FIFA World Cup
7 8 September 2007 Estádio da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal  Poland 1–1 2–2 Euro 2008 qualifying

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Porto
Chelsea
Inter

Country[edit]

Individual[edit]

Orders[edit]

Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Portugal League Taça de Portugal Taça da Liga Europe Total
1995–96 Benfica Portuguese League 0 0
1996–97 Alverca Second Division 23 2
1997–98 29 5
1998–99 Portuguese League 26 3
1999–00 Benfica Portuguese League 28 10 1 1 6 1 35 12
2000–01 26 1 4 1 2 0 32 2
2001–02 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2002–03 Porto Portuguese League 29 6 3 1 12 2 44 9
2003–04 31 7 5 1 12 3 50 11 1
2004–05 20 3 0 0 8 0 30 3 2
Russia League Russian Cup League Cup Europe Total
2005 Dynamo Moscow Russian League 12 2
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2005–06 Chelsea Premier League 8 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 11 0
Spain League Copa del Rey Supercopa de España Europe Total
2006–07 Atlético Madrid Spanish League 28 4 2 0 0 0 30 4
2007–08 15 2 0 0 7 3 0 22 2
Italy League Coppa Italia League Cup Europe Total
2007–08 Internazionale Italian League 8 1 3 0 0 0 11 1
Spain League Copa del Rey Supercopa de España Europe Total
2008–09 Atlético Madrid Spanish League 21 1 2 0 9 1 32 2
Germany League DFB-Pokal Other Europe Total
2009–10 Köln German League 26 2 4 1 0 0 30 3
Portugal League Taça de Portugal Taça da Liga Europe Total
2010–11 Sporting Portuguese League 17 1 1 0 0 0 9 3 27 3
Total Portugal 229 38 14 1 0 0 49 9 292 48
Russia 12 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 2
England 8 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 11 0
Spain 64 7 4 0 16 1 84 8
Italy 8 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 11 1
Germany 26 2 4 1 0 0 30 3
Career total 347 50 25 2 3 0 65 10 440 62

1 Includes 2 appearances in Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira and UEFA Super Cup
2 Includes 2 appearances in UEFA Super Cup and Intercontinental Cup (football)
3 5 appearances in UEFA Cup and 2 appearances in UEFA Intertoto Cup

Personal life[edit]

Jorge Ribeiro, Maniche's younger brother, is also a footballer. Mainly a left midfielder, he also represented, amongst many other clubs, Benfica, and the two were teammates at Dynamo Moscow.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Leme de Arruda, Marcelo (2 January 2009). "Toyota Cup – Most Valuable Player of the Match Award". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 24 December 2008. Retrieved 14 January 2009. 
  2. ^ "Porto pair move to Moscow". UEFA.com. 2 May 2005. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Maniche completes Chelsea switch". UEFA.com. 4 January 2006. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "Midfielder Maniche leaves Chelsea". BBC Sport. 19 May 2006. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  5. ^ "Maniche makes Atlético move". UEFA.com. 29 August 2006. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  6. ^ "Aguirre y Maniche ni se miran" [Aguirre and Maniche don't even look at each other] (in Spanish). Público. 7 January 2008. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  7. ^ "Atlético let Maniche join Inter". UEFA.com. 15 January 2008. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  8. ^ "Abel ajusta cuentas con Maniche" [Abel settles score with Maniche] (in Spanish). ABC. 15 March 2009. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  9. ^ "Maniche parts company with Atlético". UEFA.com. 6 May 2009. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  10. ^ "Köln verpflichtet Maniche" [Köln acquires Maniche] (in German). Transfermarkt. 20 July 2009. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  11. ^ "Former Chelsea star joins Sporting Lisbon". Ontheminute. 17 June 2010. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  12. ^ "Costinha succeeds Fonseca at Paços de Ferreira". UEFA.com. 12 June 2013. Retrieved 23 August 2013. 
  13. ^ "Portugal v Brazil". European Football. Retrieved 9 March 2014. 
  14. ^ "Russia 0–2 Portugal". BBC Sport. 16 June 2004. Retrieved 11 March 2014. 
  15. ^ "Maniche has final say against Oranje". UEFA.com. 1 July 2004. Retrieved 10 March 2014. 
  16. ^ "Portugal progress as pool winners". UEFA.com. [dead link]
  17. ^ "Oranje see red as Portugal prevail". UEFA.com. [dead link]
  18. ^ "Sent-off Zidane named best player". BBC Sport. 10 July 2006. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  19. ^ "Selecção distinguida pelo Duque de Bragança" [National team honoured by Duke of Bragança] (in Portuguese). Cristiano Ronaldo News. 30 August 2006. Retrieved 30 August 2006. 

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