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Ricardo Carvalho

01 June, 2006

Ricardo Carvalho from Portugal.Two-footed, good in the air, strong, and mobile, Ricardo Alberto Silveira de Carvalho is the consummate defender. Currently plying his trade for English champions Chelsea, the Portuguese international joined the junior ranks

Name: Ricardo Carvalho

Date of birth:  18 May 1978

Height:  183 cm

Weight:  79 kg

Position:  Defender

Current Club:  Chelsea (ENG)

Int'l Goals:   1 (as of 30-May-2006)

Int'l Caps:  23 (as of 30-May-2006)

First Int'l Cap:  Portugal v. Albania (11-Oct-2003)

Detail: Two-footed, good in the air, strong, and mobile, Ricardo Alberto Silveira de Carvalho is the consummate defender. Currently plying his trade for English champions Chelsea, the Portuguese international joined the junior ranks at FC Porto in 1996, having spent six years coming through the youth categories at Amarante Futebol Clube. The centre-back, 28 in May this year, spent his first few seasons at Porto farmed out on loan, despite receiving glowing reviews wherever he went.

His first season as a professional, in 1997/98, was served on loan at Portuguese minnows Leca, followed by further loan spells at Vitoria de Setubal and Alverca. It would be the 2001/02 season before Carvalho finally cemented his place in the Futebol Clube do Porto backline. With Porto legend Jorge Costa leaving for Charlton, Carvalho took full advantage, his performances earning him universal recognition and opening the doors to national team success.

The 2002/03 campaign would prove to be a defining year for Carvalho who, on top of helping Porto win the league title, the Portuguese Cup and the UEFA Cup, was selected for Portugal’s senior national side for the first time.

Golden year

The glory train showed no signs of slowing down in 2003/04, with Carvalho playing in every minute of Porto’s UEFA Champions League triumph. In the squad for Portugal’s UEFA Euro 2004 campaign, Carvalho ousted veteran centre-back Fernando Couto after just one game. His performances earned him a place in the tournament’s all-star squad as his reputation as a complete defender continued to grow. Despite Portugal’s heartbreaking defeat to Greece in the final, 2004 ended on a high for Carvalho who was voted the continent’s best defender at the European Football Awards.

On the back of Porto’s UEFA Champions League win, former coach Jose Mourinho moved swiftly to add Carvalho to a Chelsea squad brimming with international superstars. Carvalho did not disappoint, underlining his quality with a series of commanding displays and making short work of adapting to the hustle and bustle of the Premiership.

A broken toe kept him out of action for a two-month spell during the 2004/05 campaign, but Carvalho was back in time to help Chelsea close in on the title, his third domestic league crown in as many years.

Having firmly established himself as a key figure in a world-class Chelsea side, Carvalho’s skill and defensive solidity have a vital role to play in Portugal’s bid for FIFA World Cup™ glory.


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