Ricardo Quaresma

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Ricardo Quaresma
Ricardo Quaresma na Exponor.JPG
Quaresma in 2005
Personal information
Full name Ricardo Andrade Quaresma Bernardo
Date of birth (1983-09-26) 26 September 1983 (age 30)
Place of birth Lisbon, Portugal
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Porto
Number 7
Youth career
1997–2001 Sporting CP
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2003 Sporting CP 59 (8)
2003–2004 Barcelona 22 (1)
2004–2008 Porto 114 (24)
2008–2010 Internazionale 24 (1)
2009 Chelsea (loan) 4 (0)
2010–2012 Beşiktaş 46 (18)
2013 Al Ahli Dubai 10 (2)
2014– Porto 12 (4)
National team
2000 Portugal U17 5 (2)
2000–2001 Portugal U19 4 (0)
2002–2006 Portugal U21 21 (6)
2003– Portugal 35 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 March 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 24 April 2013
This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Quaresma and the second or paternal family name is Bernardo.

Ricardo Andrade Quaresma Bernardo (born 26 September 1983) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for F.C. Porto as a winger.

He began his career at Sporting Clube de Portugal, and has also played for Barcelona, Porto, Internazionale, Chelsea, Beşiktaş and Al Ahli Dubai. He is popular for incorporating a repertoire of tricks into his style of play, including the rabona and trivela. A winger who can play on either flank, his qualities of speed and finesse cause a regular problem for opposing defenses.[1] A full international since 2003, he represented Portugal at the European Championship in 2008 and 2012.

Club career

Sporting CP

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.

Barcelona

Quaresma was then sold to Barcelona for a reported €6 million fee and loan of Fábio Rochemback.[2] 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.[1]

During UEFA Euro 2004, he announced his refusal to play for Barça as long as Frank Rijkaard was in charge, incurring the interest of many other clubs.[3]

Porto

Quaresma signed for Porto in the summer of 2004 when they sold Deco for a fee of €15 million cash, plus Quaresma's playing rights, which were evaluated at the time at €6 million.[4]

Quaresma started his campaign with Porto on a high note, scoring in his debut game in the 2004 UEFA Super Cup (lost 2–1 to Valencia CF),[5] 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.

Internazionale

Quaresma with Inter in 2009

On 1 September 2008, Quaresma signed for Italian champions Internazionale in a cash/player exchange fee of €18.6 million with young Portuguese midfielder Pelé joining Porto.[6]

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.[7] 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."[8][9]

His time in Italy was not considered a success, with him being given the Bidone d'oro award for the worst footballer in Serie A for 2008.[10]

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.[1] He was given the No. 18 shirt. On 7 February, he made his debut for Chelsea against Hull City.[11] On 7 March 2009 he provided the cross for Alex to score against Coventry City in the FA Cup.[12] 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."[13] 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,[14] 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.[15] Quaresma played the first game of the new season on 23 August against Bari, coming on as a substitute for Patrick Vieira.[16] After the arrival of Goran Pandev, Quaresma did not feature much in Mourinho's plans as the club went on to win the treble, with 11 league games and no goals.

Beşiktaş

Quaresma playing for Beşiktaş in 2012

On 13 June 2010, Quaresma joined Beşiktaş in Turkey.[17] 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.[18] He scored his first goal for the club against Viktoria Plzeň in the UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round.[19] 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.[20] 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.[21]

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.[22]

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.[23]

Al Ahli

On 8 January 2013, Quaresma signed with Dubai-based club Al Ahli in the UAE Pro League.[24] He scored two goals in ten appearances in his only league season,[25] as well as a goal in his only game of the club's victorious President's Cup campaign;[26] however, in May 2013, he was released by the club.[27]

Second spell at Porto

Quaresma returned to FC Porto on 1 January 2014, over ten thousand fans greeted him in training.[28] He wias given his former number 7 again. He scored in his first European match of his new spell, against Eintracht Frankfurt in the Last 32 on 20 February,[29] and then set up a goal and scored in a victory over S.S.C. Napoli at the Stadio San Paolo.[30] Quaresma scored a consolation goal on 10 April as Porto were eliminated from the quarter-finals of the Europa League by Sevilla FC.[31]

International career

Quaresma against Argentina in 2011.

A UEFA Under-17 Championship winner with Portugal in 2000, Quaresma made his full international debut for the Portuguese national team in June 2003, in a friendly against Bolivia.[32]

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.[33] 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.[32] Quaresma, however, was left out of the 23-man squad named by coach Luiz Felipe Scolari to represent Portugal in the 2006 World Cup.[33] 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.[34] 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.[32] 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, he was called up to play two UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying matches against Cyprus and Norway. He replaced the injured Cristiano Ronaldo in the squad.[35] 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.[32]

Quaresma was included in Portugal's Euro 2012 squad but did not enter the field of play during the tournament. After almost another two years of absence, Quaresma was named in Portugal's provisional 30-man squad[36] for the 2014 FIFA World Cup but was later excluded from the final 23-man squad. Coach Paulo Bento said "I have to accept that people will question my decisions. Nani has difference [sic] characteristics to Quaresma".[37]

International goals

Personal life

Quaresma is of partial Romani descent,[33] earning him the nickname O Cigano.[38] Speaking of an alleged racial slur towards him by an opponent in 2014, he said "When I hear people say there is no racism nowadays it makes me laugh. When something happens in Portugal it's always fault of gypsies, blacks, immigrants. It's tough to live with this.”[38]

Career statistics

As of 24 April 2013[25][26][39][40]

Club Season League Cup League Cup Supercup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sporting CP 2001–02 28 3 6 2 - - 0 0 2 0 36 5
2002–03 31 5 2 0 - - 1 0 4 0 38 5
Total 59 8 8 2 0 0 1 0 6 0 74 10
Barcelona 2003–04 22 1 2 0 - - 0 0 4 0 28 1
Total 22 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 28 1
Porto 2004–05 32 5 1 0 - - 1 1 8 0 42 6
2005–06 29 5 4 0 - - 0 0 6 0 39 5
2006–07 26 6 1 0 - - 1 0 8 2 36 8
2007–08 27 8 3 1 - - 1 0 8 2 39 11
Total 114 24 9 1 0 0 3 1 30 4 156 30
Internazionale 2008–09 13 1 0 0 - - 0 0 6 0 19 1
Total 13 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 19 1
Chelsea 2008–09 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Total 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Internazionale 2009–10 11 0 0 0 - - 0 0 2 0 13 0
Total 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 13 0
Beşiktaş 2010–11 21 3 8 3 - - - - 10 5 39 11
2011–12 25 5 1 0 - - - - 8 2 34 7
2012–13 0 0 0 0 - - - - 0 0 0 0
Total 46 8 9 3 0 0 0 0 18 7 73 18
Al Ahli 2012–13 10 2 1 1 - - - - 0 0 11 3
Total 10 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 3
Porto 2013–14 12 4 3 1 3 1 0 0 6 4 24 10
Total 12 4 3 1 3 1 0 0 6 4 24 10
Career Total 291 48 33 8 3 1 4 1 72 15 403 73

International

As of 24 April 2013[32]

Portugal national team
Year Apps Goals
2003 1 0
2004 1 0
2005 2 0
2006 2 0
2007 12 1
2008 7 2
2009 0 0
2010 2 0
2011 5 0
2012 3 0
Total 35 3

Honours

Notes


References

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