Fernando Couto

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Fernando Couto
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Couto in 2011
Personal information
Full name Fernando Manuel Silva Couto
Date of birth (1969-08-02) 2 August 1969 (age 49)
Place of birth Espinho, Portugal
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Centre back
Youth career
1985–1986 Lourosa
1986–1988 Porto
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988 Porto 1 (0)
1988–1989 Famalicão
1989–1990 Académica 23 (2)
1990–1994 Porto 106 (19)
1994–1996 Parma 39 (4)
1996–1998 Barcelona 44 (0)
1998–2005 Lazio 145 (9)
2005–2008 Parma 63 (1)
Total 421 (35)
National team
1989 Portugal U20 4 (0)
1989–1990 Portugal U21 7 (1)
1990–2004 Portugal 110 (8)
Teams managed
2012–2014 Braga (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Fernando Manuel Silva Couto, OIH (Portuguese: [fɨɾˈnɐ̃du ˈko(w)tu]; born 2 August 1969) is a Portuguese former footballer who played as a central defender.

During a 21-year professional career he played in a number of top clubs in Portugal, Spain and Italy (12 seasons in the latter country), appearing in nearly 600 official matches and winning the double in each country, as well as three other UEFA trophies.

At international level, Couto represented the Portuguese national team in 110 games, taking part in the 2002 World Cup as well as three European Championships.

Club career[edit]

Born in Espinho near Porto, Couto joined FC Porto's youth system at the age of 17. On 2 June 1988 he made his first-team – and Primeira Liga – debut, playing 90 minutes in a 1–0 away win against Académica de Coimbra in what would be his only appearance of the season for the national champions. He was then released, spending one year apiece with F.C. Famalicão and Académica.

Couto returned to Porto in 1990, being an instrumental defensive unit in the conquest of six titles during his four-year spell. He subsequently moved to Italy with Parma AC, scoring a career-best four goals in 27 games in his first season and adding the campaign's UEFA Cup, in a 2–1 aggregate win against fellow Serie A side Juventus FC.

In summer 1996, Couto joined FC Barcelona in Spain alongside former Porto teammate Vítor Baía and English manager Bobby Robson, as Luís Figo was also playing for the La Liga club. Regularly used during his early stint, he was less played by the next coach Louis van Gaal, but managed to appear in one of the two European finals the Catalans won, the 1996–97 edition of the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup.

After two seasons at the Camp Nou, Couto left Barça and moved to Rome's S.S. Lazio in late June 1998, alongside teammate Iván de la Peña.[1] He appeared in 22 matches in his first year to help his team to the second place in the league, and appeared one minute in the final of the last Cup Winners' Cup, in a 2–1 win against RCD Mallorca at the Villa Park in Birmingham.[2]

In 2001, Couto failed a doping test for the steroid nandrolone. He denied having taken forbidden substances, but his "B" test confirmed the finding and he eventually served four months out of a nine-month worldwide ban for the offence.[3] He continued to appear regularly for Lazio in the following seasons.

In 2005, aged 36, Couto returned to Parma after 11 years as Lazio was unable to match his wage demands for a contract renewal. After two seasons of regular use he played just 17 matches in 2007–08, with the Emilia-Romagna team also suffering top flight relegation; as his contract expired, he decided to retire from football.

In June 2010, two years after his retirement, Couto was named director of football at S.C. Braga.[4] He was named the club's assistant manager for the 2012–13 campaign.

International career[edit]

As a member of Famalicão in the third division, Couto appeared in four matches as Portugal won the 1989 FIFA World Youth Championship,[5] being part of a group of players dubbed the "Golden Generation" of Portuguese football. He made his debut for the senior team on 19 December 1990, in a friendly with the United States played in Maia (1–0 win).

Always as first-choice, Couto represented the nation at UEFA Euro 1996 – scoring the game's only goal for the eventual quarter-finalists in a group stage contest against Turkey[6]Euro 2000 and the 2002 FIFA World Cup, partnering former Porto teammate Jorge Costa in the last two tournaments, the latter of which ended in group stage exit.

Couto became the first Portuguese player to reach 100 caps (in a total of 110) on 11 October 2003, in a 5–3 home friendly victory over Albania.[7] He was selected as captain for Euro 2004 which was played on home soil, starting the first game but eventually being relegated to the bench by Ricardo Carvalho as Portugal lost in the decisive match against Greece.[8]

Career statistics[edit]

[9][10][11]

Club[edit]

Club Season League Cup Europe Other[a] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Porto 1987–88 1 0 0 0 1 0
Famalicão 1988–89
Académica 1989–90 23 2 1 0 24 2
Porto 1990–91 24 3 6 0 4 0 0 0 34 3
1991–92 32 2 5 0 4 0 3 0 44 2
1992–93 26 4 3 0 7 2 2 0 38 6
1993–94 23 1 5 0 9 0 2 0 39 1
Total 105 10 19 0 24 2 7 0 155 12
Parma 1994–95 27 4 9 2 8 1 44 7
1995–96 12 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 15 0
Total 39 4 9 2 10 1 1 0 59 7
Barcelona 1996–97 26 0 5 1 4 1 0 0 35 2
1997–98 18 0 2 0 5 0 0 0 25 0
Total 44 0 7 1 9 1 0 0 60 2
Lazio 1998–99 22 2 5 0 8 0 1 0 36 2
1999–00 14 0 5 0 7 0 0 0 26 0
2000–01 18 0 4 0 8 0 0 0 30 0
2001–02 29 1 2 0 4 0 35 1
2002–03 15 0 4 0 12 1 31 1
2003–04 23 3 4 1 4 0 41 3
2004–05 24 3 0 0 3 0 1 0 28 3
Total 145 9 24 1 46 1 2 0 217 11
Parma 2005–06 23 0 1 0 24 0
2006–07 23 1 1 0 2 0 26 1
2007–08 17 0 1 0 18 0
Total 63 1 3 0 2 0 68 1
Career total 420 26 62 4 91 5 10 0 583 35

International[edit]

[12]

Portugal
Year Apps Goals
1990 1 0
1991 5 0
1992 6 0
1993 8 1
1994 2 1
1995 7 0
1996 11 3
1997 6 0
1998 5 1
1999 7 0
2000 14 0
2001 6 0
2002 11 0
2003 12 1
2004 7 1
Total 110 8

International goals[edit]

[12]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Porto

Parma

Barcelona

Lazio

International[edit]

Portugal U-20

Portugal

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lazio: presi De la Pena e Couto. Inter: Torricelli e' vicino" [Lazio: De la Pena and Couto acquired. Inter: Torricelli almost done]. Corriere della Sera (in Italian). 25 June 1998. Retrieved 16 April 2010.
  2. ^ "El Mallorca pierde con orgullo" [Mallorca lose proudly]. El País (in Spanish). 20 May 1999. Retrieved 5 November 2018.
  3. ^ "Davids and Couto hit with FIFA bans". The Daily Telegraph. 31 May 2001. Retrieved 9 October 2009.
  4. ^ "Fernando Couto é manager do SC Braga" [Fernando Couto is SC Braga manager] (in Portuguese). SC Braga. 21 June 2010. Archived from the original on 8 October 2011.
  5. ^ "Riade, 25 anos: como foi e onde estão os campeões" [Riyadh, 25 anos: how did it go and where are the champions] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 3 March 2014. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  6. ^ "Portugal get just reward against Turkey". UEFA. 6 October 2003. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  7. ^ Breda, Rui (13 October 2003). "Century and counting for Couto". UEFA. Retrieved 24 July 2015.
  8. ^ "Fernando Manuel Silva Couto – Century of International Appearances". RSSSF. Retrieved 24 June 2011.
  9. ^ Fernando Couto at ForaDeJogo Edit this at Wikidata
  10. ^ "Fernando Couto". Footballdatabase. Retrieved 5 November 2018.
  11. ^ "Fernando Manuel Silva Couto" (in Italian). Lega Serie A. Archived from the original on 2 July 2013. Retrieved 5 July 2012.
  12. ^ a b "Fernando Couto". European Football. Retrieved 7 October 2015.

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