Jorge Costa

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Jorge Costa
Personal information
Full name Jorge Paulo Costa Almeida
Date of birth (1971-10-14) 14 October 1971 (age 49)
Place of birth Porto, Portugal
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Position(s) Centre-back
Youth career
1986–1987 FC Foz
1987–1990 Porto
Senior career*
1990–2005 Porto 251 (16)
1990–1991Penafiel (loan) 23 (3)
1991–1992Marítimo (loan) 31 (1)
2001–2002Charlton Athletic (loan) 24 (0)
2005–2006 Standard Liège 13 (0)
National team
1991 Portugal U20 10 (1)
1992–1994 Portugal U21 22 (2)
1992–2002 Portugal 50 (2)
Teams managed
2006–2007 Braga (assistant)
2007 Braga
2008–2010 Olhanense
2010 Académica
2011–2012 CFR Cluj
2012–2013 AEL Limassol
2013–2014 Anorthosis
2014 Paços Ferreira
2014–2016 Gabon
2017 Sfaxien
2017 Arouca
2017–2018 Tours
2018–2020 Mumbai City
2020–2021 Gaz Metan Mediaș
2021 Farense
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Jorge Paulo Costa Almeida (born 14 October 1971), known as Costa, is a Portuguese retired footballer who played as a central defender, currently a manager.


Nicknamed Bicho (animal) and Tanque (tank) by his colleagues and fans for his aggressive and physical playing style, [1] he spent most of his professional career with Porto, being team captain for several seasons and winning a total of 24 major titles, notably eight Primeira Liga championships and the 2004 Champions League.

Having earned 50 caps for Portugal, Costa represented the nation at one World Cup and one European Championship. After retiring, he worked as a manager for several clubs as well as the Gabon national team.

Playing career


Born in Porto, Costa made his professional debut with F.C. Penafiel on loan from hometown club FC Porto. The following season he was also loaned, to fellow Primeira Liga side C.S. Marítimo, playing 31 games including a controversial one in the Estádio das Antas where he scored an own goal; despite it being clearly unintentional the accusations of scoring for his team continued, forcing Porto's president Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa to forbid further loaned players to play against them, a decision that stood for several decades. [2]

Costa finally joined Porto in the 1992–93 campaign, eventually becoming a starter. Five seasons later he switched to jersey No. 2, previously worn by João Pinto, also being named team captain as the veteran retired. His career three only met four black spots: two serious knee injuries (during 1995–96, which ruled him out of UEFA Euro 1996 and during 1997's pre-season in Sweden) and a feud with coach Octávio Machado early in 2001–02, which forced him into "exile" at Charlton Athletic. [3] However, the image of Costa as the captain went untouched, and Porto fans turned against Machado with massive criticism of his team management and coaching, eventually forcing him outside the club; during his time in South London, he played in defence alongside Luke Young, Mark Fish and Jonathan Fortune, in a back-line remembered for its pun name of "Young Fish Costa Fortune". [4] [5] [6] [7]

Additionally, in 1996–97's UEFA Champions League, Costa was involved in an incident with A.C. Milan's George Weah on 20 November 1996, with the Liberian breaking his nose, alleging that he had been racially abused. [8] Costa strenuously denied the accusations of racism and was not charged by UEFA as no witnesses could verify Weah's allegations, not even his Milan teammates. Weah, on the other hand, was suspended for six matches, and later attempted to apologise to Costa but this was rebuffed by the Portuguese, who considered the charges of racist insults levelled against him to be defamatory and took the Liberian to court; [9] the incident resulted in the latter being sidelined for three weeks, also having to undergo facial surgery.

Costa returned to the Estádio das Antas in the summer of 2002 as José Mourinho was now in charge, and was unanimously chosen as captain of a side that went on to win a championship-cupUEFA Cup treble, making him the third Porto skipper in a row to lift cups at international level (following Pinto and Fernando Gomes). [10] The player's winning streak continued as the next season he lifted the Champions League and the Intercontinental Cup. [11] [12] [13] [14]

In January 2006, after having been deemed surplus to requirements by new coach Co Adriaanse, Costa signed for Standard Liège from Belgium, reuniting with former Porto teammate Sérgio Conceição, [15] and helped his new team to a runner-up finish in the league. He decided to retire from the game in June after alleging personal reasons, despite having a running contract until 2007. [16]


Costa made his full international debut for Carlos Queiroz' Portugal on 11 November 1992 in a 2–1 friendly win over Bulgaria in Saint-Ouen-sur-Seine, France. [17] He played alongside Fernando Couto as the team reached the semi-finals of UEFA Euro 2000 in Belgium and the Netherlands. [18]

Costa scored the first of two goals on 15 November 2000, in a 2–1 exhibition defeat of Israel at the Estádio 1º de Maio in Braga. [19] He retired from international football after a group stage elimination at the 2002 FIFA World Cup in South Korea and Japan, having played 50 games; [20] in that competition, he scored an own goal in a 2–3 loss to the United States. [21]

Previously, in 1991, Costa was an undisputed starter as the Portuguese team won the FIFA U-20 World Cup. [22] [23]

Coaching career

In the 2006–07 season, Costa began his coaching career with S.C. Braga, first as assistant to Rogério Gonçalves, whom he replaced in February 2007. In his first season he led the Minho side to the fourth place and the semi-finals of the domestic cup, also reaching the round of 16 in the UEFA Cup, being ousted by Tottenham Hotspur 4–6 on aggregate. [24]

After again guiding Braga to the UEFA Cup group stage, Costa was fired midway through his second year. [25] He then moved to second level's S.C. Olhanense in the following campaign, eventually finishing the season as champions and returning the Algarve team to the first division after 34 years. [26] After helping them to the 13th position the following campaign – thus safe from relegation – he left, joining another top-division club, Académica de Coimbra. [27]

Costa announced his departure from Académica and his retirement from coaching on 21 December 2010, citing personal reasons. [28] The team was placed in ninth position after the 14th round, eventually narrowly escaping relegation. In May 2011, however, he announced his comeback, signing a contract with Romania's CFR Cluj. [29]

On 24 October 2012, AEL Limassol FC appointed Costa as their new manager, on the eve of a Europa League group stage tie against Fenerbahçe SK. [30] In the following summer he moved teams but stayed in Cyprus, penning a 1+1 deal with Anorthosis Famagusta FC. [31]

Costa coached the Gabon national team from 2014 until November 2016, being ousted from the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations group stage after one win and two losses. [32] He returned to club duties on 15 May 2017, being appointed at CS Sfaxien. [33] He moved back to his homeland in the following off-season, signing at Segunda Liga side F.C. Arouca [34] and leaving by mutual consent less than three months later due to a poor string of results. [35]

On 22 November 2017, Costa was hired at Tours FC, last-placed in France's Ligue 2. [36] At the end of the season, with the club relegated in the same position, he resigned with a year remaining on his contract. [37]

In August 2018, Costa signed for Mumbai City FC for the upcoming campaign of the Indian Super League. [38] After a third-place finish, the team lost 5–2 on aggregate to FC Goa in the play-off semi-finals, conceding all of those goals in the first leg at home. [39] On 5 March 2020, after finishing one place off qualification for the post-season, he was allowed to leave. [40]

On 23 September 2020, Gustavo Ndong Edu, president of the Equatoguinean Football Federation, announced that Costa would be the new coach of the national team. [41] Six days later, however, he decided to join Romania's CS Gaz Metan Mediaș instead. [42] [43]

Costa returned to the Portuguese top tier on 4 February 2021, replacing the dismissed Sérgio Vieira at S.C. Farense on a four-month contract. [44] In spite of relegation to the second division, [45] he signed a new deal; [46] on 30 August, however, he left by mutual consent after only one point in four matches to start the new campaign. [47]

Career statistics



ClubSeasonLeagueCup Europe OtherTotal
Porto 1992–93 Primeira Divisão 811061152
1993–94 Primeira Divisão1303160221
1994–95 Primeira Divisão1313141203
1995–96 Primeira Divisão211313010282
1996–97 Primeira Divisão264407021395
1997–98 Primeira Divisão1304000170
1998–99 Primeira Divisão332105020412
1999–2000 Primeira Liga 3114012120492
2000–01 Primeira Liga2013010020351
2001–02 Primeira Liga61006010131
2002–03 Primeira Liga26231120413
2003–04 Primeira Liga1912010010321
2004–05 Primeira Liga221007120312
Penafiel (loan) 1990–91 Primeira Divisão23300233
Marítimo (loan) 1991–92 Primeira Divisão31100311
Charlton Athletic (loan) 2001–02 Premier League 24020260
Standard Liège 2005–06 Belgian First Division 13000130
Career Total3422033488413147629



National teamYearAppsGoals
Portugal 199210
Jorge Costa: International goals [49]
115 November 2000 Estádio Primeiro de Maio, Braga, PortugalFlag of Israel.svg  Israel 2–02–1 Friendly
213 February 2002 Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys, Barcelona, SpainFlag of Spain.svg  Spain 0–11–1Friendly

Managerial statistics

As of match played 1 August 2021 [50] [51]
Managerial record by team and tenure
Braga Flag of Portugal.svg 19 February 200730 October 200729127103328+5041.38
Olhanense Flag of Portugal.svg 16 June 20089 May 2010722621259595+0036.11
Académica Flag of Portugal.svg 8 June 201021 December 2010187472933−4038.89
CFR Cluj Flag of Romania.svg 1 June 20119 April 20122615654523+22057.69
AEL Limassol Flag of Cyprus.svg 24 October 201222 May 20133720896538+27054.05
Anorthosis Flag of Cyprus.svg 18 August 20135 February 20142311664628+18047.83
Paços Ferreira Flag of Portugal.svg 26 February 201422 May 2014124351520−5033.33
Gabon Flag of Gabon.svg 11 July 20144 November 201633119133736+1033.33
Sfaxien Flag of Tunisia.svg 14 May 201714 June 2017320162+4066.67
Arouca Flag of Portugal.svg 29 June 201714 September 2017814349−5012.50
Tours Flag of France.svg 22 November 201725 May 20182767143344−11022.22
Mumbai City Flag of India.svg 14 August 20185 March 202039178145256−4043.59
Gaz Metan Mediaș Flag of Romania.svg 30 September 20202 February 2021156272322+1040.00
Farense Flag of Portugal.svg 4 February 2021Present215881827−9023.81



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