Ricardo Carvalho

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Ricardo Carvalho
0Full Name Ricardo Alberto
Silveira de Carvalho
0Date of Birth 18 May 1978
0Place of Birth Amarante, Portugal
0Position Centre back
0Chelsea career 2004 - 2010
0Debut 15 August 2004
0Games (goals) 210 (11)
0Other clubs FC Porto
Leça (loan)
Vitória de Setúbal (loan)
Alverca (loan)
Real Madrid
AS Monaco

Ricardo Alberto Silveira de Carvalho, (born 18 May 1978 in Amarante) is a Portuguese central defender who played for Chelsea for six years. He signed for Chelsea in 2004, joining his former manager at Porto, José Mourinho, at Stamford Bridge. His time at Chelsea coincided with the most successful period in the club's history, winning the Premier League and FA Cup three times, and the League Cup and Community Shield twice. He is one of the most decorated players in Chelsea's history, and was a key player during his time at the club; in 2008 he was voted Players' Player of the Year for the 2007-08 season by his team-mates. He left to join Real Madrid in August 2010, reuniting once again with Mourinho.


Before Chelsea


Carvalho joined FC Porto as a junior during the 1996-97 season. He joined Leça FC on loan the following season where he appeared regularly. Further loan spells at Vitória de Setubal and F.C. Alverca followed, before he returned to Porto to compete for a place in the first team. Behind Jorge Andrade and captain Jorge Costa in the pecking order, he dislodged the latter and forged an impressive partnership with Andrade, making 25 league appearances. Andrade moved to Deportivo de La Coruña for the following season, but with Jorge Costa returning from a loan spell at Charlton Athletic new manager José Mourinho chose to pair him and Pedro Emanuel in central defence at the start of the season. Carvalho regained his place in the side however, and he helped his side to the UEFA Cup in a 3-2 extra time win against Celtic. In recognition of his fine form, Carvalho was named Portuguese League Footballer of the Year and Porto Footballer of the Year.

Carvalho established himself as one of Europe's best defenders during the 2003-04 season, helping Porto to a second consecutive title, and victory in the UEFA Champions League; a campaign in which he was ever-present. The Portuguese defender's contribution led to further personal accolades. He won the UEFA Club Best Defender of the Year award, was voted into the UEFA Team of the Year. He was also named in the 50-strong shortlist for the European Footballer of the Year (Ballon d'Or), eventually finishing ninth; the only defender named in the top 10. Carvalho also impressed in Portugal's Euro 2004 campaign over the summer, and was nominated for UEFA's Team of the Tournament. With his form attracting interest from Europe's top clubs, reportedly including Inter Milan, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester United, it was Chelsea who stepped in with the a €30 million for the centre back, with new manager José Mourinho determined to bring the defender with him to west London. Porto accepted the offer and Carvalho joined on a 3 year contract, re-joining Mourinho and former Porto team-mate Paulo Ferreira at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea career


Despite William Gallas having ably replaced Marcel Desailly for much of the previous season along side John Terry in central defence, Carvalho was soon a regular starter, helping Chelsea to their first league title in 50 years. He scored his first goal for the Blues in March in a 3-1 win against Norwich City, as Chelsea surged towards the title.

Despite his impressive debut season, with captain John Terry and William Gallas also in the squad Chelsea were well endowed with talent at centre half, and at the start of the 2005-06 season Carvalho found himself behind Gallas for a place in the side along side Terry. Having been named as a substitute for the opening game of the season Carvalho vented his frustation to the press, calling the manager's failure to select him "incomprehensible". This drew a public response from Mourinho, who commented "Ricardo Carvalho seems to have problems understanding things, maybe he should have an IQ test." [1] He was left out again for the following match against Arsenal and was fined £80,000 for his comments, but soon returned to the starting line-up as Chelsea won the opening nine matches of the Premier League season. He also score in two games as Chelsea qualified from their group in the UEFA Champions League.

Carvalho was sent off for the first time in his Chelsea career in a home draw with Charlton Athletic in January 2006 for two bookable offences, but he again featured regularly over the second half of the season as Chelsea clinched a second consecutive league title. Carvalho crowned his season with a third goal against Manchester United in a 3-0 home win.


After Chelsea

Real Madrid


Carvalho has won 75 caps for the Portuguese national side over a seven-and-a-half year period, scoring four goals. He made his debut during the 2003-04 season, on 11 October 2003 in a 5-3 friendly match win over Albania. He established himself as a first choice centre back for his country early in the UEFA Euro 2004 Championships, replacing veteran defender Fernando Couto to replicate the partnership with Jorge Andrade that had served Porto well a season earlier. Though Portugal lost in the final of their home tournament – a surprise defeat against Greece – Carvalho was one of the outstanding players of the tournament, being nominated in the UEFA Euro Team of the Tournament along with Maniche, Luís Figo and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Carvalho continued to be a key player for Portugal, and played for his country in a second major tournament; the 2006 World Cup in Germany, where Portugal finished fourth. He was involved in a controversial incident in the quarter final against England, the Chelsea defender appearing to be the victim of a stamp by England striker Wayne Rooney, for which the Englishman was red-carded. Carvalho was also involved in a key moment in the semi-final against France, the defender bringing down Thierry Henry in the box and conceding a penalty. Zinedine Zidane converted what would prove the only goal of the game. He missed the third place play-off having picked up a second booking in the knock-out phase in the same game.

Carvalho also represented his country at Euro 2008, where he played in three of Portugal's four matches as they were knocked out in the quarter finals, and at the 2010 World Cup, where he formed a formidable partnership with Bruno Alves, keeping three clean sheets in the three group stage matches. Unfortunately for the Portuguese they met eventual winners Spain in the round of 16; when a solitary goal was enough to see the Spanish through.

In 2011 Carvalho retired from international football in controversial circumstances, walking out of the Portuguese training camp prior to a Euro 2012 qualifier. In an echo of his displeasure with being left out of the Chelsea side six years earlier he claimed he had been "disrespected and hurt" after not being selected for a match against Cyprus. [2]


Season Prem FA Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2004-05 25 1 1 0 3 0 10 0 0 0 39 1
2005-06 24 1 3 0 0 0 8 2 0 0 35 3
2006-07 31 3 5 1 4 0 10 0 1 0 51 4
2007-08 21 1 2 0 4 0 10 0 1 0 38 1
2008-09 12 1 2 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 18 1
2009-10 22 0 1 0 0 0 5 0 1 1 29 1
Total 135 7 14 1 11 0 47 2 3 1 210 11


# Season Date Year Competition Opponent Score Result Venue
12004-0505 March2005Premier LeagueNorwich City3-13-1Carrow Road
22005-0619 October2005Champions LeagueReal Betis2-04-0Stamford Bridge
32005-0623 November2005Champions LeagueAnderlecht2-02-0Constant Vanden Stock
42005-0629 April2006Premier LeagueManchester United3-03-0Stamford Bridge
52006-0709 September2006Premier LeagueCharlton Athletic2-12-1Stamford Bridge
62006-0726 November2006Premier LeagueManchester United1-11-1Old Trafford
72006-0706 January2007FA CupMacclesfield Town6-16-1Stamford Bridge
82006-0707 April2007Premier LeagueTottenham Hotspur1-01-0Stamford Bridge
92007-0830 March2008Premier LeagueMiddlesbrough1-01-0Stamford Bridge
102008-0913 September2008Premier LeagueManchester City1-13-1City of Manchester Stadium
112009-1009 August2009FA Community ShieldManchester United1-12-2Wembley Stadium

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