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Player Profile: Rui Patrício  

Rui Patricio
Full name: Rui Pedro dos Santos Patrício

Position: Goalkeeper

Date of Birth: 15 February 1988

Birthplace: Marrazes, Portugal


Goalkeeper Rui Patrício made a spectacular debut for Sporting on 19 November 2006, in the traditionally difficult away trip at Maritimo in the Portuguese Liga. Deputising for the injured Ricardo, Sporting were under pressure as they desperately defended a one-goal lead. With 15 minutes remaining Patricio produced a magnificent penalty save to guarantee all three points for his team.

After Ricardo's departure from Sporting in 2007 Rui Patrício became the main man at Sporting, and later also in the Portugal team. Patrício's excellent reflexes have been the difference in points for Sporting on countless occasions for the Lisbon club.

International reward

After having featured for Portugal from the Under-19 to Under-23 levels it was no surprise that the Sporting goalkeeper began to get calls up to the national team. His first call up was for a friendly against Italy back in 2008 by then-manager Luiz Felipe Scolari. Italy beat Portugal 3-1 and Rui Patrício sat on the bench as Ricardo, the man he succeeded at Sporting, played for the senior side that night.

Since the 2010 World Cup Rui Patrício has begun to make the step up to be Portugal's goalkeeper taking over from Eduardo. Rui Patrício made his debut for the national side under former club manager Paulo Bento in Portugal's shock 4-0 friendly win over Spain in November 2010 at the Estádio da Luz. Since his debut for the national team Rui Patrício has made 10 appearances for the national side.

Highly sought after

His performances for both club and country have made Rui Patrício a hotly sought-after talent in Europe. It was strongly rumoured that he would be the man to replace Edwin Van Der Sar at Manchester United but David De Gea took that spot instead. Nevertheless Rui Patrício is constantly linked with moves to the biggest clubs all over Europe.

With Patrício's contract expiring at the end of 2012/2013 it may well be that the goalkeeper finally does leave Sporting, the club he has been a part of since 1999 at the age of 11. The 2012 European Championships will be a great oppurtunity for Rui Patrício to put himself in the shop window for Europe's elite clubs.

by Richard Cole (24/05/2012)

Club Appearances* Goals
Sporting** 135 0

* League appearances only

** Up to 24 May 2012

Comments (2)
Our #1
2 Thursday, 24 May 2012 12:10
Solid good young keeper full of promise that will be around for years to come .. Look for Rui to make a big move in the coming years Euro 2012 would be a great stage for him to show his talents ..
1 Monday, 15 March 2010 21:27
Patricio is the man, he just needs a bit of time and some work, but I think there are a lot of people in Portugal who don't really know how lucky you are to have a good keeper like Rui.

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