Hugo Costa

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Hugo Costa
Personal information
Full name Hugo Alexandre Esteves Costa
Date of birth (1973-11-04) 4 November 1973 (age 43)
Place of birth Tramagal, Portugal
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Centre back
Youth career
1984–1992 Benfica
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1993 Gil Vicente 24 (2)
1993–1995 Beira-Mar 50 (1)
1995–1996 Estrela Amadora 10 (0)
1996 Stoke City 2 (0)
1996–2001 Alverca 103 (2)
2001–2003 Vitória Setúbal 56 (2)
2003–2005 Rot-Weiß Oberhausen 34 (0)
2005–2008 União Leiria 16 (1)
2008–2009 Atromitos Yeroskipou 6 (1)
2009–2011 Pinhalnovense 38 (0)
Total 339 (9)
National team
1995–1996 Portugal U21 8 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Hugo Alexandre Esteves Costa (born 4 November 1973) is a retired Portuguese footballer who played as a central defender.

Football career[edit]

A graduate of S.L. Benfica's youth system, Costa never appeared however for its first team, going on to spend the following four seasons in the Primeira Liga with Gil Vicente FC, S.C. Beira-Mar (two years) and C.F. Estrela da Amadora, being relegated with the second club in the 1994–95 campaign.

In the 1996 summer, he signed with Stoke City in the English second level,[1] but left the Potters after only a couple of weeks and games,[2] returning to his country with F.C. Alverca and remaining with the Lisbon outskirts side for the following five seasons, three spent in the top flight.

From 2001 to 2003, also as first-choice and in the top division, Costa played with Vitória de Setúbal. Subsequently he signed for Germany's Rot-Weiß Oberhausen (division two), remaining in the country for two years and suffering relegation in his second.

In 2005–06, Costa returned to Portugal and joined U.D. Leiria, playing in only 16 matches in the top tier in three seasons combined – 12 of those came in his last, with the side ranking 16th and last. Afterwards, the 34-year-old moved to Cyprus with Atromitos Yeroskipou.

After just one season Costa once again returned to his country, joining lowly C.D. Pinhalnovense. He left in the 2011 summer aged nearly 38, and retired shortly after.

Career statistics[edit]

Club Season League Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Gil Vicente 1992–93 Primeira Liga 24 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 24 2
Beira-Mar 1993–94 Primeira Liga 24 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 24 0
1994–95 Primeira Liga 26 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 26 1
Total 50 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 50 1
Estrela Amadora 1995–96 Primeira Liga 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
Stoke City 1996–97 First Division 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 4 0
Alverca 1996–97 Segunda Liga 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
1997–98 Segunda Liga 30 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 32 0
1998–99 Primeira Liga 29 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 29 0
1999–2000 Primeira Liga 25 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 25 1
2000–01 Primeira Liga 13 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 1
Total 103 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 105 2
Vitória Setúbal 2001–02 Primeira Liga 31 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 31 1
2002–03 Primeira Liga 25 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 26 1
Total 56 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 57 2
Rot-Weiß Oberhausen 2003–04 2. Bundesliga 24 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 25 0
2004–05 2. Bundesliga 10 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
Total 34 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 36 0
União Leiria 2005–06 Primeira Liga 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
2006–07 Primeira Liga 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
2007–08 Primeira Liga 12 0 1 0 2 0 6 0 21 0
Total 16 1 1 0 2 0 6 0 25 6
Atromitos Yeroskipou 2008–09 Cypriot First Division 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 1
Pinhalnovense 2009–10 Portuguese Second Division 27 0 5 1 0 0 0 0 32 1
2010–11 Portuguese Second Division 11 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 13 0
Total 38 0 7 1 0 0 0 0 45 1
Career total 339 9 13 1 4 0 6 0 362 10

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lowe, Simon (2000). Stoke City The Modern Era – A Complete Record. Desert Island Books. ISBN 978-1-874287-39-1. 
  2. ^ "Stoke City". Post War English & Scottish Football League A – Z Player's Database. Retrieved 15 September 2011. 

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