Coentrão in action for Real Madrid
|Full name||Fábio Alexandre da Silva Coentrão|
|Date of birth||11 March 1988|
|Place of birth||Vila do Conde, Portugal|
|Height||1.79 m (5 ft 10 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Wingback / Midfielder|
|Current club||Real Madrid|
|2008||→ Nacional (loan)||16||(4)|
|2008||→ Zaragoza (loan)||1||(0)|
|2009||→ Rio Ave (loan)||16||(3)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:28, 8 May 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Fábio Alexandre da Silva Coentrão (born 11 March 1988) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Real Madrid in Spain, and the Portuguese national team. Mainly a left back he can also operate as a left winger, and occasionally as a central midfielder.
After starting playing professionally with Rio Ave, he signed for Benfica at 19, going on to be loaned several times before becoming an important member of the first team, as a left-back. In 2011 he joined Real Madrid.
Club career 
Rio Ave 
Born in Vila do Conde, Coentrão joined hometown Rio Ave F.C. in 2004 at the age of 16, playing three first division games in the following season for a northern side that would be relegated from the top division. In 2006–07 he established himself as first-choice, as Rio Ave barely missed promotion back and had a good run in the Cup of Portugal, ended by Sporting Clube de Portugal with a 2–1 win in Lisbon, with him scoring his team's goal from 30 metres; whilst playing for the club, he earned the nickname "Figo das Caxinas."
After that season, where he was voted the divisions' Breakthrough Player of the Year, many clubs showed interest in Coentrão, most notably Sporting Clube de Portugal and S.L. Benfica, with Coentrão choosing the Encarnados (reds) on July 2007. His playing style was likened to that of Arjen Robben by World Soccer Magazine in their 50 World Talents 2007 issue.
On 1 January 2008, having received insignificant playing opportunities at Benfica, Coentrão joined Madeira's C.D. Nacional, loaned until the season's end. On 3 May, he scored twice in a 3–0 away success against already crowned league champions F.C. Porto.
Coentrão came close to signing with Eredivisie's Feyenoord during the 2008 off-season, with reports of a one-year loan deal being announced on the Internet. Two days later, however, he joined Real Zaragoza, freshly relegated into Spain's second level. After almost no appearances during the campaign, however, Coentrão returned to Portugal and Rio Ave in January 2009, still owned by Benfica. On 15 February, he scored after an individual effort, albeit in a 1–3 loss at Porto.
In the 2009 summer, Coentrão extended his contract with Benfica until 2015, with a release clause of €30 million. On 2 December, having played some matches for Benfica as a left defender, he scored his first goal in European competition, against FC BATE Borisov of Belarus in a 2–1 away win for the UEFA Europa League group stage.
On 10 February 2010, Benfica sold 20% of Coentrão's economic rights on any future transfer to a third party owner, Benfica Stars Fund, along with other teammates. He was tagged at €15 million, with the fund paying €3 million. During that season, he had a breakthrough year, appearing in a total of 43 official games (2,851 minutes), as the club won the league and the Portuguese League Cup; he ended the season in style, as he was voted Portuguese League Breakthrough Player of the Year.
On 27 September 2010, fully established with both his club and the national team, 22-year old Coentrão extended his contract with Benfica until 2016. On 2 November he scored his first career brace, helping to a 4–3 home win against Olympique Lyonnais for the season's UEFA Champions League group stage – in a 67-minute fast break, he combined with Carlos Martins to make it 4–0 for the hosts.
Real Madrid 
On 5 July 2011, after extensive negotiations, Benfica and Real Madrid reached an agreement in principle over the transfer of Coentrão, who signed a six-year contract the same day, for €30m –Ezequiel Garay went in the other direction as part of the deal. He made his debut in a pre-season friendly against Los Angeles Galaxy on the 16th, creating an assist for Karim Benzema and also receiving Man of the match honours. His first two official games were against FC Barcelona for the season's Spanish Supercup: in the first leg, he replaced Sami Khedira in the second half of a 2–2 home draw and played as a central midfielder, and he started as left back in the second match, a 2–3 loss at the Camp Nou.
Coentrão made his La Liga debut on 28 August 2011 against former club Zaragoza, appearing as a central midfielder in a 6–0 away win (90 minutes played). While he played mostly in these positions, he was also deployed by manager José Mourinho as a right defender, against Sporting de Gijón on 3 December and against Barcelona the following week.
In the last minutes of the second matchday in the 2012–13 season, Coentrão was sent off after insulting referee Pérez Lasa whilst on the substitutes bench, in an eventual 1–2 loss at Getafe CF. He subsequently received a four-match ban.
Coentrão scored his first goal with Real Madrid on 16 December 2012, netting after an assist from Cristiano Ronaldo to help the hosts come from behind against RCD Espanyol, as the game eventually ended 2–2.
International career 
An international for Portugal at youth level, Coentrão was voted MVP in the 2007 Madeira Cup for the U-20s, also being crowned the competition's topscorer. Subsequently, he represented the nation in the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup and, also during that year, made his U-21 debuts.
After consistent performances at Benfica, although he started rarely in the early 2009–10, Coentrão earned his first senior call-up in November 2009, for the decisive 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification playoffs against Bosnia and Herzegovina, and made his debut in the first leg on 14 November at the Estádio da Luz, playing the second half of the 1–0 win.
Coentrão was chosen for Carlos Queiroz's squad of 23 for the final stages in South Africa, starting as left back ahead of another adapted player, Duda. He played in all the matches in Portugal's eventual round-of-16 exit.
On 10 August 2011 Coentrão scored his first international goal, netting through a rare header in a 5–0 win over Luxembourg. He played all the games and minutes at UEFA Euro 2012, acting as left defender as Portugal reached the semifinals.
|1||10 August 2011||Estádio Algarve, Faro/Loulé, Portugal||Luxembourg||3–0||5–0||Friendly|
|2||22 March 2013||Ramat Gan Stadium, Ramat Gan, Israel||Israel||3–3||3–3||2014 World Cup qualification|
- Real Madrid
- Second Division Breakthrough Player of the Year: 2006–07
- Portuguese League Breakthrough Player of the Year: 2009–10
- Benfica Breakthrough Player of the Year: 2009
- Portuguese League Young Player of the Month: October 2009, March 2010, April 2010, September 2010
- UEFA Euro Team of the Tournament: 2012
- As of 17 May 2013
|Portugal national team|
Correct as of 18 May 2013
- Simão Sabrosa – O Melhor Jogador da Liga Bwin 2006/2007 (Simão Sabrosa – Liga Bwin 2006/2007's Best Player); Redevermelho, 6 Junho 2007 (Portuguese)
- Benfica's Coentrão loaned out to Feyenoord
- Coentrão, new Zaragoza player (Spanish)
- "Comunicado" [Announcement] (in Portuguese). CMVM. 29 October 2009. Retrieved 6 July 2011.
- "BATE run aground as Eagles soar". UEFA.com. 2 December 2009. Retrieved 1 July 2010.
- "Comunicado" [Announcement] (in Portuguese). CMVM. 10 February 2010. Retrieved 5 July 2011.
- "Rosa Mota e Carlos Lopes recebem Prémio Fernando Soromenho" [Rosa Mota and Carlos Lopes receive Fernando Soromenho Award] (in Portuguese). CNID. 25 May 2010. Retrieved 27 May 2010.
- "Comunicado" [Announcement] (in Portuguese). CMVM. 27 September 2010. Retrieved 5 July 2011.
- "Fabio Coentrao signs new deal at Benfica". Goal.com. 27 September 2010. Retrieved 28 September 2010.
- "Coentrão inspires Benfica revival". UEFA.com. 2 November 2010. Retrieved 17 April 2011.
- "Comunicado oficial" [Official announcement] (in Spanish). Real Madrid official website. 5 July 2011. Retrieved 5 July 2011.
- "Madrid confirm Coentrão transfer from Benfica". UEFA.com. 5 July 2011. Retrieved 5 July 2011.
- "Real Madrid sign fullback Coentrao from Benfica". Reuters. 5 July 2011. Retrieved 13 July 2011.
- "Man of the Match". Real Madrid official website. 17 July 2011. Retrieved 17 July 2011.
- "Ronaldo gets Madrid show underway". ESPN Soccernet. 28 August 2011. Retrieved 2 September 2011.
- Merengues maintain winning run; ESPN Soccernet, 3 December 2011
- Barca come back to win Clasico; ESPN Soccernet, 10 December 2011
- Coentrao handed four-match ban, misses Supercopa Clasico; Goal.com, 29 August 2012
- "Albin denies Madrid at the death". ESPN Soccernet. 16 December 2012. Retrieved 16 December 2012.
- Unbeaten Portugal progress in style
- Sub-20 vencem na Madeira (U-20 win in Madeira); Portuguese Football Federation's website, 2 March 2007 (Portuguese)
- Fábio Coentrão – FIFA competition record
- Fábio Coentrão wins Young Player Award October (Portuguese)
- Fábio Coentrão wins Young Player Award March (Portuguese)
- Fábio Coentrão wins Young Player Award April (Portuguese)
- Coentrão wins Best Player Award September (Portuguese)
- Real Madrid official profile
- Stats and profile at Zerozero
- Stats at ForaDeJogo
- BDFutbol profile
- Fábio Coentrão at National-Football-Teams.com
- Fábio Coentrão – FIFA competition record
- 2010 FIFA World Cup profile
- Transfermarkt profile
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