Coutinho after scoring against Swansea City in 2013
|Full name||Philippe Coutinho Correia|
|Date of birth||12 June 1992|
|Place of birth||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Height||1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder/ Central Midfielder|
|1999–2008||Vasco da Gama|
|2009–2010||Vasco da Gama||19||(1)|
|2012||→ Espanyol (loan)||16||(5)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 May 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Vasco da Gama
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 Internazionale in 2008, at the age of 16, for €4 million. Coutinho stayed at Vasco on loan until his 18th birthday, becoming a first team player for the Brazilian side despite his young age.
Coutinho's move to Internazionale 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".
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 and proved crucial in the 3–2 win over Bayern Munich in Germany as he provided a beautiful ball for Samuel Eto'o after running at the defense, followed by Eto'o setting up Wesley Sneijder for the second Inter goal; a game which Inter would go onto win and progress to the quarter-finals of the Champions League on the away goals rule. 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.
On 30 January 2012, Coutinho joined Spanish side Espanyol on loan until the end of the 2011–12 season. 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. 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. He was included in 20-men squad for a friendly tour to Indonesia.
On 26 January 2013, Liverpool reportedly agreed a £8.5m fee with Internazionale 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. 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. 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.
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. 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 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. 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.
On 16 September 2013, Coutinho injured his shoulder against Swansea City after a clash with Ashley Williams . 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 close to the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough Disaster. 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).
Coutinho has been mainly playing in central midfield and has earned praised for many pundits due to his long and accurate passing from midfield.. Due to his perfectly weighted through balls and his vision and creativeness with the ball, Liverpool finished 2nd in the premier league for the first time since 2008-09 season.
Style of play
Considered to be an archetypal Brazilian number 10, he has been used as an offensive midfielder (trequartista), second striker and on the flanks. He has been compared to Lionel Messi and Ronaldinho by former Espanyol manager Mauricio Pochettino, and has been highly praised by fellow Liverpool teammates.
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.
- As of 11 May 2014
|Vasco da Gama||2009||12||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||12||2|
- Vasco da Gama
- Brazil U17
- Brazil U20
- Liverpool Young Player of the Year Award (1): 2012–13
- Liverpool Player of the Month Award (2): March 2013, April 2013
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- Coutinho ja és jugador de l'Espanyol. Rcdespanyol.cat (30 January 2012). Retrieved on 25 March 2013.
- 5–1: Master piece. Rcdespanyol.cat (12 March 2012). Retrieved on 25 March 2013.
- Pearce, James (29 January 2013). "Philippe Coutinho set for medical as he closes in on move for Liverpool FC". Liverpool Echo.
- Smith, Ben (26 January 2013). "Liverpool agree a deal for Inter Milan's Philipe Coutinho". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 26 January 2013.
- "Reds confirm Coutinho deal". Liverpoolfc.com. 30 January 2013.
- "New boy handed vacant No.10 shirt". Liverpoolfc.com. 30 January 2013.
- "Liverpool 0–2 West Brom" BBC Sport. 11 February 2013. Retrieved 12 February 2013.
- "Liverpool 5–0 Swansea" BBC Sport. 17 February 2013. Retrieved 17 February 2013.
- "Fulham 1 Liverpool 3: Sturridge bags first hat-trick as Reds come from behind to win at the Cottage". Daily Mail. 12 May 2013. Retrieved 14 May 2013.
- "Coutinho grabs only goal to send retiring Carragher out on a high". Daily Mail. 19 May 2013. Retrieved 13 August 2013.
- "Huge blow for Liverpool with Coutinho missing until the end of October with shoulder injury". Daily Mail. 18 September 2013. Retrieved 18 September 2013.
- "Liverpool 3-2 Man City". BBC. 13 April 2014.
- "Liverpool 3-2 Man City". BBC. 13 April 2014.
- "Iran 0 Brazil 3". Goal.com. 7 October 2010. Retrieved 13 August 2013.
- Philipe Coutinho career stats at Soccerbase
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