Rui Costa

Date of birth29 March 1972
Place of birthAmadora
NationalityPortuguese
Weight74 kg
Height1.80 m
PositionMidfielder

Full name is: Rui Manuel Cesar Costa.


Rui Costa is a hard-working midfield player with great acceleration who is particularly effective when bringing the ball forward out of defence.

He made his name with Benfica in the early 1990s and, after helping them to a domestic championship in 1993-94, he was sold to Fiorentina for a fee of around £5 million.

He went on to make over 200 senior appearances for the Serie A club before moving on to AC Milan in the 2001 close season.

At international level, he won his first cap against Switzerland in March 1993.

He scored Portugal's fourth goal in the 4-0 Group D win against Poland in Jeonju - their biggest winning margin ever in the World Cup finals.

Club history

Team Joined Left Loan / Trialist
Benfica 01 Jul 1990 01 Jul 1994
Fiorentina 01 Jul 1994 03 Jul 2001
AC Milan 03 Jul 2001

Club stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
1996-97 Europe Representative 1
1998-99 World XI FIGC Centenary 1
1999-00 Fiorentina UEFA Champions League 4
1
2000-01 Fiorentina Serie A 28
1
6
4
2000-01 Fiorentina UEFA Cup 2
2001-02 AC Milan Serie A 20
2
1
2001-02 AC Milan UEFA Cup 8
2
3
2
2002-03 AC Milan Serie A 24
1
2
2002-03 AC Milan UEFA Champions League 16
2
2003-04 AC Milan Serie A 19
8
3
2
2003-04 AC Milan UEFA Champions League 1
5
2003-04 AC Milan UEFA Super Cup 1
2004-05 AC Milan Serie A 15
9
1
3
2004-05 AC Milan UEFA Champions League 3
2


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
29 Jan 1997 EUROPE v AFRICA L 1-2 REPRESENTATIVE


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
1990-91 Portugal World Youth Cup 4
1
1
1991-92 Portugal Toulon Under-21 1
1
1991-92 Portugal UEFA Under-21 1
1991-92 Portugal World Youth Cup 1
1992-93 Portugal FIFA World Cup 3
1
1992-93 Portugal UEFA Under-21 3
1993-94 Portugal FIFA World Cup 4
1
1993-94 Portugal International Friendly 1
1993-94 Portugal UEFA Under-21 4
2
1994-95 Portugal International Friendly 1
1994-95 Portugal UEFA European Championship 6
1
1995-96 Portugal International Friendly 2
1
1995-96 Portugal UEFA European Championship 8
3
1996-97 Portugal FIFA World Cup 6
1
1996-97 Portugal International Friendly 1
1997-98 Portugal FIFA World Cup 2
1998-99 Portugal International Friendly 3
2
1998-99 Portugal UEFA European Championship 7
5
1999-00 Portugal International Friendly 5
2
1999-00 Portugal UEFA European Championship 7
1
1
2000-01 Portugal FIFA World Cup 7
1
2000-01 Portugal International Friendly 2
1
2001-02 Portugal FIFA World Cup 2
1
1
2001-02 Portugal International Friendly 2
2002-03 Portugal International Friendly 8
1
1
2003-04 Portugal International Friendly 11
2
2003-04 Portugal UEFA European Championship 1
3
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
17 Jun 1991 Portugal v Argentina W 3-0 World Youth Cup Group A
17 Jun 1991 Portugal v Argentina W 3-0 World Youth Cup Group A
22 Jun 1991 Portugal v Mexico W 2-1 World Youth Cup Quarter-final
26 Jun 1991 Portugal v Australia W 1-0 World Youth Cup Semi-final
30 Jun 1991 Portugal v Brazil W 0-0 (4-2) World Youth Cup Final
15 Oct 1991 Netherlands v Portugal D 1-1 UEFA U21 Group
27 May 1992 Portugal v Scotland W 1-0 Toulon Under-21 Group B
13 Oct 1992 Scotland v Portugal D 0-0 UEFA U21 Group 1
23 Jan 1993 Malta v Portugal W 0-2 UEFA U21 Group 1
23 Feb 1993 Portugal v Italy W 2-0 UEFA U21 Group 1
31 Mar 1993 Switzerland v Portugal D 1-1 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
13 Oct 1993 Portugal v Switzerland W 1-0 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
09 Mar 1994 Poland v Portugal W 1-3 UEFA U21 Quarter-final
23 Mar 1994 Portugal v Poland W 2-0 UEFA U21 Quarter-final
15 Apr 1994 Portugal v Spain W 2-0 UEFA U21 Semi-final
20 Apr 1994 Italy v Portugal L 1-0 UEFA U21 Final
07 Sep 1994 Northern Ireland v Portugal W 1-2 UEFA European Championship Group 6
09 Oct 1994 Latvia v Portugal W 1-3 UEFA European Championship Group 6
13 Nov 1994 Portugal v Austria W 1-0 UEFA European Championship Group 6
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
11 Oct 1995 Austria v Portugal D 1-1 UEFA European Championship Group 6
15 Nov 1995 Portugal v Republic of Ireland W 3-0 UEFA European Championship Group 6
24 Jan 1996 France v Portugal L 3-2 International Friendly
21 Feb 1996 Portugal v Germany L 1-2 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
29 Mar 1997 Northern Ireland v Portugal D 0-0 FIFA World Cup Group 9
20 Aug 1997 Portugal v Armenia W 3-1 FIFA World Cup Group 9
06 Sep 1997 Germany v Portugal D 1-1 FIFA World Cup Group 9
19 Aug 1998 Portugal v Mozambique W 2-1 International Friendly
06 Sep 1998 Hungary v Portugal W 1-3 UEFA European Championship Group 7
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
18 Aug 1999 Portugal v Andorra W 4-0 International Friendly
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
10 Oct 1999 Portugal v Hungary W 3-0 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
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
02 Jun 2001 Republic of Ireland v Portugal D 1-1 FIFA World Cup Europe group 2
06 Jun 2001 Portugal v Cyprus W 6-0 FIFA World Cup Europe group 2
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
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
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
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
16 Jun 2004 Portugal v Russia W 2-0 UEFA European Championship Finals Group A
24 Jun 2004 Portugal v England W 2-2 (6-5) UEFA European Championship Quarter-final
04 Jul 2004 Portugal v Greece L 0-1 UEFA European Championship Final


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