Patrício in action for Sporting
|Full name||Rui Pedro dos Santos Patrício|
|Date of birth||15 February 1988|
|Place of birth||Marrazes, Portugal|
|Height||1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|Current club||Sporting CP|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 04:05, 10 December 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Born in Marrazes, Leiria, Patrício played as a striker at a young age. Reportedly, a Sporting Clube de Portugal scout was in the area and saw him play in goal, being impressed enough to sign the 11-year-old to the club's youth academy. He made his first division debut on 19 November 2006, in a 1–0 away win against C.S. Marítimo in the 10th round: standing in for habitual club and country first-choice Ricardo, he saved a penalty kick 15 minutes before the end of the game.
In the 2007–08 season, after Ricardo's departure to Real Betis, Patrício beat competition from Sporting veteran Tiago and new signing Vladimir Stojković to become the undisputed starter. On 27 November 2007 he made his UEFA Champions League debut, in a 1–2 group stage loss at Manchester United.
During the 2008 off-season, Patrício was the subject of a rumored transfer to Italian giants Inter Milan. However, nothing came of it and, in that year's Portuguese Supercup final, against F.C. Porto, he stopped a Lucho González penalty in a 2–0 final win, also being an everpresent fixture in the league.
In the qualifying rounds of the 2009–10 Champions League, at FC Twente, Sporting were trailing 0–1 in the 94th minute, after a 0–0 tie in the first leg: Patrício rushed to the opposing area for a corner kick, he went up for a header with Nikita Rukavytsya, both players seemed to make contact with the ball, and it was helped into the net for an own goal via the boot of Peter Wisgerhof, as Sporting eventually qualified for the last games prior to the group stage.
From 2007, Patrício started appearing for the under-21 side. On 29 January of the following year, senior team coach Luiz Felipe Scolari called him for a 1–3 friendly defeat against Italy in Zürich, although he did not leave the bench; on 12 May he was picked to the national squad for UEFA Euro 2008, but did not play in the tournament.
Although not part of the provisional 24-player list for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, Patrício was named in a backup list of six players. He made his debut on 17 November 2010, playing the second half of a 4–0 friendly win with Spain.
After Eduardo was relegated to the bench at his new club, S.L. Benfica, Patrício became the starter under national team boss Paulo Bento, and both players finished the Euro 2012 qualifying campaign with five games (450 minutes) as Portugal qualified for the final stages. He was the starter in the finals in Poland and Ukraine, conceding four goals in five matches in an eventual semifinal exit.
- Taça de Portugal: 2006–07, 2007–08; Runner-up 2011–12
- Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira: 2007, 2008
- Taça da Liga: Runner-up 2007–08, 2008–09
- SJPF Player of the Month: April 2011
- SJPF Young Player of the Month: January 2008, April 2009, November 2010, March 2011, April 2011
- LPFP Primeira Liga Goalkeeper of the Year: 2011–12
- Sporting CP Footballer of the Year: 2011, 2012
- As of 11 December 2013
- "Rui Patrício entra na história" [Rui Patrício makes history] (in Portuguese). Record. 20 November 2006. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
- "Rui Patrício por Toldo" [Rui Patrício for Toldo] (in Portuguese). Record. 17 June 2008.
- Djaló double steers Sporting success; UEFA.com, 16 August 2008
- "Sporting late show shatters Twente". UEFA.com. 4 August 2009.
- Prémios Stromp 2011 – 49ª edição 16 de Dezembro (Stromp awards 2011 – 49ª edition 16 of December); Forum SCP, 16 December 2011 (Portuguese)
- Vencedores dos prémios Stromp (Stromp awards winners); Record, 20 December 2012 (Portuguese)
- "Rui Patrício chamado por Scolari" [Rui Patrício called by Scolari] (in Portuguese). Record. 29 January 2008. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
- "Convocados revelados" [Squad revealed] (in Portuguese). Portuguese Football Federation. 10 May 2010. Retrieved 11 May 2010.
- "Pepe in Portugal squad". FIFA.com. 10 May 2010. Retrieved 11 May 2010.
- Release list of up to 30 players; FIFA.com
- Stats and profile at Zerozero
- Stats at ForaDeJogo
- PortuGOAL profile
- Rui Patrício at National-Football-Teams.com
- Transfermarkt profile