Luís Boa Morte
Boa Morte playing for West Ham United in 2010
|Full name||Luís Boa Morte Pereira|
|Date of birth||4 August 1977|
|Place of birth||Lisbon, Portugal|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Playing position||Winger / Midfielder|
|Sporting CP (youth manager)|
|2000–2001||→ Fulham (loan)||39||(18)|
|2007–2011||West Ham United||91||(2)|
|2014–||Sporting CP (youth)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:01, 10 January 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Luís Boa Morte Pereira (Portuguese pronunciation: [luˈiʃ ˈboɐ ˈmɔɾt(ɨ)]; born 4 August 1977) is a Portuguese professional football coach and a former player who played as an attacking winger, forward and centre midfielder. He currently is a youth coach with Sporting CP.
Having come through the youth ranks with Sporting Clube de Portugal, Boa Morte received his first big break by joining Premier League side Arsenal in 1997. He also went on to play in England's top flight for Southampton, Fulham and West Ham United. He was released by The Hammers in 2011 and joined Greek side Larissa before moving on to South African side Orlando Pirates. In October 2012 he returned to England and joined fourth-tier side Chesterfield.
He made his debut on 23 August 1997 as a substitute against Southampton. During Arsenal's double winning 1997–98 season, he made 15 league appearances, mostly as substitute and four in the FA Cup, although he did not appear in the final itself. He scored two goals this season, with both coming in a League Cup tie against Birmingham City.
The following season he was a fairly regular squad member, usually as substitute in the early part of the season, with a few European Cup appearances, including against Panathinaikos on 9 December 1998, when he scored Arsenal's third goal. His fourth and final Arsenal goal came against Preston North End in the FA Cup. He came on as a substitute as Arsenal won the 1999 FA Charity Shield. His final appearance for Arsenal was as a second half substitute away to Sunderland on 14 August 1999.
After failing to break into Arsenal's first-team on a regular basis, in August 1999, Boa Morte was signed for Southampton by Dave Jones for a fee of around £500,000 with further payments to be based on appearances.
In only his second appearance for Southampton, away to Middlesbrough on 11 September 1999, he was sent off for handling the ball in the goalmouth in the 77th minute, with Paul Gascoigne scoring the resultant penalty as Middlesbrough went on to win 3–2.
In January 2000, Dave Jones was replaced as manager by Glenn Hoddle, who dropped Boa Morte from the team. After Hoddle's appointment, Boa Morte only made three further appearances and in July 2000 he had a trial at Fulham, following which he moved to Craven Cottage, initially on a season long loan. As a result, the first installment on the fee due to Arsenal was never paid.
In his first season at Fulham, he helped Jean Tigana win the 2000–01 Division 1, making 39 league appearances and scoring 18 goals as Fulham ran away with the Championship with a total of 101 points.
His contributions to the championship-winning season resulted in him being signed permanently in June 2001 (on a fee of £1.7 million paid to Arsenal), despite Southampton's attempts to bring him back after the expiry of the loan arrangement.
In Fulham's first two seasons in the Premiership, he was not able to replicate his form of the Championship winning season, scoring only three goals, although his form returned to some extent in 2003–04, since when he has averaged eight goals per season. He gave away all of his kit to the fans on the last game of the season, including his shorts. He was also voted Player of the Season for 2004–05 and got the nickname Dead Snake as joking mistranslation of his surname.
In August 2005, he was chased by Newcastle United but pledged his future to Fulham and was made team captain. His crowning moment in a Fulham shirt was when he scored the only goal in the 1–0 win over Chelsea in the West London derby on 19 March 2006 at Craven Cottage.
He became a favourite amongst Fulham's supporters whilst he played for them, for his impassioned, never-say-die and sometimes aggressive style of play – although this has led to problems with referees. Even though his form dipped towards the end of his Fulham career, he was considered something of a cult hero there due to his ability to take players on, his ability to "cause panic like an unpinned grenade in the opposition ranks", and his "emotional character, a trait that strengthened the bond between him and the fans".
West Ham United
He played his first game for the Hammers in an FA Cup tie against Brighton & Hove Albion, setting up two goals and on 13 January 2007 in the Premier League against former team Fulham. On 28 April 2007, he scored his first goal for the club in an important 3–0 win against Wigan Athletic at the JJB Stadium. On 29 July 2009, Boa Morte picked up a serious injury in the pre-season friendly against Tottenham Hotspur. West Ham were playing in the Barclays Asia Trophy in Beijing when Boa Morte got his studs stuck in the ground, twisted his knee and suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury. Boa Morte made his comeback from injury on 13 April 2010, playing 45 minutes in a reserve team 4–1 defeat by Wolves reserves. Making an appearance in the first team for the first time since the end of 2008–09 season he opened the scoring for West Ham against Manchester City in a 1–1 draw on 9 May 2010. It was his first goal for West Ham for over three years. In June 2010, West Ham Chairman David Sullivan announced that Boa Morte had been offered a new deal as his contract was due to finish at the end of the 2009–10 season. On 17 June 2010, Boa Morte signed a new two-year contract saying that he was looking forward to working with new West Ham manager, Avram Grant for the next two seasons. In August 2011 Boa Morte's contract with West Ham was cancelled by mutual consent.
In August 2011 Boa Morte signed a two-year contract with Larissa. He thus rejoined former coach Chris Coleman whom he worked with over 4 years at Fulham FC. Luis Boa Morte signaled his intent to help Larissa back to top flight football in Greece. He provided his first assist in an impressive 3–0 away win over Veria F.C. on 20 November 2011. However, he left in January 2012, just six months into his stay, due to financial problems at the club. He was immediately linked with moves to South African Premier League sides Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs.
On 27 September 2012 Boa Morte joined Football League One team Portsmouth on trial. The same day, former Queens Park Rangers midfielder Akos Buzsaky joined Portsmouth on trial alongside the Portuguese midfielder.
On 10 October 2012, Boa Morte signed for League Two side Chesterfield. He commented "The most important thing for me now is to play football," and confirming the initial length of his contract added "I'll be here until the end of January but that doesn't mean I won't stay until the end of the season." The move followed a chance meeting in London with former Fulham team-mate Mark Crossley, who is currently a coach with the club. His contract was not renewed in January 2013 and he left the club.
Despite an impressive season at club level, Boa Morte was disappointed to be left out of his country’s squad for UEFA Euro 2004 on home soil. However, the winger was part of Portugal’s 2006 World Cup campaign in Germany, playing in the 2–1 victory over Mexico on 21 June 2006, in the group stages of the tournament as Portugal reached the semifinals.
After an absence of three years, Boa Morte was recalled, by Carlos Queiroz to the Portuguese squad on 29 May 2009. He earned his first cap since 2006 on 6 June 2009 in Portugal's 2–1 win in Tirana against Albania in a 2010 World Cup qualifier. Boa Morte made 27 appearances, scoring once, for Portugal from 2001 to 2009.
Correct as of 2 September 2013.
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|England||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|2006–07||West Ham United||Premier League||14||1||2||0||0||0||0||0||16||1|
|2011–12||Orlando Pirates||Premier Soccer League||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||3||0|
|2013–14||Four Marks||Hampshire Premier League Division One||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
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