Fernando Couto

Portugal 2017

Fernando Couto was a vastly talented central defender who won trophies everywhere he went, winning six domestic titles and five European competitions. He had spells in Portugal, Italy and Spain playing for some of Europe’s elite. Having become a vital part of Porto’s squad he earned a move to Serie A playing for the famous Parma team of the mid-90s, winning the UEFA Cup. A move to Barcelona followed, where he won six trophies in two seasons with the Catalan giants. Following a return to Serie A he had a successful spell at Lazio, before ending his career back at Parma. He played at the 2002 World Cup and three UEFA EUROs, including EURO 2004 when he was captain as Portugal reached the final. He became the first Portuguese player to reach 100 caps in 2003.

Full name: Fernando Manuel Silva Couto
Born: 02/08/1969, Espinho, Portugal
Clubs: Porto (1988), Famalicão (1988-1989), Académica (1989-1990), Porto (1990-1994), Parma (1994-1996), Barcelona (1996-1998), Lazio (1998-2005), Parma (2005-2008)
International: 110 apps, 8 goals (1990-2004)
Position: Defender

Honours:

  • Primeira Liga (3): 1987–88, 1991–92, 1992–93
  • Taça de Portugal (3): 1987–88, 1990–91, 1993–94
  • Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira (2): 1991, 1994
  • UEFA Cup (1): 1994–95
  • La Liga (1): 1997–98
  • Copa del Rey (2): 1996–97, 1997–98
  • Supercopa de España (1): 1996
  • UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup (2): 1996–97, 1998-99
  • UEFA Super Cup (2): 1997, 1999
  • Serie A (1): 1999–00
  • Coppa Italia (2): 1999–00, 2003–04
  • Supercoppa Italiana (2): 1998, 2000
  • FIFA U-20 World Cup (1): 1989