Philippe Coutinho

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This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Coutinho and the second or paternal family name is Correia.
Philippe Coutinho
Coutinho v Swansea (cropped).jpg
Coutinho after scoring against Swansea City in 2013
Personal information
Full name Philippe Coutinho Correia[1]
Date of birth (1992-06-12) 12 June 1992 (age 22)
Place of birth Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 12 in)[2]
Playing position Attacking midfielder / Winger
Club information
Current team
Liverpool
Number 10
Youth career
1999–2008 Vasco da Gama
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2010 Vasco da Gama 19 (1)
2010–2013 Inter Milan 28 (3)
2012 Espanyol (loan) 16 (5)
2013– Liverpool 81 (13)
National team
2009 Brazil U17 5 (3)
2011–2012 Brazil U20 7 (3)
2010– Brazil 6 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 May 2015.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 29 March 2015

Philippe Coutinho Correia (Brazilian Portuguese: [fiˈlipi kowˈtʃĩj̃u]; born 12 June 1992) or simply, Coutinho is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays for English club Liverpool and the Brazil national team as an attacking midfielder.

He began his career at Vasco da Gama before moving to Inter Milan, who loaned him to Espanyol in 2012. In January 2013, he was signed by Liverpool for £8.5 million.

Coutinho made his senior international debut for Brazil in 2010.

Club career[edit]

Vasco da Gama[edit]

Born the youngest of three boys, Coutinho started his footballing career as part of Vasco da Gama's youth system and was bought by Italian Serie A giants Inter Milan in 2008, at the age of 16, for €4 million.[3] Coutinho stayed at Vasco on loan until his 18th birthday, becoming a first team player for the Brazilian side despite his young age.

Inter Milan[edit]

Coutinho playing for Inter Milan in 2012

Coutinho's move to Inter Milan became effective on July 2010, after he turned 18, with new head coach Rafael Benítez and chairman Massimo Moratti being quoted saying that "Coutinho is the future of Inter".[4]

On 27 August 2010, he made his official debut in an Inter jersey as a substitute during the Nerazzurri's 2–0 defeat at the hands of Atlético Madrid in the 2010 UEFA Super Cup. After dropping out of selection in the starting line up, he returned to play in the crucial 3–2 win over Bayern Munich in Germany; a game which Inter would go onto win and progress to the quarter-finals of the Champions League on the away goals rule.[5] On 8 May 2011, he scored his first goal for Inter from a free-kick that curled above the wall and into the net in a game that Inter won 3–1 at home against Fiorentina.

His second goal for Inter came in a match against Cagliari on 19 November 2011 where Coutinho picked up a through ball from his teammate Ricky Álvarez to place the ball into the bottom left corner of the net to give Inter a 2–0 lead. He further became involved and staked a claim for his spot when he provided an assist during a game against Fiorentina and was heavily involved in the second goal.

During the 2011–12 season he struggled to establish himself in the Inter first team and was loaned out to La Liga's RCD Espanyol in Spain.

Espanyol (loan)[edit]

On 30 January 2012, Coutinho joined Espanyol on loan until the end of the 2011–12 season.[6] On 4 February 2012, Coutinho made his first appearance for Espanyol in a 3–3 draw with Athletic Club. He scored his first goal for the Catalan side in the ninth minute of a game held on 11 March in a 5–1 victory against Rayo Vallecano. He scored his second goal in the 21st minute of the same game.[7] He continued his fine form as he scored a sublime volley against Racing Santander and a well placed free kick against Málaga. On 18 May 2012, Coutinho made his return to Inter and began training immediately upon arrival to the Angelo Moratti Training Facility.

Liverpool[edit]

On 26 January 2013, Liverpool reportedly agreed a £8.5 million fee with Inter Milan for Coutinho, pending a medical exam and a work permit from the Home Office as he did not have enough international appearances to qualify automatically.[8] Southampton had also expressed an interest in Coutinho, who had played under Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino at Espanyol, but Coutinho said he would prefer to join Liverpool.[9] On 30 January, Liverpool confirmed the signing of Coutinho on a long-term contract after he was successful in his work permit application, and was given the number 10 shirt.[10][11]

2012–13[edit]

He made his debut on 11 February 2013, replacing Stewart Downing in the 78th minute of a 2–0 defeat against West Bromwich Albion at Anfield.[12] Less than a week later, on 17 February he scored his first goal for Liverpool on his full debut in a 5–0 victory over Swansea City, 16 seconds into the second half, after an exquisite through ball from Luis Suárez[13] On 2 March, he set up Liverpool's first and second goals of the game in a 4–0 win against Wigan Athletic. Coutinho scored his second goal for Liverpool in a 3–1 away loss to Southampton. On 31 March, he set up Liverpool's first goal in a 2–1 away win against Aston Villa. On 27 April, he won the Man of the Match award in Liverpool's 6–0 away victory of Newcastle United. Coutinho ran the game for Liverpool, claiming two assists, being heavily involved in another, and winning the free-kick from which Jordan Henderson added Liverpool's sixth. Coutinho won Player of the Month for Liverpool in March. On 12 May he assisted Daniel Sturridge for his second and third goals, helping Sturridge claim his first Premier League hat-trick, in a 1–3 victory over Fulham at Craven Cottage.[14] Coutinho scored Liverpool's final goal of the season against Queens Park Rangers in Jamie Carragher's final match for the club. Jordon Ibe began a twisting run before setting the ball off to the Brazilian, who executed a fine driven shot into the bottom left corner from 30 yards out; Ibe was credited with the assist on his Liverpool debut.[15]

2013–14[edit]

Coutinho being challenged by Stoke City's Marc Wilson in 2013

On 16 September 2013, Coutinho injured his shoulder against Swansea City after a clash with Ashley Williams .[16] He was restored to the starting line-up for the 4–0 victory over Fulham at Anfield on 9 November. On 23 November, Coutinho scored the opening goal of the Merseyside derby in the 5th minute. Coutinho created his first assist of the season with a corner in the 5–1 thrashing of Norwich City at Anfield. On 26 December, he scored the first half opening goal at Manchester City from a tight angle before City scored twice in the same half to win the game. On 30 March, Coutinho scored the third goal of a 4–0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield. On 13 April 2014, Coutinho scored the winning goal in a 3–2 win against Manchester City. The result put Liverpool seven points ahead of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table with four matches remaining. Manchester City, however, had six matches remaining (two games in hand) and went on to win the title.[17]

Coutinho has been mainly playing in central midfield and has earned praised for many pundits due to his long and accurate passing from midfield.[17]

2014–15[edit]

On 17 August, Coutinho started Liverpool's first game of the 2014–15 season in a 2–1 win against Southampton.[18] He created his first assist of the season in a 2–1 win against Swansea City in the fourth round of the Football League Cup, where he supplied the ball for Dejan Lovren to head the winning goal.[19] On October 19, Coutinho scored his first goal of the season in a 3–2 away win against Queens Park Rangers after coming off the bench.[20] On December 21, Coutinho scored Liverpool's first goal in a 2–2 draw against Arsenal at Anfield.[21]

On 3 February 2015, Coutinho signed a new long-term deal with the club until 2020.[22] On 4 February, just a day after extending his contract, Coutinho scored the winning goal in the FA Cup fourth round match against Bolton Wanderers for a 2–1 win.[23] On 22 February, Coutinho scored the opening goal in Liverpool's 2–0 victory over Southampton.[24] In the next game against Manchester City on 1 March, Coutinho scored the winning goal for Liverpool.[25][26] He won the PFA Fans' Player of the Month award for February.[27]

On 8 April, Coutinho scored the winning goal in the 1–0 FA Cup sixth round replay win against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park after slotting it into the bottom left corner.[28] Eleven days later, he scored past Shay Given in the FA Cup semi-final versus Aston Villa at Wembley Stadium, but Villa won 2–1.[29] On 26 April, Coutinho was the only Liverpool player named in the PFA Team of the Year.[30] On 2 May Coutinho scored the opening goal in a 2–1 win over Queens Park Rangers.[31] Seventeen days later, he was named the team's Player of the Season.[32][33][34]

International career[edit]

A key player in the Brazilian squad that won the 2009 South American Under-17 Football Championship scoring three goals, Coutinho made his first senior appearance in a Brazil shirt on 7 October 2010, starting in a friendly match against Iran.[35] He was left out of the final squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil by head couch Luiz Felipe Scolari.[36]

On 19 August 2014, Coutinho was called to the national squad by the new coach Dunga for the friendly matches against Colombia and Ecuador in September in the United States,[37] playing the final 25 minutes of the match against Ecuador.[38][39] On 29 March 2015, he was selected to start in Brazil's 1–0 friendly victory over Chile in London.[40] On 5 May, Coutinho was included in the squad for the 2015 Copa America.[41]

Style of play[edit]

Considered to be an archetypal Brazilian number 10 playmaker, he has been used as an attacking midfielder, second striker and on the flanks, where he excels at providing assists for team-mates.[42] Due to his dribbling ability, pace, and agility,[43][44] he has been compared to Lionel Messi and Ronaldinho by his former Espanyol manager Mauricio Pochettino,[45] and has been highly praised by fellow Liverpool teammates. Former Brazilian striker Careca has also compared him to Zico, due to his creativity.[44] His vision and passing ability have earned him the nickname Little Magician by Liverpool fans,[46] and his precocious ability has also led his team's fans to give him the nickname The Kid.[43] Although naturally right footed, Coutinho is capable of playing with both feet,[47] and can strike the ball well from distance.[48]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 24 May 2015[49]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Vasco da Gama 2009 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
2010 7 1 7 1 0 0 0 0 14 2
Total 19 1 7 1 0 0 0 0 26 2
Inter Milan 2010–11 13 1 0 0 0 0 7 0 20 1
2011–12 5 1 3 0 0 0 3 0 11 1
Espanyol (loan) 2011–12 16 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 5
Total 16 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 5
Inter Milan 2012–13 10 1 0 0 0 0 9 2 19 3
Total 28 3 3 0 0 0 19 2 50 5
Liverpool 2012–13 13 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 3
2013–14 33 5 3 0 1 0 0 0 37 5
2014–15 35 5 7 3 4 0 6 0 52 8
Total 81 13 10 3 5 0 6 0 102 16
Career total 144 22 20 4 5 0 25 2 194 28

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Vasco da Gama
Inter Milan

Country[edit]

Brazil

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

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