Ricardo Costa (Portuguese footballer)

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Ricardo Costa
Ricardo Costa - Croatia vs. Portugal, 10th June 2013 (crop).jpg
Costa playing for Portugal in 2013
Personal information
Full name Ricardo Miguel Moreira da Costa
Date of birth (1981-05-16) 16 May 1981 (age 37)
Place of birth Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Tondela
Number 20
Youth career
1989–1992 Valadares Gaia
1992–2000 Boavista
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2003 Porto B 66 (12)
2002–2007 Porto 75 (3)
2007–2010 VfL Wolfsburg 42 (6)
2010Lille (loan) 10 (0)
2010–2014 Valencia 87 (7)
2014–2015 Al-Sailiya 15 (1)
2015–2016 PAOK 26 (0)
2016 Granada 14 (1)
2016–2017 Luzern 33 (1)
2017– Tondela 32 (2)
National team
1999 Portugal U18 7 (0)
2001–2002 Portugal U20 13 (2)
2001–2004 Portugal U21 23 (0)
2005–2014 Portugal 22 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 May 2018

Ricardo Miguel Moreira da Costa (Portuguese pronunciation: [ʁiˈkaɾðu ˈkɔʃtɐ]; born 16 May 1981) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for C.D. Tondela mainly as a central defender but occasionally as a full back.

After making his senior debut with Porto (where he was only a reserve) he went on to play in Germany, France and Spain, mainly spending several seasons with Valencia in the latter country.

A Portugal international since 2005, Costa represented the nation in three World Cups and Euro 2012.

Club career[edit]

Porto[edit]

Costa, a product of Boavista FC's youth system, was born in Vila Nova de Gaia, Porto District, and moved to neighbours FC Porto when he was still an apprentice. He made his Primeira Liga debut in a 20 January 2002 derby match precisely against Boavista (0–2 away loss, 90 minutes played),[1] but never became more than a fringe player, being preferred in the stopper's pecking order in consecutive seasons to namesake Jorge, Pedro Emanuel, Pepe and Bruno Alves.

On 21 May 2003, Costa came on as an early substitute for injured Costinha during the 2003 UEFA Cup Final in Seville, which ended in a 3–2 win.[2]

Wolfsburg[edit]

Costa at Wolfsburg in October 2009

In July 2007, as first-team opportunities appeared few at Porto, Costa signed with Bundesliga club VfL Wolfsburg on a three-year contract.[3] After a shaky start, he finished the season as an undisputed starter as the side qualified to the UEFA Cup.

On 28 September 2008, in a match against Karlsruher SC, Costa scored just 15 seconds after his introduction, making it the second-fastest goal ever scored by a substitute.[4] In the summer of 2009, he was about to be transferred to Real Zaragoza, but the deal collapsed after the two parties could not reach an agreement;[5] the move was finally cancelled on 29 July, and the player returned to Wolfsburg.

On 28 January 2010, although he was being used regularly at Wolfsburg, Costa joined OSC Lille in France.[6]

Valencia[edit]

On 17 May 2010, after having contributed relatively to Lille's fourth place in Ligue 1, he moved teams and countries again, joining Valencia CF of Spain on a four-year contract.[7][8]

Costa scored his first goal for Valencia on 9 March 2011, putting the Che ahead at FC Schalke 04 for the season's UEFA Champions League round-of-16, in an eventual 1–3 loss (2–4 on aggregate).[9] In the ensuing off-season, he was selected by manager Unai Emery as one of the team's captains.

However, things quickly turned sour for Costa: he was replaced at half-time of an eventual 4–3 home win against Racing de Santander,[10] and quickly went from first to fourth-choice after unflaterring comments directed against his teammates and management.[11][12][13]

Later years[edit]

Costa left Valencia by mutual consent on 21 July 2014, as his contract was due to expire in June 2015.[14] One week later, he agreed to a two-year deal at Al-Sailiya SC.[15] He scored his first and only goal for the Qatari club on 30 October, in a 4–3 home success over Al-Wakrah Sport Club.[16]

PAOK FC signed Costa in late January 2015, following a successful medical test.[17] In an interview to Portuguese newspaper A Bola a few months after his transfer, he talked about his experience in Asia by stating: "It was a completely different reality, that I couldn't accept. Everything was so non professional".[18] During his 12-month tenure, he appeared in 37 games all competitions comprised, his only goal coming on 27 August 2015 in a 1–1 draw at Brøndby IF for the play-off round of the Europa League.[19][20]

On 1 February 2016, 34-year-old Costa returned to Spain and its top flight to join Granada CF until June 2017.[21] He vowed to defend his new team "to the death".[22] His first appearance took place six days later, as he played the full 90 minutes in a 1–2 home loss against Real Madrid.[23]

On 5 July 2016, after contributing with 14 starts and one goal[24] to his side's eventual survival, Costa had his contract terminated by mutual consent.[25] He resumed his career at FC Luzern in Switzerland days later.[26]

The 36-year-old Costa returned to Portugal after one decade in June 2017, signing a two-year deal at top flight club C.D. Tondela.[27]

International career[edit]

Costa in action against Croatia in a 2013 friendly

Costa played for Portugal at under-21 level and was also a part of the Olympic team that played in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. A full international since 2005, he was called up to the squad for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, where he appeared against Germany in the 1–3 third-place playoff loss.[28]

On 10 May 2010, national team boss Carlos Queiroz announced a provisional list of 24 players in view for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, with Costa being included, thus returning to the squad after a four-year absence. He played twice in the tournament, always as right back: in the group stage 0–0 against Brazil,[29] and the round of 16 loss to Spain (0–1, where he was sent off in the last minute,[30] receiving a three-match ban for his actions[31]).

Costa played and started two games in the 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign. He scored his first international goal on 11 October 2013 in a 1–1 home draw against Israel,[32] and was named by manager Paulo Bento in the final 23-man squad for the tournament in Brazil.[33]

On 16 June 2014, Costa became the second Portuguese to play in three World Cups after Cristiano Ronaldo did so in the same match, coming on for the second half of the first group stage match against Germany, a 0–4 loss.[34] He was then selected to replace the suspended Pepe in a 2–2 draw with the United States, making a goal-line clearance from Michael Bradley in the second half.[35]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played on 13 May 2018[36][37]
Club Season League National Cup[a] League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Porto 2001–02 Primeira Liga 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
2002–03 Primeira Liga 10 0 4 0 6[b] 1 20 1
2003–04 Primeira Liga 9 1 5 0 0 0 14 1
2004–05 Primeira Liga 24 1 1 0 6[c] 1 31 2
2005–06 Primeira Liga 18 1 2 0 3[c] 0 23 1
2006–07 Primeira Liga 8 0 1 0 2[c] 0 11 0
Total 75 3 13 0 17 2 105 5
Wolfsburg 2007–08 Bundesliga 20 2 3 0 23 2
2008–09 Bundesliga 11 3 2 0 6[b] 0 19 3
2009–10 Bundesliga 11 1 0 0 5[c] 0 16 1
Total 42 6 5 0 11 0 58 6
Lille 2009–10 Ligue 1 10 1 0 0 10 1
Total 10 1 0 0 10 1
Valencia 2010–11 La Liga 29 0 2 0 7[c] 1 38 1
2011–12 La Liga 12 0 1 0 5[b] 1 18 1
2012–13 La Liga 26 4 4 0 6[c] 0 36 4
2013–14 La Liga 20 3 3 0 9[b] 1 32 4
Total 87 7 10 0 27 3 124 10
Al-Sailiya 2014–15 Qatar Stars League 15 1 0 0 15 1
Total 15 1 0 0 0 0 15 1
PAOK 2014–15 Superleague Greece 15 0 0 0 15 0
2015–16 Superleague Greece 11 0 1 0 10[b] 1 22 1
Total 26 0 1 0 10 1 37 1
Granada 2015–16 La Liga 14 1 0 0 14 1
Luzern 2016–17 Swiss Super League 33 1 3 0 2[b] 0 38 1
Tondela 2017–18 Primeira Liga 32 2 1 0 1 0 34 2
Career total 334 22 33 0 1 0 67 6 435 28
  1. ^ Includes Taça de Portugal, DFB-Pokal and Copa del Rey matches.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Appearances in UEFA Europa League
  3. ^ a b c d e f Appearances in UEFA Champions League

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Porto

Wolfsburg

Orders[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Boavista-FC Porto, 2–0 (Petit 43, Martelinho 90)". Record (in Portuguese). 20 January 2002. Retrieved 3 October 2017. 
  2. ^ "Uefa Cup final player ratings". BBC Sport. 21 May 2003. Retrieved 3 October 2017. 
  3. ^ "Ricardo Costa to bolster Wolfsburg defence". VfL Wolfsburg. 2 July 2007. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 9 November 2010. 
  4. ^ "Milos Jojic: The fastest debut goal ever". Borussia Dortmund. 15 February 2014. Retrieved 11 August 2015. 
  5. ^ "Martins rückt auf Platz eins der Wunschliste" [Martins still in No. 1 in wishlist] (in German). kicker. 27 July 2009. Retrieved 28 July 2009. 
  6. ^ "Le Portugais Ricardo Costa (Wolfsburg) à Lille" [Portuguese Ricardo Costa (Wolfsburg) at Lille]. Le Parisien (in French). 29 January 2010. Retrieved 7 December 2017. 
  7. ^ "Ricardo Costa, nuevo jugador del Valencia CF para las próximas cuatro temporadas" [Ricardo Costa, new Valencia player for next four seasons] (in Spanish). Valencia CF. 17 May 2010. Archived from the original on 20 May 2010. Retrieved 18 May 2010. 
  8. ^ "Valencia confirm Costa capture". UEFA. 17 May 2010. Retrieved 9 November 2010. 
  9. ^ "Farfán leads Schalke past Valencia". UEFA. 9 March 2011. Retrieved 9 March 2011. 
  10. ^ "Soldado late show sinks Santander". ESPN Soccernet. 27 August 2011. Archived from the original on 2 November 2012. Retrieved 8 February 2012. 
  11. ^ "Unai Emery margina a Parejo y Ricardo Costa" [Unai Emery ousts Parejo and Ricardo Costa]. Marca (in Spanish). 4 October 2011. Retrieved 8 February 2012. 
  12. ^ "Ricardo Costa: ´No quería causar problemas´" [Ricardo Costa: ´I didn't mean to cause problems´] (in Spanish). Super Deporte. 7 October 2011. Retrieved 8 February 2012. 
  13. ^ "Ricardo Costa vuelve a cargar contra sus compañeros" [Ricardo Costa charges against teammates again] (in Spanish). Ciber Che. 25 October 2011. Archived from the original on 21 February 2014. Retrieved 8 February 2012. 
  14. ^ "Primera Division: Ricardo Costa leaves Valencia by mutual consent". Sky Sports. 21 July 2014. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  15. ^ السيلية يدعم خط دفاعه بالتعاقد مع البرتغالي ريكاردو كوستا [Al-Sailiya bolster defensive line with signing of Ricardo Costa] (in Arabic). Al-Sailiya SC. 28 July 2014. Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
  16. ^ "7 goal thriller as Sailiya edge Al Wakrah". Qatar Stars League. 31 October 2014. Archived from the original on 19 January 2015. Retrieved 19 January 2015. 
  17. ^ "PAOK strikes deal with Portugal's Ricardo Costa". Kathimerini. 27 January 2015. Retrieved 19 April 2015. 
  18. ^ "Ricardo Costa explains Qatar exit". SDNA. 15 April 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2015. 
  19. ^ "Ricardo Costa leaves PAOK for Granada CF". SDNA. 1 February 2016. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 
  20. ^ "Brøndby 1–1 PAOK". UEFA. 27 August 2015. Retrieved 3 February 2016. 
  21. ^ "Ricardo Costa ficha por el Granada CF" [Ricardo Costa signs for Granada CF] (in Spanish). Granada Digital. 1 February 2016. Retrieved 3 February 2016. 
  22. ^ "Presentación de Costa, Doucouré y Cuenca" [Presentation of Costa, Doucouré and Cuenca] (in Spanish). Granada CF. 3 February 2016. Retrieved 3 February 2016. 
  23. ^ "Granada 1–2 Real Madrid". The Guardian. 7 February 2016. Retrieved 8 February 2016. 
  24. ^ "Granada 3–2 Las Palmas". ESPN FC. 30 April 2016. Retrieved 5 July 2016. 
  25. ^ "El Granada acuerda con Ricardo Costa la rescisión de su contrato" [Granada agree with Ricardo Costa to terminate his contract]. Ideal (in Spanish). 5 July 2016. Retrieved 5 July 2016. 
  26. ^ "Ricardo Costa neu beim FC Luzern" [Ricardo Costa new at FC Luzern]. Neue Luzerner Zeitung (in German). 8 July 2016. Retrieved 19 November 2016. 
  27. ^ "VÍDEO: Ricardo Costa em Tondela com contrato até 2019" [VIDEO: Ricardo Costa in Tondela with contract until 2019] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 28 June 2017. Retrieved 3 October 2017. 
  28. ^ "Germans give Jurgen a night to remember". The Guardian. 9 July 2006. Retrieved 7 December 2017. 
  29. ^ "Portugal 0–0 Brazil". BBC Sport. 25 June 2010. Retrieved 7 December 2017. 
  30. ^ "Spain send Portugal packing". Sky Sports. 30 June 2010. Retrieved 23 January 2018. 
  31. ^ ""This punishment is too heavy" – Costa". PortuGOAL. 9 July 2010. Retrieved 9 December 2011. 
  32. ^ "Portugal pegged back by late Israel strike". UEFA. 12 October 2013. Retrieved 29 October 2013. 
  33. ^ "Paulo Bento announces Portugal's 23-man World Cup squad". PortuGOAL. 19 May 2014. Archived from the original on 31 May 2014. Retrieved 1 June 2014. 
  34. ^ "Muller-inspired Germany thrash ten-man Portugal". FIFA. 16 June 2014. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 
  35. ^ "Varela strikes to save Portugal". FIFA. 23 June 2014. Retrieved 23 June 2014. 
  36. ^ "Ricardo Costa". ForaDeJogo. Retrieved 6 February 2014. 
  37. ^ "Ricardo Costa". Soccerway. Retrieved 6 February 2014. 
  38. ^ "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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