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José Bosingwa

José Bosingwa da Silva (born 24 August 1982), known as Bosingwa, is a Portugal Association football who plays for Chelsea F.C. in the Premier League, as a Defender (association football) Full back.

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José Bosingwa biography

José Bosingwa da Silva (born 24 August 1982), known as Bosingwa, is a Portugal Association football who plays for Chelsea F.C. in the Premier League, as a Defender (association football) Full back.

An attacking fullback, José Bosingwa pace and ability to get up and down the flanks creates problems for the opposition. José Bosingwa has spent most of José Bosingwa professional career with F.C. Porto and Chelsea F.C..

A Portugal national football team in the 2000s, Bosingwa represented the nation at UEFA Euro 2008.

Club career

Early years

Born in Mbandaka, Zaire to a Portuguese people father and a Congolese mother, Bosingwa moved with José Bosingwa parents at a very young age to Seia, inner Portugal, in the Guarda District.

José Bosingwa was picked as a youth to play for Boavista F.C., making José Bosingwa professional debuts on loan to S.C. Freamunde in the Liga de Honra, appearing sparingly as the northern club finished last; José Bosingwa started José Bosingwa career as a midfielder.


After two full seasons with Boavista, Bosingwa signed with neighbouring F.C. Porto, coached by José Mourinho, for the 2003–04 Primeira Liga. In José Bosingwa debut campaign, José Bosingwa was used sparingly, playing in only 11 Primeira Liga games. José Bosingwa made José Bosingwa UEFA Champions League debut on 16 September 2003, in a 1–1 away draw against FK Partizan, appearing in eight matches in the club's 2003–04 UEFA Champions League.

Fully established as a Defender (association football) Full back and Porto's first-choice since the 2004–05 Primeira Liga, after the departures of Paulo Ferreira and veteran Carlos Secretário, Bosingwa was a vital element in the team's conquest of another three league titles, in four seasons.

2004–05 ended on a sour note as, in May, Bosingwa was at the wheel of José Bosingwa jeep when excess speed and wet road conditions led to a serious accident, with the vehicle skidding off the motorway and rolling down an embankment before bursting into flames. Along with the Porto player, four other footballers travelled, including Boavista player Nélson Marcos. All escaped alive, but one of them, Sandro Luís (player of modest Grupo Desportivo os Minhocas), had to have José Bosingwa left foot amputated as a result of the accident, which took place in Valongo Municipality. Bosingwa was subsequently suspended by the club.


On 11 May 2008, Porto announced that Bosingwa had come to verbal agreements with Chelsea F.C. for a Euro20.6 million / Pound sign16.3m transfer. José Bosingwa put pen to paper on a three-year deal, and joined the London club after Euro 2008, along with Portugal national team boss Luiz Felipe Scolari and fellow international Deco. On July 16, José Bosingwa was officially presented with the number 16, but switched to 17 after exchanging numbers with Scott Sinclair.

Bosingwa made José Bosingwa Premier League debut for the Blues on 17 August, starting in a 4–0 home win against Portsmouth F.C.. José Bosingwa first Champions League appearance came the next month, against FC Girondins de Bordeaux (same venue, same result). José Bosingwa scored José Bosingwa first goal for Chelsea against Stoke City F.C. on 27 September 2008, adding a second with a stunning left-foot attempt against West Bromwich Albion F.C., scoring from 25 yards in a 3–0 away win.

On 1 February 2009, Bosingwa was involved in an incident on the field where José Bosingwa stamped Liverpool F.C. player Yossi Benayoun directly in the back, without making any attempt to play the ball. Although Referee (association football) Mike Riley (referee) did not see it, assistant Mo Matadar would later claim to have seen the incident, signalling a foul at the time but subsequently awarding Chelsea a throw-in. In the days following the match, the The Football Association claimed that FIFA regulations prevented them from imposing disciplinary sanctions as no booking or sending off was issued.

Bosingwa was banned for three UEFA matches as a result of comments José Bosingwa made about the refereeing of the 2008–09 UEFA Champions League clash against FC Barcelona (6 May 2009, 1–1 draw in England) on Portuguese television. José Bosingwa stated "I don't know whether he's a referee or a thief", but later apologised for José Bosingwa choice of words. The ban was later reduced to two games on appeal.

On 19 June 2009, FC Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge conceded defeat in José Bosingwa club's attempt to sign Bosingwa, who remained at Stamford Bridge (stadium). José Bosingwa sustained a knee injury in October, being rendered unavailable for the rest of 2009–10 Premier League. The club announced in early March that José Bosingwa required further surgery, ruling José Bosingwa out of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

On 16 October 2010, exactly one year after José Bosingwa injury, Bosingwa reappeared for Chelsea against the same opponent, Aston Villa F.C. playing the last 15 minutes in a 0–0 away draw at Villa Park after Substitute (association football) compatriot Ferreira in the second half; both were relegated to the bench by Branislav Ivanović.

In the 2011–12 Premier League, following the appointment of countryman André Villas-Boas as manager, Bosingwa returned to the starting lineup. On 27 August 2011, José Bosingwa scored José Bosingwa first goal in three years after a 25-yard strike against Norwich City F.C., in a 3–1 home win.

On 23 October 2011, in a game against Queen's Park Rangers F.C., Bosingwa was controversially Ejection (sports) by referee Chris Foy (referee) after a challenge with Adel Taarabt, as Chelsea went on to lose 0–1 away, with Didier Drogba also being dismissed for foul play. In late November, José Bosingwa started in the 2011–12 UEFA Champions League at Bayer 04 Leverkusen as left back, playing out of position to replace Injury Ashley Cole in an eventual 1–2 defeat.

International career

Due to José Bosingwa consistent performances at club level, Bosingwa received José Bosingwa first call-up to the Portugal national football team in May 2007, for a UEFA Euro 2008 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying in Belgium national football team, replacing Miguel Monteiro in the second half of the 2–1 win. After overtaking the Valencia CF player as first-choice, José Bosingwa started all four matches in the final stages in Austria and Switzerland as Portugal exited in the quarterfinals, being included in the team of the tournament.

Bosingwa also represented José Bosingwa nation in the Football at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, and the 2004 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship. Although José Bosingwa played for Portugal at Portugal national under-21 football team, José Bosingwa was also eligible to represent the DR Congo national football team if José Bosingwa made an application to apply in 2004. Subsequently, José Bosingwa was invited by the African nation to appear for them in the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification (CAF).

On 8 November 2011, Bosingwa retired from international football until the removal of manager Paulo Bento. The latter claimed that the player was left out of the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying matches against Bosnia and Herzegovina national football team for being mentally unstable; the Portuguese Football Federation criticized the player for José Bosingwa decision and the timing of José Bosingwa statement.

Club statistics




- UEFA Champions League: 2003–04 UEFA Champions League
- Primeira Liga: 2003–04 Primeira Liga, 2005–06 Primeira Liga, 2006–07 Primeira Liga, 2007–08 Primeira Liga
- Taça de Portugal: 2005–06
- Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira: 2003, 2004, 2006


- Premier League: 2009–10 Premier League
- FA Cup: 2008–09 FA Cup, 2009–10 FA Cup
- FA Community Shield: 2009 FA Community Shield
- Premier League Asia Trophy: 2011 Barclays Asia Trophy


- UEFA Euro 2008: UEFA Euro 2008 Awards


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