Ricardo Costa

Born: May 16, 1981 (age 36)

Height: 6'0" (183cm)

Hometown: Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal
Nationality: Portugal Portuguese

Position: Centre-back
Team: Valencia (no. 20)
Valencia's Ricardo Costa celebrates scoring against Malaga on August 17, 2013
Career History
Senior2010-Valencia
International2005-Portugal
Sports Mole has 42 articles about Ricardo Costa. Articles 1 to 40:
Dortmund's head coach Thomas Tuchel reacts during the UEFA Europa League third qualifying round second leg football match between Borussia Dortmund and Wolfsberger AC on August 6, 2015
Preview: PAOK vs. Borussia Dortmund
Sports Mole previews the Europa League Group C clash between PAOK and Borussia Dortmund.
Sep 30, 10:51
PAOK FC fans show their support during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 first leg match between Udinese Calcio and PAOK FC at Friuli Stadium on February 16, 2012
Result: Qabala earn first ever point against PAOK Salonika
Azerbaijan side Qabala win their first point in the Europa League after a goalless draw at home to PAOK.
Sep 17, 20:12
Clint Dempsey of the United States celebrates scoring his team's second goal past Beto of Portugal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group G match between the United States and Portugal at Arena Amazonia on June 22, 2014
Result: Portugal snatch last-gasp draw against USA
Silvestre Varela scores in stoppage time to earn Portugal a draw against the USA.
Jun 23, 00:58
Thomas Muller celebrates scoring his hattrick for Germany in their World Cup opening game against Portugal on June 16, 2014.
Player Ratings: Germany 4-0 Portugal
Sports Mole rates the players who took part in Germany's thrashing of Portugal in Group G of the World Cup.
Jun 16, 20:16
Portugal's forward Hugo Almeida vies with Greece's defender Loukas Vyntra (L) during the friendly football match Portugal vs Greece at the Jamor National stadium in Oeiras on the outskirts of Lisbon on May 31, 2014
Result: Toothless Portugal held by Greece
Portugal are held to a goalless draw against Greece despite dominating for large periods of the World Cup warm-up match.
May 31, 21:30
Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring during the Spanish league football match Real Madrid CF vs CA Osasuna on April 26, 2014
Match Analysis: Real Madrid 2-2 Valencia
Sports Mole dissects the La Liga action as Real Madrid are held to a 2-2 draw by Valencia at the Bernabeu.
May 4, 22:41
Valencia's football players celebrate their victory at the end of the Spanish league football match FC Barcelona vs Valencia CF at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on February 1, 2014
Juan Antonio Pizzi praises Valencia "character"
Valencia boss Juan Antonio Pizzi praises his side following Sunday's goalless draw with Sevilla.
Feb 17, 15:28
Sevilla's Ivan Rakitic celebrates after scoring his team's second goal against Rayo Vallecano during their La Liga match on September 25, 2013
Result: Sevilla, Valencia finish goalless
Sevilla and Valencia both have a player sent off during their goalless draw in La Liga.
Feb 16, 21:53
Sevilla coach Unai Emery watches on during a game with Atletico Madrid on August 18, 2013
Live Commentary: Sevilla 0-0 Valencia - as it happened
Relive Sports Mole's commentary of the La Liga clash at the Estadio Ramon where Sevilla drew 0-0 with Valencia.
Feb 16, 19:52
Valencia's football players celebrate their victory at the end of the Spanish league football match FC Barcelona vs Valencia CF at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on February 1, 2014
Match Analysis: Barcelona 2-3 Valencia
Sports Mole dissects the action as Valencia beat Barcelona 3-2 at the Camp Nou in La Liga.
Feb 1, 17:26
Valencia's midfielder Daniel Parejo celebrates after scoring the equalizer during the Spanish league football match FC Barcelona vs Valencia CF at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on February 1, 2014
Result: Valencia produce comeback to defeat Barcelona
Valencia produce a second-half comeback to consign Barcelona to a 3-2 defeat at Camp Nou in La Liga.
Feb 1, 16:56
Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring his third goal during the Spanish league football match Real Madrid vs Real Sociedad at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on November 9, 2013
Preview: Valencia vs. Real Madrid
Sports Mole looks ahead to this weekend's La Liga clash between Valencia and Real Madrid.
Dec 20, 17:24
Paris Saint-Germain's Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores a goal during the UEFA Champions League football match Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) vs RSC Anderlecht (RSCA) on November 5, 2013
Ricardo Costa: 'Zlatan Ibrahimovic is best striker in world'
Valencia defender Ricardo Costa lavishes praises on Paris Saint-Germain forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Nov 11, 12:39
Villarreal's Mexican forward Giovani Dos Santos celebrates his goal during the Spanish league football match Villarreal CF vs Valencia CF at the El Madrigal stadium in Villareal on October 27, 2013
Result: Villarreal too good for Valencia
Villarreal score four against Valencia in a comfortable home win on Sunday.
Oct 27, 17:53
Fede Cartabia of Valencia CF celebrates after scoring the second goal during the UEFA Europa League Group A match between Valencia CF and SFC St Gallen at Estadi de Mestalla on October 24, 2013
Result: Valencia thrash St Gallen
Valencia thrash St Gallen 5-1 in the Europa League, helped by two goals from Federico Cartabia.
Oct 24, 22:05
Portugal's Portuguese manager Paulo Bento speaks to journalists after a training session for Portugal national football team at Windsor Park in Belfast, Northern Ireland on September 5, 2013
Result: Portugal held at home by Israel
Ben Basat's late goal all but crushes Portuguese hopes for qualifying for the World Cup automatically.
Oct 11, 22:48
Portugal midfielder Joao Moutinho with the ball against Germany in their Euro 2012 match on June 9, 2012
Live Commentary: Portugal 1-1 Israel - as it happened
Sports Mole's minute-by-minute coverage of the Group F clash between Portugal and Israel in Lisbon.
Oct 11, 20:15
Valencia's Daniel Parejo and Kuban's Artur Tlisov battle for the ball during their Europa League group match on October 3, 2013
Result: Valencia see off Kuban Krasnodar in Russia
Valencia record a 2-0 victory over Kuban Krasnodar in their Europa League clash.
Oct 3, 18:51
Valencia's Ricardo Costa celebrates scoring against Malaga on August 17, 2013
Ricardo Costa 'out for 10 days'
A thigh injury will keep Valencia defender Ricardo Costa on the sidelines for 10 days.
Sep 24, 12:26
Swansea City's Danish manager Michael Laudrup takes his seat in the dugout prior to the English Premier League football match between Swansea City and Southampton on April 20, 2013
Half-Time Report: Wilfried Bony edges Swansea City in front of 10-man Valencia
Wilfried Bony gives Swansea City a 1-0 lead in the first half of their Europa League clash against 10-man Valencia.
Sep 19, 18:47
Real Betis' Salva Sevilla celebrates his goal on November 5, 2012
Live Commentary: Real Betis 3-1 Valencia - as it happened
Relive Sports Mole's coverage of the La Liga clash in Seville where Real Betis beat Valencia 3-1.
Sep 15, 19:52
Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas in action during a friendly match against Thailand XI on August 7, 2013
Sports Mole's La Liga Team of the Week
Sports Mole selects its 11 star performers from the opening weekend of the La Liga season.
Aug 19, 23:43
Valencia's Ricardo Costa celebrates scoring against Malaga on August 17, 2013
Result: Ricardo Costa seals opening win for Valencia
Ricardo Costa scores the only goal of the game as Valencia begin their season with a 1-0 win over Malaga.
Aug 17, 23:50
Jonas celebrates scoring for Valencia on April 7, 2013
Live Commentary: Valencia 1-0 Malaga - as it happened
Relive Sports Mole's coverage of the La Liga clash at the Mestalla as Valencia beat Malaga 1-0.
Aug 17, 21:52
Roberto Soldado
Result: Valencia too strong for Osasuna
Roberto Soldado, Ricardo Costa, Ever Banega and Jonas score for Valencia as they beat nine-man Osasuna 4-0 at home.
May 4, 16:53
Real Sociedad boss Philippe Montanier on the touchline on March 24, 2012
Result: Real Sociedad put four past Valencia
Real Sociedad take a big step towards Champions League football with a dramatic 4-2 win over Valencia in La Liga this evening.
Apr 28, 22:06
Valencia's Jeremy Mathieu in action against Chelsea on December 6, 2011
Valencia's Jeremy Mathieu ready to play at centre-back
Jeremy Mathieu says that he is prepared to play in central defence for Valencia against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Wednesday.
Mar 4, 13:32
Valencia defender Ricardo Costa training on December 4, 2012
Ricardo Costa wants Valencia stay
Ricardo Costa admits that he is keen to speak to Valencia about renewing his contract.
Feb 18, 16:33
Roberto Soldado
Result: Mallorca lose to 10-man Valencia
Goals from Ricardo Costa and Roberto Soldado help 10-man Valencia overcome Mallorca at the Mestalla.
Feb 17, 17:49
Valencia's Sofiane Feghouli is mobbed by team-mates after his goal against Bayern on November 20, 2012
Live Commentary: Valencia 2-0 Real Mallorca - as it happened
Sports Mole brings you live commentary of Sunday's La Liga clash at the Mestalla as Valencia record a 2-0 win over Real Mallorca.
Feb 17, 15:30
Ever Banega
Half-Time Report: Barcelona being held at Valencia
Barcelona and Valencia end the first half level at 1-1 in tonight's La Liga encounter at the Mestalla Stadium.
Feb 3, 18:48
Deportivo la Coruna's Riazor Stadium
Result: Last-gasp Valencia beat nine-man Deportivo La Coruna
Ricardo Costa heads home a stoppage-time winner as Valencia beat nine-man Deportivo La Coruna at Riazor Stadium.
Jan 26, 23:00
Deportivo la Coruna's Riazor Stadium
Live Commentary: Deportivo La Coruna 2-3 Valencia - as it happened
Sports Mole brings you live commentary as Valencia record a 3-2 win over Deportivo La Coruna on Saturday.
Jan 26, 20:52
Real Madrid's Karim Benzema celebrates scoring the opening goal against Valencia on January 23, 2013
Match Analysis: Valencia 1-1 Real Madrid (Madrid advance 3-1 on aggregate)
Sports Mole dissects the action as Valencia and Real Madrid draw 1-1 in the second leg of their Copa del Rey quarter-final tie.
Jan 23, 22:40
Valencia's Sofiane Feghouli is mobbed by team-mates after his goal against Bayern on November 20, 2012
Result: Valencia edge out Getafe
Valencia hold off a Getafe comeback to claim a 4-2 win in La Liga this evening.
Dec 21, 20:50
Valencia's Sofiane Feghouli is mobbed by team-mates after his goal against Bayern on November 20, 2012
Live Commentary: Valencia 4-2 Getafe - as it happened
Sports Mole brings you live commentary of tonight's La Liga meeting between Valencia and Getafe at the Mestalla.
Dec 21, 18:30
Valencia's Sofiane Feghouli is mobbed by team-mates after his goal against Bayern on November 20, 2012
Result: Valencia, Bayern Munich through to last 16
Valencia and Bayern Munich progress to the knockout rounds of the Champions League with a 1-1 draw in Spain.
Nov 20, 21:43
Roberto Soldado
Result: Valencia see off Atletico Madrid
Goals from Roberto Soldado and Nelson Valdez help Valencia to a 2-0 victory over Atletico Madrid at the Mestella.
Nov 3, 23:18
Mestalla
Preview: Valencia vs. Lille
Sports Mole previews the Champions League Group F clash between Valencia and Lille on Tuesday.
Oct 1, 14:39
Tito Vilanova
Preview: Barcelona vs. Valencia
Valencia travel to the Nou Camp on Sunday searching for their first win over the Catalan club since 2003. Sports Mole previews the action.
Sep 1, 20:25



Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Barcelona1211103342934
2Valencia1293032112130
3Real Madrid127322291324
4Atletico MadridAtletico126601661024
5Sevilla127141412222
6Villarreal126331912721
7Real Sociedad125342522318
8Real Betis115242120117
9Leganes12525911-217
10Getafe124441914516
11GironaGirona124441417-316
12Levante123631415-115
13Celta Vigo124262319414
14Espanyol12345915-613
15Athletic Bilbao123361216-412
16Deportivo La CorunaDeportivo123271523-811
17EibarEibar11227625-198
18Malaga12219925-167
19AlavesAlaves122010620-146
20Las PalmasLas Palmas122010830-226