Original Portugal Home Jersey 2000-2001 #10 Rui Costa - M

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  • Home Jersey #10 Rui Costa
  • Year: 2000-2001
  • Player: Rui Jorge, Rui Costa, Sérgio Conceição
  • Size: M (55 cm x 67 cm)
  • Brand: Nike
  • Sponsor: -
  • Details: Excellent condition, legendary player Rui Costa on the back.

Portugal engaged in a fierce battle with Romania for the top spot in their qualifying group, ultimately falling short by just one point due to dropped points in their head-to-head matches against their sole rival (0-1 in Lisbon, 1-1 in Bucharest). However, Portugal secured their place as the top runner-up across all groups, earning direct qualification. At the European Championship in the Netherlands and Belgium, Portugal found themselves trailing 2-0 against England within the first 18 minutes. However, a stunning long-range strike from Figo reignited the match. Portugal rallied and dominated proceedings, securing a thrilling 3-2 victory with goals from João Pinto and Nuno Gomes. Another hard-fought win over Romania in the closing stages ensured Portugal's spot in the quarter-finals after just two games. Facing Germany next, Portugal comfortably secured their place in the semi-finals with a resounding 3-0 victory, with Nuno Gomes' replacement Sérgio Conceição netting a hat-trick. In the quarter-finals against Turkey, Nuno Gomes returned to the starting lineup and scored both goals. However, Portugal's journey came to a bitter end in the semi-final against France. With the score tied at 1-1 and the match seemingly headed for penalties, Abel Xavier's handball led to a decisive 'golden goal' from Zinédine Zidane three minutes before full time. The Portuguese team disputed the call, claiming it was inadvertent, but their protests resulted in severe UEFA sanctions. Abel Xavier received a nine-month ban from international football, while Nuno Gomes and Paulo Bento were banned for eight and six months, respectively. Additionally, the Portuguese Football Federation was fined 235,000 guilders. Figo, who alongside Zidane, was the standout player of the tournament, made a significant career move by leaving FC Barcelona for Real Madrid.