Ricardo Costa (Portuguese footballer)
Costa playing for Portugal in 2013
|Full name||Ricardo Miguel Moreira da Costa|
|Date of birth||16 May 1981|
|Place of birth||Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|2010||→ Lille (loan)||10||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 3:04, 15 June 2015 (UTC).
Ricardo Miguel Moreira da Costa (Portuguese pronunciation: [ʁiˈkaɾðu ˈkɔʃtɐ]; born 16 May 1981) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Greek club PAOK FC mainly as a central defender and occasionally as a full back.
Costa, a product of Boavista FC's youth system, was born in Vila Nova de Gaia, Porto, and moved to neighbours F.C. Porto when he was still an apprentice. He made his first division debut in a 2002 derby match precisely against Boavista, 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.
In July 2007, as first-team opportunities appeared few at Porto, Costa joined the Bundesliga's VfL Wolfsburg, on a three-year contract. After a shaky start, he finished the season as an undisputed starter as the side reached a UEFA Cup final standing.
In the summer of 2009, Costa was about to be transferred to Real Zaragoza, but the transfer could not be completed because the two parties could not come to an agreement. The deal was finally canceled on 29 July, and the player returned to Wolfsburg.
On 9 March 2011 Costa scored his first goal for Valencia, 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). In the ensuing off-season, he was selected by manager Unai Emery as one of the team's captains.
Things quickly turned sour for Costa however: he was replaced at half-time of an eventual 4–3 home win against Racing de Santander, and quickly went from first to fourth-choice after unflaterring comments directed against his teammates and management.
Costa left Valencia by mutual consent on 21 July 2014, as his contract was due to expire in June 2015. One week later he signed for Qatari club Al-Sailiya SC, for two years. He scored his first and only goal for the club on 30 October, in a 4–3 home success over Al-Wakrah Sport Club.
According to Greek press PAOK have reached a verbal agreement with Ricardo Costa, but the main problem for the transfer to be completed is the contract that Costa has with Al-Sailiya SC. However, it is expected that eventually the Portugal player will wear the shirt of PAOK before the transfer window of January closes. PAOK FC signed Costa in late January 2015, after a successful medical test.
Speaking to Portuguese newspaper "A Bola", few months after his transfer to PAOK Costa talked about his experience in Qatar by saying that "the support from european football fans was necessary for me. When you go to Qatar, you just lose the feeling of a professional footballer. I used to play with football stars and not with the police and the army. It was a completely different reality, that I couldn't accept. Everything was so non professional. It was a shock for me".
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.
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 an absence of four years. In the tournament he played twice, always as right back: in the group stage 0–0 against Brazil, and the round-of-16 loss against Spain (0–1, where he was sent off in the last minute, receiving a three-match ban for his actions).
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, and was named by manager Paulo Bento in the final 23-man squad for the tournament in Brazil.
On 16 June 2014, Costa became the second Portuguese to play in three World Cups after Cristiano Ronaldo did so in the same game, coming on for the second half of the first group stage match against Germany, a 0–4 loss. 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.
- UEFA Champions League: 2003–04
- UEFA Cup: 2002–03
- Intercontinental Cup: 2004
- Primeira Liga: 2002–03, 2003–04, 2005–06, 2006–07
- Taça de Portugal: 2002–03, 2005–06
|Club||Season||League||National Cup[a]||League Cup||Continental||Other||Total|
|Al-Sailiya||2014–15||Qatar Stars League||15||1||0||0||—||—||—||15||1|
- "Ricardo Costa to bolster Wolfsburg defence". Vfl Wolfsburg. 2 July 2007. Retrieved 9 November 2010.
- "Martins rückt auf Platz eins der Wunschliste" [Martins still in No. 1 in wishlist] (in German). kicker. 27 July 2009. Retrieved 28 July 2009.
- "Ricardo Costa, nuevo jugador del Valencia CF para las próximas cuatro temporadas" [Ricardo Costa, new Valencia player for next four seasons] (in Spanish). Valencia's official website. 17 May 2010. Retrieved 18 May 2010.
- "Valencia confirm Costa capture". UEFA.com. 17 May 2010. Retrieved 9 November 2010.
- "Farfán leads Schalke past Valencia". UEFA.com. 9 March 2011. Retrieved 9 March 2011.
- "Soldado late show sinks Santander". ESPN Soccernet. 27 August 2011. Retrieved 8 February 2012.
- "Unai Emery margina a Parejo y Ricardo Costa" [Unai Emery ousts Parejo and Ricardo Costa] (in Spanish). Marca. 4 October 2011. Retrieved 8 February 2012.
- "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.
- "Ricardo Costa vuelve a cargar contra sus compañeros" [Ricardo Costa charges against teammates again] (in Spanish). Ciber Che. 25 October 2011. Retrieved 8 February 2012.
- "Primera Division: Ricardo Costa leaves Valencia by mutual consent". Sky Sports. 21 July 2014. Retrieved 22 July 2014.
- السيلية يدعم خط دفاعه بالتعاقد مع البرتغالي ريكاردو كوستا (in Arabic). Al-Sailiya SC. 28 July 2014. Retrieved 28 July 2014.
- "7 goal thriller as Sailiya edge Al Wakrah". Qatar Stars League. 31 October 2014. Retrieved 19 January 2015.
- "Ricardo Costa close to PAOK". www.sdna.gr. 22 January 2015.
- "PAOK strikes deal with Portugal's Ricardo Costa". Ekathimerini. 27 January 2015. Retrieved 19 April 2015.
- "Ricardo Costa explains Qatar exit". www.sdna.gr. 15 April 2015.
- ""This punishment is too heavy" – Costa". PortuGOAL. 9 July 2010. Retrieved 9 December 2011.
- "Portugal pegged back by late Israel strike". UEFA.com. 12 October 2013. Retrieved 29 October 2013.
- "Paulo Bento announces Portugal's 23-man World Cup squad". PortuGOAL. 19 May 2014. Retrieved 1 June 2014.
- "Muller-inspired Germany thrash ten-man Portugal". FIFA.com. 16 June 2014. Retrieved 17 June 2014.
- "Varela strikes to save Portugal". FIFA.com. 23 June 2014. Retrieved 23 June 2014.
- "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.
- "Ricardo Costa". ForaDeJogo. Retrieved 6 February 2014.
- "Ricardo Costa". Soccerway.
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- BDFutbol profile
- National team data (Portuguese)
- Ricardo Costa at National-Football-Teams.com
- Ricardo Costa – FIFA competition record
- 2010 FIFA World Cup profile
- CiberChe stats and bio (Spanish)