Miranda (footballer)

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This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is da Souza and the second or paternal family name is Filho.
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Miranda playing for Brazil in 2014
Personal information
Full name João Miranda de Souza Filho
Date of birth (1984-09-07) 7 September 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth Paranavaí, Brazil
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)[1]
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Atlético Madrid
Number 23
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2005 Coritiba 45 (2)
2005–2006 Sochaux 20 (0)
2006–2011 São Paulo 128 (4)
2011– Atlético Madrid 115 (8)
National team
2009– Brazil 13 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 May 2015.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 November 2014

João Miranda de Souza Filho (born 7 September 1984), also known as João Miranda, or simply Miranda, is a Brazilian footballer who plays for Spanish club Atlético Madrid and the Brazilian national team as a central defender.

Having begun his career at Coritiba, he spent the 2005–06 season with Sochaux in France before returning to Brazil to play for São Paulo. In 2011 he joined Atlético Madrid, where he has won domestic and European honours.

Miranda made his full international debut for Brazil in 2009 and was a member of the squad which won the Confederations Cup that year.

Club career[edit]

Early career and São Paulo[edit]

Miranda started at Coritiba, where he made 89 appearances and scored 6 goals. On 29 July 2005, Miranda signed a four-year deal with French side Sochaux.[2] Miranda made twenty appearances for Sochaux as the club finished mid-table but he was not able to settle in France and was soon back on the move to his home country.

Miranda returned to Brazil in August 2006, on loan to São Paulo FC.[3] In the same year, São Paulo won the 2006 Campeonato Brasileiro. He went on to win the 2007 and the 2008 editions of the Campeonato Brasileiro also, even being selected the "Team of the Year" in both 2007[4] and 2008 respectively.[5] While São Paulo failed to win any more national titles during Miranda's stay with the club, his individual performances did not go for naught, as he was included in a further two "Team of the Year" squads in 2009 and 2010.

Atlético Madrid[edit]

Miranda during the Madrid derby in the 2013–14 season.

Miranda joined Spanish side Atlético Madrid on July 2011 upon signing a three-year pre-contractual agreement in January 2011 with Atlético after deciding not to renew his contract with São Paulo which was due to expire on July 2011.[6] Miranda made his competitive debut for his new club on 25 August 2011 in a 4–0 thumping of Portuguese side Vitória S.C. in the second leg of their Europa League playoff round tie.[7] Miranda made his La Liga debut on 10 September in a 1–0 loss to Valencia CF, Roberto Soldado scoring the game's only goal.[8]

The Brazilian defender scored his first goal for the capital club against Granada CF on 11 March 2012, converting a pass from Diego Godín to the top left corner of the net, pushing the club to a 2–0 league victory.[9] On 8 April, Miranda put in an underwhelming display against fellow Champions League chasing club Levante UD, letting Arouna Koné in for Levante's second goal in the tenth minute and then picking up a red card with seven minutes left; Atlético lost the game 2–0 and Levante moved up to fourth place.[10] His first European goal for the club came later that month against Spanish opposition, scoring Atlético's second goal in an eventual 4–2 first-leg defeat of Valencia in the semi-finals of their Europa League encounter on 19 April.[11]

Miranda scored Atlético's third goal in their 4–1 UEFA Super Cup thrashing of European Champions Chelsea on 31 August 2012.[12] On 12 March 2013, Miranda renewed his contract with Madrid, keeping him at Spain until 2016.[13] In the Copa del Rey final on 17 May, Miranda provided the match-winner, scoring a header in added time of extra time to give Atlético a 2–1 victory over Real Madrid.[14] This ended a streak of 25 games, stretching back to 1999, without a win against their city rivals.[15]

After helping Atlético to their first league title in 17 years, Miranda was nominated in 2014 as the best defender in La Liga, alongside then teammate Filipe Luís and Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos.[16]

International career[edit]

On 20 August 2007, Miranda received his first call-up to the national team as a replacement for Lúcio for a friendly match against Algeria.[17] However, he did not make his debut as he was only an unused substitute during the match. More than a year later, Miranda made his first international appearance for Brazil in a 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Peru on 1 April 2009. He came on as a substitute for Luisão who was injured during the game.[18]

Miranda was part of the Brazil squad which won the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa. He replaced Kléber at left-back for the second group game against the United States in Pretoria, but for the third match was himself replaced by André Santos, who remained in the position for the rest of the tournament.

Miranda was one of seven players put on standby for Brazil's 2014 FIFA World Cup team.[19]

As of 6 February 2013[20]
National team Club Season Apps Goals
Brazil São Paulo 2009 6 0
Atlético Madrid 2013 1 0
Total 7 0



Miranda on Atlético Madrid's victory parade after winning the league in 2014
São Paulo
Atlético Madrid




  1. ^ http://clubatleticodemadrid.com/jugadores/joao-miranda-de-souza-filho-2013-2014
  2. ^ "Sochaux contrata zagueiro brasileiro João Miranda" (in Portuguese). UOL Esporte. 29 July 2005. Retrieved 12 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "São Paulo contrata zagueiro Miranda, 'herdeiro' de Lugano" (in Portuguese). UOL Esporte. 28 August 2006. Retrieved 12 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "São Paulo domina premiação da CBF" (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. 3 December 2007. 
  5. ^ "Hexacampeão, São Paulo domina também o Prêmio Craque Brasileirão" (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. 8 December 2008. 
  6. ^ "Miranda fecha com Atlético de Madr" (in Portuguese). Globoesporte.com. 7 January 2011. Retrieved 12 March 2013. 
  7. ^ "Vitória SC 0–4 Atlético". UEFA. 25 August 2011. 
  8. ^ "Valencia CF 1 – 0 Atlético Madrid". Yahoo Sports. 10 September 2011. 
  9. ^ "Atletico Madrid 2–0 Granada". ESPNFC. 11 March 2012. 
  10. ^ "Granotas leap into top four". ESPNFC. 8 April 2012. 
  11. ^ "Atlético in control against rivals Valencia". UEFA. 19 April 2012. 
  12. ^ "Chelsea were comprehensively beaten in the Super Cup as Radamel Falcao scored a hat-trick to inspire Atletico Madrid to victory in Monaco.". BBC Sport. 31 August 2012. 
  13. ^ "Miranda extends Atlético deal until 2016". Marca. 12 March 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2013. 
  14. ^ "Jose Mourinho and Cristiano Ronaldo off in Real Madrid loss". BBC Sport. 17 May 2013. 
  15. ^ "Atletico party like it's 1999". ESPNFC. 17 May 2013. 
  16. ^ Fernandez-Abascal, Eduardo (14 October 2014). "Chelsea Duo Thibaut Courtois And Filipe Luis Nominated For La Liga Awards". International Business Times. Retrieved 15 October 2014. 
  17. ^ Lucio, Gilberto ruled out
  18. ^ Brazil – Peru
  19. ^ "World Cup 2014: Kaka and Robinho omitted from Brazil squad". BBC Sport. 13 May 2014. Retrieved 14 May 2014. 
  20. ^ Seleção Brasileira (Brazilian National Team) 2008–2009

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