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Player Profile: Paulo Ferreira  


Paulo FerreiraFull name: Paulo Renato Rebocho Ferreira
Position: Defender
Date of Birth: 18 January 1979
Birthplace: Cascais, Portugal

An unspectacular but consistent performer, Paulo Ferreira was once described by Jose Mourinho as “a player who will never be man of the match but will always score 7/10 for his individual display.”

Ferreira is a utility defender who can play at right-back, left-back and even in central defence in an emergency. Indeed, his versatility is such that he also played as a right-sided midfielder early in his career.

However, it is at full-back where he is most effective, combining timely tackling, fine tactical positioning and his familiar lolloping runs to support the attack.

Born in the fashionable seaside resort of Cascais 30 kilometres outside the Portuguese capital, Ferreira began his career at second-tier club Estoril Praia, before moving to top-flight outfit Setubal at the start of the 2001/2002 season.

Non-stop success

His solid performances caught the eye of new FC Porto coach Jose Mourinho, but when the Dragons purchased him in the summer of 2002, neither man would surely have dreamed of the incredible success they would enjoy in tandem.

Ferreira was a regular for Porto as Mourinho’s team won the Champions League, the Uefa Cup, two Portuguese Championships and a Portuguese Cup in the most successful two-year period in the club’s history. Ferreira was voted Europe’s top right-back in 2003 in a poll held by Uefa.com which attracted over two million votes.

Upon moving to Chelsea, Mourinho made Ferreira one of his first signings for a staggering €20 million transfer fee. The price tag hardly weighed heavily on his shoulders as Ferreira put in an impressive first season to lift the Premiership title and Carling Cup – two pieces of silverware he again lifted in the following two seasons, along with the FA Cup.

International career

An automatic choice in Luiz Filipe Scolari’s squads over the past four years, Ferreira has accumulated 38 caps for his country. He started the Euro 2004 campaign against Greece, but the tournament coincided with a rare dip in form which saw him replaced by Miguel.

The two have since nurtured a healthy rivalry for the right-back spot. Although Miguel appears to have won that particular battle, Ferreira’s dependability has seen him often line up alongside the Valencia man on the opposite side of the Portugal defence.

by Tom Kundert (15/03/2007)

Vitoria Setubal692

* League appearances only

** Up to May 2009

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