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Thursday, January 25, 2007


Ricardo Andrade Quaresma Bernardo, commonly known just by Ricardo Quaresma or Quaresma, born 26 September 1983 in Lisbon, Portugal is a professional, nicknamed "Cignao" (gipsy), "Harry Potter" and also "Mustang" because like the horses with the same name he possesses hardiness, grace, speed, and independence. Cigano because Quaresma is of Gipsy-Descent.

Quaresma is a product of the Sporting Clube de Portugal academy, Quaresma made his first-team breakthrough as an 18-year-old and won the domestic double that same season, 2001/02. His development encouraged FC Barcelona to pay €6m for the youngster in summer 2003, with Fabio Rochemback moving in the opposite direction. Despite signing a four-year contract, Quaresma's stay at Camp Nou was to be brief, encompassing just ten Primera DivisiĆ³n outings. In May 2004, he broke a bone in his foot and two months later signed a five-year contract at FC Porto. He struck the only goal in Porto's triumph against SL Benfica in the Portuguese Super Cup and contributed to the dramatic win against CD Once Caldas in the 2004 European/South American Cup, scoring in a thrilling penalty shoot-out victory, before starring in the 2005/06 double-winning campaign.

National team
A UEFA European Under-16 Championship winner in 2000, he made his full international debut in a June 2003 friendly against Bolivia. Despite playing in 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying, he did not make the plane to Germany after turning out at the UEFA European Under-21 Championship on home soil.