Moreira training with Benfica
|Full name||José Filipe da Silva Moreira|
|Date of birth||20 March 1982|
|Place of birth||Massarelos, Portugal|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:00, 19 May 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
He played most of his career with Benfica, appearing in nearly 200 official games and making his professional debuts at only 19.
Born in Massarelos, Porto District, Moreira preferred to play as an attacking midfielder in his early years but, following the advice of father José, soon changed his playing position and took trials for Sport Comércio e Salgueiros.
In 1997, at only 15 years of age, Moreira caught the eye of the biggest Portuguese teams — Sporting, F.C. Porto, Boavista F.C. and S.L. Benfica. The reds made the best bid to Salgueiros and won the race to sign the youngster but, due to his young age, Benfica decided it was best to keep him at the club for two more years; when he arrived to the Estádio da Luz he was called for a mini-tour with the main squad in the Azores, going on to make his unofficial senior debut.
In 1999, Moreira was selected by the Portuguese U–18 coach Agostinho Oliveira for the UEFA European Football Championship in Sweden, with the national team winning the title. Subsequently he returned to Benfica, being called by team manager Jupp Heynckes to join the pre-season tour in Austria. At the time, two of the three senior goalkeepers were not available (Carlos Bossio was in Argentina and Nuno Santos was injured, leaving Robert Enke as the only available keeper); without competition for the substitutes bench he was called to sit in for several matches during August and December 1999 (he was just 17), but would only play two years later in a home game against Vitória de Guimarães, replacing the injured Enke after 24 minutes and delivering a clean sheet on his professional debut (0–0 draw).
Moreira had also time to conquer the junior national championship in 2000, adding the Toulon Tournament with the U-20, after beating Colombia in the final. He started on 9 March 2002 in a 2–0 success at Gil Vicente F.C. and, when German Enke left at the end of the season to sign with Spain's FC Barcelona, he became the number one choice from then on.
During 2003–04 Moreira made his debut in European competitions, playing in the UEFA Cup against Molde FK (at home, in a 3–0 win). The season ended with Benfica, led by José Antonio Camacho, winning the Portuguese Cup after beating Porto managed by José Mourinho; towards the campaign's closure he renewed his link until 2010 and, in the summer, he was called to join the under-21 squad for the Vale do Tejo International Tournament, winning the tournament and being chosen the best goalkeeper in the competition.
With the arrival of Quim from S.C. Braga in August 2004, Moreira began suffering stiff competition for the starting job. He contributed with 15 games as Benfica won the league title after 11 years but, on 18 October 2005, underwent surgery to his right knee, which caused him to miss most of 2005–06.
Upon his return to competition, Moreira found himself having to compete for backup goalkeeper duties with recently signed Brazilian Marcelo Moretto, the same happening in the 2006–07 season. Moretto was then loaned to Greece's AEK Athens F.C. in August 2007.
The 2007–08 campaign brought a new challenge to Moreira, as the club signed 33-year-old Hans-Jörg Butt, known for taking free kicks and penalties. When it seemed he was set to become Benfica's first-choice again, he suffered another injury, this time on his left knee, which forced him to again undergo surgery in July 2007, with this translating into four months off the pitch.
In a turbulent 2008–09, where all three goalkeepers went from first to third-choice in a matter of weeks, Moreira appeared in 14 league matches, as Benfica finished third. Following the arrival of another Brazilian, Júlio César, signed from C.F. Os Belenenses in the next off-season alongside manager Jorge Jesus, he was demoted to third-choice. In June 2010, as his contract was not renewed, it looked like he would leave the club after an 11-year link, with speculation arising that he would join Lisbon neighbours Sporting; however, after Quim was released from the club, later rejoining Braga, he eventually put pen to paper a new three-year contract.
Moreira was again third-choice in 2010–11, behind César and newly signed Roberto. He did appear in several Portuguese League Cup games, including the final against F.C. Paços de Ferreira, where he stopped a Manuel José penalty in an eventual 2–1 win, Benfica's third consecutive in the tournament.
On 8 July 2011, after 12 years with Benfica, Moreira joined newly promoted Premier League club Swansea City, for an undisclosed fee. However, he only made one official appearance during the season, against Shrewsbury Town for the Football League Cup (1–3 away loss), and his contract was terminated by mutual consent on 17 May 2012.
Internationally Moreira represented Portugal at under-17, under-18, under-19, under-20 and under-21 levels, also appearing for the B-side. He was picked by senior team manager Luiz Felipe Scolari, alongside Ricardo and Quim, for UEFA Euro 2004 which was contested on home soil, but did not take any part in the tournament.
In a one-and-half-month period in the summer of 2004, Moreira represented Portugal at the European Under-21 Championship in Germany and acted as backup at Euro 2004, before a trip to Athens for the Summer Olympics, where he started.
- Portuguese League: 2004–05
- Portuguese Cup: 2003–04; Runner-up 2004–05
- Portuguese Supercup: 2005
- Portuguese League Cup: 2009–10, 2010–11
- UEFA European Under-18 Championship: 1999
- Toulon Tournament: 2000
- UEFA European Football Championship: Runner-up 2004
- As of 9 July 2011
Aside football endeavors Moreira fathered his first baby, a girl named Beatriz, on 17 May 2005. He married his girlfriend Maria João on 15 June 2007, at a farm in Ericeira.
Moreira also likes to collect wine bottles.
- Moreira makes Benfica commitment; UEFA.com, 13 April 2004
- Benfica keeper crisis deepens; UEFA.com, 19 October 2005
- Benfica's Moreira raring to go; UEFA, 20 March 2006
- Moreira vai deixar o Benfica no final da temporada (Moreira to leave Benfica at the end of the season); DN Desporto, 9 December 2009 (Portuguese)
- Sporting pensa em Moreira (Sporting thinks of Moreira); Correio da Manhã, 4 May 2010 (Portuguese)
- Bwin Cup final: Benfica make it three in a row!; PortuGOAL, 23 April 2011
- "Benfica goalkeeper Jose Moreira joins Swansea City". BBC Sport. 8 July 2011. Retrieved 14 July 2011.
- "Jose Moreira released from Swansea City contract". BBC Sport. 17 May 2012. Retrieved 7 September 2012.
- "Moreira a caminho do Omonoia Nicósia" [Moreira on his way to Omonoia Nicosia] (in Portuguese). Record. 31 January 2013. Retrieved 13 April 2013.
- "Liechtenstein 0–3 Portugal: Hugo Almeida brace helps Seleccao beat hosts". Goal.com. 12 August 2009. Retrieved 14 July 2011.
- José Moreira at footballzz.co.uk
- Stats at ForaDeJogo
- PortuGOAL profile
- José Moreira at National-Football-Teams.com
- Transfermarkt profile
- Unofficial website (Portuguese)