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Ricardo Quaresma

Ricardo Andrade Quaresma Bernardo (born 26 September 1983) is a Portuguese people Association football of partial Romani people descent who currently plays as a winger for Turkey Süper Lig side Beşiktaş J.K and the Portugal national football team. Quaresma began Ricardo Quaresma career at Sporting Clube de Portugal, and has also played for FC Barcelona, F.C. Porto, F.C. Internazionale Milano, and Chelsea F.C.. Ricardo Quaresma is popular for incorporating a repertoire of tricks into Ricardo Quaresma style of play, including the rabona and trivela. A winger who can play on either flank, with Ricardo Quaresma qualities of speed and finesse a regular problem for opposing defenses.

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Ricardo Quaresma biography


Ricardo Andrade Quaresma Bernardo (born 26 September 1983) is a Portuguese people Association football of partial Romani people descent who currently plays as a winger for Turkey Süper Lig side Beşiktaş J.K and the Portugal national football team. Quaresma began Ricardo Quaresma career at Sporting Clube de Portugal, and has also played for FC Barcelona, F.C. Porto, F.C. Internazionale Milano, and Chelsea F.C.. Ricardo Quaresma is popular for incorporating a repertoire of tricks into Ricardo Quaresma style of play, including the rabona and trivela. A winger who can play on either flank, with Ricardo Quaresma qualities of speed and finesse a regular problem for opposing defenses.

Club career

Sporting CP

Whilst a trainee at Sporting's famed academy, Quaresma made Ricardo Quaresma professional debut during the 2000-01 in Portuguese football, playing 15 games for the B squad. In the 2001-02 in Portuguese football, Ricardo Quaresma was promoted to the senior squad by then club manager László Bölöni, playing 28 matches and scoring three goals and was a key player in Sporting's league and cup double triumph.

2002-03 in Portuguese football was a poor season for Sporting, finishing third in the league, which prompted speculation about Quaresma's future at the club.

Barcelona

Quaresma was then sold to FC Barcelona for a reported €6 million and loan of Fábio Rochemback. Ricardo Quaresma stint with the Catalonia side could be best described as unlucky. In Ricardo Quaresma La Liga 2003–04, Ricardo Quaresma made 10 starts and 11 substitute appearances, scoring only one goal. In the final weeks of the season, Ricardo Quaresma injured Ricardo Quaresma right foot badly, forcing Ricardo Quaresma to miss the 2004 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship.

During UEFA Euro 2004, Ricardo Quaresma announced Ricardo Quaresma refusal to play for Barça as long as Frank Rijkaard was in charge, incurring the interest of many other clubs.

Porto

Quaresma signed for F.C. Porto in the summer of 2004 when they sold Deco for a fee of €15 million cash, plus Quaresma's playing rights, which were evaluated at the time at €6 million.

Quaresma started Ricardo Quaresma campaign with Porto on a high note, scoring in Ricardo Quaresma debut game in the 2004 UEFA Super Cup and netting the only goal in Porto's triumph against S.L. Benfica in the SuperCup Cândido de Oliveira. Ricardo Quaresma went on to score five goals in 32 league matches and was ever-present in Porto's run to the first knockout round of the UEFA Champions League 2004–05. Ricardo Quaresma also contributed to Porto's dramatic win against Once Caldas in the Intercontinental Cup (football), scoring in a thrilling penalty shoot-out which ended 8–7 in Porto's favour.

Quaresma was heavily criticised during Ricardo Quaresma first year with Porto for being selfish and frequently trying to dribble past defenders rather than making a simple pass. Ricardo Quaresma gradually began to incorporate Ricardo Quaresma teammates into the game, however, and by Ricardo Quaresma third year with Porto, Ricardo Quaresma had become a fan favorite and a key component of the squad. Ricardo Quaresma sublime performances in both the Primeira Liga and the UEFA Champions League drew interest from various clubs, and despite having a contract with Porto running until 2011, Ricardo Quaresma soon found himself being transferred to a major club for the second time in Ricardo Quaresma career.

Internazionale

On 1 September 2008, Quaresma signed for Italian champions F.C. Internazionale Milano on a cash/player exchange fee of €18.6 million with young Portuguese midfielder Pelé (footballer born 1987) joining Porto.
Ricardo Quaresma played Ricardo Quaresma first game for the club in a friendly against FC Locarno, playing on the left wing. The game ended 2–2, and Quaresma was voted man of the match following an impressive performance.

Ricardo Quaresma was decisive in Ricardo Quaresma first Serie A match against Catania Calcio, with one of Ricardo Quaresma trademark trivelas resulting in a Giuseppe Mascara own goal. The game finished 2–1 for Inter.

Quaresma, however, found opportunities in the Inter XI limited as former Inter boss José Mourinho stated: "Ricardo Quaresma is a great talent, but the joy I have at seeing the way Ibra Zlatan Ibrahimović works for and with the team I do not yet have with Quaresma. Ricardo Quaresma will have to learn, otherwise Ricardo Quaresma won’t play, and I am sure he'll change and become more tactically disciplined. Ricardo Quaresma likes kicking the ball with the outside of Ricardo Quaresma foot, but if you ask me about Ricardo Quaresma in a few months' time, we'll be talking about a different Quaresma."

Ricardo Quaresma time in Italy was not considered a success, with Ricardo Quaresma being given the Bidone d'Oro award for the worst footballer in Serie A for 2008.

Chelsea

Quaresma's omission from Inter's squad for the knockout stage of the UEFA Champions League 2008-09 led to speculation of Ricardo Quaresma leaving the club. On 2 February 2009, Transfer window, Ricardo Quaresma signed on loan for Premier League club Chelsea F.C., until the end of the season. Ricardo Quaresma was given the 18 shirt. On 7 February, Ricardo Quaresma made Ricardo Quaresma debut for Chelsea against Hull City A.F.C.. Quaresma was mostly used as a substitute, making noticeable contributions, including providing the cross for Alex Rodrigo Dias da Costa to score against Coventry City F.C.. After a disappointing start to life at the San Siro (stadium), Quaresma claimed Ricardo Quaresma move to Chelsea had restored Ricardo Quaresma confidence after Ricardo Quaresma struggled to impress José Mourinho at Inter. The 25-year-old Portuguese international told The Star on 29 March 2009, "When I was at Inter, I wasn't feeling very confident. I wasn't playing well and wasn't happy, I already feel more confident here at Chelsea. It has brought the joy back for me, which I didn't have at Inter." Subsequently, with Guus Hiddink's temporary position as Chelsea manager, Quaresma found it hard to find space in the Chelsea starting XI squad, and Ricardo Quaresma returned to Inter at the end of Ricardo Quaresma loan.

Return to Internazionale

Quaresma returned to Inter after Ricardo Quaresma loan at Chelsea ended. Despite desperate attempts made by Inter to offload him, Quaresma did not manage to attract any interest. With the retirement of Luís Figo, Quaresma inherited the 7 shirt, and José Mourinho said Ricardo Quaresma would give Quaresma another chance for the new season. Beşiktaş J.K. paid a Euro7.3 million for Ricardo Quaresma transfer. Ricardo Quaresma signed three-year contract, which entitled Ricardo Quaresma to €3.5 million in the first season and €3.75 million in the next two seasons.
Ricardo Quaresma scored Ricardo Quaresma first goal for the club against FC Viktoria Plzeň in the 2010–11 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round. Quaresma was an integral part of the side during their run to the 2010–11 Turkish Cup final. Quaresma opened the scoring for Beşiktaş in the 33rd minute and won Man of the Match honors as Ricardo Quaresma side won 4-3 in penalties, 2-2 after extra time.

International career

A UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship winner with Portugal in 2000, Quaresma made Ricardo Quaresma full international debut for the Portuguese national team in June 2003, in a friendly against Bolivia national football team.

Poor form during Ricardo Quaresma time with FC Barcelona and an injury prevented Quaresma from taking part in the 2004 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship, UEFA Euro 2004, and the 2004 Summer Olympics. Sparkling displays, however, with F.C. Porto won Ricardo Quaresma a role in Portugal's 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign and the winger helped Ricardo Quaresma country to a vital 2–0 win against Slovakia national football team. Quaresma, however, was left out of the 23-man squad named by coach Luiz Felipe Scolari to represent Portugal in the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
Ricardo Quaresma was later called up to play in a friendly game against Brazil national football team at the Emirates Stadium, where Portugal won 2–0. Quaresma provided two assists and was named man of the match. On 24 March 2007, Quaresma scored Ricardo Quaresma first goal for the national team in Portugal's 4–0 win in a UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying Group A against Belgium national football team. Ricardo Quaresma was also a member of the 23-man squad for Portugal in UEFA Euro 2008, but appeared only sparingly for Scolari's Portugal during the tournament; Ricardo Quaresma did start in the Portugal secondary team in a third group stage match, a 2–0 loss to host nation Switzerland national football team where nine of the 11 regular team starters were rested.

Quaresma was not called up for Portugal's 2010 FIFA World Cup campaign.

On 31 August 2010, Quaresma was called to play in UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying matches against Cyprus national football team and Norway national football team to replace the injured Cristiano Ronaldo. On 3 September, Quaresma led Portugal against Cyprus in an entertaining encounter that ended 4-4. Ricardo Quaresma was named man of the match after two years of absence from the national team.

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ricardo_Quaresma

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