Quaresma in 2005
|Full name||Ricardo Andrade Quaresma Bernardo|
|Date of birth||26 September 1983|
|Place of birth||Lisbon, Portugal|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Current club||Al Ahli Dubai|
|2000–2003||Sporting CP B||15||(0)|
|2009||→ Chelsea (loan)||4||(0)|
|2013–||Al Ahli Dubai||8||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 April 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Ricardo Andrade Quaresma Bernardo (born 26 September 1983) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Al Ahly Dubai and the Portuguese national team. Quaresma began his career at Sporting Clube de Portugal, and has also played for Barcelona, Porto, Internazionale, and Chelsea. He is popular for incorporating a repertoire of tricks into his style of play, including the rabona and trivela. A forward who can play on either flank, with his qualities of speed and finesse a regular problem for opposing defenses.
While he was a trainee at Sporting's famed academy, Quaresma made his professional debut during the 2000–01 season, playing 15 games for the B squad. In the next season, he was promoted to the senior squad by then club manager László Bölöni, playing 28 matches and scoring three goals and was a key player in Sporting's league and cup double triumph.
2002–03 was a poor season for Sporting, finishing third in the league, which prompted speculation about Quaresma's future at the club.
Quaresma was then sold to Barcelona for a reported €6 million fee and loan of Fábio Rochemback. In his debut season, he made 10 starts and 11 substitute appearances, scoring only one goal. In the final weeks of the season, he injured his right foot, forcing him to miss the 2004 UEFA Under-21 Championship.
Quaresma started his campaign with Porto on a high note, scoring in his debut game in the 2004 UEFA Super Cup and netting the only goal in Porto's triumph against Benfica in the 2004 Portuguese Super Cup. He went on to score five goals in 32 league matches and was ever-present in Porto's run to the first knockout round of the 2004–05 UEFA Champions League. He also contributed to Porto's win against Once Caldas in the 2004 Intercontinental Cup, scoring in a penalty shoot-out which ended 8–7 in Porto's favour.
Quaresma was heavily criticised[by whom?] during his first year with Porto for being selfish and frequently trying to dribble past defenders rather than making a simple pass. He gradually began to incorporate his team-mates into the game, however, and by his third year with Porto, he had become a fan favourite and a key component of the squad.
He played his first game for the club in a friendly against Locarno, playing on the left wing. The game ended 2–2, and Quaresma was voted man of the match. He was decisive in his first Serie A match against Catania, with one of his trademark trivelas resulting in a Giuseppe Mascara own goal. The game finished 2–1 to Inter. Quaresma, however, found opportunities in the Inter XI limited as former Inter boss José Mourinho stated:
"He is a great talent, but the joy I have at seeing the way Ibra works for and with the team I do not yet have with Quaresma. He will have to learn, otherwise he won’t play, and I am sure he'll change and become more tactically disciplined. He likes kicking the ball with the outside of his foot, but if you ask me about him in a few months' time, we'll be talking about a different Quaresma."
Loan to Chelsea
Quaresma's omission from Inter's squad for the knockout stage of the 2008–09 Champions League led to speculation of him leaving the club. On 2 February 2009, transfer deadline day, he signed on loan for Premier League club Chelsea, until the end of the season. He was given the No. 18 shirt. On 7 February, he made his debut for Chelsea against Hull City. On 7 March 2009 he provided the cross for Alex to score against Coventry City in the FA Cup. After a disappointing start to life at the San Siro, Quaresma claimed his move to Chelsea had restored his confidence after he struggled to impress José Mourinho at Inter. The 25-year-old Portuguese international said on 26 March 2009, "When I was at Inter, I wasn't feeling very confident. I wasn't playing well and wasn't happy, I already feel more confident here at Chelsea. It has brought the joy back for me, which I didn't have at Inter." However, his last appearance for Chelsea turned out to be the 0–1 loss to Tottenham Hotspur on 21 March, and he returned to Inter at the end of the season.
Return to Internazionale
Despite attempts made by Inter to offload him, Quaresma did not manage to attract any interest. With the retirement of Luís Figo, Quaresma inherited the No. 7 shirt, and José Mourinho said he would give Quaresma another chance for the new season. Quaresma made his debut in the new season against Bari, coming on as a substitute for Patrick Vieira. Despite the odd impressive performance, he continued to find first team football hard to come by. After the arrival of Goran Pandev, Quaresma did not feature in Mourinho's plans on their quest for the treble.
On 13 June 2010, Quaresma joined Beşiktaş in Turkey. Beşiktaş paid €7.3 million for his transfer. He signed a three-year contract, which entitled him to €3.5 million in the first season and €3.75 million in the next two seasons. He scored his first goal for the club against Viktoria Plzeň in the UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round. Quaresma was an integral part of the side during their run to the 2011 Turkish Cup Final. In the final, Quaresma opened the scoring for Beşiktaş in the 33rd minute and won the Man of the Match award as his side won 4–3 on penalties after the match had ended 2–2 after extra time. On 25 April 2011 Quaresma and veteran player Nihat Kahveci had a spat on the pitch; Nihat was upset at Quaresma for failing to pass the ball and the altercation was broken up by team mates.
Following the 3–1 defeat to Spanish side Atlético Madrid in the first leg of the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League on 8 March 2012, Quaresma had an altercation with manager Carlos Carvalhal in the dressing room at half-time after Carvalhal substituted Quaresma for İsmail Köybaşı. Reportedly, Quaresma did not take the news lightly and began throwing water bottles before launching a stinging attack at Carvalhal. Quaresma allegedly said, "I brought you here, you just think of yourself. If I was not here, [Carvalhal] would not be here. You can not remove me from the match because you're nothing." Following the incident with Carvalhal the club suspended Quaresma.
He was released by the club on 20 December 2012, six months before his contract was due to run out, paying out the remainder of his contract, €1.48 million.
Poor form during his time with Barcelona and an injury prevented Quaresma from taking part in the 2004 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship, Euro 2004, and the 2004 Olympics. Sparkling displays, however, with Porto won him a role in Portugal's 2006 World Cup qualification campaign and the winger helped his country to a vital 2–0 win against Slovakia. Quaresma, however, was left out of the 23-man squad named by coach Luiz Felipe Scolari to represent Portugal in the 2006 World Cup. He was later called up to play in a friendly against Brazil at the Emirates Stadium, where Portugal won 2–0. Quaresma provided one assists and was named man of the match. On 24 March 2007, Quaresma scored his first goal for the national team in Portugal's 4–0 win in a Euro 2008 qualifier against Belgium. He was also a member of the 23-man squad for Portugal in Euro 2008, but appeared only sparingly for Scolari's Portugal during the tournament. But he did start in Portugal's third group stage match, a 2–0 loss to host nation Switzerland where nine of the 11 regular team starters were rested. He also scored the 3–1 goal against the Czech Republic in the second group stage match.
Quaresma was not called up for Portugal's 2010 World Cup campaign.
On 31 August 2010, Quaresma was called up to play two UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying matches against Cyprus and Norway. He replaced the injured Cristiano Ronaldo in the squad. On 3 September 2010, Quaresma led Portugal against Cyprus in a match that ended 4–4. He was named man of the match after two years of absence from the national team.
|Quaresma – goals for Portugal|
|1.||24 March 2007||Estádio José Alvalade, Lisbon, Portugal||Belgium||3–0||4–0||UEFA Euro 2008 qualifier|
|2.||6 February 2008||Letzigrund, Zurich, Switzerland||Italy||1–2||1–3||Friendly|
|3.||11 June 2008||Stade de Genève, Geneva, Switzerland||Czech Republic||3–1||3–1||UEFA Euro 2008|
|Portugal||League||Taça de Portugal||Supertaça||Europe||Total|
|2001–02||Sporting CP||Primeira Liga||28||3||6||2||–||2||0||36||5|
|Spain||League||Copa del Rey||Supercopa||Europe||Total|
|Portugal||League||Taça de Portugal||Other[n 1]||Europe||Total|
|England||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|Turkey||League||Türkiye Kupası||Süper Kupa||Europe||Total|
|United Arab Emirates||League||President's Cup||Etisalat Cup||Asia||Total|
|2012–13||Al Ahli||UAE Pro League||8||1||1||1||0||0||–||9||2|
|United Arab Emirates||8||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||9||2|
As of 24 April 2013
|Portugal national team|
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- Includes Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira (4 games, 1 goal), 2004 UEFA Super Cup (1 game, 1 goal) and 2004 Intercontinental Cup (1 game).
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