Ricardo Costa (Portuguese footballer)
Costa playing for Portugal in 2013
|Full name||Ricardo Miguel Moreira da Costa|
|Date of birth||16 May 1981|
|Place of birth||Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|2010||→ Lille (loan)||10||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 28 October 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Ricardo Miguel Moreira da Costa (Portuguese pronunciation: [ʁiˈkaɾdu ˈkɔʃtɐ]; born 16 May 1981) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Valencia CF in Spain. Mainly a central defender, he can occasionally play as a full back.
Costa, a product of Boavista FC's youth system, was born in Vila Nova de Gaia, Porto, and moved to neighbours F.C. Porto when he was still an apprentice. He made his first division debut in a 2002 derby match precisely against Boavista, but never became more than a fringe player, being preferred in the stopper's pecking order in consecutive seasons to namesake Jorge, Pedro Emanuel, Pepe and Bruno Alves.
In July 2007, as first-team opportunities appeared few at Porto, Costa joined Bundesliga's VfL Wolfsburg, on a three-year contract. After a shaky start, he finished the season as an undisputed starter as the side reached a UEFA Cup final standing.
In the summer of 2009, Costa was about to be transferred to Real Zaragoza, but the transfer could not be completed because the two parties could not come to an agreement. The deal was finally canceled on 29 July, and the player returned to Wolfsburg.
On 28 January 2010, although he was being used regularly at Wolfsburg, Costa transferred to OSC Lille in France. On 17 May, after having contributed relatively to Lille's fourth place in Ligue 1, he moved teams and countries again, joining Valencia CF of Spain on a four-year contract.
On 9 March 2011 Costa scored his first goal for Valencia, putting the Che ahead at FC Schalke 04 for the season's UEFA Champions League round-of-16, in an eventual 1–3 loss (2–4 on aggregate). In the ensuing off-season, he was selected by manager Unai Emery as one of the team's captains.
Thing quickly turned sour for Costa however: he was replaced at half-time of an eventual 4–3 home win against Racing de Santander, and quickly went from first to fourth-choice after unflaterring comments directed against his teammates and management.
Costa played for Portugal at under-21 level and was also a part of the Olympic team that played in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. A full international since 2005, he was called up to the squad for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, where he appeared against Germany in the third-place match (1–3 loss).
On 10 May 2010, national team boss Carlos Queiroz announced a provisional list of 24 players in view for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, with Costa being included, thus returning to the squad after an absence of four years. In the tournament he played twice, always as right back: in the group stage 0–0 against Brazil, and the round-of-16 loss against Spain (0–1, where he was sent off in the last minute, receiving a three-match ban for his actions).
- UEFA Champions League: 2003–04
- UEFA Cup: 2002–03
- Intercontinental Cup: 2004
- Primeira Liga: 2002–03, 2003–04, 2005–06, 2006–07
- Taça de Portugal: 2002–03, 2005–06
- "Ricardo Costa to bolster Wolfsburg defence". Vfl Wolfsburg. 2 July 2007. Retrieved 9 November 2010.
- "Martins rückt auf Platz eins der Wunschliste" [Martins still in No. 1 in wishlist] (in German). kicker. 27 July 2009. Retrieved 28 July 2009.
- "Costa-Wechsel von Wolfsburg nach Spanien geplatzt" [Costa transfer from Wolfburg to Spain fell apart] (in German). Transfermarkt.[dead link]
- "VfL Wolfsburg holt Réver – Costa nach Lille" [VfL Wolfsburg gets Réver – Costa to Lille] (in German). Transfermarkt. 28 January 2010. Retrieved 28 January 2010.
- "Ricardo Costa, nuevo jugador del Valencia CF para las próximas cuatro temporadas" [Ricardo Costa, new Valencia player for next four seasons] (in Spanish). Valencia official website. 17 May 2010. Retrieved 18 May 2010.
- "Valencia confirm Costa capture". UEFA.com. 17 May 2010. Retrieved 9 November 2010.
- "Farfán leads Schalke past Valencia". UEFA.com. 9 March 2011. Retrieved 9 March 2011.
- "Soldado late show sinks Santander". ESPN Soccernet. 27 August 2011. Retrieved 8 February 2012.
- "Unai Emery margina a Parejo y Ricardo Costa" [Unai Emery ousts Parejo and Ricardo Costa] (in Spanish). Marca. 4 October 2011. Retrieved 8 February 2012.
- "Ricardo Costa: ´No quería causar problemas´" [Ricardo Costa: ´I didn't mean to cause problems´] (in Spanish). Super Deporte. 7 October 2011. Retrieved 8 February 2012.
- "Ricardo Costa vuelve a cargar contra sus compañeros" [Ricardo Costa charges against teammates again] (in Spanish). Ciber Che. 25 October 2011. Retrieved 8 February 2012.
- ""This punishment is too heavy" – Costa". PortuGOAL. 9 July 2010. Retrieved 9 December 2011.
- "Portugal pegged back by late Israel strike". UEFA.com. 12 October 2013. Retrieved 29 October 2013.
- "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.
- Stats and profile at Zerozero
- Stats at ForaDeJogo
- Ricardo Costa at fussballdaten.de (German)
- BDFutbol profile
- Ricardo Costa at National-Football-Teams.com
- Ricardo Costa – FIFA competition record
- 2010 FIFA World Cup profile
- Transfermarkt profile
- CiberChe stats and bio (Spanish)