José Fonte

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This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Da Rocha and the second or paternal family name is Fonte.
José Fonte
José Fonte (cropped).jpg
Fonte with Southampton in 2012
Personal information
Full name José Miguel da Rocha Fonte
Date of birth (1983-12-22) 22 December 1983 (age 30)
Place of birth Penafiel, Portugal
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)[1]
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Southampton
Number 6
Youth career
1993–1994 Penafiel
1994–2002 Sporting CP
1997–2000 → Sacavenense (loan)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2004 Sporting B 59 (0)
2004–2005 Felgueiras 28 (1)
2005 Vitória Setúbal 15 (0)
2006–2008 Benfica 0 (0)
2006 Paços Ferreira (loan) 11 (1)
2006–2007 Estrela Amadora (loan) 25 (1)
2007–2008 Crystal Palace (loan) 24 (1)
2008–2010 Crystal Palace 60 (5)
2010– Southampton 169 (13)
National team
2006 Portugal U21 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:00, 12 May 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

José Miguel da Rocha Fonte (born 22 December 1983) is a Portuguese footballer who plays for Southampton in the Premier League as a central defender.

He started his professional career in Portugal and moved to Crystal Palace in 2007. In 2010, he signed with Southampton.

Club career[edit]

Portugal[edit]

Born in Penafiel, Fonte finished his football education (after already having played there from ages 10–13) at Sporting Clube de Portugal,[2] but only appeared with the reserve side as a senior, in the third division. In 2004 he signed with S.C. Salgueiros, but the club was in several financial difficulties and ended shortly after; as a result he terminated his contract and transferred to F.C. Felgueiras, in the second level.

In the 2005 off-season, Fonte made his top flight debut with Vitória de Setúbal, where his performances attracted the eye of national powerhouse Sport Lisboa e Benfica, who signed him in January 2006,[2] immediately loaning him out to fellow first-division side F.C. Paços de Ferreira; he finished the season with 26 league appearances and one goal, as both Paços and Setúbal managed to maintain its division status.

Fonte spent the 2006–07 season on loan to C.F. Estrela da Amadora, still in the top division,[3] only missing five league games as the Lisbon-based club finished in ninth position.

Crystal Palace[edit]

In 2007, Fonte moved on loan to Crystal Palace in England,[4] being introduced in the side's starting XI after a run of injuries. The move was made permanent at the end of the season, as Palace finished fifth and qualified to the promotion playoffs.[5]

Fonte continued to feature regularly with the London-based club in the following Football League Championship seasons, even appearing as a makeshift striker when required.

Southampton[edit]

Fonte signed for Southampton on 9 January 2010 for a fee believed to be around the region of £1.2 million, signing a three-and-a-half-year contract.[6] He made his debut one week later alongside two other recent signings, Jon Otsemobor and Danny Seaborne, in a 1–1 draw at Millwall;[7] his first goal for the Saints came on 28 August 2010, in a 4–0 away win against Bristol Rovers.[8]

After scoring seven league goals and helping Southampton gain promotion to the second level, Fonte was named in the League One Team of the Year for the 2010–11 season. He was also voted Southampton's Player of Year, achieving 64% of the overall vote, with Adam Lallana coming second with 18% and Dan Harding finishing third (7%).[9]

On 29 December 2011, Fonte signed a new contract keeping him at the club until 2015. Southampton were top of the table when he signed, with the player having appeared in every league game,[10] and he eventually contributed with 42 matches and one goal (against Coventry City in the final matchday[11]) as the side achieved a second consecutive promotion.

Fonte made his debut in the Premier League on 19 August 2012, playing the full 90 minutes in a 2–3 away loss against Manchester City.[12] He netted his first Premier League goal(s) in a 2–2 home draw against Fulham on 7 October, the second arriving in the last minute;[13] on 24 August 2013, he scored a header in the 89th minute of the home game against Sunderland, rescuing a point for his team.[14]

On 23 January 2014, Fonte was attacked by teammate Dani Osvaldo during a training session.[15] Subsequently, the latter was loaned out to Juventus F.C. during the winter transfer window.[16]

On 8 August 2014, Fonte penned a new three-year deal ahead of the 2014–15 season which will keep him at the club until 2017.[17]

International career[edit]

Fonte was called up to the Portuguese under-21 squad for the Vale do Tejo tournament in 2006. On 24 January he played against Slovenia, as the match ended with a penalty shootout loss after a 1–1 draw.[18]

Honours[edit]

Team[edit]

Southampton

Individual[edit]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 22 February 2014[20][21]
Club Season League Cup1 League Cup2 Europe Other3 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sporting B 2002–03 22 0 22 0
2003–04 37 0 37 0
Total 59 0 59 0
Felgueiras 2004–05 28 1 28 1
Total 28 1 28 1
Vitória Setúbal 2005–06 15 0 2 0 17 0
Total 15 0 2 0 17 0
Paços Ferreira 2005–06 11 1 11 1
Total 11 1 11 1
Estrela Amadora 2006–07 25 1 25 1
Total 25 1 25 1
Crystal Palace 2007–08 24 1 1 0 1 0 26 1
2008–09 38 4 2 0 1 0 41 4
2009–10 22 1 1 0 2 0 25 1
Total 84 6 4 0 4 0 92 6
Southampton 2009–10 21 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 24 0
2010–11 43 7 2 0 2 0 1 0 48 7
2011–12 42 1 1 0 1 0 44 1
2012–13 20 2 0 0 1 0 21 2
2013–14 25 3 1 0 1 0 27 3
Total 151 13 4 0 5 0 4 0 164 13
Career total 373 22 8 0 9 0 2 0 4 0 396 22

1. Includes Taça de Portugal and FA Cup.

2. Includes Taça da Liga and League Cup.

3. Includes other competitive competitions, including Football League Trophy.

Personal[edit]

Fonte's younger brother, Rui, is also a footballer. A forward, the two were teammates at Sporting (youth) and Crystal Palace.[22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "José Fonte". Southampton F.C. Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "José Fonte: "O Carlos Martins teria fácil adaptação ao futebol inglês"" [José Fonte: "Carlos Martins would adapt easily to English football"] (in Portuguese). Rádio Renascença. 23 December 2010. Retrieved 10 February 2011. 
  3. ^ "Jose Fonte". Holmesdale. Retrieved 10 February 2011. 
  4. ^ "Palace bring in Benfica defender". BBC Sport. 31 July 2007. Retrieved 10 February 2011. 
  5. ^ "Palace bag Benfica defender Fonte". BBC Sport. 23 July 2008. Retrieved 10 February 2011. 
  6. ^ "Saints Sign José Fonte". Southampton F.C. 11 January 2010. Retrieved 17 January 2010. 
  7. ^ "Millwall 1–1 Southampton". Southampton F.C. 16 January 2010. Retrieved 17 January 2010. 
  8. ^ "Bristol Rovers 0–4 Southampton". BBC Sport. 28 August 2010. Retrieved 10 February 2011. 
  9. ^ "Jose Fonte on the up in England". PortuGOAL. 10 May 2011. Retrieved 9 August 2011. 
  10. ^ "Jose Fonte signs new Southampton contract". BBC Sport. 29 December 2011. Retrieved 29 December 2011. 
  11. ^ "Southampton 4 – Coventry 0". BBC Sport. 28 April 2012. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  12. ^ "Nasri the hero for champions". ESPN FC. 19 August 2012. Retrieved 19 August 2012. 
  13. ^ "Fonte to the fore in frantic finale". ESPN FC. 7 October 2012. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  14. ^ "Mixed emotions for goalscorer Fonte". Southampton F.C. 24 August 2013. Retrieved 25 August 2013. 
  15. ^ "Dani Osvaldo: Southampton suspend striker for fighting". BBC Sport. 23 January 2014. Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  16. ^ "Dani Osvaldo: Southampton striker completes Juventus loan". BBC Sport. 31 January 2014. Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  17. ^ "We're delighted to announce that José Fonte has signed a new three-year deal, keeping him at #SaintsFC until 2017.". Southampton FC Twitter. 8 August 2014. 
  18. ^ "Torneio "Vale do Tejo" (Portugal)". RSSSF. Retrieved 17 March 2014. 
  19. ^ "PFA Divisional Awards: Npower League One". Professional Footballers Association. 17 April 2011. Retrieved 18 April 2011. 
  20. ^ "Jose Fonte". Soccerbase. Retrieved 1 March 2014. 
  21. ^ "José Fonte". Soccerway. Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  22. ^ "Palace sign Arsenal striker Fonte". BBC Sport. 30 January 2009. Retrieved 10 February 2011. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Adam Lallana
Southampton team captain
2014-
Succeeded by
Incumbent