Paulo Ferreira

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This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Rebocho and the second or paternal family name is Ferreira.
Paulo Ferreira
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Ferreira playing for Chelsea in 2010
Personal information
Full name Paulo Renato Rebocho Ferreira
Date of birth (1979-01-18) 18 January 1979 (age 37)
Place of birth Cascais, Portugal
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Playing position Full back
Youth career
Alcabideche
1992–1996 Dramático Cascais
1996–1997 Estoril
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–2000 Estoril 37 (2)
2000–2002 Vitória Setúbal 67 (2)
2002–2004 Porto 62 (0)
2004–2013 Chelsea 141 (0)
Total 307 (4)
National team
2000–2002 Portugal U21 21 (0)
2002–2010 Portugal 62 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.


Paulo Renato Rebocho Ferreira, OIH (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈpawlu fɨˈʁɐjɾɐ]; born 18 January 1979) is a retired Portuguese footballer who played as a defender (either right or left back).

After starting out at Estoril, he went on to spend the vast majority of his 16-year professional career with Porto and Chelsea, signing with the latter in 2004 for €20 million. He won several major titles with both clubs, including two Primeira Liga titles, three Premier League trophies and the 2004 and 2012 editions of the Champions League.

Ferreira earned 62 caps for the Portugal national football team between 2002 and 2010, playing at two European Championships and two World Cups and finishing as runner-up at Euro 2004.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Cascais, Lisbon District, Ferreira started his career in the Segunda Liga with G.D. Estoril Praia. In the following two seasons he was relatively played, representing the club in both that and the third divisions.

Ferreira joined Vitória de Setúbal for 2000–01, scoring two goals in 33 games during the campaign to help his team promote to the Primeira Liga after finishing in third place. His first appearance in the competition took place on 13 August 2001, in a 1–3 away loss against C.S. Marítimo.

Porto[edit]

Ferreira moved to FC Porto in the summer of 2002, signed by coach José Mourinho[2] who reconverted him from right midfielder to right back. He only missed two league games during his two-year stint, as the club won back-to-back national championships.

Ferreira was also in the starting XI in the 2003 UEFA Cup Final against Celtic in Seville (which ended with a 3–2 win in spite of an excellent display from Henrik Larsson),[3] that year's 1–0 defeat of U.D. Leiria in the Taça de Portugal which meant the conquest of the treble[4] and the 2004 UEFA Champions League Final, won against AS Monaco FC.[5]

Chelsea[edit]

On 22 June 2004, Ferreira joined Chelsea for 20 million (£13.2 million),[6][2] reuniting at Stamford Bridge with both Mourinho and former Porto teammate Ricardo Carvalho, both of whom were also signed in the off-season. He impressed greatly in his first year, appearing in 42 matches overall and helping to the Premier League title after a 50-year wait.

Ferreira scored his first competitive goal for the Blues on 19 February 2006, in a 3–1 home win over Colchester United for the FA Cup's fourth round.[7] In 2006–07, however, he lost his importance in the squad, first being overtaken in his position by Khalid Boulahrouz and then midfielders Lassana Diarra and Geremi;[8] he did play the full 120 minutes of the 1–0 FA Cup success against Manchester United on 19 May 2007, the first final to be played at the new Wembley.[9]

In 2007–08, Ferreira played second-fiddle to Juliano Belletti and Michael Essien. He signed a new five-year deal with Chelsea on 18 February 2008,[10] switching from jersey #20 to #19 at the start of the following season following Deco's arrival.[11]

On 23 September 2009, following a lengthy injury lay-off,[12] Ferreira returned to action in a League Cup match against Queens Park Rangers.[13] On 2 December, in the same competition, he netted his second and last goal for the Londoners, a late equalizer in extra-time of the quarter-finals at Blackburn Rovers which ended in a penalty shootout loss.[14]

Following physical problems that afflicted José Bosingwa, Ashley Cole and Branislav Ivanović, Ferreira was given a more consistent role as a starter as Yuri Zhirkov featured in the other defensive wing, most significantly in the 7–1 win against Aston Villa[15] and the 2–1 victory at Manchester United.[16][17] He still contributed with 20 official appearances, helping his team win the double.

Ferreira appeared in his 200th game for Chelsea on 20 April 2011, playing the entire 3–1 home win against Birmingham City.[18] He was once described by Mourinho as "a player who will never be Man of the match but will always score 7/10 for his individual display".[19]

Ferreira featured often under Carlo Ancelotti but, after his sacking and his replacement with André Villas-Boas, found it hard to find a place in the squad as the latter manager opted for a younger squad in detriment of several veterans.[20] His first game of the 2011–12 campaign was on 21 September 2011, on a penalty shootout win over Fulham for the League Cup.[21] His first league appearance occurred on 22 December, after coming on for injured Ivanović in a 1–1 away draw against Tottenham;[22] in the final minutes of that match, he suffered a fractured cheekbone in a clash with Gareth Bale.[23]

On 27 March 2012, in his first UEFA Champions League start of the season, Ferreira had another solid defensive performance to help Chelsea defeat S.L. Benfica 1–0 at the Estádio da Luz.[24] and eventually win the quarter-final tie 3–1. On 19 May, he was an unused substitute in the final against FC Bayern Munich.[25]

Ferreira's contract ran through the summer of 2013, and both player and club confirmed that they would not renew it upon its expiration.[26] He made his last appearance in a league fixture with Everton on 19 May 2013, coming on as a late substitute to a round of applause as the 2–1 win secured the hosts a spot in the Champions League group stage.[27] Afterwards, team-mate Frank Lampard addressed the crowd and praised the 34-year-old defender, who announced he was retiring from professional football and thanked the fans for their continued support;[28] over the course of nine seasons, he appeared in 227 official contests.

After retiring, Ferreira worked for Chelsea as an ambassador and assistant loan player technical coach.[29][30]

International career[edit]

Portuguese defensive wall (from left to right: Ferreira, Pepe, Ricardo Carvalho and José Bosingwa)

Between the Portuguese under-20 and under-21 sides, Ferreira appeared in a total of 27 matches. He made his debut for the full side on 7 September 2002, playing the second half of a 1–1 friendly draw to England at Villa Park.[31]

Ferreira was selected by coach Luiz Felipe Scolari for the UEFA Euro 2004 tournament. He started their opening match against Greece, but a series of mistakes in the 1–2 loss saw him dropped for Miguel for the rest of the tournament.[32] Following an injury to the latter late into the first half of the final, however, he returned to action in another defeat to the same opponent, now 0–1.[33]

Ferreira made two appearances for Portugal in the 2006 FIFA World Cup: in the 0–1 semi-final loss against France, he replaced injured Miguel during the second half,[34] and started the third place play-off against the host country Germany (1–3 defeat).[35] Subsequently, he faced competition from Bosingwa and Miguel for the right-back slot, and was often deployed at the opposite flank following the retirement of Nuno Valente.

Ferreira was named in the squad for the Euro 2008.[36] He started all four games as a left-back, in an eventual quarter-final exit.[37]

A regular in the 2010 World Cup qualifying phase, Ferreira would then be included in the 23-men squad to represent the Selecção in the finals.[38] He only played the opening game in South Africa, a goalless draw with the Ivory Coast.[39]

On 30 August 2010, Ferreira announced he would be also retiring from the national team, shortly after Simão Sabrosa did.[40]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

[41][42][43]

Club League Season League Cup League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Estoril Primeira Liga 1997–98 1 0 ? ? ? ?
1998–99 15 0 ? ? ? ?
Primeira Liga 1999–2000 21 2 ? ? ? ?
Total 37 2 ? ? ? ?
Vitória Setúbal Segunda Liga 2000–01 34 2 ? ? ? ?
Primeira Liga 2001–02 34 0 ? ? ? ?
Total 68 2 ? ? ? ?
Porto 2002–03 30 0 4 0 12 0 46 0
2003–04 32 0 5 0 13 0 50 0
Total 62 0 9 0 25 0 96 0
Chelsea Premier League 2004–05 29 0 1 0 5 0 7 0 42 0
2005–06 21 0 3 1 1 0 6 0 31 1
2006–07 24 0 5 0 2 0 6 0 37 0
2007–08 18 0 3 0 2 0 5 0 28 0
2008–09 7 0 1 0 2 0 2 0 12 0
2009–10 13 0 4 0 3 1 0 0 20 1
2010–11 21 0 1 0 1 0 5 0 28 0
2011–12 6 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 9 0
2012–13 2 0 2 0 1 0 2 0 7 0
Total 141 0 20 1 18 1 35 0 214 2

?Information not available

International[edit]

[44]

Portugal
Year Apps Goals
2002 2 0
2003 6 0
2004 11 0
2005 9 0
2006 7 0
2007 9 0
2008 11 0
2009 3 0
2010 4 0
Total 62 0

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Porto
Chelsea

International[edit]

Individual[edit]

Orders[edit]

References[edit]

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