Transfers: Ricardo Quaresma comes back to FC Porto and 10.000 fans welcome him
Today we’re going to start a small column on thefootballWElike about transfers.
Obviously we can’t update you about every transfer in the world, there are proper specialized websites for that, but we’ll just inform you about the most important or the most curious ones.
Today we fly to to Oporto, Portugal, where the most important local Club, FC Porto, few days ago had, as usual, its first training of the year at an open to public Estadio do Dragao, that usually hosts the home matches of the club.
The unusual fact was that around 10.000 fans attendend the event, not only to see the first practice of 2014, but to welcome back their ”Prodigal Son“, the winger Ricardo Quaresma, who came back to the Portuguese club after he had left Al Ahly, a club from United Arab Emirates with whom he had played for five months, from January to May 2013, scoring 3 goals in 11 appearances.
Ricardo Quaresma grew up at Sporting Clube de Portugal, the prestigious club from Lisbon, Quaresma’s birthplace, with whom he, when he was 18, played his first two seasons in the highest division of Portuguese football, playing regularly, and Drew the attenction of FC Barcellona, that bought him, who played 21 matches and scored 1 goal in the Catalan team.
Anyway relationships between Ricardo Quaresma and the manager Frank Rijkaard were very bad, and in 2004 the winger was sold to FC Porto, that included him in the bargain that led Deco to FC Barcelona. Despite having a difficult first year, being often critized because his selfishness and too many dribblings tried, Quaresma had during his first spell Oporto (2004-2008) the best seasons of his careers, scoring 24 goals in 114 matches, becoming more unselfish and loved by fans.
FC Inter, managed by the fellow José Mourinho, was attracted by Quaresma’s good performances and bought him for around €18.6 M, but the two seasons that he spent in Milan, including a 6 month loan spell at Chelsea FC, were quite disappointing, so that in June 2010 he was sold to Besiktas JK, for “just” €7.3 M.
In Turkey, Quaresma‘s performaces improved, and he was used to play regularly until March 2012, when the Club suspended him afted he had had a serious quarrel with the Portuguese manager Carlos Carvalhal, who had replaced him during an Europa League match, and finally, in December 2012, the Turkish Club released him 6 onths before the end of his contract, paying him the remainder of his salary.
In January 2013 Ricardo Quaresma signed a contract with Al Ahly, a club based in Dubai, but their relationship had last just for five months.
Few days ago, FC Porto, offered him another chance, maybe the last of his career, to be again a star at international level, and to come back in the National Team, with whom he has played 35 matches and scored 3 goals so far, to play 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Supporters of FC Porto were very happy to have him back, because they are probably happy to have a “top” player back, after several departures, such as Falcao, Hulk, James Rodríguez and Joao Moutinho, because they still remember what he did with FC Porto in the past, and maybe because they’ll be able to see “the trivela” again, the famous kick with the outside part of the foot, that became famous because of him, and that then became quite popular among several other footballers !