Porto's Champions League winning side - where are they now?

FC Porto players celebrate with the trop

Before 2004, there weren’t too many surprise winners when it came to the Champions League.

It was a tournament where you really had to beat the best to be the best, something that only teams full of talent and organisation could do.

So, when Porto and Monaco reached the final of Europe’s elite competition, it came as a massive surprise.

However, both sides fully deserved to get there.

Monaco may have had a comfortable group - Deportivo, PSV and AEK Athens - but their knockout opponents were a lot tougher.

They edged past Lokomotiv Moscow on away goals in the first knockout round, before beating Real Madrid in the quarter-finals and Chelsea in the semis.

Meanwhile, Porto came second in their group with Madrid, before beating Manchester United, Lyon and Deportivo in the knockout rounds.

Porto salutes their fans after defeating

The two sides went head-to-head in the Arena AufSchalke in Germany and it was Jose Mourinho’s Porto that were victorious, winning 3-0.

Thirteen years on, and Porto haven’t been able to replicate their incredible success.

But what happened to the starting line-up that won Europe’s biggest prize under Mourinho?

Did they take their careers to the next level or did they remain with Porto?

Let’s take a look:

Goalkeeper | Vitor Baia

Baia was heading towards the end of his career when he got his hands on the Champions League and spent a further three seasons at Porto before retiring.

We’re not quite sure what he’s up to these days but EA Sports announced Baía as part of their FIFA 16 Ultimate Team Legends.

Fussball: CL 03/04 Finale, FC Porto-AS Monaco

Right-back | Paulo Ferreira

Ferreira followed Mourinho to Chelsea after Porto won the Champions League and spent nine seasons at Stamford Bridge, winning three Premier League titles, four FA Cups and another Champions League.

He retired after the 2012/13 season and Ferreira is now an ambassador and assistant loan player technical coach at Chelsea.

Centre-back | Jorge Costa

The captain on the night stayed at Porto for one further season before moving to fellow Portuguese side, Standard Liege, before retiring.

He’s since gone into management without much success taking charge of Braga, Olhanense, Académica, CFR Cluj, AEL Limassol, Anorthosis, Paços Ferreira before recently being sacked by Gabon.

Centre-back | Ricardo Carvalho

Carvalho also followed Mourinho and Ferreira to Chelsea, where he spent a very successful six seasons.

He then spent three campaigns at Real Madrid before a further three seasons at Monaco.

He recently moved to Shanghai SIPG in the Chinese Super League.

Ricardo Carvalho of Porto

Left-back | Nuno Valente

Valente moved to Everton following the Champions League triumph but had four underwhelming seasons at Goodison Park.

Upon his retirement, he was appointed as Everton’s official scout in Portugal before returning to Sporting to become a coach.

Defensive midfield | Costinha

Costinha remained at Porto for one further season before bizarrely moving to Dynamo Moscow and then Atletico Madrid.

He spent three seasons at Atalanta, but only played one match during that time due to serious injuries.

He is currently manager of Academica in Portugal.

Porto's Costinha (L)  celebrates with te

Centre midfield | Pedro Mendes

Pedro Mendes moved to Tottenham after Porto’s success, spending two years at White Hart Lane before moving to Portsmouth for a further four seasons.

After spells at Rangers, Sporting and Vitoria de Guimaraes, he retired.

We haven’t heard from him since.

Centre midfield | Maniche

After a brief spell with Dynamo Moscow in 2005, Maniche joined Carvalho, Ferreira and Mourinho at Chelsea, but lasted just one season.

He then spent short spells at Atletico Madrid, Inter, Atletico Madrid again, Koln and Sporting before retiring in 2011.

He worked as an assistant manager to Costinha at Pacos de Ferreira and then again for Academica before leaving due to personal reasons.

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Attacking midfield | Deco

Porto’s success earned Deco a high-profile move to Barcelona, where he stayed for four years - winning two La Ligas and another Champions League.

Luis Felipe Scolari then signed him for Chelsea, where he played more than 50 times over two seasons, winning another league title.

He ended his career in his native Brazil, representing Fluminense for three seasons before retiring in 2013.

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Striker | Carlos Alberto

While some of his teammates got big moves following their 2004 Champions League triumph, Carlos Alberto didn’t.

He returned to his native Brazil, and played for a whole host of clubs - including Corinthians, Vasco da Gama and Botafogo.

Still only 32, he currently plays for Atlético Paranaense and actually earned five caps for the Brazil national side.

Striker | Derlei

Derlei was another player that went to Dynamo Moscow, where he played for two seasons before returning to Portugal to play for Benfica and then Sporting.

He had short spells at Vitória and Madureira before retiring.

Manager | Jose Mourinho

The 2004 Champions League triumph was the making of Mourinho.

Since that day, he’s managed Chelsea (twice), Inter, Real Madrid and Manchester United.

His career trophy cabinet consists of eight league titles and two Champions Leagues, while he is regarded as one of the best managers in Europe.

Champions League Final - AS Monaco v FC Porto
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