Paulo Futre

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This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Dos Santos and the second or paternal family name is Futre.
Paulo Futre
Personal information
Full name Paulo Jorge dos Santos Futre
Date of birth (1966-02-28) 28 February 1966 (age 48)
Place of birth Montijo, Portugal
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Winger
Youth career
1974–1975 Montijo
1975–1983 Sporting CP
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1983–1984 Sporting CP 21 (3)
1984–1987 Porto 81 (25)
1987–1993 Atlético Madrid 163 (38)
1993 Benfica 11 (3)
1993 Marseille 8 (2)
1993–1995 Reggiana 13 (5)
1995–1996 Milan 1 (0)
1996–1997 West Ham 9 (0)
1997–1998 Atlético Madrid 10 (0)
1998 Yokohama Flügels 13 (3)
Total 320 (79)
National team
1983–1995 Portugal 41 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Paulo Jorge dos Santos Futre (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈpawlu ˈfutɾɨ]; born 28 February 1966) is a Portuguese retired professional footballer who played mostly as a left winger known for his dribbling.

After exploding at Sporting well before his 20th birthday, he soon moved to Portowinning the 1987 European Cup – after which he embarked in an extensive career, having represented clubs in Spain, France, Italy and Japan, most notably Atlético Madrid.

A Portuguese international since the age of 17, Futre gained more than 40 caps for his country, representing it at the 1986 World Cup.

Club career[edit]

Sporting / Porto[edit]

Born in Montijo, Setúbal District, Futre first appeared professionally in 1983–84, as a 17-year-old for Sporting Clube de Portugal, whose youth system he had joined at the age of nine. When he requested a pay raise from president João Rocha, he was turned down and left for F.C. Porto after just one season, as veterans Jaime Pacheco and António Sousa moved in the opposite direction as part of the deal.

In the following years, Futre collected two Portuguese Championships, also helping the northerners to the 1986–87 European Cup, putting on a Man of the match performance in the final against FC Bayern Munich.[1]

Atlético Madrid[edit]

After that continental win, Futre was traded to Atlético de Madrid in Spain, earning a reported annual salary of 650,000.[2] At the capital outfit, he quickly rose to fan favourite status, but his physical weakness left him with several knee injuries which tormented his career in the 1990s.[2]

In his fifth season, Futre provided countless assists for striker Manolo who scored 27 goals for the Pichichi Trophy, with him netting in the season's domestic cup, a 2–0 win over neighbours Real Madrid; during most of his spell with the Colchoneros, he was also team captain.

Journeyman / Retirement[edit]

In January 1993, Futre moved to Porto and Sporting rivals S.L. Benfica, winning a Portuguese Cup in his short stay (and scoring in the final against Boavista F.C. in a 5–2 triumph[2]), as his injury woes persisted. After Benfica, he signed one-season contracts with Olympique de Marseille – where he teamed up with countryman Rui BarrosA.C. Reggiana 1919, A.C. Milan and West Ham United. Finally, he returned to Atlético Madrid (10 La Liga games in 1997–98), effectively ending his career with J. League Division 1 side Yokohama Flügels; he ranked joint-98th in World Soccer's 100 Greatest Players of the 20th Century, published in December 1999.[3]

Futre worked as director of football at Atlético Madrid from 2000 to 2003,[4] subsequently becoming a real-estate developer in his hometown.[2] In May 2011, he was part of Dias Ferreira's team in an unsuccessful run for Sporting's presidency.[5]

International career[edit]

Futre was capped 41 times for Portugal in a 12-year span, scoring six goals. His debut came against Finland for the UEFA Euro 1984 qualifiers, on 27 April 1983 – he was only 17 years and 204 days old, breaking a national team record.[2]

Futre was a member of the Portuguese national team that competed in the 1986 FIFA World Cup in Mexico, playing 90 minutes in the 1–3 loss against Morocco, in an eventual group stage exit.[6]

Paulo Futre: International goals
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 30 January 1985 Estádio José Alvalade (1956), Lisbon, Portugal  Romania 1–0 2–3 Friendly
2 20 September 1989 Stade de la Maladière, Neuchâtel, Switzerland  Switzerland 1–1 1–2 1990 World Cup qualification
3 23 January 1991 Olympic Stadium (Athens), Athens, Greece  Greece 1–2 3–2 Euro 1992 qualifying
4 9 February 1991 Ta' Qali National Stadium, Ta' Qali, Malta  Malta 0–1 0–1 Euro 1992 qualifying
5 28 April 1993 Estádio da Luz (1954), Lisbon, Portugal  Scotland 3–0 5–0 1994 World Cup qualification
6 10 November 1993 Estádio da Luz (1954), Lisbon, Portugal  Estonia 1–0 3–0 1994 World Cup qualification

Honours[edit]

Team[edit]

Porto
Atlético Madrid
Benfica
Milan

Individual[edit]

Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Portugal League Taça de Portugal Taça da Liga Europe Total
1983–84 Sporting Portuguese League 21 3
1984–85 Porto Portuguese League 30 6
1985–86 26 7
1986–87 25 12
Spain League Copa del Rey Copa de la Liga Europe Total
1987–88 Atlético Madrid Spanish League 35 8 3 1 - - - - 38 9
1988–89 28 5 7 0 - - 2 1 37 6
1989–90 26 10 2 0 - - 2 0 30 10
1990–91 26 3 6 1 - - 2 0 34 4
1991–92 31 6 6 5 - - 6 5 43 16
1992–93 16 5 2 0 - - 3 1 21 6
Portugal League Taça de Portugal Taça da Liga Europe Total
1992–93 Benfica Portuguese League 11 3 2 2 - - 0 0 13 5
France League Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue Europe Total
1993–94 Marseille French League 8 2
Italy League Coppa Italia League Cup Europe Total
1993–94 Reggiana Italian League 1 1
1994–95 12 4
1995–96 Milan Italian League 1 0
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
1996–97 West Ham Premier League 9 0
Spain League Copa del Rey Copa de la Liga Europe Total
1997–98 Atlético Madrid Spanish League 10 0 0 0 - - 0 0 10 0
Japan League Emperor's Cup J. League Cup Asia Total
1998 Yokohama Flügels J. League 13 3 0 0 3 0 - 16 3
Country Portugal 123 31 33
Spain 173 37 26 7 - - 15 7 213 51
France 8 2 2
Italy 14 5 5
England 9 0
Japan 13 3 0 0 3 0 - 16 3
Total 340 78 94

International[edit]

Portugal national team
Year Apps Goals
1983 1 0
1984 4 0
1985 4 1
1986 4 0
1987 2 0
1988 1 0
1989 4 1
1990 1 0
1991 8 2
1992 3 0
1993 8 2
1994 0 0
1995 1 0
Total 41 6

Personal[edit]

Futre's younger son, Fábio, was also a footballer. A midfielder, he played for Atlético Madrid's youth teams, and was called up for Portugal's under-17 team.[7][8] His nephew, Artur Futre, appeared professionally for F.C. Alverca, F.C. Maia and C.D. Aves, without much impact.

Futre's older son, Paulo, played in a rock band, "Fr1day". Paulo Sr. was also a television presenter, hosting the TVI 24 late night talk show A Noite do Futrebol.[9]

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