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This is a Portuguese name; the first family name is Silva and the second is Couto.
Fernando Couto
Personal information
Full name Fernando Manuel Silva Couto
Date of birth 2 August 1969 (1969-08-02) (age 40)
Place of birth    Espinho, Portugal
Height 1.84 m (6 ft +12 in)
Playing position Centre-back
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1987–1988
1988–1989
1989–1990
1990–1994
1994–1996
1996–1998
1998–2005
2005–2008
Porto
Familicão
Académica Coimbra
Porto
Parma
FC Barcelona
Lazio
Parma
001 0(0)
000 0(0)
028 0(3)
106 (10)
039 0(4)
045 0(0)
145 0(9)
063 0(1)   
National team
1990–2004 Portugal 110 0(8)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Fernando Manuel Silva Couto, OIH (Portuguese pronunciation: [fɨɾˈnɐ̃du ˈkotu] or [ˈkoutu]; born 2 August 1969) is a former Portuguese professional football player. Couto has played in a number of top clubs in Portugal, Spain, and Italy and he has won the national league title of each country, as well as the European UEFA Cup and UEFA Cup Winners' Cup trophies.

At the international level, he represented the Portugal national football team in 110 matches, and took part in the 2002 FIFA World Cup as well as three European Championship tournaments. During his last matches with the Portuguese national team, at UEFA Euro 2004 in Portugal, he was selected as team captain.

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Club career

Born in Espinho near Porto, Couto began his career with FC Porto. Following a few seasons at lower league clubs Familicão and Académica Coimbra, he returned to Porto in 1990 with great success. In the following four seasons, he won three Portuguese SuperLiga titles with the club, before switching to the Italian Serie A, joining Parma AC in 1994. In his first season at Parma, the club enjoyed a run to the 1995 UEFA Cup final, where they narrowly defeated Juventus 2-1 on aggregate.

He joined Spanish club FC Barcelona in 1996, where his teammate Luís Figo was also enjoying a purple patch. With Barcelona, he won two Spanish Cups and his first UEFA Cup Winners' Cup medal, after a 1-0 win over Paris Saint-Germain in the May 1997 final at Rotterdam. The following year, Barça won the The Double of domestic league and cup titles. Couto left the club on a high, and joined Roman club SS Lazio in July 1998.

His first title with the club was another UEFA Cup Winners' Cup triumph in the 1998-99 season, with a victory over RCD Mallorca in the final at Villa Park in Birmingham. With Swedish coach Sven-Göran Eriksson, Lazio won the title on the last day of their 1999-00 centennial season.

In 2001, he failed a doping test showing positive for the steroid nandrolone. Couto denied having taken forbidden substances, but his "B" test confirmed the finding and he eventually served four months out of a nine-month worldwide ban for the offence.[1]

In 2005, Couto returned to Parma after ten years away, with SS Lazio unable to match his wage demands for a contract renewal.

In the 2005-06 season, Couto made 23 appearances in Serie A with Parma.

In the 2006-07 season, he was injured at the season's start, but still made 23 appearances and score a goal.

The following season proved to be disastrous for Parma as they are relegated to Serie B and Couto (17 appearances and no goal) was out of his contract at the end of season. He played his last match on the final day of the Serie A season on the 18 May 2008 at the age of 39, then retired from football.

International career

Following Portugal's win at the 1989 FIFA World Youth Championship for under-20 players, Couto and the other Portuguese winners were announced as the "Golden Generation" of Portuguese football. However, at the senior level, Couto and the Portuguese national team failed to qualify for both the 1994 and 1998 FIFA World Cup finals and the team surprised pundits and fans alike with a dire display at the 2002 FIFA World Cup, despite a multi-talented side.

The European Championships was a happier hunting ground for Couto and Portugal, with a run to the quarter-finals in Euro 1996 and a bitter semi-final defeat to the later winners from France in the Euro 2000 tournament. Even though Couto neared 34 years of age at the Euro 2004, his formidable partnership with fellow veteran Jorge Costa in Portugal's central defence saw him escape new coach Luiz Felipe Scolari's mass culling of the side that crashed out of the 2002 FIFA World Cup in the first round. Couto was selected the captain of the Portuguese national team at the Euro 2004, which was hosted on home grounds in Portugal. With some disastrous display in the opening game against Greece, which the team lost 2-1 in the opening. He was relegated to the bench to make way for Ricardo Carvalho, and the captain's armband was handed to Figo (vice-captain). The team was upset 0-1 by Greece in the final game.

Couto ended his national team career following the Euro 2004 exit. He ended at level with Luís Figo as the most-capped player in Portuguese history, with 110 appearances for the national team, though Figo went on to play a further 18 national team games.

Career statistics

[1]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Portugal League Cup of Portugal Portuguese League Cup Europe Total
1987-88 Porto Portuguese Liga 1 0
1988-89 Famalicão
1989-90 Académica Coimbra Liga de Honra
1990-91 Porto Portuguese Liga 25 3
1991-92 32 2
1992-93 26 4
1993-94 23 1
Italy League Coppa Italia League Cup Europe Total
1994-95 Parma Serie A 27 4
1995-96 12 0
Spain League Copa del Rey Copa de la Liga Europe Total
1996-97 FC Barcelona La Liga 27 0
1997-98 18 0
Italy League Coppa Italia League Cup Europe Total
1998-99 Lazio Serie A 22 2
1999-00 14 0
2000-01 18 0
2001-02 29 1
2002-03 15 0
2003-04 23 3
2004-05 24 3
2005-06 Parma Serie A 23 0
2006-07 23 2
2007-08 17 0
Total Portugal 107 10
Spain 45 0
Italy 247 15
Career Total 399 25

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Simple English

Fernando Couto
Personal information
Full name Fernando Manuel Silva Couto
Date of birth 2 August 1969 (1969-08-02) (age 41)
Place of birth    Espinho, Portugal
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Defender (retired)
Senior clubs
Years Club
1987-1988
1988-1989
1989-1990
1990-1994
1994-1996
1996-1998
1998-2005
2005-2008
Porto
Famalicão
Académica Coimbra
Porto
Parma
Barcelona
Lazio
Parma
National team
1990-2004 Portugal

Fernando Couto (born 2 August 1969) is a former Portuguese football player. He has played for Portugal national team.

Club career statistics

[1]

Club Performance League
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals
PortugalLeague
1987/88PortoPortuguese Liga10
1988/89Famalicão
1989/90Académica CoimbraLiga Honra
1990/91PortoPortuguese Liga253
1991/92322
1992/93264
1993/94231
ItalyLeague
1994/95ParmaSerie A274
1995/96120
SpainLeague
1996/97BarcelonaLa Liga260
1997/98180
ItalyLeague
1998/99LazioSerie A222
1999/00140
2000/01180
2001/02291
2002/03151
2003/04233
2004/05243
2005/06ParmaSerie A230
2006/07231
2007/08170
CountryPortugal 1079
Italy 24715
Spain 440
Total 39824

International career statistics

[2]

Portugal national team
YearAppsGoals
199010
199150
199260
199381
199421
199570
1996123
199760
199851
199970
2000140
200160
2002110
2003121
200481
Total1108

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