Custódio playing for Portugal in 2013
|Full name||Custódio Miguel Dias de Castro|
|Date of birth||24 May 1983|
|Place of birth||Brito, Portugal|
|Height||1.81 m (5 ft 11 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Defensive midfielder|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
During 12 seasons, he amassed Primeira Liga totals of 209 matches and 12 goals, representing in the competition Sporting, Vitória de Guimarães and Braga. He reached the 2011 Europa League final with the latter club, and also competed professionally in Russia and Turkey.
Custódio was born in the village of Brito, Guimarães. From 2001 to 2007 he played for Sporting Clube de Portugal, making his Primeira Liga debut on 16 August 2003 in a 2–1 away win against Académica de Coimbra and finishing his first season with 22 first-team appearances.
In the 2006–07 campaign, coach Paulo Bento named Custódio team captain, in recognition of his history at Sporting and consistent displays in the previous seasons. Incidentally, in that timeframe, he also fell out of favor in the club's rotation and, in June 2007, was sold to Russian Premier League side FC Dynamo Moscow.
In his first season with Braga, Custódio battled for first-choice status with Brazilians Leandro Salino and Vandinho, but managed to appear in nearly 25 official games. On 5 February 2011 he scored from close range in a 2–1 away win against C.S. Marítimo, helping his team finish fourth in the league. On 5 May he netted arguably the most important goal of his career, heading from a corner kick for the game's only in a home win against S.L. Benfica in the UEFA Europa League semifinals second leg, with Braga qualifying for the final on the away goals rule.
Custódio spent the first half of 2011–12 on the sidelines, nursing a serious knee injury. When he returned to full fitness, however, he benefitted from Djamal Mahamat's presence in the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations and begun appearing regularly in the starting XI, scoring against Marítimo (2–1 away win) and former team Guimarães (4–0, at home).
A Portugal under-21 international, Custódio appeared in two UEFA European Championship editions, 2004 and 2006. He was selected by full side manager Paulo Bento for his 23-man squad for UEFA Euro 2012, and made his debut on 2 June, a 1–3 friendly loss with Turkey in Lisbon; in the finals in Poland and Ukraine, he played 20 minutes in the decisive 2–1 group stage win against the Netherlands after replacing injured Raul Meireles.
- Toulon Tournament: 2003
- "Académica-Sporting, 1–2 (Alvim 52; Lourenço 67, Beto 90)". Record (in Portuguese). 16 August 2003. Retrieved 26 October 2007.
- КУШТОДИУ ПЕРЕХОДИТ В "ДИНАМО". [Custódio moves to Dynamo] (in Russian). FC Dynamo Moscow. 9 June 2007. Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 10 November 2010.
- Custódio signs three-and-a-half year deal; Vitória SC, January 2009 (in Portuguese)
- "Artur heroics secures Braga win in Madeira". PortuGOAL. 6 February 2011. Archived from the original on 18 March 2012. Retrieved 5 May 2011.
- "Custódio heads Braga into maiden European final". UEFA. 5 May 2011. Archived from the original on 6 May 2011. Retrieved 5 May 2011.
- "Braga bateu Trofense, mas Custódio lesionou-se" [Braga defeated Trofense, but Custódio suffered injury]. Público (in Portuguese). 7 October 2011. Retrieved 4 December 2011.
- "Sensational Braga crush Vitoria Guimaraes". PortuGOAL. 28 February 2012. Archived from the original on 10 June 2012. Retrieved 2 March 2012.
- "Custódio vai ser treinador adjunto do Sporting de Braga B" [Custódio will be assistant manager of Sporting de Braga B] (in Portuguese). SIC Notícias. 17 May 2017. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
- "Nélson Oliveira, Miguel Lopes e Custódio na lista para o Euro-2012" [Nélson Oliveira, Miguel Lopes and Custódio in Euro-2012 list]. A Bola (in Portuguese). 14 May 2012. Archived from the original on 17 May 2012. Retrieved 14 May 2012.
- "Portugal's woes continue with Turkey defeat". UEFA. 2 June 2012. Retrieved 3 June 2012.
- "Rampant Ronaldo puts Portugal through". UEFA. 17 June 2012. Retrieved 17 June 2012.
- Custódio at ForaDeJogo
- "Custódio". Soccerway. Retrieved 21 April 2014.