FC Porto - 10 years after Champions League glory

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A decade ago Porto were crowned champions of Europe for only the second time in their history, and in doing so provided one of the biggest shocks of the Champions League era.

At the start of the 2003/2004 season, nobody expected the reigning UEFA Cup champions to lift the big one, with the usual suspects such as Real Madrid, AC Milan and Manchester United all vying for the title.

But little did they know,Jose Mourinho was no ordinary manager, and the 'Special One' guided his team all the way to the final, where they'd go on to beat Monaco 3-0.

Mourinho's side was made up of relative unknowns looking to make their name in Europe, but on the tenth anniversary of the match we were thinking - where are they now?

So with that in mind, we've decided to run you through the 18-man match day squad and tell you how their career evolved after this famous victory.

Vitor Baia - Legendary Portuguese goalkeeper spent 18 seasons at Porto during two spells, making a brief stop at Barcelona midway through his career. Baia retired in 2007 and was made 'director of public relations' before leaving the role in 2010.

Paulo Ferreira - A reliable right-back, Ferreira joined Porto in 2002 and enjoyed great success in his two-year stay, winning two league titles, the Champions League, the UEFA Cup and one domestic cup. Ferreira moved to Chelsea in the summer of 2004 and spent nine trophy-laden seasons in England before retiring in 2013.

Jorge Costa - The captain of Mourinho's impressive side, Costa spent the majority of his playing career at Porto. He turned his hand to coaching in 2006 and has managed teams in Portugal, Romania and Cyprus. This season helped save Paços Ferreira from near-certain relegation after the club had been bottom of the table with just ten games remaining.

Ricardo Carvalho - A cultured centre-back, Carvalho formed a solid partnership with Costa. Following the Champions League win he secured a big-money move to Chelsea where he won numerous trophies. A three-year spell at Real Madrid would follow before he joined Monaco on a free transfer at the beginning of the 2013/2014 campaign.

Nuno Valente - Portuguese international Valente moved to Porto in 2002 having played for a number of Primeira Liga sides, including Sporting Lisbon. His first two years were full of trophies but his third and final season was ruined by injury. In 2005 he moved to Premier League side Everton but again injury hampered his stay. Upon retiring in 2009, he became a scout for Everton before returning to Sporting.

Costinha - Holding midfielder Costinha scored a vital goal against Manchester United in the first knock-out round during Porto's run to the final. After leaving the club in 2005, he had spells at Dynamo Moscow, Atletico Madrid and Atalanta before injury ended his career. He tried his hand at management with Beira-Mar in 2013 but after the club were relegated he joined Pacos Ferreira, only to be sacked after four months.

Maniche - Maniche and Costinha partnered each other on a regular basis for both Porto and Portugal, and they both left the club in 2005 for Dynamo Moscow. Maniche failed to settle in Russia and went on to have spells at Chelsea, Atletico Madrid, Inter Milan, FC Koln and Sporting Lisbon. In 2013 he was named as Costinha's asistant at Pacos Ferreira and would join him in departing the club after a run of bad results.

Pedro Mendes - Mendes left Porto for Premier League outfit Tottenham Hotspur in the summer of 2004 and famously scored from the half-way line against Manchester United only for the goal to not be given by officials. After spells at Portsmouth, Rangers and Sporting, he was a shock inclusion in Portugal's 2010 World Cup squad before finishing his career with boyhood club Vitória Guimarães.

Deco - Perhaps the most talented member of the team, Deco scored the second goal in the final and would go on to lift the Champions League again with Barcelona in 2006. The Brazilian-born midfielder made the move to the Nou Camp in the summer of 2004 and after four years at Barca he enjoyed a two-year stint with Chelsea. In the summer of 2010 he returned to Brazil to sign for Fluminense before retiring in 2013 at the age of 35.

Carlos Alberto - Scorer of the opening goal in the final, Carlos Alberto only joined Porto from Fluminense four months previously. The striker returned to Brazil in 2005 before joining German side Werder Bremen in 2007. He failed to settle in Germany and enjoyed a number of loan spells in his homeland before joining Vasco da Gama in 2010.

Derlei - The other half of Porto's Brazilian strikeforce, Derlei joined Dynamo Moscow in 2005 and linked up with teammates Maniche and Costinha. Derlei angered Porto fans by joining rivals Benfica on loan from the Russian club before joining the last of the big three, Sporting, in 2007. In 2009 he returned to Brazil to sign for Vitoria before ending his career with Madureira.


Nuno - Reserve keeper spent time at Dynamo Moscow and Aves before returning to Porto in 2007. Has been in charge of Rio Ave since 2012.

Jose Bosingwa - Joined Chelsea in 2008 and picked up a second Champions League winners medal in 2012. Now at Trabzonspor following one season at QPR.

Ricardo Costa - Moved to Wolfsburg in 2007 and, after a loan spell at Lille, joined Valencia in 2010. Named in Portugal's 2014 World Cup squad.

Pedro Emanuel - Stayed with Porto until retiring in 2009. Worked as assistant manager to Andre Villas-Boas in 2010/2011 before becoming manager of Academica. Currently in charge at Arouca.

Dmitri AlenichevReturned to Spartak Moscow shortly after the final, in which he'd scored the third goal. After retiring in 2006 he went in to politics but is now manager of FA Arsenal Tula.

Edgaras Jankauskas - Became a journeyman after leaving Porto in 2005 and has had nine clubs since the final. Jankauskas is currently managing in his homeland.

Benni McCarthy - After two more seasons with Porto, McCarthy moved to England where he starred for Blackburn Rovers. Short spells at West Ham and Orlando Pirates followed before he retired in 2013.


Jose Mourinho - Everyone knows what happened next for the Special One. He moved to Chelsea soon after the final where he established himself as one of the best managers in the world before winning the Champions League and Serie A with Inter Milan. Following three years with Real Madrid Mourinho returned to Chelsea in 2013 and will be desperate to become only the third manager to lift the Champions League three times, and the first to do so with three different clubs.

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