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Paulo Renato Ferreira

Paulo Renato Rebocho Ferreira (born 18 January 1979) is a Portugal Association football who plays for Chelsea F.C. as a defender (association football).

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Paulo Renato Ferreira biography

Paulo Renato Rebocho Ferreira (born 18 January 1979) is a Portugal Association football who plays for Chelsea F.C. as a defender (association football).

Club career

Early career

Paulo Renato Ferreira started Paulo Renato Ferreira career in the Liga de Honra for GD Estoril Praia. Paulo Renato Ferreira then moved to Vitória F.C. at the start of the 2000-01 in Portuguese football.


Due to Paulo Renato Ferreira excellent performances in the Portuguese Liga, Paulo Renato Ferreira moved to F.C. Porto in the summer of 2002, signed by then-coach José Mourinho. Ferreira was previously a right-side midfielder until Paulo Renato Ferreira met Mourinho at Porto.

In the following season, Paulo Renato Ferreira won the League and Cup double domestically but the capture of the UEFA Cup over Celtic F.C. in Seville was the highlight of an exceptional season. The next season brought another Portuguese Liga title but more importantly Paulo Renato Ferreira played every minute of 2004 UEFA Champions League Final.


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

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 Paulo Renato Ferreira place first to Khalid Boulahrouz, and then to midfielder Geremi Njitap. 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 F.C..

Paulo Renato Ferreira was the second choice right back for Chelsea during the 2007–08 season, behind Michael Essien and Juliano Belletti. When played, Ferreira was Paulo Renato Ferreira usual consistent self, putting in good performances. Ferreira signed a new five-year deal with Chelsea on 18 February 2008, which would keep Paulo Renato Ferreira 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 F.C., either on a season long loan deal or a permanent deal. The rumour turned out to be false, however.
Paulo Renato Ferreira suffered an injury late in the 2008–09 season, stuck on 99 Premier League games. Paulo Ferriera finally made Paulo Renato Ferreira appearance for Chelsea in a Football League Cup match against west London rivals Queens Park Rangers F.C. on 23 September 2009. Paulo Renato Ferreira had been out with an injury since January. Paulo Renato Ferreira scored just Paulo Renato Ferreira second ever Chelsea goal, a late equaliser in extra-time in the League Cup quarter-final against Blackburn Rovers F.C. at Ewood Park in the dying moments, however, Chelsea went on to lose on penalties.

Due to injuries of full backs such as Ashley Cole, José Bosingwa and more recently Branislav Ivanović, Paulo Renato Ferreira has been 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 and the 2–1 victory against Manchester United. 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. As of October 2010, Paulo Renato Ferreira has made 177 appearances, scoring 2 goals in all competitions for Chelsea Football Club.

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 Paulo Renato Ferreira individual display." Paulo Renato Ferreira played Paulo Renato Ferreira 200th match for Chelsea in a 3-1 win over Birmingham on the 20th April 2011.

Ferreira played Paulo Renato Ferreira first game for Chelsea F.C. in the 2011-2012 season during a League Cup match against Fulham F.C. at Stamford Bridge (stadium). Chelsea went on to win 4-3 in the penalty shoot-outs.
Paulo Renato Ferreira played Paulo Renato Ferreira first Barclays Premier League game on the 22 of December after coming on for injured Branislav Ivanovic in a big match against Tottenham Hotspur F.C.. Paulo Renato Ferreira was then praised for Paulo Renato Ferreira performance by Paulo Renato Ferreira Andre Villas Boas and the media.

Ferreira started Paulo Renato Ferreira first Premier League gamesince May 2011 in a home game against Aston Villa F.C. Chelsea F.C. went on to lose 3-1.

International career

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

Paulo Renato Ferreira was called up to the national team for Portugal's UEFA Euro 2004 campaign and started their opening match against a lowly Greece national football team team, but a series of mistakes in the match saw Paulo Renato Ferreira dropped for Miguel Monteiro for the rest of the tournament. Paulo Renato Ferreira did, however, come on in Portugal's huge upset defeat against Greece in the final, following an injury to Miguel.

Paulo made two appearances for Portugal in the 2006 FIFA World Cup. In the semi-final against France national football team, which Portugal lost 1–0, Ferreira came on in the second half for the injured Miguel. Paulo Renato Ferreira then started the third place playoff against the host country Germany national football team, which the Germans won 3–1.

Ferreira faces competition from José Bosingwa and Miguel for the Portugal right-back slot and is often played at left-back since the retirement of Nuno Valente.

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

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 where Paulo Renato Ferreira only played the opening game.

On August 30, 2010, Ferreira announced Paulo Renato Ferreira would be also retiring from the national team, shortly after Simão Sabrosa did. Internationally, Ferreira represented Portugal 61 times and played in four tournaments (UEFA Euro 2004, 2006 FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro 2008 and 2010 FIFA World Cup).


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