Lopes training with Portugal
|Full name||Hugo Miguel Almeida Costa Lopes|
|Date of birth||19 December 1986|
|Place of birth||Lisbon, Portugal|
|Height||1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Playing position||Right back|
|2010–2011||→ Betis (loan)||21||(0)|
|2012||→ Braga (loan)||10||(0)|
|2013–2014||→ Lyon (loan)||8||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 December 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
After some solid displays, Lopes signed in 2007–08 with second division's Rio Ave FC. In his first season 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 first 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. He passed his medical and was unveiled on 2 September, 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, 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 campaign. On 29 September he scored through a rare header, opening the score in an eventual 2–2 draw at former team Rio Ave; 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.
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. He made his national team debut on 2 June, a 1–3 friendly loss with Turkey in Lisbon.
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.
- Miguel Lopes es el nuevo fichaje (Miguel Lopes is new signing); Betis' official website, 31 August 2010 (Spanish)
- Miguel Lopes: "El Betis merece estar en Primera" (Miguel Lopes: "Betis deserves to be in Primera"); El Desmarque, 2 September 2010 (Spanish)
- Miguel Lopes assina até ao fim da época (Miguel Lopes signs until end of season); Braga's official website, January 2012 (Portuguese)
- Tarantini brace punishes poor Porto with a draw; PortuGOAL, 29 September 2012
- Izmailov and Miguel Lopes switch clubs, but who stands to benefit from the deal?; PortuGOAL, 8 January 2013
- Lyon take Miguel Lopes on loan from Sporting; UEFA.com, 7 July 2013
- "Nélson Oliveira, Miguel Lopes e Custódio na lista para o Euro-2012" [Nélson Oliveira, Miguel Lopes and Custódio in Euro-2012 list] (in Portuguese). A Bola. 14 May 2012. Retrieved 2 June 2012.
- "Portugal's woes continue with Turkey defeat". UEFA.com. 2 June 2012. Retrieved 3 June 2012.