João Pereira (Portuguese footballer)

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This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Da Silva and the second or paternal family name is Pereira.
João Pereira
Joao Pereira – Portugal vs. Argentina, 9th February 2011 (2).jpg
Pereira in action for Portugal in 2011
Personal information
Full name João Pedro da Silva Pereira
Date of birth (1984-02-25) 25 February 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth Lisbon, Portugal
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Right back
Club information
Current team
Number 12
Youth career
1990–1994 Domingos Sávio
1994–2003 Benfica
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2006 Benfica 58 (0)
2005 Benfica B 2 (0)
2006 Gil Vicente (loan) 14 (0)
2006–2007 Gil Vicente 25 (1)
2007–2009 Braga 67 (1)
2010–2012 Sporting CP 61 (3)
2012– Valencia 55 (0)
National team
2004–2007 Portugal U21 28 (1)
2010– Portugal 40 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:00, 19 May 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 00:00, 8 September 2014 (UTC)

João Pedro da Silva Pereira (born 25 February 1984) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Valencia CF and the Portugal national team, mainly as a right back.

An attacking wingback, he is also known for his fiery temperament that leads to altercations with adversary players and referees numerous times.[1] In his country, he represented both Benfica and Sporting, amassing top division totals of 199 games and nine goals and winning the 2005 national championship with the former.

Internationally, Pereira represented Portugal at the Euro 2012 and the 2014 World Cup.

Club career[edit]


Pereira was born in Lisbon. A product of local S.L. Benfica's youth system, he first appeared with its main side on 17 August 2003 in a 0–0 away draw against Boavista FC, and finished his debut season with 25 league appearances, mostly as a midfielder.

Pereira was part of the Benfica squad that won the 2005 championship, starting often, until a fallout with coach Ronald Koeman relegated him to the bench and later to the B-team. He was sold to Gil Vicente F.C. – also in the top flight – in the 2006 summer, after a previous loan to the same club.


In 2007–08, fully reconverted into a right back, Pereira joined S.C. Braga, as another player in the position, Luís Filipe, went the other way.[2]

An undisputed starter from the beginning, he scored his first goal for the Minho side on 22 February 2009, a 2–1 last-minute winner at Associação Naval 1º de Maio. He also collected 18 yellow cards and one red in his first two seasons combined.


On 22 December 2009, Pereira moved to Sporting Clube de Portugal for a fee of 3 million;[3] at the time Braga led the league alongside Benfica, with 12 points in advance to his new club, with the Lions eventually finishing fourth.

Pereira again featured regularly for Sporting in the 2010–11 campaign, both as a defender and a midfielder, as his team ranked in third position. On 30 April 2011 he scored in a 2–1 home win against Portimonense SC, but was also sent off midway through the second half (after teammate André Santos) for repeatedly and severely insulting referee Duarte Gomes.[4]


On 24 May 2012 Pereira signed with Valencia CF in Spain for €3.6 million, penning a 3+1 contract.[5] He made his official debut on 19 August, playing the full 90 minutes in a 1–1 away draw against Real Madrid.[6]

Pereira was a starter in his first two years with the Che but, after the arrival of manager Nuno Espírito Santo for 2014–15, was relegated to third-choice right-back.[7][8]

International career[edit]

Pereira was first called to the Portuguese team in October 2010, following the appointment of new coach Paulo Bento. He made his debut in a UEFA Euro 2012 qualifier against Denmark, and also started in the following match – in the same competition – in Iceland, with the national side winning both games 3–1.

On 19 May 2014, Pereira was named in the final 23-man squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[9] In the first game, against Germany, he committed a penalty on Mario Götze that resulted in the first goal scored by Thomas Müller, in an eventual 0–4 loss.[10]




  1. ^ Portugal’s World Cup squad: who will make the plane to South Africa?; PortuGOAL, 1 March 2010
  2. ^ Benfica brings in Braga fullback;, 2 August 2007
  3. ^ Official: Joao Pereira moves to Sporting; Portugal Football, 23 December 2009
  4. ^ Nine-man Sporting hold on for three points; PortuGOAL, 1 May 2011
  5. ^ El Valencia confirma el fichaje de Joao Pereira (Valencia confirms Joao Pereira signing); Marca, 24 May 2012 (Spanish)
  6. ^ "Real held by Valencia in season opener". ESPN Soccernet. 19 August 2012. Retrieved 20 August 2012. 
  7. ^ "Nuno descarta a Joao Pereira" [Nuno discards Joao Pereira] (in Spanish). Europa Press. 3 December 2014. Retrieved 8 December 2014. 
  8. ^ "Nuno abre a Joao Pereira "la puerta del mercado de invierno"" [Nuno opens "winter market door" to Joao Pereira] (in Spanish). 3 December 2014. Retrieved 8 December 2014. 
  9. ^ "Paulo Bento announces Portugal's 23-man World Cup squad". PortuGOAL. 19 May 2014. Retrieved 1 June 2014. 
  10. ^ "Muller-inspired Germany thrash ten-man Portugal". 16 June 2014. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 

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