Miguel Lopes

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This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Almeida Costa and the second or paternal family name is Lopes.
Miguel Lopes
Hugo Miguel Almeida Costa Lopes.jpg
Lopes training with Portugal
Personal information
Full name Hugo Miguel Almeida Costa Lopes
Date of birth (1986-12-19) 19 December 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth Lisbon, Portugal
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Right back
Club information
Current team
Sporting CP
Number 13
Youth career
1995–1999 Oriental
1999–2002 Olivais Moscavide
2002–2004 Alverca
2004–2005 Benfica
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2006 Benfica B 24 (4)
2006–2007 Operário 21 (7)
2007–2009 Rio Ave 50 (2)
2009–2012 Porto 14 (1)
2010–2011 Betis (loan) 21 (0)
2012 Braga (loan) 10 (0)
2013– Sporting CP 20 (0)
2013–2014 Lyon (loan) 19 (0)
National team
2009 Portugal U21 3 (0)
2012– Portugal 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 March 2015.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16 October 2012

Hugo Miguel Almeida Costa Lopes (born 19 December 1986) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Sporting Clube de Portugal as a right back.

Club career[edit]

Born in Lisbon, Lopes started his professional career with S.L. Benfica's B-team. In the following summer, he moved to the lower leagues with C.D. Operário.

After some solid displays, Lopes signed in the 2007–08 season with second division's Rio Ave FC. In his first year he was an habitual starter, as the Vila do Conde side returned to the top flight after two years.

In the 2008–09 campaign Lopes helped Rio Ave to home draws against Benfica and F.C. Porto, and was again featured regularly, thus prompting interest from bigger teams. In January 2009, he agreed to a four-year deal with Porto: in his debut season, having to compete with Uruguayan Jorge Fucile for a starting berth, he appeared sparingly in the league but did manage to play in 17 official games, 13 as a starter.

In late August 2010, deemed surplus to requirements by new Porto manager André Villas-Boas as practically all Portuguese players in the team, Lopes moved to Spanish side Real Betis on a one-year loan deal.[1] He passed his medical and was unveiled on 2 September,[2] eventually appearing in exactly half of the league games during the season as the Andalusians returned to La Liga after three years.

Lopes spent the first part of 2011–12 unregistered by Porto. In the January transfer window he was loaned to fellow league club S.C. Braga,[3] going on to start in seven of his league appearances as it finished third and qualified to the UEFA Champions League for the second time in its history.

Lopes returned to Porto for the 2012–13 season. On 29 September he scored through a rare header, opening the score in an eventual 2–2 draw at former team Rio Ave;[4] however, in January 2013, he joined fellow Big Three side Sporting Clube de Portugal on a five 1/2-year contract, with Marat Izmailov moving in the opposite direction.[5]

On 7 July 2013 Lopes moved to Olympique Lyonnais in Ligue 1, on a one-year loan deal.[6]

International career[edit]

Due to his ability to play as both a right and a left back, Lopes was selected by Portugal coach Paulo Bento for his UEFA Euro 2012 squad.[7] He made his national team debut on 2 June, a 1–3 friendly loss with Turkey in Lisbon.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Lopes' twin brother, Nuno, is also a footballer and a right-back. Both came through exactly the same youth system setup, with the exception of Benfica.[9]


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