Filipe Morais

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Filipe Morais
Personal information
Full name Filipe Alexandre Morais
Date of birth (1985-11-21) 21 November 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth Benavente, Portugal[1]
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)[2]
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Bradford City
Number 20
Youth career
2003–2005 Chelsea
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2006 Chelsea 0 (0)
2006 Milton Keynes Dons (loan) 13 (0)
2006–2007 Millwall 12 (1)
2007 St. Johnstone (loan) 13 (1)
2007–2009 Hibernian 30 (1)
2009 Inverness Caledonian Thistle 12 (3)
2009–2010 St. Johnstone 30 (2)
2010–2012 Oldham Athletic 59 (8)
2012–2014 Stevenage 55 (7)
2014– Bradford City 30 (3)
National team
2004–2005 Portugal U21 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14:19, 15 April 2015 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Filipe Alexandre Morais (born 21 November 1985) is a Portuguese footballer who currently plays for League One side Bradford City.

Morais began his career at Chelsea, progressing through the youth system before signing a professional deal in 2005. Having made no first-team appearances for Chelsea, Morais was loaned out to Milton Keynes Dons in January 2006, spending the remainder of the 2005–06 campaign with the League One side. Ahead of the 2006–07 season, Morais joined Millwall on a free transfer. He spent half a season playing for Millwall, before joining St. Johnstone on loan until the end of the season. Morais was released by Millwall on returning to the club, and subsequently signed for SPL club Hibernian on a free transfer in July 2007. He spent one-and-a-half years at the club, before signing for Inverness Caledonian Thistle in January 2009. He rejoined St. Johnstone in the summer of 2009, and spent the 2009–10 campaign playing regularly for the club. Morais returned to England for the 2010–11 season, signing for Oldham Athletic in October 2010. In July 2012, he left Oldham and signed for Stevenage on a free transfer.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Morais started his career at Chelsea, joining the club's academy at the age of 16.[3] Morais played in manager José Mourinho's first game in-charge, coming on as an 83rd minute substitute in a pre-season friendly against Oxford United in July 2004.[3][4] Morais recalled of playing after the match against Oxford United, quoting: "In my first year as a professional, when I was 18, Jose came in and he took me into the first-team squad straight away. I was with them for the whole pre-season and came on against Oxford in Jose's first game. That was great. Going into the season, he spoke to me and said I was going to be part of the squad."[5]

A year after joining the club, having played regularly for the club's U18 side, Morais signed his first professional contract, signing a one-year deal in the summer of 2005.[3] Having made no first-team appearances for Chelsea, Morais was loaned out to League One side Milton Keynes Dons in January 2006, joining the club on an initial one-month loan deal.[6] He made his debut in a 1–0 victory over Nottingham Forest on 31 January 2006, coming on as a second-half substitute in the match.[7] He went on to play three more times for the club during the brief loan agreement,[8] making his first professional start in a convincing 3–0 win against Blackpool.[9] The loan deal was extended in February 2006, with Morais remaining at MK Dons for the remainder of the 2005–06 season.[10] He made 13 appearances for the club, before returning to his parent club in May 2006.[3][8]

Despite being offered a one-year contract extension at Chelsea in June 2006, Morais opted to leave the club, stating he did not believe he was ever going to play first-team football[3] — "It's incredibly hard, almost impossible, for youngsters to break through at Chelsea. There was the offer of another year, but I knew it was time to move on. I had to get first-team football to improve myself".[3] Shortly after leaving Chelsea, Morais joined Millwall on a free transfer, signing a two-year deal with the club.[11] He attracted the interest of Millwall manager Nigel Spackman after Spackman had watched Morais play for MK Dons the previous season.[12] Morais made his Millwall debut on the opening day of the 2006–07 season, playing the first 79 minutes in a 1–1 draw with Yeovil Town at The Den.[13] He was ever-present during the first two months of the campaign, playing in the club's first eight fixtures.[14] However, after Spackman left Millwall in September 2006,[15] Morais played just once in two months[14] — starting in a 2–0 win over Bournemouth in the Football League Trophy on 31 October 2006.[16] He briefly returned to first-team action throughout December 2006,[14] scoring his first professional goal in a 2–0 home win over Bradford City.[17] He made 16 appearances for Millwall in all competitions, scoring one goal.[10]

Playing in Scotland[edit]

A month later, in January 2007, Morais was told he did not feature in new Millwall manager Willie Donachie's short-term plans,[3] and he subsequently joined Scottish First Division club St. Johnstone on loan until the end of the season.[18] St. Johnstone manager Owen Coyle stated Morais' former Millwall teammate, Derek McInnes, had recommended Coyle sign the player.[19] He made his debut for St. Johnstone a day after signing, on 20 January 2007, coming on as a 60th minute substitute in a 4–3 victory over Airdrie United.[20] Morais played regularly during his loan spell, scoring his only goal for the club in a 4–2 win over Hamilton Academical at McDiarmid Park, coming on as an 82nd minute substitute in the match and scoring St. Johnstone's fourth goal two minutes later.[21] He was sent-off for the first time in his career in St. Johnstone's 2–0 away win over Gretna in April 2007, receiving the red card for two bookable offences.[22] Morais made 16 appearances during his five-month loan spell, scoring once,[14] as St. Johnstone narrowly missed out on promotion to the SPL.[23] He returned to Millwall in May 2007.[23] Despite being told he featured in Millwall's long-term plans prior to his loan move to St. Johnstone,[19] the club told him he was free to look for a new club ahead of the 2007–08 season.[24]

Morais subsequently went on trial with SPL club Hibernian in July 2007, playing in the club's 1–0 friendly victory over Middlesbrough.[24] Shortly after the match, it was announced that Morais had signed for the Edinburgh side on a permanent basis, joining on a free transfer and on a two-year contract.[24] Hibs' manager John Collins stated he signed Morais after he came "very highly recommended by contacts at Chelsea".[24] Morais made his Hibs debut in the club's first game of the season, appearing as a 75th minute substitute in a 1–0 away victory over rivals Hearts.[25] He opened his goalscoring account for Hibs in only his second start, scoring with a neat finish from twelve yards in a 2–1 win against Queen's Park on 28 August 2007.[26] Morais played 32 times for the club during the 2007–08 campaign, scoring twice[27] — with his other goal coming in a 2–0 win over Kilmarnock at Easter Road in March 2008.[28] During the season, Morais was sent-off twice, which resulted in his, and the team's, discipline coming under scrutiny.[29][30][31] He remained at Hibernian for the 2008–09 season, and played in the side's first game of the campaign, a 2–0 home defeat to IF Elfsborg in the UEFA Intertoto Cup on 6 July 2008.[32] After playing in four of Hibernian's first five games,[33][34] Morais did not appear for the club again after he was substituted at half-time during a Scottish League Cup defeat by Greenock Morton in August 2008.[35] In December 2008, Morais was fined £500 by Edinburgh Sheriff Court after he was found guilty of assaulting a doorman at an Edinburgh casino.[36] Hibs also fined Morais for the assault, as well as turning up late for a match.[37] During his 18 months at Hibernian, Morais made 36 appearances in all competitions, scoring two times.[10]

In January 2009, Morais left Hibernian by mutual consent, subsequently allowing him to sign for fellow SPL club Inverness Caledonian Thistle on a free transfer.[38] He signed a contract for the remainder of the 2008–09 season.[38][39][40] He played his first game for Inverness a day after his signing was announced, scoring twice as Inverness progressed past Partick Thistle in the Scottish Cup.[41] After the match, Inverness manager Craig Brewster stated he was "delighted" with Morais' quality, and that his "pace and quality on the ball gave the team a spark".[42] He also scored both of Inverness' goals in a 2–1 home victory against St. Mirren in April 2009, a performance that earned him the SPL Player of the Week award.[43][44] He scored his fifth goal for Inverness in a 2–2 draw away at Motherwell, netting with a low "drilled" effort to restore parity in a match where relegation threatened Inverness were denied an important victory by a late Motherwell equaliser.[45] He featured regularly for Inverness during the second half of the campaign, playing 14 times and scoring five goals.[33] Despite Morais' individual success, Inverness were relegated to the Scottish First Division after finishing bottom on goal difference.[46] He left the club when his contract expired in June 2009, rejecting their offer of a new contract.[47][48][49]

In July 2009, Morais rejoined newly promoted SPL side St. Johnstone on a one-year deal following a successful trial[50] — he had previously spent time on loan with the club during the 2006–07 season.[50] The move reunited Morais with manager Derek McInnes, who he had played alongside at both Millwall and St. Johnstone, with McInnes playing a pivotal part in Morais initially moving to Scotland.[51] He stated that another key reason behind joining the club was their top tier status,[52] although admitted it was a "tough decision" to leave Inverness, which was why the move took several weeks to be finalised.[52] He started in the club's first game of the season, a 5–0 win over Stenhousemuir.[53] He scored his first goal of the season three weeks later, netting from 30 yards in a 6–0 victory against Arbroath in the Scottish League Cup.[54] Morais scored three times during the season, his two other goals coming in 1–1 draws against Hamilton and Falkirk respectively.[55][56] He played 36 games for St. Johnstone throughout the 2009–10 campaign,[57] with the club reaching the semi-final of the Scottish League Cup, as well as retaining their SPL status in their first season back in the top flight.[58] At the end of the season, Morais rejected the offer of a contract extension at McDiarmid Park, citing a desire to return to England.[59][60]

Oldham Athletic[edit]

In July 2010, Morais went on trial with Brighton & Hove Albion, and featured in their 3–2 friendly defeat to Eastbourne Borough at Priory Lane.[61] However, no move materialised and Morais continued to search for a club.[62] In October 2010, Morais joined League One side Oldham Athletic on non-contract terms,[63] making his debut as a second-half substitute the next day, in a 4–2 victory over Plymouth Argyle.[64] After just two first-team appearances for Oldham, Morais did not play again until January 2011, as a result of being sent-off in a reserve match and consequently having to serve a three-match ban.[65] Despite this, Oldham manager Paul Dickov stated the club had offered Morais a permanent contract for the remainder of the season.[66] He scored his first goal for the club in a 2–1 win over Brentford at Boundary Park on 22 January 2011, scoring with a "drilled low shot" to double Oldham's advantage and put them on the edge of the play-off places.[67][68] Three days later, he scored again, this time netting from the edge of the area in a 1–1 draw with Walsall.[69] In February 2011, Oldham announced that Morais had signed a contract until the end of the season, with an option of a further year.[70] His third goal of the season came in a 3–2 home loss to Sheffield Wednesday, with Morais' deflected effort reducing the deficit as Oldham trailed from two early goals.[71] His season ended prematurely after he was sent-off in the club's home draw against Walsall in April 2011, with Morais being shown the red card for a challenge on Walsall's Jordan Cook.[72] He made 23 appearances during the 2010–11 season, scoring three times.[73]

In May 2011, Oldham stated their desire to take up the option of a further year on Morais's contract,[74] and in June confirmed he would be staying with the club for the 2011–12 season.[70][75] Morais continued to be a regular figure in the side throughout the season, scoring his first goal in a 1–1 draw away to eventual champions Charlton Athletic in December 2011, netting with a shot from 20-yards to claim a "dramatic late equaliser".[76] Two weeks later, on 31 December, he scored Oldham's second in a 3–2 comeback win over Notts County at Boundary Park.[77] Morais also scored in games against Walsall and Scunthorpe United respectively, taking his goal tally to four for the season.[78][79] In March 2012, Morais suffered heavy concussion in a car accident that took place as he drove to the club's ground ahead of a match against Rochdale.[80][81] He was hospitalised as a result,[81] and was discharged from hospital the following day.[82] He returned to first-team action two weeks after the incident, coming on as a late substitute in a 1–0 loss to Notts County.[83] Morais went on to score his fifth, and final, goal of the campaign in a 2–2 draw with relegation threatened Wycombe Wanderers, scoring with a 25-yard effort to give Oldham a brief lead.[84] He scored five goals in 45 appearances during the season, as Oldham finished mid-table in League One.[85][86] During his two seasons with the club, he made 68 appearances and scored eight times.[10]

Stevenage[edit]

In July 2012, Morais rejected the offer of a contract extension at Oldham,[87][88] and opted to sign for League One side Stevenage on a three-year contract.[89][90] Morais made his Stevenage debut in a 3–1 home victory over AFC Wimbledon in the League Cup on 14 August 2012, playing the first 71 minutes of the club's opening match of the 2012–13 campaign.[91] He scored his first two goals for the club in a 2–1 win against Portsmouth at Broadhall Way in October 2012.[92] His first goal came when he headed in Lucas Akins' cross, before netting the winner in the second-half when his cross evaded everyone and found its way into the back of the net.[92] Morais scored his third goal of the season in Stevenage's 3–2 FA Cup defeat to Rotherham United at the New York Stadium on 3 November 2012, scoring the club's second goal with a first-time finish.[93][94] In Stevenage's next match three days later, Morais scored his fourth goal in as many games; opening the scoring with a finish at the back post in an eventual 3–1 victory over Yeovil Town at Huish Park.[95] However, injury would ultimately limit Morais to just eleven appearances during the second half of the season, and he ended the season having scored four times in 31 appearances.[96]

In the 2013–14 season, Morais switched from number 10 to number 7.[97] In the opening game of the season, Morais scored against his former club, Oldham Athletic, which Stevenage lost 4–3, as his former club came back to haunt him.[98] Shortly after, Morais scored his second goal a few days later, converting from a penalty, in a 2–0 win over Ipswich Town, in the first round of Capital One Cup[99] As a result of his performance, Morais was linked a move away from Stevenage, as Championship clubs were keen to sign him and informed Manager Graham Westley he wanted to leave the club.[100][101] The club tried to sell him on Deadline Day. However, no clubs step forward to make a bid for Morais.[102] It presumed that Morais was dropped for seven games because of this despite being fit and made his return, where he came on as a substitute for Greg Tansey in the 56th minutes, in a 1–0 loss against Coventry City.[103] On his return, Morais scored from the penalty in a 2–1 win over Milton Keynes Dons in the second round of the Football League Trophy.[104] Morais commented after the match, saying the game left him in good spirit.[105] Two weeks later, on 22 October 2013, Morais scored a brace, in a 3–0 win over Crewe Alexandra.[106] Then, on 12 November 2013, Morais scored another goal, also from a penalty spot, in a 3–2 win over Leyton Orient in the quarter-final of the Football League Trophy.[107] Morais scored from a penalty spot a month later, on 7 December 2013, in a 4–0 win over Stourbridge.[108] Morais next goal came from a penalty spot on 14 January 2014, in a 2–0 win over Swindon Town.[109] Morais was then sent-off after "for shoving the ball at Alex Wynter", in a 3–2 loss against Colchester United, which turned out to be his last appearance for the club and didn't play again for the rest of the season, as Stevenage finished twenty-fourth place, therefore relegated to League Two.[110] However, Morais scored eight goals and made thirty-five appearance in all competitions.[111]

At the end of the season, on 6 May 2014, Morais and Stevenage mutually agreed to terminate his contract.[112]

Bradford City[edit]

After leaving Stevenage by mutual consent, Morais returned to playing in League One by joining Bradford City on a short term deal, having previously went on trial with the club.[113]

Morais made his Bradford City debut on 19 August 2014, where he made his first start for the club, in a 3–1 away win over Crawley Town,[114] which left Phil Parkinson impressed of his performance, describing as "excellent".[115] After making two appearance by the end of August, Morais extended his contract at Bradford City until January 2015.[115] In the first half of the season, Morais playing time minutes significantly decreased, as he usually came on as a substitute, including the time he sustained a damaged ligaments in his right shoulder during a 1–1 draw against Gillingham.[116] Despite the damage, Morais made a return to action after missing a match.[117]

Morais started to play a huge role in the FA Cup when he scored two goals in the first two round against Halifax Town[118] and Dartford[119] Morais then scored his first Bradford City league goal, in a 2–0 win over Fleetwood Town on 26 December 2014.[120] His recent performance in the FA Cup lead him being linked a move away from Bradford City.[121] However, Morais signed a two-year contract, expressing about his special bond with "the fans, the chairman, the manager, the backroom staff and the other lads".[122][123]

In the third round of the FA Cup, Morais made a double assist in separate match, which saw Bradford City beat Millwall 4–0 in the replay after the match went 3–3 draw, leading to a replay.[124][125] Then, on 24 January 2015, Morais scored the equaliser as Bradford City of League One came from 0–2 down to win 4–2 away to his former club Chelsea in the fourth round of the FA Cup.[126] After the match, Morais stated bravery played a role of Bradford City shocking win against his former club.[127] Following the match, Morais then scored one goal in two games against Colchester United[128] and Port Vale, which he also assisted during the game.[129] Soon after, Morais sustained a knee injury that kept him out for four matches[130] and made his return, in a 0–0 draw against Reading in the quarter final of the FA Cup.[131] However, in the replay, Morais was sent-off in the 63th minutes after a high challenge on Nathaniel Chalobah.[132] As a result, Morais had to serve three match after the high challenge incident.[133]

International career[edit]

Morais made two appearances for the Portugal U21 team.[134] Morais stated that José Mourinho, his manager at Chelsea, recommended him to the Portuguese youth set-up, which resulted in him playing twice for his country.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Morais was born in Benavente, Portugal.[3] His parents, along with Morais, moved to Finchley, North London, when he was young.[3][135]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 14 April 2015.
Club Season League[A] FA Cup League Cup Other[B] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Chelsea
2005–06[136]
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Milton Keynes Dons (loan)
2005–06[137]
13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 0
Total 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 0
Millwall
2006–07[138]
12 1 2 0 1 0 1 0 16 1
Total 12 1 2 0 1 0 1 0 16 1
St. Johnstone (loan)
2006–07[139]
13 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 16 1
Total 13 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 16 1
Hibernian
2007–08[140]
28 1 2 0 2 1 0 0 32 2
2008–09[141]
2 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 4 0
Total 30 1 2 0 3 1 1 0 36 2
Inverness Caledonian Thistle
2008–09[142]
12 3 2 2 0 0 0 0 14 5
Total 12 3 2 2 0 0 0 0 14 5
St. Johnstone
2009–10[143][144]
30 2 1 0 5 1 0 0 36 3
Total 30 2 1 0 5 1 0 0 36 3
Oldham Athletic
2010–11[145]
23 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 23 3
2011–12[146]
36 5 4 0 1 0 4 0 45 5
Total 59 8 4 0 1 0 4 0 68 8
Stevenage 2012–13[147] 28 3 1 1 1 0 1 0 31 4
2013–14[111] 27 4 4 1 1 1 3 2 35 8
Total 55 7 5 2 2 1 4 2 66 12
Bradford City
2014–15[148]
30 3 8 3 2 0 0 0 40 6
Total 30 3 8 3 2 0 0 0 40 6
Career totals 254 26 25 7 15 3 10 2 305 38
A. ^ The "League" column constitutes appearances and goals (including those as a substitute) in the Football League and Scottish Premier League.
B. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals (including those as a substitute) in the Football League Trophy and UEFA Intertoto Cup.

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