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Goal of his career! Romani footballer Ricardo Quaresma sends Portugal to EURO 2016 quarterfinals

26.6.2016 9:04
Romani footballer Ricardo Quaresma on 25 June 2016 just after he shot the winning goal against Croatia and Portugal advanced to the quarterfinals of the European Championship. (PHOTO:  Czech Television)
Romani footballer Ricardo Quaresma on 25 June 2016 just after he shot the winning goal against Croatia and Portugal advanced to the quarterfinals of the European Championship. (PHOTO: Czech Television)

Portugal has become the third quarterfinalist in the EURO 2016 football championship underway now in France. In yesterday's smash hit, Portugal, the winner of the "Czech " Core Group D, overwhelmed Croatia 1 : 0 in extra time after substitute Ricardo Quaresma scored a goal at 117 minutes.

Poland and Portugal will now compete in the quarterfinals. Quaresma launched the winning play, which was first intercepted by Croatian player Ivan Perisic and bounced off the post.

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Portugal then saw another opportunity, but Cristian Ronaldo's attempted goal was deflected by goalie Subašič, then caught on the rebound by Quaresma, who scored. Quaresma, whose mother is Romani, was born Ricardo Andrade Quaresma Bernardo on 26 September 1983 in the capital city of Lisbon.

He has been nicknamed the Portuguese "Harry Potter" and also "Mustang". The latter nickname was given to him by trainer Laszlo Bölöni because he is said to have the characteristics of a wild horse.

After winning the under-17 European Championship with Portugal in 2000, Quaresma debuted with the senior national team on 10 June 2003 in a friendly match against Bolivia. He made a significant mark during the 2000/01 season when he first played on the men's B team for Sporting Lisbon.

He has also played for the Catalonian club FC Barcelona, where he could have become a top player, but did not make it and moved back to Portugal after just one season, this time to FC Porto, where he finally began to succeed. Quaresma has made contributions twice during the Portuguese League, twice in the Portuguese Supercup and also during the Portuguese Cup.

His performances with FC Porto earned him repeated invitations to the national team for the qualifying matches for the World Cup in 2006 in Germany. He played an important role during the crucial 2-0 victory against Slovakia, but was not ultimately included in the 23-member side nominated by Luiz Felip Scolarihon for the championship itself.

That setback was followed by an advance, when Quaresma was invited to play in a friendly match against Brazil at the Emirates Stadium, where Portugal won 2-0. Quaresma was named man of the match at the game for two brilliant assists.

On 24 March 2007 he shot his first goal for the national team during its 4-0 victory during the qualifiers for EURO 2008 in a match against Belgium. He participated in his first big international championship, EURO 2008, in Austria and Switzerland, as a substitute.

He was not, however, nominated to the Portuguese team for the World Cup in 2010 in South Africa. On 31 August 2010 he was admitted to play qualifying matches against Cyprus and Norway during EURO 2012, replacing the injured Cristiano Ronaldo.

On 3 September 2012 he led Portugal against Cyprus in an unforgettable match that ended in a 4-4 draw. After two years of absence from the national team he was voted man of the match.

ČTK, ryz, translated by Gwendolyn Albert
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