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Player Profile: Nuno Gomes  

Nuno GomesFull name: Nuno Miguel Soares Pereira Ribeiro

Position: Forward

Date of Birth: 5 July 1976

Birthplace: Amarante, Portugal

 

Nuno Miguel Soares Pereira Ribeiro, better known as Nuno Gomes, has been one of Portugal’s most recognisable strikers in the past decade with his boyish looks and timely goals for club and country.

As well as an impressively consistent scoring record, Gomes’ high skill level and clever link-up play makes him an accomplished all-round attacker who has accumulated a huge number of assists to his name throughout his career.

Curiosity

Even in his native country, few would identify the striker by his real name – Nuno Ribeiro. Gomes adopted his surname after childhood hero and Portugal legend, FC Porto’s Fernando Gomes.



Having been a star with Portugal’s youth squads, Nuno Gomes made his debut for Boavista in 1993/94. He scored 23 goals in 79 appearances for the club, including 15 in his last season in 1997 before his move to Benfica. Ironically, the switch came in the year Nuno Gomes scored in the final of the Portuguese Cup against his future employers to help Boavista lift the cup.

In the ensuing three years with the Lisbon club Nuno Gomes scored 60 goals in 101 appearances and earned his place in the Portugal national team for Euro 2000.

It was in that tournament that Nuno Gomes shot to fame, bagging 4 goals and helping propel Portugal to a semi-final finish against eventual champions France. The encounter against the French was bittersweet match for the striker as he opened the scoring with a wonderful strike, but was then sent off for pushing the referee, and suffered a seven-month international ban as a result of the incident.

Despite the ban, it did not scupper the striker’s 17 million euro transfer to Serie A side Fiorentina where he hooked up with compatriot, Rui Costa. He won the Coppa Italia in his first year and scored a total of 14 goals in 53 appearances before the Italian side filed for bankruptcy and he returned to Benfica.

Nuno Gomes has been with the Eagles ever since, winning a Portuguese Cup in 2004 and the Portuguese Championship in 2005, and at the start of the 2006/07 season he was appointed vice-captain of the Lisbon giants.

International career

In spite of having to live in the shadow of Pedro Pauleta in Portugal’s one-striker system until Pauleta’s recent international retirement, Nuno Gomes has still managed to tally 26 goals in 60 appearances for his country.

In addition to his Euro 2000 heroics, he scored a crucial goal against Spain in the last group game of Euro 2004 as Portugal knocked out their Iberian neighbours on the way to the final. Gomes also made two appearances in the 2006 World Cup where he scored Portugal’s goal in a 3-1 loss to Germany in the 3rd-place match.

by Marco Pereira (08/02/2007)

Club Appearances Goals
Boavista 79 23
Benfica 101 60
Fiorentina 53 14
Benfica** 159 58
     
 PORTUGAL** 74 29

* League appearances only

** Up to 1 March 2009

Comments (2)
Gomes
2 Tuesday, 15 June 2010 11:18
He is a good player
Children's Book hero
1 Sunday, 23 May 2010 20:45
Nuno Gomes is now a hero on a Benfica's Children Book, As Aventuras do Gui, on the book O Gui vai à Bola. He is the player that scores the victory goal on this lovely story.

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