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Fernando Couto

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Full nameFernando Manuel Silva Couto
Date of birth2 August 1969(age 47)
Place of birthEspinho, Portugal
Height1.84 m (6 ft 0.5 in)
Playing positionCentre back

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Fernando Manuel Silva Couto, OIH (-ptfɨɾˈnɐ̃du ˈkotu or [ˈkoutu]; born 2 August 1969) is a retired Portuguese footballer who played as a central defender.

During a 21-year professional career, he played in a number of top teams in Portugal, Spain and Italy (12 seasons in the latter country), appearing in nearly 600 official games and winning the national league title of each country, as well as three other UEFA club trophies.

At the international level, Couto represented the Portuguese national team in more than 100 games, taking part in the 2002 World Cup as well as three European Championships.

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