Gomes in 2005
|Full name||Ricardo Gomes Raimundo|
|Date of birth||13 December 1964|
|Place of birth||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Height||1.89 m (6 ft 2 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|Vasco da Gama|
|2011||Vasco da Gama|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
In a 14-year professional career, he played for Fluminense (six years), Benfica (four) and Paris Saint-Germain (four). Subsequently, he went on to have a lengthy managerial career, in both his country and France.
In the 1988 summer, he signed with S.L. Benfica of Portugal, alongside compatriot Valdo, a midfielder. Both were important elements in their debut season, as the Reds won the national championship, a feat which was again accomplished in 1991, with the defender scoring an astonishing 17 goals in both conquests combined, due to his superb aerial ability.
Both Gomes and Valdo left for Paris Saint-Germain F.C. in the 1991 summer, and both would return four years later to the Lisbon, having won a total of four titles, namely the 1993–94 first division title. In his second Benfica spell, he played sparingly, but still managed to score four times in the league, and helped the team win the domestic cup, before retiring from football in June 1996, at only 31.
During one decade, Gomes won 45 caps for Brazil. He appeared for the nation at two Copa América tournaments, winning the 1989 edition played on home soil, and was present at the 1990 FIFA World Cup, where he played all the matches and minutes until being sent off in the 85th minute of the round of 16 0–1 loss against Argentina.
Gomes was also selected – again as captain – to the 1994 World Cup, but had to be removed from the squad in the very last hour, due to injury. Additionally, he was part of the team that won the silver medal at the 1988 Summer Olympics.
Gomes immediately started coaching, with Paris SG, leaving the French side after two years, finishing second in the 1996–97 season and winning the following season's French Cup. He then returned to his country, managing seven teams until 2004, also having a spell with the Brazilian Olympic team.
In the following four seasons, Gomes worked again in France, first with FC Girondins de Bordeaux then AS Monaco FC, leaving his post at the latter in late May 2009, with the team eventually ranking 11th.
On 20 June 2009, Gomes signed with São Paulo FC, replacing Muricy Ramalho. In early February 2011, he moved to CR Vasco da Gama, leading his hometown club to its first ever Brazilian Cup, a 3–3 aggregate win against Coritiba Football Club.
On 28 August 2011, 46-year old Gomes suffered a stroke during the match between Flamengo and Vasco da Gama. He was taken to hospital in an ambulance with the game still playing, and was diagnosed with a life-threatening brain hemorrhage that required emergency head surgery.
- As of 6 August 2010
- Mamrud, Roberto (7 January 2009). "Brazil – Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 29 January 2009.
- Ricardo Gomes – FIFA competition record
- Ricardo accepts Bordeaux challenge; UEFA.com, 17 June 2005
- Vasco coach Gomes in serious condition after stroke; The Sports Network, 29 August 2011
- Former Brazil captain Ricardo suffers stroke; Reuters, 29 August 2011
- "Brazilian soccer coach suffers brain hemorrhage". Fox News Latino. 29 August 2011. Retrieved 1 September 2011.
- No seu retorno ao Vasco, Ricardo Gomes comemora: "Fico emocionado" (Portuguese)