Ricardo Costa (Portuguese footballer)

Ricardo Costa (Portuguese footballer)

Football player infobox
playername = Ricardo Costa
fullname = Ricardo Miguel Moreira da Costa
nickname =

dateofbirth = birth date and age|1981|05|16
cityofbirth = Vila Nova de Gaia
countryofbirth = Portugal
height = Height|m=1.83
currentclub = Wolfsburg
clubnumber = 5
position = Defender
youthyears = ?-1999 1999-2001
youthclubs = Boavista FC FC Porto B
years = 2001-2007 2007-
clubs = FC Porto Wolfsburg
caps(goals) = 177 (3) 25 (4)
nationalyears = 2005-
nationalteam = Portugal
nationalcaps(goals) = 6 (0)
pcupdate = August 1, 2008
ntupdate = August 1, 2008

Ricardo Miguel Moreira da Costa (born May 16, 1981 in Vila Nova de Gaia) (pron. IPA2|ʁi'kaɾdu 'kɔʃtɐ) is a Portuguese football player who currently plays as an utility defender for VfL Wolfsburg.

Costa is a product of Boavista FC's youth system, although he moved to FC Porto when he was still an apprentice. He made his debut for the Porto first team in a 2002 derby match, precisely against Boavista.

In July 2007, as first team opportunities appeared few at Porto, he joined Bundesliga's VfL Wolfsburg. After a shaky start, Costa finished the season as an undisputed starter, as the side reached a UEFA Cup final standing.

Costa played for Portugal at under-21 level and was also a part of the Olympic team that played in Athens 2004. A full international since 2005, he was called up to the first team squad for the 2006 World Cup, where he appeared against Germany, in the third-place match.

External links

* [http://www.zerozero.eu/uk/jogador.php?edicao_id=0&epoca_id=137&id=414 Stats and profile at zerozero.pt]

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