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Paulo Ferreira

Paulo Ferreira
Ferreira playing for Chelsea in 2010
Personal information
Full name Paulo Renato Rebocho Ferreira
Date of birth (1979-01-18) 18 January 1979
Place of birth Cascais, Portugal
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2000 Estoril Praia 37 (2)
2000–2002 Vitória de Setúbal 68 (2)
2002–2004 Porto 62 (0)
2004–2013 Chelsea 141 (0)
Total 308 (4)
National team
1998–2003 Portugal U21 27 (0)
2002–2010 Portugal 62[2] (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Paulo Renato Rebocho Ferreira, OIH, (Portuguese pronunciation: ; born 18 January 1979) is a Portuguese retired footballer who played as a defender. He was known for his versatility and ability to play on both the right and left side of defence.

Ferreira was signed by José Mourinho for FC Porto from Vitória de Setúbal in 2002. He won the league title in both of his seasons at Porto, as well as the 2003 UEFA Cup Final and 2004 UEFA Champions League Final. He then followed Mourinho to Chelsea in 2004 on a €20 million transfer, winning honours including three Premier League titles and four FA Cups as well as another UEFA Champions League Final and the UEFA Europa League before retiring in 2013.

He earned 62 caps for the Portuguese national team between 2002 and 2010, playing at two European Championships and two World Cups, finishing as runner-up at Euro 2004 and in fourth at the 2006 World Cup.


  • Club career 1
    • Early career 1.1
    • Porto 1.2
    • Chelsea 1.3
      • 2004–11 1.3.1
      • 2011–13 1.3.2
  • International career 2
  • Career statistics 3
    • Club appearances 3.1
  • Honours 4
    • Club 4.1
    • International 4.2
    • Individual 4.3
    • Orders 4.4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Club career

Early career

He started his career in the Portuguese second division for Estoril-Praia. He then moved to Vitória de Setúbal at the start of the 2000–01 season.


Due to his excellent performances in the Portuguese first division, he moved to FC Porto in the summer of 2002, signed by then-coach José Mourinho.[3] Ferreira was previously a right-side midfielder until he met Mourinho at Porto.

In the following season, he won the Primeira Liga and the club claimed a European trophy in 2003 UEFA Cup Final against Celtic in Seville, defeating Celtic 3–2 despite an excellent display from Celtic's Swedish striker Henrik Larsson.[4] But the season was not complete and the club secured an historic treble with a 1–0 defeat of UD Leiria in the Taça de Portugal final on 15 June 2003.[5] The next season brought another Portuguese Liga title but more importantly he played every minute of Porto's UEFA Champions League win.[6][7]



After playing for Porto for two years, he joined Chelsea for €20 million (£13.2 million)[8] at the beginning of the Premier League 2004–05 season. At Stamford Bridge, Ferreira was reunited with his former manager José Mourinho and former team-mate Ricardo Carvalho, both of whom were also signed by Chelsea in the off-season. Ferreira impressed greatly in his début season, playing 29 Premier League matches before injury ruled him out for the remainder of the campaign. He continued his fine form into the following campaign, during which he scored his first Chelsea goal in the 3–1 victory over Colchester United in the FA Cup fourth round.[9]

Despite becoming a regular on the manager's team sheet, Ferreira suffered from a lack of confidence in the 2006–07 season and eventually lost his place first to Khalid Boulahrouz, and then to midfielder Geremi. The emergence of young French midfielder Lassana Diarra further reduced the playing time for Ferreira, as Mourinho saw it fit to play the French international in the full back position. However, Ferreira did play the full 120 minutes of Chelsea's 1–0 FA Cup final win over Manchester United on 19 May 2007, the first final to be played at the new Wembley.[10]

He was the second choice right back for Chelsea during the 2007–08 season, behind Michael Essien and Juliano Belletti. When played, Ferreira was his usual consistent self, putting in good performances. Ferreira signed a new five-year deal with Chelsea on 18 February 2008,[11] which would keep him at the club until 2013 and agreed a squad number swap from 20 to 19 for the 2008–09 season following Deco's arrival. A rumour on the last day of the transfer window suggested that Ferreira was on the verge of joining Chelsea's London rivals West Ham United, either on a season long loan deal or a permanent deal. The rumour turned out to be false, however.[12] He suffered an injury late in the 2008–09 season, stuck on 99 Premier League games. Paulo Ferreira finally made his appearance for Chelsea in a League Cup match against west London rivals Queens Park Rangers on 23 September 2009. He had been out with an injury since January.[13] He scored just his second ever Chelsea goal, a late equalizer in extra-time in the League Cup quarter-final against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park in the dying moments, however, Chelsea went on to lose on penalties.[14]

Due to injuries of full backs such as Ashley Cole, José Bosingwa and Branislav Ivanović, he was given a more consistent role in the starting eleven, being paired at the full back positions with Yuri Zhirkov, most significantly in the 7–1 win against Aston Villa[15] and the 2–1 victory against Manchester United.[16][17] Ferreira made 20 appearances in total, scoring 1 goal in all competitions for Chelsea in the 2009–10 season, playing 13 Premier League games, and starting seven FA Cup and League Cup ties respectively.

An unspectacular but consistent performer, Ferreira was once described by José Mourinho as "a player who will never be man of the match but will always score 7/10 for his individual display." He played his 200th match for Chelsea in a 3–1 win over Birmingham on 20 April 2011.[18]


Ferreira featured often under former manager Carlo Ancelotti but after his sacking and the hiring of young manager André Villas-Boas, Ferreira found it hard to find a place in the Chelsea squad. Villas-Boas opted for a younger, more inexperienced squad favouring the likes of Juan Mata, Ramires, Daniel Sturridge, David Luiz and Gary Cahill as starters and Ryan Bertrand as a substitute instead of Ferreira, Nicolas Anelka, Alex, Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard.[19]

Ferreira played his first game for Chelsea in the 2011–2012 season during a League Cup match against West-London rivals Fulham. Chelsea went on to win the match 4–3 in a penalty shoot-out.[20] He played his first Premier League game on 22 December after coming on for injured Branislav Ivanović in a match against Tottenham, the game ended in a 1–1 draw.[21] In the final minutes of that match, Ferreira suffered a fractured cheekbone in a clash with Spurs midfielder Gareth Bale.[22]

Ferreira started his first Premier League game[23] since May 2011 in a home game against Aston Villa. Chelsea went on to lose 3–1.[24] On 27 March, the full-back was awarded another start and his first Champions League start of the season away at Benfica, providing another commended defensive performance as Chelsea went on to win the tie 1–0.[25]

Ferreira started at right back for the suspended Ivanovic as Chelsea beat rivals Queens Park Rangers 6–1 on 29 April.[26] Ferreira came on in the 42nd minute for the injured Florent Malouda in the last game of the Premier League season on 13 May, a 2–1 win over relegated Blackburn Rovers and the Portuguese defender was praised for his performance and his name was repeatedly chanted by the home fans.[27] On 19 May 2012, Ferreria was an unused substitute in the Champions League Final against Bayern Munich in Munich. He was awarded a winners medal, the second of his career, as he had featured in previous fixtures in the run up to the final.[28]

Ferreira's contract ran through the summer of 2013 and the player and the club confirmed that they would not renew his contract when it expired, bringing his nearly decade stay at Stamford Bridge to an end.[29] Ferreira made his last appearance for Chelsea in a 2–1 victory over Everton on 19 May 2013, coming on as a late substitute to a round of applause as the win secured Chelsea a spot in the group stages of the 2013-14 UEFA Champions League.[30] Following the match, team-mate Frank Lampard addressed the Stamford Bridge crowd and praised the Portuguese defender and Ferreira announced to the crowd that he was retiring from professional football and thanked the fans for their continued support.[31] In total, he made 220 appearances, scoring 2 goals in all competitions for Chelsea.[32]

International career

Portuguese defenders defending against a free-kick (left to right: Ferreira, Pepe, Carvalho, and Bosingwa)

Ferreira was called up for the Portugal under-21 team and accumulated 27 caps.

He was called up to the national team for Portugal's UEFA Euro 2004 campaign and started their opening match against a lowly Greece team on 12 June 2004, but a series of mistakes in the match saw him dropped for Miguel for the rest of the tournament.[33] He did, however, come on in Portugal's huge upset defeat against Greece in the final, following an injury to Miguel.[34]

He made two appearances for Portugal in the 2006 FIFA World Cup. In the semi-final against France, which Portugal lost 1–0, Ferreira came on in the second half for the injured Miguel.[35] He then started the third place play-off against the host country Germany, which the Germans won 3–1.[36] Following the tournament, Ferreira faced competition from José Bosingwa and Miguel for the Portugal right-back slot and was often deployed at left-back since the retirement of Nuno Valente.

Ferreira was named in the Portuguese Squad for the UEFA Euro 2008 championships.[37] Portugal were knocked out in the quarter-finals and Ferreira was a starter in all of their four matches, playing at left back.[38]

A regular in the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, Ferreira would then be included in the 23-men squad to represent the Selecção das Quinas in the final stages of the tournament[39] where he only played the opening game, a goalless draw with Côte d'Ivoire.[40]

On 30 August 2010, Ferreira announced he would be also retiring from the national team, shortly after Simão Sabrosa did.[41] Internationally, Ferreira represented Portugal 62 times and played in four tournaments (UEFA Euro 2004, 2006 FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro 2008 and 2010 FIFA World Cup).

Career statistics

Club appearances

As of 19 May 2013.[42][43]
Club League Season League Cup League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Estoril Primeira Divisão 1997–98 1 0 ? ? ? ?
1998–99 15 0 ? ? ? ?
Primeira Liga 1999–2000 21 2 ? ? ? ?
Total 37 2 ? ? ? ?
Vitória de Setúbal Segunda Liga 2000–01 34 2 ? ? ? ?
Primeira Liga 2001–02 34 0 ? ? ? ?
Total 68 2 ? ? ? ?
Porto 2002–03 30 0 4 0 12 0 46 0
2003–04 32 0 5 0 13 0 50 0
Total 62 0 9 0 25 0 96 0
Chelsea Premier League 2004–05 29 0 1 0 5 0 7 0 42 0
2005–06 21 0 3 1 1 0 6 0 31 1
2006–07 24 0 5 0 2 0 6 0 37 0
2007–08 18 0 3 0 2 0 5 0 28 0
2008–09 7 0 1 0 2 0 2 0 12 0
2009–10 13 0 4 0 3 1 0 0 20 1
2010–11 21 0 1 0 1 0 5 0 28 0
2011–12 6 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 9 0
2012–13 2 0 2 0 1 0 2 0 7 0
Total 141 0 20 1 18 1 35 0 214 2
?Information not available








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External links

  • PortuGOAL profile
  • Paulo Ferreira career statistics at Soccerbase
  • BBC Sport profile
  • Chelsea Goalkeeper's Son Steals the Show
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