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NUNO GOMES

01 June, 2006

NUNO GOMES from Portugal.A striker who works tirelessly for his team-mates, Nuno Gomes's star shone bright at UEFA EURO 2000 but he has experienced mixed fortunes since.

Name: NUNO GOMES

Date of birth:   5 July 1976

Height:  181 cm

Weight:  76 kg

Position:  Forward

Current Club:  Benfica (POR)

Int'l Goals:   23 (as of 30-May-2006)

Int'l Caps:  53 (as of 30-May-2006)

First Int'l Cap:  France v. Portugal (24-Jan-1996)

Detail: A striker who works tirelessly for his team-mates, Nuno Gomes's star shone bright at UEFA EURO 2000™ but he has experienced mixed fortunes since.

National team

Having represented Portugal at every level from Under-15 upwards, he made his senior international debut aged 19 in a 1996 friendly against France. Scored for his country at that summer's Atlanta Olympic Games but had to wait four years for his first full international goal. The timing could hardly have been better: in Portugal's opening match at EURO 2000™ he marked his fourth start with the winner in a 3-2 victory against England. Scored four goals overall as Portugal reached the last four but earned a seven-month international ban after pushing referee Günter Benko following the semi-final defeat by France. He scored once as Portugal made the UEFA EURO 2004™ final and has since been in and out of the starting eleven.

Club

Born in north-west Portugal, Nuno Gomes established his reputation with Boavista FC, where he made his debut in the 1994/95 season. He collected his first silverware as Boavista beat SL Benfica to lift the Portuguese Cup in 1997. He was on target in the final and scored 15 league goals that term - enough to earn a transfer to Benfica.

2000: After three seasons at the Estádio da Luz, during which he scored 60 league goals in 101 appearances, his EURO 2000™ exploits earned him a €17m move to AC Fiorentina. He won the Coppa Italia in his first season, before Fiorentina's financial collapse precipated his return to Benfica. But a series of niggling injuries hampered his homecoming, although he grew in strength and confidence as the season progressed and was an impressive performer in the Portuguese Cup final victory against FC Porto.

2004/05: Another season curtailed by a lack of fitness that saw him complete just six of the 23 games he started. He nevertheless scored seven goals as Benfica claimed their long-awaited 31st title.

Did you know?

Christened Nuno Miguel Soares Perreira Ribeiro, he chose the name Nuno Gomes after watching Fernando Gomes, FC Porto's star striker of the 1970s and 80s.


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