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Paulo Ferreira

Paulo Ferreira

D.O.B: 18 Jan 1979

Birthplace: Setubal, Portugal

Shirt Number: 20

Position: Defender

Height: 5'11

Previous clubs: FC Porto

Signed: 01 Jul 2004

Chelsea debut: 15th August 2004

International Games: Portugal 2002 - 2004.


Paulo Ferreira

A personally disappointing Euro 2004 would have raised a few question marks over Chelsea?s willingness to pay a British record fee record for a full-back had Jos? Mourinho not known his compatriot inside-out.The pair walked the road to Champions League glory together last season at Porto where they had previously accumulated the League, the Cup and the UEFA Cup.

An attack-minded player who became a Portuguese international within six months of signing from a lower table side, Paulo was voted the best right-back in Europe last season.

Chelsea completed the signing of Portugal defender Paulo Ferreira in July 2004 for a fee of ?13.3million.

The player began his career with Estoril, before moving to Vittoria Setubal in 2000 and then FC Porto in 2002. He shot to prominence in 2003 when he was named in UEFA's team of the alongside alongside the superstars of football.

Ferreira impressed greatly as Porto won the treble of UEFA Cup, Portuguese title and cup in 2002/03. And he was also a vital figure in the surprise 2003/04 Champions League success.

After being a regular in the Portugal Under-21 side, he made his full debut in September 2002 against England. But he suffered a poor Euro 2004 with Portugal, gifting the opening goal of the tournament to Giorgos Karagounis as Greece shocked the hosts 2-1. He was then dropped and did not feature again in the tournament until coming on against Greece in the final defeat.

Ferreira then followed FC Porto coach Jose Mourinho to Chelsea, making his debut in a 1-0 victory over Manchester United at Stamford Bridge. He had been linked with a move to United earlier in the 2003/04 season.

He is a quality full-back - strong in the tackle with a good range of passing and the desire to get forward and support the attack.

(Information from soccernet.com)