Gomes celebrating a goal for Benfica in 2007
|Full name||Nuno Miguel Soares Pereira Ribeiro|
|Date of birth||5 July 1976|
|Place of birth||Amarante, Portugal|
|Height||1.81 m (5 ft 11 1⁄2 in)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
He was given the nickname Gomes during childhood after Fernando Gomes, and was one of the country's most recognisable offensive players in the 1990s/2000s; he consistently scored for both club and country, and was also capable of being a good link-up player, accumulating a number of assists throughout his career, which was spent mainly with Benfica, for which he netted 166 goals in 398 games over the course of 12 professional seasons.
Gomes represented Portugal in two World Cups and three European Championships. He helped the national team finish second at Euro 2004 and third at Euro 2000, and won more than 100 caps all categories comprised (nearly 80 for the senior side alone).
Boavista / Benfica
He collected his first silverware as Boavista beat S.L. Benfica to lift the Portuguese Cup in 1997, and scored 23 goals in 79 appearances in three years for the northerners before moving to Benfica, including 15 in his last term.
Fiorentina / Return to Benfica
After three seasons at Benfica, in which he scored over 60 goals in over 100 appearances, his Euro 2000 exploits earned Gomes a €17 million move to ACF Fiorentina. He won the Italian Cup in his first year, but financial collapse by the Viola precipitated a 2002 return to Benfica.
A series of nagging injuries limited Gomes to under 70 games from 2002 to 2005, but he still helped Benfica win the domestic cup in 2003–04 and the league the following campaign – in the latter, he contributed with seven goals in 23 outings. He enjoyed his best season in 2005–06, scoring 15 goals in the league, including two in an away win against F.C. Porto (0–2) and a hat-trick against U.D. Leiria, snatching second place in the goalscorers' list and adding the following Portuguese Supercup, where he netted the game's only goal against Vitória de Setúbal.
From 2006–07 onwards, Gomes faced tough competition for a starting place in Benfica's attack: he only netted six times in the league, and would suffer even more after the signing of Paraguayan Óscar Cardozo in the following summer. However, still a valuable member of the squad, he netted nine goals overall during the season, and was also made team captain over legendary Rui Costa.
On 2 October 2008, Gomes scored his 150th goal for Benfica in a UEFA Cup outing against S.S.C. Napoli (2–0 home win, 4–3 aggregate triumph) with a fine header; following the June 2009 signing of Argentine Javier Saviola, he further fell down in the club's striker pecking order.
Again a reserve player in the 2010–11 campaign – but playing even less – 34-year-old Gomes made the most with the minutes provided to him by manager Jorge Jesus. He scored his first goal in the campaign on 14 November 2010 in a 4–0 home win against Associação Naval 1º de Maio, the 200th in the competition, and dedicated it to his father Joaquim who had died in August. In two consecutive league games in March 2011, he scored three goals, one at home against Portimonense SC (1–1 draw) and two in a 5–1 away routing of F.C. Paços de Ferreira, appearing as a late substitute in all three matches.
Less than one month shy of his 35th birthday, Gomes was released by Benfica after the club decided not to renew his contract. He was, however, offered a position in the team's managerial structure, effective immediately or when he eventually retired. Shortly after, he signed for fellow league side S.C. Braga.
On 3 July 2012, Gomes signed a two-year deal at Blackburn Rovers in the Football League Championship, becoming their third signing of the 2012–13 summer transfer window. On 18 August he made his league debut for his new club, against Ipswich Town, scoring his first goal the following round against Leicester City (2–1 home win).
On 28 June 2013, aged nearly 37, Gomes was released from his contract.
Gomes represented Portugal at every level, earning 143 caps all categories comprised and scoring at an excellent rate overall. He helped the national under-20s finish third in the 1995 FIFA World Youth Championship by netting four goals in as many games, including two in the third-place game against Spain; the following year he appeared at the 1996 Summer Olympics, helping Portugal to an eventual fourth place.
Gomes made his senior international debut at 19, in a 1996 friendly against France. He scored his first senior international goal in Portugal's opening match at the UEFA Euro 2000, marking his fourth start with the winner as the side came from two goals down to beat England 3–2. He would finish the competition with four goals as the national team reached the last four, but earned a seven-month international ban after pushing referee Günter Benkö following the semi-final defeat by France, in which he had netted the opening goal; he was selected to the UEFA team of the tournament.
With seven goals in only six matches, Gomes helped Portugal qualify for the 2002 FIFA World Cup – this included a four-goal performance in a 7–1 away win against Andorra. He would struggle to hold a starting place in the finals in South Korea and Japan, only appearing twice as a substitute; on 19 November 2003 he scored his second hat-trick, in only 21 minutes of play against Kuwait.
Things went better for Gomes at Euro 2004, where he played each game and, after coming on as a half-time substitute, scored the winning goal against Spain to send the hosts through to the quarter-finals. He was often injured during Portugal's 2006 World Cup qualifying campaign, only managing to play four games, with one goal; he found limited time at the final stages and only made two appearances, but managed to find the back of the net with a header against Germany in the third-place game, a 1–3 defeat.
After the retirement of Pauleta, Gomes was expected to become his successor in the striker role. He played ten matches and scored three times in Euro 2008's qualifying campaign, captained Portugal at the finals and scored against Germany in the quarter-finals, thus becoming the fourth player to score at three straight European Championships.
After the appointment of Carlos Queiroz as coach, Gomes was constantly left out of the squad due to his lack of minutes at his club. During the 2010 World Cup qualification, he only took part in four out of twelve matches, all as a substitute, with Liédson and Hugo Almeida being preferred; he was later on left out of the 23-men squad for the final stages in South Africa, this being the first time the player was left out of a major tournament.
On 7 October 2011, after more than two years out of international play, 35-year-old Gomes replaced Hélder Postiga in the last minute of a 5–3 home win against Iceland for the Euro 2012 qualifiers. Four days later, he played against Denmark in what was his 79th and last full international appearance; due to little playing time for his club in 2011–12, he was left out of Paulo Bento's squad for the finals in Poland and Ukraine.
Gomes' younger brother, Tiago (born 1981), was also a footballer and a striker. He played most of his career in the lower leagues but, from 2004 to 2007, competed in the second division with F.C. Marco (two seasons) and C.D. Olivais e Moscavide (one), amassing overall totals of 30 games and one goal.
He has been married twice, first to Isméria with whom he had a daughter, Laura, born in 1999. In July 2006 he married lawyer Patrícia Aguilar, with whom he also had another child, born in July 2010.
Gomes was featured on the cover of the Portuguese edition of FIFA Football 2002.
- Primeira Liga: 2004–05, 2009–10
- Taça de Portugal: 2003–04
- Taça da Liga: 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11
- Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira: 2005
- UEFA European Championship: Runner-up 2004; Third place 2000
- FIFA U-20 World Cup: Third place 1995
- UEFA European Under-18 Championship: 1994
- Toulon Tournament: Third place 1996
- Toulon Tournament: Top Scorer 1996
- UEFA European Championship: Silver Boot/Team of the Tournament 2000
- Portuguese League: Top Scorer 1998–99
- Portuguese League: Player of the Year 1998–99, 1999–2000; Player of the Month September 2005, October 2005
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- Simon Hart (4 October 2012). "Nuno Gomes: Foreigners are not cheats, we just like to jump out of the way". The Independent. Retrieved 1 May 2015.
- Early finish for Nuno Gomes; UEFA.com, 15 May 2003
- Nuno Gomes enjoys happy return; UEFA.com, 5 November 2003
- Nuno Gomes inspires Benfica; UEFA.com, 15 October 2005
- Benfica earn Super Cup success; UEFA.com, 13 August 2005
- Gaitan brings smiles back to Benfica; PortuGOAL, 14 November 2010
- Nuno Gomes 'gritou de revolta' e reclama mais oportunidades (Nuno Gomes 'cried in anger' and wants more playing time); Diário de Notícias, 16 November 2010 (Portuguese)
- Benfica held at Luz by Portimonense; PortuGOAL, 13 March 2011
- Benfica hit five past Pacos; PortuGOAL, 21 March 2011
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- "Benfica legend Nuno Gomes set to part ways with the Portuguese club". Bleacher Report. 16 June 2011. Retrieved 24 October 2011.
- Liga round-up; PortuGOAL, 11 September 2011
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- Blackburn 2–1 Leicester; BBC Sport, 25 August 2012
- "Nuno departs". Blackburn Rovers. 28 June 2013. Retrieved 28 June 2013.
- Nuno Gomes – FIFA competition record
- "England crushed in five-goal classic". BBC Sport. 13 June 2010. Retrieved 23 November 2011.
- UEFA suspends Portuguese trio; BBC Sport, 2 July 2000
- "ANDORRA-PORTUGAL, 1-7" (in Portuguese). Record. 1 September 2001. Retrieved 24 July 2015.
- "A eficácia de Nuno Gomes" [The efficiency of Nuno Gomes] (in Portuguese). Record. 20 February 2004. Retrieved 24 July 2015.
- Consolation prize for Nuno Gomes; UEFA.com, 20 June 2008
- Selecção nacional A jogos de qualificação Euro 2012 (National team A Euro 2012 qualifiers); Portuguese Football Federation (Portuguese)
- "Nuno Gomes". Soccerway. Retrieved 30 January 2015.
- "Bicampeões para a história" [Back-to-back champions to history]. Visão (in Portuguese) (Portugal: Impresa Publishing): 60. May 2015. ISSN 0872-3540.
- "Selecção distinguida pelo Duque de Bragança" [National team honoured by Duke of Bragança] (in Portuguese). Cristiano Ronaldo News. 30 August 2006. Retrieved 30 August 2006.
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