João Moutinho

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This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Santos and the second or paternal family name is Moutinho.
João Moutinho
Joao Moutinho – Portugal vs. Argentina, 9th February 2011 (1).jpg
Moutinho playing for Portugal in 2011
Personal information
Full name João Filipe Iria Santos Moutinho
Date of birth (1986-09-08) 8 September 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth Portimão, Portugal
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Monaco
Number 8
Youth career
1996–2000 Portimonense
2000–2004 Sporting CP
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2004 Sporting B 30 (1)
2005–2010 Sporting CP 163 (21)
2010–2013 Porto 83 (4)
2013– Monaco 38 (1)
National team
2003 Portugal U17 15 (0)
2004 Portugal U18 5 (0)
2004 Portugal U19 4 (1)
2005–2007 Portugal U21 17 (2)
2005– Portugal 72 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 September 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 7 September 2014

João Filipe Iria Santos Moutinho (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈʒwɐ̃w fɨˈlip iˈɾi.ɐ ˈsɐ̃tuʒ mo(w)ˈtĩɲu]; born 8 September 1986) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for AS Monaco FC in Ligue 1 and the Portuguese national team. Mainly a central midfielder he can also operate as a defensive or attacking midfielder, and on either flank.

He started his professional career with Sporting, moving in 2010 to Porto and winning 12 major titles between the two clubs combined. Four years later, he transferred to Monaco for €25 million.

Moutinho represented the Portuguese national team at two European Championships and the 2014 World Cup.

Club career[edit]

Sporting[edit]

Moutinho was born in Portimão, Algarve. After showing great promise as a boy playing for hometown club Portimonense SC, he signed with Sporting Clube de Portugal when he turned 13 to continue his football education.

During the 2004–05 pre-season, at only 17 years old, Moutinho was called by manager José Peseiro to the main squad, where he played some games and displayed some talent early on. After that, however, he returned to the junior team coached by Paulo Bento and featuring players such as Miguel Veloso and Nani, helping it win the national title that season although he was also regularly training with the first side setup.

In the beginning of 2005, Moutinho was called up for a game in the Portuguese Cup, eventually playing 20 minutes against F.C. Pampilhosa, and made his league debut on 23 January, staying in the entire 3–0 win at Gil Vicente FC and donning the #28 jersey previously worn by Cristiano Ronaldo. Based on extremely consistent displays, he wasted no time in establishing himself as a regular as he quickly grew into a polished performer, able to play in any position across a flat midfield or in a diamond formation; his box-to-box dynamism and tremendous determination quickly made him a firm fan favourite, as he rarely missed a game since becoming a first-choice player.

Moutinho's performances in the closing stages of the campaign, especially in the UEFA Cup with Man of the Match displays against Feyenoord and Newcastle United that helped the Lions reach the final of the competition, made him an automatic starter for Sporting despite his young age; he contributed with 15 league games as Sporting finished second and, during the summer, he penned a one-year extension with the club.[1]

In his first full season, Moutinho's further progress and exceptional consistency (he was the only player to play every minute of every match in the domestic league) was one of the brightest spots in Sporting's runner-up final place. Incidentally, he scored his team's final goal of the campaign, a 1–0 win over S.C. Braga to ensure a return to UEFA Champions League football for the Lisbon club.

Moutinho on the ball for Sporting in 2007

In 2006–07, following the departure of veteran Ricardo Sá Pinto, Moutinho was made vice-captain at just 19 years of age. The following season, after Custódio and Ricardo also left, he would be named captain, the second youngest in the history of the club's professional football, behind Sporting's first captain and associate founder, Francisco Stromp.

That season, with Leandro Romagnoli (an attacking midfielder) also in the starting eleven, Moutinho, more often than not, moved from his natural "behind-the-forwards" midfield role to the right flank, where he still managed to deliver impressive performances. During this season, he further established himself as somewhat of a club symbol, earning plaudits as one of the league's top players.

In 2008–09, after an aborted deal with Premier League's Everton,[2][3] Moutinho was again ever present, only missing three league matches (almost 50 presences overall) as Sporting finished once again runner-up; he also had the dubious distinction of netting his side's only goal in the Champions League round-of-16 clash against FC Bayern Munich, a 1–12 aggregate loss.[4]

Porto[edit]

Moutinho training with Porto in 2011

On 3 July 2010, Moutinho signed a five-year contract with Sporting rivals F.C. Porto, with the transfer price reaching 11 million (€1M being paid for 50% of the rights to central defender Nuno André Coelho); additionally, Sporting would receive 25% of any added value (Portuguese: mais valia) occurring during that time frame, provided it surpassed the previous value.[5][6] Sporting Chairman José Eduardo Bettencourt described Moutinho's conduct as deplorable and called him a "rotten apple", adding: "The deal was done because Sporting wanted it, because it did not want a rotten apple in its orchard, and it did not want someone who was not an example, nor dignified the flag of the club."[7] Soon after, Porto sold 37.5% of the player's economic rights to a third party, Mamers BV, for €4,125,000.[8]

Moutinho was an ever-present figure for Porto in his first season. He appeared in 50 official games as the northerners won the league and, even though he did not score in league competition, he netted twice in the campaign's Portuguese Cup, most notably in a 3–1 away win against S.L. Benfica, with his team overcoming the 0–2 home loss in the first leg to reach the final,[9] in which the player also appeared, against Vitória de Guimarães (6–2); he added another 90 minutes in the Europa League final, as the club won the treble.

On 3 August 2011, Porto partnered with Soccer Invest Fund to buy back 37.5% of Moutinho's economic rights. The private investment fund acquired 15% after the overall transactions, while Porto recouped 22.5% for €4 million;[10] the residual 15% was acquired by Porto in 2013, for €3.3 million.[11]

Moutinho scored a rare goal on 19 February 2013, helping his team to a 1–0 home win over Málaga CF for the season's Champions League round-of-16, netting from close range after an Alex Sandro cross (eventual 1–2 aggregate loss).[12] He played 43 contests during the campaign all competitions comprised (five goals, 3.515 minutes of action), as both team and player won their third consecutive league championship.

Monaco[edit]

On 24 May 2013, it was announced that Moutinho had joined French side AS Monaco FC alongside teammate James Rodríguez for a combined fee believed to be around €70 million (€25 million for Moutinho).[13] He made his official debut for his new club on 1 September, starting and setting up both goals in a 2–1 win at Olympique de Marseille which put Monaco to the top of Ligue 1.[14]

Moutinho was first-choice in his debut campaign, as the principality team finished runners-up straight out of Ligue 2. His only goal was an equaliser in a 1–1 away draw to Stade de Reims, on 29 September.[15]

On 16 September 2014, in Monaco's first Champions League match since 2005, Moutinho scored the only goal in a home defeat of Bayer 04 Leverkusen.[16]

International career[edit]

Moutinho in action against Croatia in 2013

A full Portugal international at the age of 18, Moutinho made his debut on 17 August 2005 in a 2–0 home friendly win against Egypt in Ponta Delgada.[17] Ever since the 2006 FIFA World Cup, he became a regular call-up.

On 31 May 2008, Moutinho registered his first goal for the national team in a 2–0 friendly victory over Georgia at Estádio do Fontelo in Viseu.[18] He was picked for the squad-of-23 for UEFA Euro 2008 and, in the opening game, assisted on a goal by Raul Meireles in a 2–0 victory against Turkey.[19]

He also played in two UEFA European Under-21 Championships, scoring against Germany in the 2006 edition, played on home soil,[20] as the Portuguese exited in the group stage on both occasions; additionally, although not part of the provisional 24-player list for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa,[21][22] he was named in a backup list of six players.[23]

Moutinho played all the games and minutes at the Euro 2012 tournament. In the semifinals against Spain, he missed his penalty shootout attempt, in an eventual 2–4 loss (0–0 after 120 minutes).[24]

Moutinho was selected by former Sporting boss Bento for the 2014 World Cup,[25] making his debut in the tournament on 16 June in a 0–4 group stage defeat to Germany.[26]

João Moutinho: International Goals
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 31 May 2008 Estádio do Fontelo, Viseu, Portugal  Georgia 1–0 2–0 Friendly
2 7 October 2011 Estádio do Dragão, Porto, Portugal  Iceland 4–2 5–3 Euro 2012 qualifying

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Sporting
Porto

Country[edit]

Individual[edit]

Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 17 May 2014[28]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Continental Other[29] Total
Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists
Sporting 2004–05 15 0 0 2 0 0 9 0 0 26 0 0
2005–06 34 4 6 5 1 0 4 0 0 43 5 6
2006–07 29 4 3 6 3 0 6 0 0 41 7 3
2007–08 30 5 2 6 1 0 7 0 0 12 1 3 1 0 0 56 7 5
2008–09 27 3 6 2 0 0 5 0 1 8 1 0 1 0 0 43 4 7
2009–10 28 5 3 4 2 1 4 0 0 14 2 1 50 9 5
Total 163 21 20 25 7 1 16 0 1 53 4 4 2 0 0 259 32 26
Porto 2010–11 27 0 7 5 2 0 3 0 0 17 0 2 1 0 0 53 2 9
2011–12 28 3 6 1 0 0 4 0 0 8 0 1 2 0 0 43 3 7
2012–13 27 1 12 1 0 1 2 2 0 8 2 2 1 0 0 39 5 15
Total 83 4 25 7 2 1 9 2 0 33 2 5 4 0 0 136 9 31
Monaco 2013–14 34 1 8 3 0 0 0 0 0 - - - - - - 37 1 8
Total 34 1 8 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 37 1 8
Career total 280 26 53 35 9 2 25 2 1 86 6 9 6 0 0 432 42 65

International[edit]

As of 7 September 2014[30]
National team Year Apps Goals
Portugal 2005 3 0
2006 2 0
2007 6 0
2008 11 1
2009 3 0
2010 5 0
2011 10 1
2012 14 0
2013 11 0
2014 7 0
Total 72 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sporting get more of João Moutinho; UEFA.com, 10 June 2005
  2. ^ Everton bid for Moutinho rejected; BBC Sport, 27 July 2008
  3. ^ Fulham sign Johnson from Everton ; BBC Sport, 7 August 2008
  4. ^ B Munich 7–1 Sporting (agg 12–1); BBC Sport, 10 March 2009
  5. ^ Moutinho swaps Sporting for Porto; UEFA.com, 5 July 2010
  6. ^ "Comunicado João Moutinho" [João Moutinho announcement] (in Portuguese). FC Porto. 5 July 2010. Retrieved 6 July 2010. 
  7. ^ Bettencourt: «Maçã podre que iria contaminar o grupo» (Bettencourt: "Rotten apple that would contaminate the group"); Record, 5 July 2010 (Portuguese)
  8. ^ "Report and consolidated accounts 2009/2010". FC Porto. 25 October 2010. Retrieved 18 May 2011. 
  9. ^ Benfica have no answer to Porto brilliance; PortuGOAL, 20 April 2011
  10. ^ "Comunicado" [Announcement] (in Portuguese). FC Porto. 3 August 2011. Retrieved 12 August 2011. 
  11. ^ "Comunicado" [Announcement] (in Portuguese). FC Porto. 30 January 2013. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  12. ^ "Moutinho earns Porto the edge". UEFA.com. 19 February 2013. Retrieved 24 February 2013. 
  13. ^ "Monaco pay €70 million for Porto pair". Goal.com. 24 May 2013. Retrieved 24 May 2013. 
  14. ^ "Riviere confirms Monaco win". Sky Sports. 1 September 2013. Retrieved 16 September 2014. 
  15. ^ "Reims 1–1 Monaco". Goal.com. 29 September 2013. Retrieved 16 September 2014. 
  16. ^ McGee, Nicholas (16 September 2014). "Monaco 1–0 Bayer Leverkusen: Moutinho marks winning return for Monaco". Goal.com. Retrieved 16 September 2014. 
  17. ^ "Postiga on target for Portugal". UEFA.com. 18 August 2005. Retrieved 8 September 2014. 
  18. ^ Portugal 2–0 Georgia: Ronaldo below par; ESPN Soccernet, 31 May 2008
  19. ^ Portugal 2–0 Turkey; BBC Sport, 7 June 2008
  20. ^ Moutinho misery for Germany; UEFA.com, 28 May 2006
  21. ^ "Convocados revelados" [Squad revealed] (in Portuguese). Portuguese Football Federation. 10 May 2010. Retrieved 11 May 2010. 
  22. ^ "Pepe in Portugal squad". FIFA.com. 10 May 2010. Retrieved 11 May 2010. 
  23. ^ Release list of up to 30 players; FIFA.com
  24. ^ "Spain survive test of nerve to reach final". UEFA.com. 27 June 2012. Retrieved 28 June 2012. 
  25. ^ "Portugal World Cup 2014 squad". The Daily Telegraph. 2 June 2014. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  26. ^ "Muller-inspired Germany thrash ten-man Portugal". FIFA.com. 16 June 2014. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  27. ^ "Kelvin eleito atleta jovem do ano" [Kelvin voted young athlete of the year] (in Portuguese). A Bola. 29 September 2012. Retrieved 29 September 2013. 
  28. ^ "João Moutinho". Soccerway. Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  29. ^ Includes other competitive competitions, including the Portuguese Supercup
  30. ^ "João Moutinho". European Football. Retrieved 16 September 2014. 

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