Michael Simões Domingues
|Full name||Michael Simões Domingues|
|Date of birth||8 March 1991|
|Place of birth||Yverdon, Switzerland|
|Height||1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 February 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Born in Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland to Portuguese parents, Mika joined União de Leiria's youth ranks in 2006, aged 15. He was promoted to the main team for the 2009–10 season, as third-choice. On 26 February 2010, in a home match against Vitória de Guimarães, he made his top division debut, replacing forward Carlão after Hélder Godinho received a red card for committing a foul inside the box; he was not able to prevent Andrezinho from scoring the game's only goal in the subsequent penalty kick.
The following campaign Mika was still a backup, but two of his three appearances were against Sporting Clube de Portugal (0–0 away draw) and S.L. Benfica (3–3, also away). On 7 July 2011, whilst on international duty with the Portuguese under-20s, he signed a five-year contract with Benfica, for €500.000.
Mika was Portugal's starter at the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Colombia. He helped the national team reach the final without conceding a single goal, before losing to Brazil 2–3 in the decisive match: in the quarterfinals against Argentina, he saved three penalties in the shootout. In the following game, against France, he broke the record for number of minutes without conceding a goal in U-20 World Cup history, in a 2–0 win, and was eventually voted as best goalkeeper in the tournament.
Subsequently, Mika was chosen by under-21 manager Rui Jorge for the 2013 UEFA European Football Championship qualification campaign. He played in half of the games, with Portugal just missing out on the play-off round.
- As of 20 January 2014
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|2012–13||Benfica B||Segunda Liga||30||0||—||30||0|
- Benfica: guarda-redes Mika garantido por 500 mil euros (Benfica: Goalkepper Mika confirmed for 500.000 euros); DN Desporto, 7 July 2011 (Portuguese)
- Mika rescindiu contrato (Mika has rescinded contract); A Bola, 27 January 2014 (Portuguese)
- Mika reforça alcantarenses (Mika bolsters alcantarenses); A Bola, 27 January 2014 (Portuguese)
- Portugal see off France to reach final; FIFA.com, 17 July 2011