Fernando Couto

Date of birth02 August 1969
Place of birthEspinho
NationalityPortuguese
Weight84 kg
Height1.84 m
PositionDefender/Centre back

Partner to Jorge Costa in the centre of defence for Portugal, Fernando Couto is strong in the air and reads the game well.

He began at regional league club Lourasa and joined FC Porto at aged seventeen in 1987.

He was sent on loan to Famalicao and Academica before establishing himself as a regular in the FC Porto side.

He moved abroad to play for Parma, Barcelona and Lazio.

His clubs have regularly achieved success and he won Cup Winners' Cup winners' medals with Barcelona (1997) and Lazio (1999) and a UEFA Cup winners' medal with Parma (1995).

He won his first cap against the USA in December 1990 and now holds the record as his nations most capped player. He like several others in Italy tested positive for nandrolone and despite protesting his innocence was banned from football for four months (the sentence was reduced from ten months).

Club history

Team Joined Left Loan / Trialist
Lazio

Club stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
1999-00 Lazio UEFA Champions League 2
1
2000-01 Lazio Serie A 17
1
1
1
2000-01 Lazio UEFA Champions League 7
1
1
2001-02 Lazio Serie A 29
1
5
1
2001-02 Lazio UEFA Champions League 4
1
1
2002-03 Lazio Serie A 15
2
1
2002-03 Lazio UEFA Cup 11
1
1
1
2003-04 Lazio Serie A 19
4
3
2003-04 Lazio UEFA Champions League 3
2004-05 Lazio Serie A 24
3
4
1
2004-05 Lazio UEFA Cup 1


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

Club matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
07 Dec 1999 Lazio v Chelsea D 0-0 UEFA Champions League Phase 2 group D
22 Mar 2000 Chelsea v Lazio W 1-2 UEFA Champions League Phase 2 group D
12 Sep 2000 Shakhtar Donetsk v Lazio W 0-3 UEFA Champions League Group B
20 Sep 2000 Lazio v Sparta Praha W 3-0 UEFA Champions League Group B
14 Oct 2000 Lazio v Perugia W 3-0 Serie A 2
25 Oct 2000 Lazio v Shakhtar Donetsk W 5-1 UEFA Champions League Group B
01 Nov 2000 Lazio v Brescia W 2-1 Serie A 4
07 Nov 2000 Sparta Praha v Lazio W 0-1 UEFA Champions League Group B
26 Nov 2000 Parma v Lazio L 2-0 Serie A 8
05 Dec 2000 Lazio v Leeds United L 0-1 UEFA Champions League Group D
22 Dec 2000 Bari v Lazio W 1-2 Serie A 12
07 Jan 2001 Lazio v Napoli L 1-2 Serie A 13
14 Jan 2001 Udinese v Lazio W 3-4 Serie A 14
20 Jan 2001 Lazio v Inter Milano W 2-0 Serie A 15
28 Jan 2001 Fiorentina v Lazio W 1-4 Serie A 16
04 Feb 2001 Lazio v Lecce W 3-2 Serie A 17
10 Feb 2001 Lazio v Atalanta D 0-0 Serie A 18
13 Feb 2001 Real Madrid v Lazio L 3-2 UEFA Champions League Group D
18 Feb 2001 Perugia v Lazio W 0-1 Serie A 19
21 Feb 2001 Lazio v Real Madrid D 2-2 UEFA Champions League Group D
25 Feb 2001 Lazio v Verona W 5-3 Serie A 20
03 Mar 2001 Brescia v Lazio W 0-1 Serie A 21
11 Mar 2001 Bologna v Lazio L 2-0 Serie A 22
14 Mar 2001 Leeds United v Lazio D 3-3 UEFA Champions League Group D
01 Apr 2001 AC Milan v Lazio L 1-0 Serie A 24
14 Apr 2001 Reggina v Lazio W 0-2 Serie A 26
18 Apr 2001 Lazio v Parma W 1-0 Serie A 25
22 Apr 2001 Lazio v Vicenza W 2-1 Serie A 27
08 Sep 2001 Perugia v Lazio D 0-0 Serie A 2
11 Sep 2001 Galatasaray v Lazio D 0-0 UEFA Champions League Group D
16 Sep 2001 Lazio v Torino D 0-0 Serie A 3
19 Sep 2001 Lazio v Nantes D 0-0 UEFA Champions League Group D
23 Sep 2001 AC Milan v Lazio D 0-0 Serie A 4
26 Sep 2001 PSV Eindhoven v Lazio D 0-0 UEFA Champions League Group D
30 Sep 2001 Lazio v Parma D 0-0 Serie A 5
13 Oct 2001 Lazio v Atalanta D 0-0 Serie A 7
16 Oct 2001 Lazio v PSV Eindhoven D 0-0 UEFA Champions League Group D
21 Oct 2001 Venezia v Lazio D 0-0 Serie A 8
18 Nov 2001 Udinese v Lazio D 0-0 Serie A 11
24 Nov 2001 Lazio v Juventus D 0-0 Serie A 12
02 Dec 2001 Lecce v Lazio D 0-0 Serie A 13
09 Dec 2001 Lazio v Fiorentina D 0-0 Serie A 14
16 Dec 2001 Verona v Lazio D 0-0 Serie A 15
23 Dec 2001 Lazio v Bologna D 0-0 Serie A 16
06 Jan 2002 Inter Milano v Lazio D 0-0 Serie A 17
13 Jan 2002 Piacenza v Lazio D 0-0 Serie A 18
20 Jan 2002 Lazio v Perugia D 0-0 Serie A 19
27 Jan 2002 Torino v Lazio D 0-0 Serie A 20
30 Jan 2002 Chievo Verona v Lazio D 0-0 Serie A 6
03 Feb 2002 Lazio v AC Milan D 0-0 Serie A 21
17 Feb 2002 Lazio v Chievo Verona D 0-0 Serie A 23
24 Feb 2002 Atalanta v Lazio D 0-0 Serie A 24
03 Mar 2002 Lazio v Venezia D 0-0 Serie A 25
10 Mar 2002 Lazio v AS Roma D 0-0 Serie A 26
17 Mar 2002 Brescia v Lazio D 0-0 Serie A 27
30 Mar 2002 Juventus v Lazio D 0-0 Serie A 29
07 Apr 2002 Lazio v Lecce D 0-0 Serie A 30
14 Apr 2002 Fiorentina v Lazio D 0-0 Serie A 31
21 Apr 2002 Lazio v Verona D 0-0 Serie A 32
28 Apr 2002 Bologna v Lazio D 0-0 Serie A 33
05 May 2002 Lazio v Inter Milano D 0-0 Serie A 34
15 Sep 2002 Lazio v Chievo Verona D 0-0 Serie A 2
19 Sep 2002 Lazio v Xanthi D 0-0 UEFA Cup 1st round 1st leg
28 Sep 2002 Lazio v AC Milan D 0-0 Serie A 4
03 Oct 2002 Xanthi v Lazio D 0-0
Agg: 0-0
UEFA Cup 1st round 2nd leg
06 Oct 2002 Atalanta v Lazio D 0-0 Serie A 5
27 Oct 2002 Lazio v AS Roma D 0-0 Serie A 7
31 Oct 2002 Lazio v Crvena Zvezda D 0-0 UEFA Cup 2nd round 1st leg
06 Nov 2002 Reggina v Lazio D 0-0 Serie A 1
14 Nov 2002 Crvena Zvezda v Lazio D 0-0
Agg: 0-0
UEFA Cup 2nd round 2nd leg
28 Nov 2002 Sturm Graz v Lazio D 0-0 UEFA Cup 3rd round 1st leg
01 Dec 2002 Piacenza v Lazio D 0-0 Serie A 12
07 Dec 2002 Lazio v Inter Milano D 0-0 Serie A 13
12 Dec 2002 Lazio v Sturm Graz D 0-0
Agg: 0-0
UEFA Cup 3rd round 2nd leg
26 Jan 2003 Lazio v Reggina D 0-0 Serie A 18
09 Feb 2003 Lazio v Torino D 0-0 Serie A 20
20 Feb 2003 Lazio v Wisla Kraków D 0-0 UEFA Cup 4th round 1st leg
05 Mar 2003 Wisla Kraków v Lazio D 0-0
Agg: 0-0
UEFA Cup 4th round 2nd leg
08 Mar 2003 AS Roma v Lazio D 0-0 Serie A 24
13 Mar 2003 Lazio v Besiktas D 0-0 UEFA Cup Quarter-final 1st leg
20 Mar 2003 Besiktas v Lazio D 0-0
Agg: 0-0
UEFA Cup Quarter-final 2nd leg
23 Mar 2003 Parma v Lazio D 0-0 Serie A 26
10 Apr 2003 FC Porto v Lazio D 0-0 UEFA Cup Semi-final 1st leg
19 Apr 2003 Lazio v Piacenza D 0-0 Serie A 29
24 Apr 2003 Lazio v FC Porto D 0-0
Agg: 0-0
UEFA Cup Semi-final 2nd leg
27 Apr 2003 Inter Milano v Lazio D 0-0 Serie A 30
10 May 2003 Bologna v Lazio D 0-0 Serie A 32
24 May 2003 Udinese v Lazio D 0-0 Serie A 34
31 Aug 2003 Lazio v Lecce D 0-0 Serie A 1
16 Sep 2003 Besiktas v Lazio D 0-0 UEFA Champions League Group G
21 Sep 2003 Lazio v Parma D 0-0 Serie A 3
05 Oct 2003 Lazio v Chievo Verona D 0-0 Serie A 5
19 Oct 2003 AC Milan v Lazio D 0-0 Serie A 6
04 Nov 2003 Lazio v Chelsea L 0-4 UEFA Champions League Group G
29 Nov 2003 Siena v Lazio D 0-0 Serie A 11
06 Dec 2003 Lazio v Juventus D 0-0 Serie A 12
09 Dec 2003 Sparta Praha v Lazio D 0-0 UEFA Champions League Group G
14 Dec 2003 Ancona v Lazio D 0-0 Serie A 13
21 Dec 2003 Lazio v Inter Milano D 0-0 Serie A 14
06 Jan 2004 Reggina v Lazio D 0-0 Serie A 15
11 Jan 2004 Lazio v Brescia D 0-0 Serie A 16
17 Jan 2004 Modena v Lazio D 0-0 Serie A 17
08 Feb 2004 Parma v Lazio D 0-0 Serie A 20
14 Feb 2004 Lazio v Empoli D 0-0 Serie A 21
29 Feb 2004 Lazio v AC Milan D 0-0 Serie A 23
25 Mar 2004 Bologna v Lazio D 0-0 Serie A 24
28 Mar 2004 Perugia v Lazio D 0-0 Serie A 27
04 Apr 2004 Lazio v Siena D 0-0 Serie A 28
10 Apr 2004 Juventus v Lazio D 0-0 Serie A 29
18 Apr 2004 Lazio v Ancona D 0-0 Serie A 30
21 Apr 2004 Lazio v AS Roma D 0-0 Serie A 26
02 May 2004 Lazio v Reggina D 0-0 Serie A 32
09 May 2004 Brescia v Lazio D 0-0 Serie A 33
16 May 2004 Lazio v Modena D 0-0 Serie A 34
12 Sep 2004 Sampdoria v Lazio W 0-1 Serie A 1
19 Sep 2004 Lazio v Reggina D 0-0 Serie A 2
22 Sep 2004 Brescia v Lazio D 0-0 Serie A 3
26 Sep 2004 Lazio v AC Milan D 0-0 Serie A 4
03 Oct 2004 Atalanta v Lazio D 0-0 Serie A 5
17 Oct 2004 Lazio v Chievo Verona D 0-0 Serie A 6
24 Oct 2004 Parma v Lazio D 0-0 Serie A 7
27 Oct 2004 Lazio v Messina D 0-0 Serie A 8
30 Oct 2004 Inter Milano v Lazio D 0-0 Serie A 9
04 Nov 2004 Middlesbrough v Lazio L 2-0 UEFA Cup Group E
07 Nov 2004 Lazio v Siena D 0-0 Serie A 10
10 Nov 2004 Livorno v Lazio L 1-0 Serie A 11
28 Nov 2004 Lazio v Cagliari L 2-3 Serie A 13
05 Dec 2004 Juventus v Lazio L 2-1 Serie A 14
23 Jan 2005 Lazio v Sampdoria L 1-2 Serie A 20
30 Jan 2005 Reggina v Lazio L 2-1 Serie A 21
06 Feb 2005 AC Milan v Lazio L 2-1 Serie A 23
20 Feb 2005 Chievo Verona v Lazio W 0-1 Serie A 25
06 Mar 2005 Messina v Lazio L 1-0 Serie A 27
12 Mar 2005 Lazio v Inter Milano D 1-1 Serie A 28
19 Mar 2005 Siena v Lazio L 1-0 Serie A 29
10 Apr 2005 Lazio v Livorno W 3-1 Serie A 30
17 Apr 2005 Bologna v Lazio W 1-2 Serie A 31
24 Apr 2005 Lazio v Juventus L 0-1 Serie A 33
01 May 2005 Lecce v Lazio L 5-3 Serie A 34


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
1988-89 Portugal UEFA Under-18 1
1988-89 Portugal World Youth Cup 4
1989-90 Portugal Toulon Under-21 1
1990-91 Portugal International Friendly 1
1990-91 Portugal OLY Under-21 1
1990-91 Portugal OT 1
1991-92 Portugal International Friendly 3
1991-92 Portugal UEFA European Championship 3
1991-92 Portugal US Cup 2
1992-93 Portugal FIFA World Cup 5
1
1992-93 Portugal International Friendly 2
1993-94 Portugal FIFA World Cup 3
1993-94 Portugal International Friendly 1
1994-95 Portugal International Friendly 1
1
1994-95 Portugal UEFA European Championship 3
1
1995-96 Portugal International Friendly 4
1
1995-96 Portugal UEFA European Championship 7
1
1996-97 Portugal FIFA World Cup 7
1
1996-97 Portugal International Friendly 2
1997-98 Portugal FIFA World Cup 2
1997-98 Portugal International Friendly 1
1998-99 Portugal International Friendly 3
1
1998-99 Portugal UEFA European Championship 6
1999-00 Portugal International Friendly 4
1999-00 Portugal UEFA European Championship 7
2
2000-01 Portugal FIFA World Cup 5
1
2000-01 Portugal International Friendly 3
2001-02 Portugal FIFA World Cup 4
2001-02 Portugal International Friendly 5
1
2002-03 Portugal International Friendly 10
1
1
2003-04 Portugal International Friendly 11
1
2003-04 Portugal UEFA European Championship 1
2


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
26 Nov 1986 France v Portugal D 0-0 UEFA Under-18 Group 1
27 Jul 1988 USSR v Portugal L 3-1 UEFA U18 Final
20 Feb 1989 Nigeria v Portugal W 0-1 World Youth Cup Group A
22 Feb 1989 Saudi Arabia v Portugal L 3-0 World Youth Cup Group A
25 Feb 1989 Portugal v Colombia W 1-0 World Youth Cup Quarter-final
28 Feb 1989 Portugal v Brazil W 1-0 World Youth Cup Semi-final
25 May 1990 France v Portugal L 1-0 Toulon Under-21 Group B
28 Aug 1990 Portugal v West Germany D 1-1 OT
28 Aug 1990 Portugal v Germany D 1-1 OLY Under-21
20 Dec 1990 Portugal v USA W 1-0 International Friendly
04 Sep 1991 Portugal v Austria D 1-1 International Friendly
11 Sep 1991 Portugal v Finland W 1-0 UEFA European Championship Group 6
12 Oct 1991 Luxembourg v Portugal D 1-1 International Friendly
16 Oct 1991 Netherlands v Portugal L 1-0 UEFA European Championship Group 6
20 Nov 1991 Portugal v Greece W 1-0 UEFA European Championship Group 6
15 Jan 1992 Portugal v Spain D 0-0 International Friendly
31 May 1992 Italy v Portugal D 0-0 US CUP
03 Jun 1992 USA v Portugal L 1-0 US Cup
07 Jun 1992 Republic of Ireland v Portugal L 2-0 US Cup
02 Sep 1992 Austria v Portugal D 1-1 International Friendly
14 Oct 1992 Scotland v Portugal D 0-0 FIFA World Cup Group 1
24 Jan 1993 Malta v Portugal W 0-1 FIFA World Cup Group 1
10 Feb 1993 Portugal v Norway D 1-1 International Friendly
24 Feb 1993 Portugal v Italy L 1-3 FIFA World Cup Group 1
28 Apr 1993 Portugal v Scotland W 5-0 FIFA World Cup Group 1
19 Jun 1993 Portugal v Malta W 4-0 FIFA World Cup Group 1
05 Sep 1993 Estonia v Portugal W 0-2 FIFA World Cup Group 1
10 Nov 1993 Portugal v Estonia W 3-0 FIFA World Cup Group 1
17 Nov 1993 Italy v Portugal L 1-0 FIFA World Cup Group 1
19 Jan 1994 Spain v Portugal D 2-2 International Friendly
18 Dec 1994 Portugal v Liechtenstein W 8-0 UEFA European Championship Group 6
22 Feb 1995 Netherlands v Portugal W 0-1 International Friendly
26 Apr 1995 Republic of Ireland v Portugal L 1-0 UEFA European Championship Group 6
03 Jun 1995 Portugal v Latvia W 3-2 UEFA European Championship Group 6
15 Aug 1995 Liechtenstein v Portugal W 0-7 UEFA European Championship Group 6
03 Sep 1995 Portugal v Northern Ireland D 1-1 UEFA European Championship Group 6
15 Nov 1995 Portugal v Republic of Ireland W 3-0 UEFA European Championship Group 6
12 Dec 1995 England v Portugal D 1-1 International Friendly
24 Jan 1996 France v Portugal L 3-2 International Friendly
21 Feb 1996 Portugal v Germany L 1-2 International Friendly
29 May 1996 Republic of Ireland v Portugal W 0-1 International Friendly
09 Jun 1996 Denmark v Portugal D 1-1 UEFA European Championship Finals Group D
14 Jun 1996 Portugal v Turkey W 1-0 UEFA European Championship Finals Group D
19 Jun 1996 Croatia v Portugal W 0-3 UEFA European Championship Finals Group D
23 Jun 1996 Portugal v Czech Republic L 0-1 UEFA European Championship Finals quarter-final
31 Aug 1996 Armenia v Portugal D 0-0 FIFA World Cup Group 9
05 Oct 1996 Ukraine v Portugal L 2-1 FIFA World Cup Group 9
09 Oct 1996 Albania v Portugal W 0-3 FIFA World Cup Group 9
09 Nov 1996 Portugal v Ukraine W 1-0 FIFA World Cup Group 9
14 Dec 1996 Portugal v Germany D 0-0 FIFA World Cup Group 9
22 Jan 1997 Portugal v France L 0-2 International Friendly
19 Feb 1997 Greece v Portugal D 0-0 International Friendly
29 Mar 1997 Northern Ireland v Portugal D 0-0 FIFA World Cup Group 9
07 Jun 1997 Portugal v Albania W 2-0 FIFA World Cup Group 9
20 Aug 1997 Portugal v Armenia W 3-1 FIFA World Cup Group 9
11 Oct 1997 Portugal v Northern Ireland W 1-0 FIFA World Cup Group 9
22 Apr 1998 England v Portugal L 3-0 International Friendly
19 Aug 1998 Portugal v Mozambique W 2-1 International Friendly
10 Oct 1998 Portugal v Romania L 0-1 UEFA European Championship Group 7
14 Oct 1998 Slovakia v Portugal W 0-3 UEFA European Championship Group 7
18 Nov 1998 Portugal v Israel W 2-0 International Friendly
10 Feb 1999 Portugal v Netherlands D 0-0 International Friendly
26 Mar 1999 Portugal v Azerbaijan W 7-0 UEFA European Championship Group 7
31 Mar 1999 Liechtenstein v Portugal W 0-5 UEFA European Championship Group 7
05 Jun 1999 Portugal v Slovakia W 1-0 UEFA European Championship Group 7
09 Jun 1999 Portugal v Liechtenstein W 8-0 UEFA European Championship Group 7
04 Sep 1999 Azerbaijan v Portugal D 1-1 UEFA European Championship Group 7
08 Sep 1999 Romania v Portugal D 1-1 UEFA European Championship Group 7
23 Feb 2000 Belgium v Portugal D 1-1 International Friendly
29 Mar 2000 Portugal v Denmark W 2-1 International Friendly
26 Apr 2000 Italy v Portugal L 2-0 International Friendly
02 Jun 2000 Portugal v Wales W 3-0 International Friendly
12 Jun 2000 Portugal v England W 3-2 UEFA European Championship Finals Group A
17 Jun 2000 Romania v Portugal W 0-1 UEFA European Championship Finals Group A
20 Jun 2000 Portugal v Germany W 3-0 UEFA European Championship Finals Group A
24 Jun 2000 Portugal v Turkey W 2-0 UEFA European Championship Finals quarter-final
28 Jun 2000 France v Portugal L 2-1 UEFA European Championship Finals semi-final
16 Aug 2000 Portugal v Lithuania W 5-1 International Friendly
03 Sep 2000 Estonia v Portugal W 1-3 FIFA World Cup Europe group 2
07 Oct 2000 Portugal v Republic of Ireland D 1-1 FIFA World Cup Europe group 2
11 Oct 2000 Netherlands v Portugal W 0-2 FIFA World Cup Europe group 2
15 Nov 2000 Portugal v Israel W 2-1 International Friendly
28 Feb 2001 Portugal v Andorra W 3-0 FIFA World Cup Europe group 2
28 Mar 2001 Portugal v Netherlands D 2-2 FIFA World Cup Europe group 2
25 Apr 2001 France v Portugal L 4-0 International Friendly
15 Aug 2001 Portugal v Moldova W 3-0 International Friendly
06 Oct 2001 Portugal v Estonia W 5-0 FIFA World Cup Europe group 2
14 Nov 2001 Portugal v Angola W 5-1 International Friendly
13 Feb 2002 Spain v Portugal D 1-1 International Friendly
27 Mar 2002 Portugal v Finland L 1-4 International Friendly
17 Apr 2002 Portugal v Brazil D 1-1 International Friendly
25 May 2002 China PR v Portugal W 0-2 International Friendly
05 Jun 2002 USA v Portugal L 3-2 FIFA World Cup Finals Group D
10 Jun 2002 Portugal v Poland W 4-0 FIFA World Cup Finals Group D
14 Jun 2002 Portugal v Korea Republic L 0-1 FIFA World Cup Finals Group D
07 Sep 2002 England v Portugal D 1-1 International Friendly
12 Oct 2002 Portugal v Tunisia D 1-1 International Friendly
16 Oct 2002 Sweden v Portugal W 2-3 International Friendly
20 Nov 2002 Portugal v Scotland W 2-0 International Friendly
12 Feb 2003 Italy v Portugal L 1-0 International Friendly
29 Mar 2003 Portugal v Brazil W 2-1 International Friendly
02 Apr 2003 FYR Macedonia v Portugal W 0-1 International Friendly
30 Apr 2003 Netherlands v Portugal D 1-1 International Friendly
06 Jun 2003 Portugal v Paraguay D 0-0 International Friendly
10 Jun 2003 Portugal v Bolivia W 4-0 International Friendly
20 Aug 2003 Portugal v Kazakhstan W 1-0 International Friendly
06 Sep 2003 Portugal v Spain L 0-1 International Friendly
10 Sep 2003 Norway v Portugal W 0-1 International Friendly
11 Oct 2003 Portugal v Albania W 5-3 International Friendly
15 Nov 2003 Portugal v Greece D 1-1 International Friendly
19 Nov 2003 Portugal v Kuwait W 8-0 International Friendly
18 Feb 2004 Portugal v England D 1-1 International Friendly
31 Mar 2004 Portugal v Italy L 1-2 International Friendly
28 Apr 2004 Portugal v Sweden D 2-2 International Friendly
29 May 2004 Portugal v Luxembourg W 3-0 International Friendly
05 Jun 2004 Portugal v Lithuania W 4-1 International Friendly
12 Jun 2004 Portugal v Greece L 1-2 UEFA European Championship Finals Group A
20 Jun 2004 Portugal v Spain W 1-0 UEFA European Championship Finals Group A
30 Jun 2004 Portugal v Netherlands W 2-1 UEFA European Championship Semi-final


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.