João Domingos Pinto
|Full name||João Domingos da Silva Pinto|
|Date of birth||21 November 1961|
|Place of birth||Oliveira do Douro, Portugal|
|Height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|Playing position||Right back|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Having spent his entire professional career with Porto (16 years, winning a total of 25 major titles, namely nine leagues and the 1987 European Cup), he is regarded as one of the greatest Portuguese right defenders of all-time.
Pinto was born in Oliveira do Douro, Vila Nova de Gaia, Porto. A F.C. Porto trainee, it didn't take him long to establish himself as a renowned defensive element in the legendary 80's Porto side and the Portuguese national team. When Fernando Gomes broke his leg before the 1986–87 European Cup final against FC Bayern Munich, he was picked as the captain, and reportedly only released the cup on Portuguese soil, after the 2–1 win in Vienna.
Always an undisputed starter, Pinto retired after the 1996–97 season after 16 years as a professional, helping the northerners to their first three-leagues-in-a-row accolade (in total he won nine national championships, four cups, and was part of the treble team which won the Champions Cup, the European Supercup and the Intercontinental Cup). Given his devotion and long service to the club, he was subsequently given a place coaching its youth teams.
Pinto totalled 70 caps with one goal for Portugal, being selected as national captain on 42 occasions. After seeing the nation's 1994 FIFA World Cup qualification hopes squashed after a 0–1 away loss against Italy he left the field in tears, further enhancing his nickname, Capitão; he played internationally in UEFA Euro 1984 and at the 1986 World Cup – Bobby Robson, who coached Porto, once remarked of him: "He has two hearts and four legs. It's extremely difficult to find a player like him."
|1||26 April 1989||Estádio da Luz (1954), Lisbon, Portugal||Switzerland||1–0||3–1||1990 World Cup qualification|
- European Cup: 1986–87
- UEFA Super Cup: 1987
- Intercontinental Cup: 1987
- Portuguese League: 1984–85, 1985–86, 1987–88, 1989–90, 1991–92, 1992–93, 1994–95, 1995–96, 1996–97
- Portuguese Cup: 1983–84, 1987–88, 1990–91, 1993–94
- Portuguese Supercup: 1982, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1997
- UEFA European Championship: Team of the Tournament 1984
- João Pinto (Futebol) (João Pinto (Football)); Porto's official website (Portuguese)
- FC Porto; Zerozero, 12 August 2011 (Portuguese)
- João Pinto é o novo treinador do Chaves (João Pinto is the new manager of Chaves); A Bola, 8 January 2013 (Portuguese)
|Portugal national football team captain