Center back and defensive midfielder who played internationally for Portugal from 2000-2008 and professionally for several teams from 1996-2012.
From 1994-1996, he played youth soccer at Vitoria Guimaraes.
He played for Portugal's under-21 team from 1997-2000.
He grew up in Guimaraes, Portugal.
Winger Simao Sabrosa was his teammate on Portugal.