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Costinha
Personal information
Full name Francisco José Rodrigues Costa
Date of birth December 1, 1974 (1974-12-01) (age 35)
Place of birth Lisbon, Portugal
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11+12 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current club Retired
Youth career
1990–1994 Oriental
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1995 Oriental 26 (3)
1995–1996 Machico 30 (5)
1996–1997 Nacional 27 (4)
1997–2001 Monaco 84 (3)
2001–2005 FC Porto 108 (13)
2005–2006 Dynamo Moscow 10 (0)
2006–2007 Atlético Madrid 24 (0)
2007–2010 Atalanta 1 (0)
National team
1998–2006 Portugal 53 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 February 2010.
† Appearances (Goals).
This is a Portuguese name; the family name is Rodrigues da Costa.

Francisco José Rodrigues da Costa, OIH (born 1 December 1974 in Lisbon), commonly known as Costinha (Portuguese pronunciation: [kɔʃˈtiɲɐ]), is a retired Portuguese footballer, who played as a defensive midfielder.

Best known for his tackling and positioning,[1] he played professionally in five different countries, and was also a Portuguese international.

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Club career

After years of playing in the lower leagues, Costinha caught the interest of French side AS Monaco FC while playing with C.D. Nacional, then in the Portuguese second division. After a tentative first season, he became an important first team member, helping with 28 matches and one goal to the club's 1999–2000 league conquest.

Aged almost 27, Costinha made his Portuguese league debut when he signed with F.C. Porto in 2001–02. He would be an instrumental midfield element in the northerners' two consecutive national titles. Arguably, Costinha's finest club moment came on 9 March 2004 when he scored against and effectively knocked out Manchester United in 2003–04's Champions League first knockout round.[1] Porto went on to win the title, beating former side Monaco 3–0 in the final.

An undisputed starter again in 2004–05, Costinha was sold to FC Dynamo Moscow in May 2005, alongside teammates Maniche and Giourkas Seitaridis, following Derlei (left in January).[2] Unsettled, he left for Atlético Madrid, where he would play in 2006–07.[3]

Costinha would be released by the Colchoneros in August 2007, joining Serie A outfit Atalanta BC,[4] where he would appear very rarely throughout his spell (only one match, in his first season) due to serious injuries and, later, technical choices from his club, who considered the player unfit to play competitively, despite him having the highest salary in the first team (700,000 per year, in a contract due to expire in June 2010). The club tried to agree a mutual termination of the contract with the player, and also attempted unsuccessfully to obtain rescision of his contract through the Italian Football League.[5]

On 23 February 2010, 35-year old Costinha finally rescinded his link to Atalanta.[6] He immediately retired, being named shortly afterwards Sporting Clube de Portugal's director of football, succeeding sacked Ricardo Sá Pinto, his former international teammate.

International career

Costinha made his debut for Portugal on 14 October 1998, during a Euro 2000 qualifier 1–0 home win against Slovakia, going on to appear in the tournament's final stage, where he scored an injury time header against Romania (1–0).

He also played at UEFA Euro 2004 and the 2006 FIFA World Cup. During the latter, on 25 June, he took part in the Battle of Nuremberg, being one of four players sent off in the round of 16 success against the Netherlands (1–0), after two bookable offenses, the second being a handball.

Costinha finished his international career with 53 caps and two goals, having been rarely called during the Euro 2008 qualifying stage.

Club statistics

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
France League Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue Europe Total
1997-98 Monaco French League 11 0
1998-99 21 2
1999-00 28 1
2000-01 24 0
Portugal League Cup of Portugal Portuguese League Cup Europe Total
2001-02 Porto Portuguese League 28 3
2002-03 23 5
2003-04 27 2
2004-05 30 3
Russia League Russian Cup Russian Premier League Cup Europe Total
2005 Dynamo Moscow Russian League 10 0
Spain League Copa del Rey Copa de la Liga Europe Total
2006-07 Atlético Madrid Spanish League 24 0
Italy League Coppa Italia League Cup Europe Total
2007-08 Atalanta Italian League 1 0
2008-09
2009-10
Total France 94 3
Portugal 108 13
Russia 10 0
Spain 24 0
Italy 1 0
Career Total 237 16

Honours

References

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Simple English

Costinha
Personal information
Full name Francisco José Rodrigues Costa Júnior
Date of birth 1 December 1974 (1974-12-01) (age 36)
Place of birth    Lisbon, Portugal
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11+12 in)
Playing position Midfielder (retired)
Senior clubs
Years Club
1995-1996
1996-1997
1997-2001
2001-2005
2005
2006-2007
2007-2010
Machico
Nacional
Monaco
Porto
Dynamo Moscow
Atlético Madrid
Atalanta
National team
1998-2006 Portugal

Costinha (born 1 December 1974) is a former Portuguese football player. He has played for Portugal national team.

Club career statistics

[1]

Club Performance League
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals
PortugalLeague
1995/96Machico305
1996/97Nacional274
FranceLeague
1997/98MonacoDivision 1110
1998/99212
1999/00281
2000/01240
PortugalLeague
2001/02PortoPortuguese Liga283
2002/03235
2003/04272
2004/05303
RussiaLeague
2005Dynamo MoscowPremier League100
SpainLeague
2006/07Atlético MadridLa Liga240
ItalyLeague
2007/08AtalantaSerie A10
2008/0900
2009/1000
CountryPortugal 16522
France 843
Russia 100
Spain 240
Italy 10
Total 28425

International career statistics

Portugal national team
YearAppsGoals
199810
199900
200081
200110
200221
200380
2004150
200560
2006120
Total532

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