João Tomás

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João Tomás
Personal information
Full name João Henrique Pataco Tomás
Date of birth (1975-05-27) 27 May 1975 (age 39)
Place of birth Oliveira do Bairro, Portugal
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1986–1993 Oliveira Bairro
1993–1994 Troviscal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1995 Águas Boas
1995–1996 Anadia
1996–1999 Académica 81 (28)
2000–2001 Benfica 41 (19)
2001–2004 Betis 32 (7)
2003–2004 Vitória Guimarães (loan) 20 (3)
2004–2006 Braga 59 (30)
2006–2007 Al-Arabi 17 (8)
2007 Al Rayyan 9 (8)
2007–2008 Braga 10 (1)
2008–2009 Boavista 28 (12)
2009–2010 Rio Ave 15 (6)
2010 Al Sharjah 1 (2)
2010–2013 Rio Ave 65 (34)
2013–2014 Libolo ? (4)
National team
2000–2007 Portugal 4 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26 November 2012.
† Appearances (Goals).

João Henrique Pataco Tomás (born 27 May 1975) is a Portuguese retired footballer who played as a striker.

He represented mostly Braga (three seasons) and Rio Ave (four) during his 19-year senior career. In his only full season with Benfica he scored 17 goals in 31 games, going on to amass Primeira Liga totals of 261 goals and 98 goals over the course of ten campaigns.[1]

Abroad, Tomás spent some time in Spain and Asia.

Club career[edit]

Born in Oliveira do Bairro, João Tomás achieved some notability playing for Académica de Coimbra, earning the nickname of O Jardel de Coimbra (Coimbra's Jardel) after Mário Jardel.

He subsequently played for S.L. Benfica, Real Betis – joining in the 2001 summer alongside teammate José Calado, he scored seven La Liga goals in his debut season, but appeared scarcely in his second yearVitória de Guimarães and Sporting de Braga, to where he returned after a Qatari stint in 2006–07, where he represented Al-Arabi SC, netting eight goals in seventeen games before switching to Al Rayyan SC in 2007, leaving for Asia for free.[2]

In 2004–05 and the following campaign, while with Braga, Tomás was the second best goalscorer in the top division. In 2007–08, however, he was very rarely used, due to injuries and the emergence of Austrian Roland Linz, and would sign on July 2008 with Boavista FC, relegated after irregularities to the second division.

Two matches into the 2008–09 season Tomás entailed negotiations with another Qatari outfit, Al-Ahli (Doha), but quickly returned to Boavista.[3] In June 2009, as his club suffered a second consecutive drop, he left for Rio Ave FC, aged 34.

João Tomás fared well in his return to the top level, scoring six times in the league and eight overall, but moved abroad once again in February 2010, joining United Arab Emirates side Al Sharjah SC. In July he returned to Rio Ave, signing a one-year contract.[4]

On 30 October 2010 35-year-old Tomás scored in a 2–0 home win against former club Braga, as Rio Ave won its first game of the season. Earlier, in the first half, he missed a penalty kick. In the first season in his second spell with the Vila do Conde outfit, he finished second in the goal scorers chart, only trailing F.C. Porto's Hulk.

Tomás moved abroad again in January 2013, penning a contract with C.R.D. Libolo in Angola.[5]

International career[edit]

João Tomás played four times for Portugal. His first game was in the 2–1 win over Israel in a friendly match, on 15 November 2000.

On 22 May 2007, after a five and a half-year absence, Tomás was recalled to the national team by Luiz Felipe Scolari,[6] playing in the 1–1 draw with a Kuwaiti club on 5 June in Kuwait City, and scoring the Portuguese goal.

Club statistics[edit]

As of 25 November 2012[7][8]
Club League Season League Cup League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Académica Liga de Honra 1996–97 15 1 4 2 0 0 0 0 19 3
Primeira Liga 1997–98 28 7 3 0 0 0 0 0 31 7
1998–99 21 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 22 1
Liga de Honra 1999–00 17 19 3 3 0 0 0 0 20 22
Total 81 28 11 5 0 0 0 0 92 33
Benfica Primeira Liga 1999–00 9 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 2
2000–01 31 19 3 1 0 0 2 1 36 21
2001–02 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 41 21 3 1 0 0 2 1 46 23
Real Betis La Liga 2001–02 20 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 20 7
2002–03 11 1 0 0 0 0 2 1 13 2
Total 31 8 - - - - 2 1 33 9
Vitória Guimarães Primeira Liga 2003–04 20 3 2 1 0 0 22 4
Total 20 3 2 1 0 0 22 4
Braga Primeira Liga 2004–05 29 15 2 1 0 0 2 0 33 16
2005–06 30 15 4 2 0 0 4 1 38 18
Total 59 30 6 3 0 0 6 1 71 34
Al-Arabi Qatar Stars League 2006–07 17 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 8
Total 17 8 0 0 0 0 17 8
Al Rayyan Qatar Stars League 2006–07 9 8 0 0 0 0 9 8
Total 9 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 8
Braga Primeira Liga 2007–08 10 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 12 1
Total 10 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 12 1
Boavista Liga de Honra 2008–09 28 13 2 1 0 0 30 14
Total 28 13 2 1 0 0 1 0 30 14
Rio Ave Primeira Liga 2009–10 15 6 1 0 3 2 19 8
Total 15 6 1 0 3 2 19 8
Al Sharjah UAE Pro-League 2009–10 1 2 0 0 1 2
Total 1 2 0 0 1 2
Rio Ave Primeira Liga 2010–11 29 16 3 2 2 0 34 18
2011–12 27 11 2 3 2 2 31 16
2012–13 9 7 2 3 1 2 12 12
Total 65 34 7 8 5 4 77 44

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