Nuno Valente

Nuno Valente

Former Portuguese football midfielder, European Championship finalist 2004.
Date of Birth: 12.09.1974
Country: Portugal

Biography of Nuno Valente

Nuno Valente is a former Portuguese football midfielder and a finalist in the 2004 UEFA European Championship. He began his career at the Portuguese second division club, Portimonense, and after two seasons in the lower division, he caught the attention of a scout from Sporting Lisbon, where he eventually joined.

Although Valente did not frequently play for the team, he managed to win the Portuguese Cup in 1995 and was loaned to Maritimo during the 1996-97 season. He then spent another season with Sporting Lisbon. It was Jose Mourinho who recognized Valente's potential and invited him to join Uniao Leiria, a club he was coaching at the time.

When Mourinho took over FC Porto, Valente, along with striker Derlei, became his first signings from Leiria. Valente justified Mourinho's trust as Porto won the Portuguese league and the UEFA Cup. In the following season, they won the Champions League and once again the Portuguese league.

After Mourinho's departure to Chelsea, Valente suffered several injuries and only played in 8 games that season. He returned for the quarterfinals of the Champions League against Inter Milan, but it wasn't enough as Porto lost 2-4. After a disappointing season, Porto's president, Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa, gave Valente an ultimatum - either Porto or the national team (where Valente often got injured). Valente chose the national team and, following Mourinho's recommendation, joined Everton at the end of August 2006.

Valente needed time to adapt to the Premier League, but soon became a regular player for Everton. Despite facing fierce competition from Scottish player Gary Naysmith, Valente emerged as the winner. In February 2007, he extended his contract with Everton for another year, and in May 2008, he extended it again until 2009. However, in June 2009, Everton's manager David Moyes stated that he no longer needed Valente's services and advised him to find a new team.

In the national team, Valente was present at the 2004 UEFA European Championship, where Portugal fell just short of the title. In 2006, he was a key player for Portugal, helping them reach the semi-finals. Valente was also on the extended list of players preparing for the 2008 European Championship, although he did not make it to the final tournament.