Rui Costa (footballer, born 1996)

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Rui Costa
Personal information
Full name Rui Pedro Silva Costa
Date of birth (1996-02-20) 20 February 1996 (age 24)
Place of birth Famalicão, Portugal
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Playing position(s) Forward
Club information
Current team
(on loan from Porto)
Number 15
Youth career
2005–2013 Famalicão
2013–2014 Vitória Guimarães
2014–2015 Varzim
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2015–2016 Varzim B 43 (8)
2016–2017 Varzim 41 (14)
2017–2018 Portimonense 1 (0)
2017–2018Famalicão (loan) 17 (10)
2018– Porto B 20 (3)
2019–Alcorcón (loan) 10 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 January 2020

Rui Pedro Silva Costa (born 20 February 1996) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Spanish club AD Alcorcón on loan from FC Porto as a forward.

Club career[edit]

Born in Vila Nova de Famalicão, Braga District, Costa played youth football for three clubs, including local F.C. Famalicão from ages 9–17. He made his senior debut in February 2015, with Varzim SC's reserves.

Promoted to the latter's first team for the 2016–17 season in the Segunda Liga, Costa's first match in the competition took place on 6 August 2016, when he played 62 minutes in a 0–1 away loss against Gil Vicente FC.[1] He went on to score 14 goals, helping his team to the ninth position and being voted Best Newcomer of the Year in that level.[2]

In August 2017, Costa was loaned by Primeira Liga side Portimonense S.C. to Famalicão.[3] In October/November of that year, he netted three consecutive braces in the league in as many wins.[4][5][6]

In January 2018, Costa had everything arranged to join FC Porto B. However, after it was discovered that he had been registered by Varzim five days prior to signing with Portimonense – thus representing three clubs in the same season – the move was declared void.[7]

Costa made his debut in the Portuguese top flight on 31 March 2018, coming on as a 75th-minute substitute in a 4–3 home win against Moreirense FC.[8] In July 2018, he was finally made a part of Porto B's setup.[9]

On 6 July 2019, Costa moved abroad for the first time in his career after agreeing to a one-year loan deal with AD Alcorcón in the Spanish Segunda División.[10]


  1. ^ "Gil Vicente-Varzim, 1–0: Autogolo de Delmiro define vencedor" [Gil Vicente-Varzim, 1–0: Delfino own goal defines winner]. Record (in Portuguese). 6 August 2016. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Rui Costa eleito o jogador revelação da II Liga" [Rui Costa voted II League's best newcomer]. O Jogo (in Portuguese). 7 July 2017. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Portimonense: Rui Costa emprestado ao Famalicão" [Portimonense: Rui Costa loaned to Famalicão] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 11 August 2017. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  4. ^ "V. Guimarães B-Famalicão, 1–2: Forasteiros operam reviravolta com bis de Rui Costa" [V. Guimarães B-Famalicão, 1–2: Outsiders come from behind with Rui Costa brace]. Record (in Portuguese). 28 October 2017. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  5. ^ "COMENTÁRIO: Famalicão vence em Barcelos com reviravolta no marcador" [COMMENT: Famalicão win in Barcelos with score reversal]. Diário de Notícias (in Portuguese). 5 November 2017. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  6. ^ "COMENTÁRIO: Famalicão vence Cova da Piedade e 'cola-se' aos primeiros" [COMMENT: Famalicão beat Cova da Piedade and 'get glued' to top of table]. Diário de Notícias (in Portuguese). 12 November 2017. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  7. ^ "Rui Costa não pode ser inscrito pelo FC Porto" [Rui Costa cannot be registered by FC Porto] (in Portuguese). Rádio Renascença. 22 January 2018. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  8. ^ "Portimonense faz reviravolta e vence Moreirense nos descontos" [Portimonense come from behind and beat Moreirense in injury time] (in Portuguese). A Voz do Algarve. 31 March 2018. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  9. ^ Alves, Armando; Monteiro, André (7 June 2018). "Rui Costa já é reforço do FC Porto" [Rui Costa is already a FC Porto addition]. Record (in Portuguese). Retrieved 31 July 2019.
  10. ^ "Rui Costa, gol portugués para la delantera alfarera" [Rui Costa, Portuguese goal for the alfarera forward line] (in Spanish). AD Alcorcón. 6 July 2019. Retrieved 6 July 2019.

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