João Carlos Teixeira
Teixeira playing for Liverpool in 2013
|Full name||João Carlos Vilaça Teixeira|
|Date of birth||January 18, 1993|
|Place of birth||Braga, Portugal|
|Height||1.76 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)|
|Brighton & Hove Albion
(on loan from Liverpool)
|2013||→ Brentford (loan)||2||(0)|
|2014–||→ Brighton & Hove Albion (loan)||7||(2)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:00, 20 September 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Teixeira joined Sporting CP from hometown club Braga in 2004 and progressed through the youth teams. He began training with the first team and was given the number 46 shirt for the 2011/12 season. His first involvement for the senior side came in December 2011, when he was an unused substitute for Europa League matches against FC Zürich and Lazio.
Having been a youth player at Braga and Sporting CP, Teixeira joined Premier League side Liverpool in a £830,000 deal during the January 2012 transfer window. He had impressed Liverpool Academy manager Frank McParland with his performances in midfield for Sporting Lisbon against Liverpool during the 2011–12 NextGen Series. The move almost fell through due to a back injury, which resulted in Teixeira spending six months in a brace. Upon joining Liverpool, Teixeira was hailed as "the new Deco". Teixeira made 20 U21 Premier League appearances for Liverpool during the 2012–13 season, scoring 2 goals as Liverpool reached the competition's semi-finals, where they lost 3–0 to Manchester United. He made his first U21 appearance of the 2013–14 season on 2 September, scoring the equaliser in a 1–1 draw with Leicester City. He bagged his second goal in as many games when he scored Liverpool's fifth in a 5–0 rout of Tottenham Hotspur on 7 October.
After returning to the Liverpool Reserves, on 12 February 2014 he made his senior team debut as an 81st minute substitute against Fulham F.C., in a tightly contested 3–2 win. He was involved in the build up play that led to Daniel Sturridge winning the penalty that won Liverpool the game. The young midfielder was praised after the game by manager Brendan Rodgers and captain Steven Gerrard. On 14 May, he featured as a half-time sub for the first-team in the post-season friendly match against Shamrock Rovers at the Aviva Stadium.
Amidst interest from Bologna, Teixeira joined League One side Brentford on 10 September 2013 on a youth loan running until 5 January 2014. On 14 September he made the first professional appearance of his career in a 4–3 victory at Tranmere Rovers, coming on as a substitute for George Saville. He then made his second appearance on 23 September as a substitute for Martin Fillo in a 2–0 home defeat to Leyton Orient. However, as Brentford fell further down League One, manager Uwe Rösler admitted that due to the team's downturn in form, he could no longer guarantee the game time Liverpool expected for Teixeira. The loan was therefore terminated early by Liverpool on 7 October, Teixeira having made just two league appearances.
Brighton & Hove Albion (loan)
On 15 August 2014, Teixeira joined Championship side Brighton & Hove Albion on a season-long loan deal, signed by former Liverpool defender Sami Hyypiä. Teixeira made his debut the day after joining coming on as a substitute against Birmingham City.
On 19 August, he scored his first goal on his first full start for the club against Leeds United. He went on to score his second goal for the club just four days later in a 2–1 win over Bolton Wanderers.
Teixeira has represented Portugal at every age group from U16 to U21. He was included in the Portugal squad for the 2010 UEFA European U17 Championship. He made his U21 debut in a friendly against Croatia in June 2013, starting the match and scoring in the 84 minute.
|2013–14||Brentford (Loan)||League One||2||0||0||0||0||0||—||2||0|
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