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Ricardo Alberto Silveira Carvalho, OIH ( ; born 18 May 1978 in Amarante) is a Portuguesemarker footballer who currently plays as a central defender for English Premier League club Chelsea and the Portuguese national team.

Ricardo Carvalho was born in Amarante where he played for the local team, Amarante Futebol Clube. By his great performance as a youngster, he was spotted by the Portuguese powerhouse, FC Porto, and in 1996 he was brought to FC Porto Junior team. Between 1997 and 2001 he had loan spells at Leça FC, where he made his professional debut, Vitória de Setúbal and FC Alverca, but it was in Mourinho’s reign that he really started to make big strides forward. It was in the 2002-03 season that Carvalho made his name known all around Europe, winning his first domestic league title under Mourinho’s commands, the Portuguese Cup, and the UEFA Cup. His good form led to an international call-up in 2003. In the next season, Carvalho won his second league title in a row, and his first UEFA Champions League title, in which tournament he was named best defender of the tournament. In July 2004, Carvalho transferred to Chelsea FC for a fee of £19.85 million. At London, he won two Premier League titles in a row and one Carling Cup in his first two seasons.

Internationally, Carvalho has represented Portugal in the Euro 2004, Euro 2008 and the 2006 World Cup. He reach the final in the Euro 2004 and a fourth place in the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

Club career

FC Porto (1997-2004)

Carvalho's professional career began at FC Porto. In his youth, he was considered to have the potential to become a great player, often being compared to Fernando Couto, a successful former player of the club with some similar physical and footballing characteristics. However, it took a couple of years and several loans to minor clubs until he became a settled player of Porto.

It was in the 2003-04 season that Carvalho made his name as a world-class footballer. His solid performances helped the club win Portuguese Liga title, for the second year in a row, and the most prestigious club trophy in European football, the UEFA Champions League title. In this tournament Carvalho played in all of FC Porto's matches including the 3–0 win against AS Monaco in the final. Subsequently, by his great performances in the Champions League, Carvalho won the "UEFA Club Best Defender of the Year" award and was voted for the "UEFA Team of the Year". He was also named one of the 50 players shortlisted for the 2004 European Footballer of the Year award (Ballon d'Or). At the end of the season Carvalho has been tracked by a host of top European clubs. Real Madrid was an example, the Madrileños offered £7 million for Carvalho, but FC Porto have warned the Spaniards they will not accept anything less than £20 million for the defender after the Spanish team made a much lower offer. But finally, the English club Chelsea FC offered £19,85 million for the defender, and the Portuguese team accepted the offer.

Chelsea FC (2004-)

At Stamford Bridgemarker, Carvalho, who was considered one of the best centre-backs at UEFA Euro 2004, joined his former manager José Mourinho and former teammate Paulo Ferreira. He signed for a fee of £19.85 million and performed extremely well in his first season with Chelsea, helping the team to win the Premier League title and the League Cup. He scored his first goal for Chelsea in a 3–1 victory over Norwich City. His partnership with captain John Terry in the central defense was hailed as a major factor behind Chelsea's two Premier League titles in a row.

The start of 2005-06 season was not as smooth for Carvalho, as he was publicly lambasted by Mourinho after making comments about his selection policy. He later returned to favour, though, and was a near-regular in the side from September. He scored his second Chelsea goal in the 4–0 home win against Real Betis in the Champions League. Carvalho continued his scoring run in Europe by netting the second goal in Chelsea's 2–0 away victory over R.S.C. Anderlecht of Belgiummarker, scoring from a Hernán Crespo flick on which he blasted into the roof of the net. Carvalho received the first red card of his Chelsea career in January 2006, in Chelsea's 1–1 draw against Charlton. Later, on 29 April 2006, he scored again a goal, in the Barclay's Premier League match against Manchester United, finishing off a move he had started on the edge of his own penalty area by smashing the ball into the net, to help Chelsea clinch the title for the second consecutive year.

In the 2006-07 season Carvalho scored again against Manchester United an important goal in a 1–1 draw – a header from a Frank Lampard corner that also bounced off Louis Saha's head. On 7 April he scored another goal against Tottenham Hotspur, this time a long-range strike from 30 yards, to earn his team a 1–0 win, and 21 days later, on 28 April, Carvalho injured the medial ligaments of his right leg against Bolton Wanderers. The injury meant Carvalho missed the second leg of the Champions League semi-final against Liverpool. He also missed the FA Cup Final against Manchester United, which Chelsea won after a goal from Didier Drogba during extra time. On 18 May 2007, the day of his 29th birthday, Carvalho signed a five-year contract extension with Chelsea, keeping him at the club through the 2011-12 season. For his great performances during the 2006-07 season, Carvalho has been recognized by a number of organisations. Sky Sports listed him as one of seven candidates for the Premiership's "Defender of the Year". He was also one of three Chelsea players nominated for the club's "Player of the Year" honour, which was won by Michael Essien.

Carvalho continued his excellent form into the 2007-08 season. Following the departure of manager José Mourinho, the Spanish champions, Real Madrid, have once again expressed their interest in Carvalho. A Madrid source said "We have never been able to get Carvalho because of his connection with Mourinho. Now he has left Chelsea, we feel there's a real chance.", but the Portuguese didn't left the English club. In that season, Carvalho was one of the most consistent performers at the club and his efforts were rewarded when he scored his first goal of the season in a 1-0 win over Middlesbrough in the Premier League. Later, Carvalho made his 100th appearance for the club against Manchester United, despite Chelsea's 2-1 win, he marred his centenary mark with an error that allowed Wayne Rooney to equalise. On 8 May 2008, Carvalho was voted by his fellow Chelsea colleagues as Chelsea's "Players Player of the Year", whilst finishing in the top three for Chelsea's "Player of the Year" award voted by Chelsea fans along with Michael Ballack and Joe Cole.

Carvalho opened his account for the 2008-09 season against Manchester City in a 1–3 away victory, on 13 September 2008. He was a somewhat peripheral figure for the rest of the season, as injury, the sacking of Luiz Felipe Scolari, and subsequent appointment of Guus Hiddink meant that he lost his place in the team to Brazilian team-mate Alex. He clocked up 18 appearances in all competitions, 2 as substitute, scoring one goal.

The appointment of Carlo Ancelotti, coupled with recovery from injury, has seen Carvalho regain his place in the Chelsea team. He made a fine start to the 2009-10 season, scoring a diving header in the 2009 FA Community Shield match against Manchester United, a game in which he also received the Man of the Match award. Chelsea went on to win the match 4-1 on penalties, following a 2-2 draw at the end of normal time.

International career

During the 2003-04 season, Carvalho had his first game for Portugal national football team, at 11 October 2003 in a 5–3 friendly match win over Albania. He established himself as a key member of the national team starting eleven during the UEFA Euro 2004 Championship, in which tournament he was nominated for the "UEFA Euro Team of the Tournament" along with his teammates Maniche, Luis Figo and Cristiano Ronaldo. Carvalho formed a strong partnership with Jorge Andrade in the Portuguese defence as his country reached the final, though they lost 1–0 to Greece. Carvalho played in all of Portugal's six games in the tournament, including an epic game against England, where the defender was named "Carlsberg Man of the Match".

Carvalho represented Portugal in a major tournament for the second time, at the 2006 World Cup in Germanymarker, finishing fourth overall. During the quarter-final game against England, Wayne Rooney was controversially adjudged to have stomped Carvalho's groin, right in front of the referee, and was sent off for violent conduct. In the following semi-final game against France in Munichmarker on 5 July 2006, Carvalho was whistled for a foul against France's Thierry Henry in the penalty area resulting in a penalty kick. Zinedine Zidane converted the spot kick to give France a 1–0 win over Portugal. Also in the same game, Carvalho was booked with his second yellow card of the knockout phase, and was forced to miss the third place game vs Germany on 8 July in Stuttgartmarker. He played all other preceding matches in the cup on the starting lineup, and as a result of his exhibitions he was one of the 23 players nominated for the "All Star Team of the tournament".

Carvalho was named in the Portuguese squad for the UEFA Euro 2008 Championship. The defender played in three of Portugal's four matches in the tournament, two in the group stage against Turkey and Czech Republic, and one in the quarter-finals, where Portugal lost 3–2 to Germany.

Career statistics

Club

Club League Season League Cup League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
FC Porto Portuguese Liga 1998-99 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 1 0 0 0 0 0 27 2
Vitória de Setúbal Portuguese Liga 1999-00 25 2 2 0 27 2
Total 25 2 2 0 27 2
FC Alverca Portuguese Liga 2000–01 23 1 3 0 26 1
Total 23 1 3 0 26 1
FC Porto Portuguese Liga 2001-02 25 0 2 0 10 0 37 0
2002-03 18 1 6 0 7 0 31 1
2003-04 29 2 3 0 13 1 45 3
Total 72 3 11 0 30 1 113 4
Chelsea FC Premier League 2004-05 25 1 1 0 3 0 10 0 39 1
2005-06 24 1 3 0 0 0 8 2 35 3
2006-07 31 3 5 1 4 0 10 0 50 4
2007-08 21 1 2 0 4 0 10 0 37 1
2008-09 12 1 2 0 0 0 4 0 18 1
2009-10 11 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 14 0
Total 124 7 13 1 11 0 45 2 193 10
Career total 245 13 29 1 11 0 75 3 386 18
Last Update: 29 November 2009


International

National team Year Apps Goals
Portugal 2003 1 0
2004 14 0
2005 7 1
2006 13 2
2007 5 1
2008 9 0
2009 11 0
Total 60 4
Last Update: 18 November 2009


International Goals

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition Ref
1. 03 September, 2005 Estádio Algarvemarker, Faro, Portugalmarker 2–0 6-0 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
2. 01 September, 2006 Brondby Stadiummarker, Copenhagenmarker, Denmarkmarker 1–1 4-2 Friendly
3. 07 October, 2006 Bessa XXImarker, Portomarker, Portugalmarker 2–0 3-0 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying
4. 07 February, 2007 Emirates Stadiummarker, Londonmarker, Englandmarker 0–2 0-2 Friendly


Honours

Club

FC Porto



Chelsea FC



Individual



Personal life

Carvalho is married to his Portuguese wife Carina and they have a son named Rodrigo.

References

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  19. The War of the WAGSKIS: The real battle for Moscow


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