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Rui Patrício
Rui Patricio
Date of birth:

February 15, 1988

Nationality:

Portugal

Position:

Goalkeeper

Team:

Swansea City

Rui Pedro dos Santos Patrício, ComM (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈʁuj pɐˈtɾisju]; born 15 February 1988) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Sporting Clube de Portugal and the Portugal national team.

He spent most of his career with Sporting, making his debut with the first team at only 18 and going on to appear in more than 400 official games.

Patrício gained his first cap for Portugal in 2010, after Paulo Bento's appointment as head coach. He represented the nation at the 2014 World Cup and three European Championships, winning the 2016 edition of the latter tournament.

International careerEdit

From 2007, Patrício started appearing for the Portuguese under-21 side. On 29 January of the following year, senior team coach Luiz Felipe Scolari called him up for a 1–3 friendly defeat against Italy in Zürich, although he did not leave the bench; on 12 May he was picked to the squad for UEFA Euro 2008, but did not play in the tournament.

Although not part of the provisional 24-player list for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, Patrício was named in a backup list of six players. He made his debut on 17 November 2010, playing the second half of a 4–0 friendly win with Spain.

After Eduardo was relegated to the bench at his new club, S.L. Benfica, Patrício became the starter under national team boss Paulo Bento, and both players finished the Euro 2012 qualifying campaign with five games (450 minutes) as Portugal qualified for the final stages. He was the starter in the finals in Poland and Ukraine, conceding four goals in five matches in an eventual semifinal exit.

Patrício was included in Bento's 23-man squad for the 2014 World Cup as first-choice, and made his debut in the competition in the first encounter against Germany, which ended with a 0–4 loss. He missed the second game against the United States, due to injury.

Patrício appeared in his 50th international on 30 June 2016, during Euro 2016: after the 1–1 draw to Poland at the Stade Vélodrome during the first 120 minutes, he saved Jakub Błaszczykowski's attempt in a 5–3 penalty shootout win that qualified to the semi-finals.