Beto (Portuguese footballer born 1982)
Beto playing with Braga
|Full name||António Alberto Bastos Pimparel|
|Date of birth||1 May 1982|
|Place of birth||Lisbon, Portugal|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|2002–2003||→ Casa Pia (loan)||38||(0)|
|2011–2012||→ CFR Cluj (loan)||27||(0)|
|2013||→ Sevilla (loan)||14||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:00, 3 March 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Beto was born in Lisbon. After unsuccessfully developing in local Sporting Clube de Portugal's youth system (he only played one season with the first team, being third-choice), he played one season on loan to neighbours Casa Pia AC, being released in June 2004.
After one year each with G.D. Chaves and F.C. Marco (second level), Beto joined Leixões S.C. for the 2006–07 campaign, helping the Matosinhos club return to the top flight and only missing six games in his three seasons combined.
In March 2009, before 2008–09 ended, Beto agreed to a move to league powerhouse F.C. Porto, in a four-year deal worth €750.000 effective as of June. During his two-season spell he acted almost exclusively as backup to Brazilian Helton, being mostly restricted to domestic cup matches; on 22 May 2011, with the score at 2–2, he stopped a penalty kick in the Portuguese Cup final, with his team eventually winning 6–2 in Lisbon.
For 2011–12 Beto was loaned to CFR Cluj in Romania, only missing seven Liga I contests during the season for the eventual champions. Released by Porto he returned to his country in the following summer, signing for two years with S.C. Braga; however, late into the following transfer window, he moved to Sevilla FC as the Spaniards were looking to strengthen the position following the departure of Diego López to Real Madrid – the loan was arranged until June, with the possibility of a permanent transfer afterwards.
Profitting from injury to Andrés Palop, Beto made his debut with the Andalusians one day after arriving, starting in a 1–2 away loss against Atlético Madrid for the season's Copa del Rey semifinals' first leg, with his team playing the last eight minutes with only nine players. His first La Liga match came on 3 February 2013, in a 2–1 home win over Rayo Vallecano.
After finishing 2009–10 in Porto's starting XI, he was named by manager Carlos Queiroz in a provisional 24-player list for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, making the final cut for the finals in South Africa, where he did not leave the bench.
- As of 18 December 2013
- Primeira Liga: 2010–11
- Taça de Portugal: 2009–10, 2010–11
- Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira: 2009, 2010
- UEFA Europa League: 2010–11
- Beto humbled by Porto calling; UEFA.com, 17 June 2009
- Relentless Porto destroy Guimaraes to lift Portuguese Cup; PortuGOAL, 22 May 2011
- Beto revine la CFR Cluj dupa Euro 2012? (Beto returns to CFR Cluj after Euro 2012?); Cluj Online, 28 May 2012 (Romanian)
- Guarda-redes Beto é o mais recente reforço (Goalkeeper Beto is latest signing); Record, 13 July 2012 (Portuguese)
- Beto, Sevillista hasta final de temporada (Beto, Sevillista until end of season); Sevilla's official website, 30 January 2013 (Spanish)
- Once metros más cerca de la final (11 meters closer to the final); Marca, 31 January 2013 (Spanish)
- Sevilla win again; ESPN FC, 3 February 2013
- "Pepe in Portugal squad". FIFA.com. 10 May 2010. Retrieved 11 May 2010.
- "Beto". Soccerway. Retrieved 5 March 2014.
- Leixões official profile (Portuguese)
- Stats and profile at Zerozero
- Stats at ForaDeJogo
- Beto at National-Football-Teams.com
- Transfermarkt profile