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Nuno Gomes
Nuno Gomes (1388215345).jpg
Personal information
Full name Nuno Miguel Soares Pereira Ribeiro
Date of birth July 5, 1976 (1976-07-05) (age 33)
Place of birth Amarante, Portugal
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11+12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Benfica
Number 21
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1997 Boavista 007900(23)
1997–2000 Benfica 010100(60)
2000–2002 Fiorentina 005300(14)
2002– Benfica 017900(61)
National team
1996– Portugal 007700(29)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 September 2009.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 October 2009
This is a Portuguese name; the first family name is Soares Pereira and the second is Ribeiro.

Nuno Miguel Soares Pereira Ribeiro (born 5 July 1976 in Amarante), commonly known as Nuno Gomes, is a Portuguese footballer who currently plays for Sport Lisboa e Benfica in the Portuguese first division, as a striker.

He was given the nickname Gomes during childhood after FC Porto and Portugal great Fernando Gomes, and was one of the country's most recognisable offensive players in the past decade; he consistently scored for both club and country, and was capable of being a good link-up player, accumulating a number of assists throughout his career.

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Club career

Gomes established his reputation with Boavista FC, where he made his debut in the 1994–95 season, aged 18. He collected his first silverware as Boavista beat Sport Lisboa e Benfica to lift the Portuguese Cup in 1996–97, and scored 23 goals in 79 appearances in three years for the northerners, including 15 in his last term, before moving to Benfica.

After three seasons at Benfica, in which he scored over 60 goals in over 100 appearances, UEFA Euro 2000 exploits earned him a 17 million move to ACF Fiorentina. He won the Italian Cup his first year, but financial collapse by the Viola precipitated a 2002 return to Benfica.

A series of nagging injuries from 2002 to 2005 limited Gomes to under 70 games;[1][2] however, he still helped Benfica win the domestic cup in 2003–04 and the league the following season. In the latter, he contributed with seven goals in 23 outings. He enjoyed his best season in 2005–06, scoring 15 goals in the league, including two at FC Porto (2–0 win[3]) and a hat-trick against União de Leiria, snatching second place in the goalscorers' list, and adding the following Portuguese Super Cup, netting the game's only against Vitória de Setúbal.[4]

From 2006–07 onwards, Gomes faced tough competition for a starting place in Benfica's attack: he only netted six times in the league, and would suffer even more after the signing of Paraguayan Óscar Cardozo in the following summer. However, still a valuable member of the squad, he netted nine goals overall during the season, and was also made team captain over legendary Rui Costa.

On 2 October 2008, he scored his 150th goal for Benfica in a UEFA Cup outing against S.S.C. Napoli (2–0 home win, 4–3 aggregate triumph) with a fine header.

Gomes has recently been linked with a move to PAOK FC.

International career

Gomes currently has earned 77 caps and scored 29 goals for Portugal. Having represented the national side at every level, from the U-15 to the seniors, he netted at an excellent rate at every level.

He represented Portugal in the third place finish in the 1995 Under-20 World Cup, netting four times in as much games, including two in the third-place game against Spain. The following year, he appeared at the 1996 Summer Olympics, helping Portugal to an eventual 4th place.

Gomes made his senior international debut at 19 in a 1996 friendly against France. He scored his first senior international goal in Portugal's opening match at the UEFA Euro 2000, marking his fourth start with the winner as Portugal came from two goals down to beat England 3–2. Gomes would finish the competition with four goals as Portugal reached the last four, but earned a seven-month international ban after pushing referee Günter Benkö following the semi-final defeat by France.[5]

With seven goals in only six matches, Gomes helped Portugal qualify for the 2002 World Cup; this included a four-goal performance against Andorra. He would struggle to hold a starting place in the finals, only appearing twice as a substitute. On 19 November 2003, he scored his second hat-trick, in only 21 minutes of play against Kuwait.

Things went better for Gomes at UEFA Euro 2004, where he played each game and, after coming on as a halftime substitute, scored the winning goal against Spain to send the hosts through to the quarter-finals. He was often injured during Portugal's 2006 World Cup qualifiers, only managing to play four games, with one goal. He found limited time at the final stages and only made two appearances, but managed to find the back of the net with a header against Germany in the third-place game, a 1–3 defeat.

After the retirement of Pauleta, Gomes was expected to become his successor in the striker role. He played 10 times and scored three times in Euro 2008's qualifying campaign, captained Portugal at the finals, and scored against Germany in the quarter-finals, thus becoming the fourth player to score at three straight European Championships.

Club statistics

Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Boavista 1994-95 17 1 ? 1 ? 0 17 2
1995-96 28 7 ? 0 ? 1 28 8
1996-97 34 15 ? 4 ? 2 34 21
Benfica 1997-98 33 18 5 4 2 0 40 22
1998-99 34 24 2 3 8 7 44 34
1999-00 34 18 3 1 6 1 43 20
Total 180 83 10 13 16 11 206 107
Fiorentina 2000-01 30 9 4 3 34 12
2001-02 23 5 6 2 29 7
Total 53 14 4 3 6 2 63 19
Benfica 2002-03 27 9 0 0 5 5 32 14
2003-04 21 7 2 0 4 5 27 12
2004-05 23 7 5 2 6 3 34 12
2005-06 29 15 2 1 8 0 39 16
2006-07 24 6 3 3 12 4 39 13
2007-08 25 7 2 1 0 0 8 1 35 9
2008-09 22 7 1 0 1 1 6 1 29 9
2009-10 3 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 3 3
Total 174 59 15 7 1 1 49 20 238 89
Career total 407 156 29 23 1 1 71 33 507 211

Honours

Team

Boavista
Benfica
Fiorentina
National team

Individual

Personal

Nuno Gomes was featured on the cover of the Portuguese edition of FIFA Football 2003.

References

  1. ^ Early finish for Nuno Gomes; UEFA.com, 15 May 2003
  2. ^ Nuno Gomes enjoys happy return; UEFA.com, 5 November 2003
  3. ^ Nuno Gomes inspires Benfica; UEFA.com, 15 October 2005
  4. ^ Benfica earn Super Cup success; UEFA.com, 13 August 2005
  5. ^ UEFA suspends Portuguese trio; BBC Sport, 2 July 2000

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Luís Figo
Portugal Captain
2006-2008
Succeeded by
Cristiano Ronaldo

Simple English

Nuno Gomes
File:Nuno Gomes (1388215345).jpg
Personal information
Full name Nuno Miguel Soares Pereira Ribeiro
Date of birth 5 July 1976 (1976-07-05) (age 34)
Place of birth    Amarante, Portugal
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11+12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Benfica
Number 21
Senior clubs
Years Club
1994-1997
1997-2000
2000-2002
2002-
Boavista
Benfica
Fiorentina
Benfica
National team
1996-2009 Portugal

Nuno Gomes (born 5 July 1976) is a Portuguese football player. He plays for Benfica and Portugal national team.

He started his career from Boavista in 1994. In 1997, he changed team and he went to Benfica. In 2000/01 season, he went to Fiorentina and in 2002/03 season he returned to Benfica.

Club career statistics

Club Performance League CupLeague CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
PortugalLeague Cup of Portugal Portuguese League Cup EuropeTotal
1994/95BoavistaPortuguese Liga171-171
1995/96287-287
1996/973415-3415
1997/98BenficaPortuguese Liga331854-204022
1998/99342423-874434
1999/00341831-614320
ItalyLeague Coppa Italia League Cup EuropeTotal
2000/01FiorentinaSerie A30943-3412
2001/02235-62297
PortugalLeague Cup of Portugal Portuguese League Cup EuropeTotal
2002/03BenficaPortuguese Liga27900-553214
2003/0421720-452712
2004/0523752-633412
2005/06291521-803916
2006/0724633-1243913
2007/08257210081359
2008/09227101161309
2009/10
CountryPortugal 3511412515116527442184
Italy 531443-626319
Total 4041552918117129505203

International career statistics

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Portugal national team
YearAppsGoals
199610
199720
199820
199930
200094
200199
200271
200333
2004114
200552
200673
200771
200882
200920
Total7629

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