Ricardinho (futsal player)

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Ricardinho
Ricardinho on Benfica.jpg
Ricardinho playing for Benfica in 2012
Personal information
Full name Ricardo Filipe da Silva Braga
Date of birth (1985-09-03) 3 September 1985 (age 31)
Place of birth Valbom, Portugal[1]
Height 1.64 m (5 ft 4 12 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Inter Movistar
Number 10
Youth career
–2002 Gramidense
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2003 Miramar
2003–2010 Benfica
2010–2013 Nagoya Oceans 70 (79)
2011 CSKA Moscow (loan)
2011–2012 Benfica (loan)
2013– Inter FS 28 (24)
National team
2003– Portugal 142 (122)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26 April 2014.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 8 November 2016

Ricardo Filipe da Silva Braga (born 3 September 1985), best known as Ricardinho, is a Portuguese professional futsal player who plays for Spanish club Inter FS[2] and the Portugal national team as a winger.

Nicknamed O Mágico (The Magician), he was named the Best Player of the World by Futsal Planet in 2010,[3] as a Benfica player, and in 2014, 2015 and 2016, as an Inter FS player.[4][5] Ricardinho is the first and only Portuguese futsal player to receive the award.

Club career[edit]

Ricardinho started his futsal career at youth side Gramidense before moving to Miramar as a professional. Two years later he signed for S.L. Benfica.

Benfica[edit]

Nicknamed "the Magician", Ricardinho is immediately a first team selection and becomes a fan favorite. Creative and virtuous, his game charms fans, but, internally, his first season in Benfica is a failure. The 2003/2004 Championship is lost to Sporting and the Portuguese Cup is won by SL Olivais. In the UEFA Futsal Cup, however, Benfica with Ricardinho in great prominence, made a historic run to the final where he would lose against the Spaniards of Interviú 7-5 on aggregate.

The next season everything is different, as he helped his club to win the "double", with victories in the National Championship and the Portuguese Cup 2004/2005, relegating their eternal rival, Sporting to second place and beating Boavista in the final of the Cup, for 4-1.

The 2005/2006 season began well with a 5-5 (5-4 penalty shootout) victory in the Super Cup, but ends up not finishing in the best way with Benfica losing the two most important competitions to Sporting. In the final of the Cup, Benfica is defeated 9-5 played in Coimbra.

In the next three seasons (2006/2007, 2007/2008 and 2008/2009) Benfica won 3 National Championships, 2 Portuguese Cups and 2 Super Cups. He was given the nickname for the international bet and equipped with a very strong team composed of players like Ricardinho, Arnaldo Pereira, Pedro Costa, Joel Queirós, César Paulo, among others, Benfica, guided by former captain André Lima gets the much sought-after trophy Of European champion, with the victory in the UEFA Futsal Cup 2009/2010. In the final four of the competition, played at the Pavilhão Atlântico in Lisbon, Ricardinho scored 2 very important goals against Luparense Calcio of Italy in the final half. The 8-4 victory at this meeting allowed Benfica to stamp their passport for the final of the event. Although he failed to score, Ricardinho was decisive in Benfica's triumph in the final against Interviú Madrid, 3-2, which made Benfica the first and only Portuguese club to become European futsal champion [ 3] Domestically Benfica would lose the chance to become a national champion [4] and would be defeated by the Belenenses in the Portuguese Cup final.

Nagoya Oceans[edit]

At the end of the 2009/2010 season, Ricardinho left Benfica after 7 seasons with the reds. According to the agreement made in January 2010, "The Magician" signed a 3-year contract with the Nagoya Oceans of Japan. [6]

Ricardinho won two trophies on his first season for the Japanese club, managed by Adil Amarante, who had also been his coach at Benfica. In his debut for Nagoya Oceans, he scored 2 goals in the Oceans Arena Cup, which would be won with a 4-0 victory over Osaka.

With that triumph, Nagoya Oceans sealed Japanese championship with relative ease. [7]

During the 2010/2011 season, Ricardinho won 2 individual titles. He was voted the best player of the Japanese championship, and also won the prestigious Umbro Futsal Award, which selects the best player in the world each year. He thus became the first (and so far only), Portuguese player to be named as the best in the world.

Loan to CSKA Moscow[edit]

For the 2011/2012 season, Ricardinho left for a new adventure. He was loaned for a season to CSKA Moscow, with the Russian club having a right to choose. Cardinal reunited like teammate, who already knew of the national selection.

The adventure lasted only a few months. Ricardinho pointed out the lack of professionalism and training as the source of the problem that led him to take the decision to rescind the contract with the Russian club.

Loan to Benfica[edit]

In early 2012, Ricardinho returned to Benfica. The player was loaned at his own request and arrived with renewed ambitions and the objective to return to conquer everything at the service of the Incarnates.

That goal would be achieved, with Benfica winning a new double, after beating Modicus in the Portuguese Cup final by 2-1 and beating Sporting in the final of the National Championship play-off. Sport Lisboa e Benfica won their 6th Championship only in the "black" after a very disputed final with their great rivals, achieving victory in game 4 (in the opponents' house), in the penalties and the triumph in the decisive game, in the prolongation . [12]

Of the 5 games of the final, Ricardinho only aligned in 2, by being suspended. Curiously, he was only in the two defeats scored by his club. Still, he made a strong contribution to Benfica's successes and won the 5th National Championship and 4th Portuguese Cup of his résumé.

Return to Nagoya Oceans[edit]

After completing the loan to Benfica, Ricardinho returned to the Japanese championship to finish last season with the Nagoya Oceans. Last year, the Portuguese international won the F. League for the second time and bid farewell to Japan.

Inter FS[edit]

In the 2013-14 season, rumours of Ricardinho's return to Europe were confirmed as he moved to the Liga Nacional de Fútbol Sala, in Spain. He signed a three-season contract with the historical club Inter Fútbol Sala (currently known, for sponsorship reasons, as Inter Movistar), one of the top futsal clubs in the world.

International career[edit]

For the National Team Ricardinho was present in 3 major international competitions. His debut was at the 2007 European Championships in Portugal. Ricardinho had a great debut and scored 4 goals. Portugal would be eliminated in the final half, by the champion Spain, but only in penalties, after a tie to 2 in the regulation time. The National Team would finish the tournament in the 4th place, with a defeat against Russia in the game of attribution of 3º and 4º Place. Spain would win the tournament by beating Italy 3-1. Ricardinho was even considered the best player of the tournament.

In 2008, Portugal qualified for the World Cup in Brazil. The tournament did not run in the best way to Ricardinho and his colleagues, who ended up eliminated in the group stage, only by the difference of goals. The 1-3 defeat with Italy would prove fatal to national aspirations.

In what could have been his second European, Ricardinho was forced to stay out for an injury [14], while his colleagues secured the 2nd place in the competition held in Hungary. Portugal missed the "Magico" at the height of their career and ended up defeated in the final by Spain, 2-4.

Two years later, Ricardinho had a new chance to bring the European title to Portugal, but the National Team failed in that objective and fell in the quarter-finals of Euro2012, at the feet of Italy, defeated by 1-3.

On September 13, 2016, Ricardinho became the top scorer in Portugal, scoring 6 goals in a 9-0 victory against Panama in the World Cup finals.

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Benfica
Nagoya Oceans
  • F. League: 2010–11, 2012–13
  • Arena's Cup: 2010, 2012
Inter Movistar

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://pt.uefa.com/futsaleuro/news/newsid=2330501.html
  2. ^ Saffer, Paul; Hunter, Graham (24 August 2012). "Ricardinho on Portugal's Thailand potential". UEFA. Retrieved 16 June 2015. 
  3. ^ Ranocchiari, Luca (8 June 2011). "UMBRO Futsal Awards 2010 - Best Player of the World". Futsal Planet. Retrieved 16 June 2015. 
  4. ^ "Best Player of the World". Futsal Planet. Retrieved 16 June 2015. 
  5. ^ "Ricardinho selected again as futsal best player in the world". Observador. Retrieved 20 May 2016. 
  6. ^ Gonçalves, Álvaro (13 July 2015). "Futsal: Ricardinho considerado melhor jogador da Liga espanhola" [Futsal: Ricardinho considered the best player of the Spanish league]. zerozero (in Portuguese). Retrieved 13 July 2015. 

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