Rúben Amorim

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This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Marques and the second or paternal family name is Amorim.
Rúben Amorim
Ruben Amorim - Croatia vs. Portugal, 10th June 2013.jpg
Amorim playing for Portugal in 2013
Personal information
Full name Rúben Filipe Marques Amorim
Date of birth (1985-01-27) 27 January 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth Lisbon, Portugal
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Benfica
Number 6
Youth career
1998–2000 CAC Pontinha
2000–2002 Benfica
2002–2003 Belenenses
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2008 Belenenses 96 (4)
2008– Benfica 85 (5)
2012–2013 Braga (loan) 30 (4)
National team
2004–2005 Portugal U20 13 (0)
2005–2008 Portugal U21 10 (0)
2010– Portugal 14 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 31 March 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 26 June 2014

Rúben Filipe Marques Amorim (born 27 January 1985) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for S.L. Benfica mainly as a midfielder.

He spent most of his professional career with Belenenses and Benfica, signing with the latter in 2008 and going on to win seven major titles, including two national championships.

Amorim represented Portugal in two World Cups. His style is similar to countryman Tiago, with both playing the same position, operating in central midfield, both defensive and offensive (Amorim, however, is also able to play as a right back).

Club career[edit]

Belenenses[edit]

Born in Lisbon, Amorim made his debut in the Portuguese first division on 14 December 2003, playing one minute for hometown's C.F. Os Belenenses in a 2–0 home win over F.C. Alverca. From 2005–06 onwards, he became a cornerstone for the squad in which youth system he finished his formation.

In the 2007 summer, several clubs showed interested in Amorim's services, but he insisted on not leaving, with Belenenses also rejecting bids from S.L. Benfica, Sporting de Braga, F.C. Porto, FC Schalke 04, Tottenham Hotspur and Toulouse FC. He played in 29 matches (2,491 minutes) to help his club finish eighth in the top level.

Benfica[edit]

In late April 2008 Amorim signed a four-year deal with Benfica, after his Belenenses link ran out. During his first season he was an undisputed starter, scoring his first goal with the Reds on 23 November in a 2–0 win at Académica de Coimbra.

Challenged by new signings Javi García and Ramires, Amorim appeared less in 2009–10, but still featured prominently (24 matches with ten starts) as Benfica won the league – and the League Cup – after a five-year drought.

Amorim was again regularly used by manager Jorge Jesus in the 2010–11 season, when healthy. On 19 January 2011, however, after undergoing surgery on both knees, he was sidelined for several months.[1]

In early October 2011, whilst on duty with the national team, Amorim duly criticized Jesus' preferences – Benfica played most of its games without one single national player.[2] Increasingly disgusted with his plight, in December, he refused to train with the bench players – after warming up for several minutes only to not be used – following a game against Rio Ave FC, being subjected to the club's disciplinary proceedings;[3][4] on 30 January 2012 a loan was arranged with Braga, until June of the following year.[5]

International career[edit]

Amorim appeared for Portugal at the 2007 UEFA European Under-21 Championship in the Netherlands, as the national side eventually lost to Italy for the final berth for the following year's Summer Olympic Games.

On 10 May 2010, although not part of the senior squad's list of 23 for the 2010 FIFA World Cup,[6][7] he was named in a backup list of six players.[8] On 8 June he replaced Nani after the Manchester United player sustained a clavicle injury which ruled him out of the finals in South Africa;[9] his senior debut came on the 15th, as he played the last five minutes of the group stage opener against Côte d'Ivoire (0–0) in the place of Raul Meireles.[10]

Amorim was also selected by new manager Paulo Bento for the 2014 World Cup.[11] He made his debut in the tournament on 26 June in the last group phase match against Ghana, featuring the full 90 minutes in the 2–1 win but seeing his team eliminated on goal difference.[12]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Benfica
Braga

Club statistics[edit]

As of 31 March 2014[14]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Belenenses 2003–04 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2004–05 17 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 0
2005–06 25 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 26 3
2006–07 23 1 6 1 0 0 0 0 29 2
2007–08 29 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 32 0
Benfica 2008–09 26 2 2 0 5 0 2 0 35 2
2009–10 24 3 2 0 2 1 10 0 38 4
2010–11 12 0 2 0 1 0 2 0 17 0
2011–12 6 0 2 0 0 0 6 0 14 0
Braga 2011–12 8 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 10 0
2012–13 22 4 3 0 4 1 7 0 36 5
Benfica 2013–14 15 0 4 0 3 0 6 0 28 0
Total (Portugal) 209 13 23 1 15 2 37 0 284 16
Career Total 209 13 23 1 15 2 37 0 284 16

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Knee surgery robs Benfica of Rúben Amorim". UEFA.com. 19 January 2011. Retrieved 24 April 2011. 
  2. ^ "Ruben Amorim: «Fico feliz por Paulo Bento não pensar como Jesus»" [Ruben Amorim: «I'm happy Paulo Bento does not think as Jesus»] (in Portuguese). Record. 3 October 2011. Retrieved 19 October 2011. 
  3. ^ "Benfica: Ruben Amorim é caso disciplinar" [Benfica: Ruben Amorim a disciplinary case] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 28 December 2011. Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "Benfica. Rúben Amorim de novo ausente do treino depois de incidente disciplinar" [Benfica. Rúben Amorim again absent from training following disciplinary incident] (in Portuguese). IOnline. 28 December 2011. Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "Yannick Djalo signs for Benfica". PortuGOAL. 31 January 2012. Retrieved 5 February 2012. 
  6. ^ "Convocados revelados" [Squad revealed] (in Portuguese). Portuguese Football Federation. 10 May 2010. Retrieved 11 May 2010. 
  7. ^ "Pepe in Portugal squad". FIFA.com. 10 May 2010. Retrieved 11 May 2010. 
  8. ^ Release list of up to 30 players; FIFA.com
  9. ^ World Cup 2010: Portugal's Nani out of World Cup; BBC Sport, 8 June 2010
  10. ^ "Ivory Coast outplays Portugal, but earns scoreless draw in opener". ESPN Soccernet. 15 June 2010. Retrieved 25 April 2014. 
  11. ^ "Portugal World Cup 2014 squad". The Daily Telegraph. 2 June 2014. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  12. ^ "Ronaldo downs Ghana but Portugal crash out". FIFA.com. 26 June 2014. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  13. ^ "Spot-on Sevilla leave Benfica dreams in tatters". UEFA.com. 14 May 2014. Retrieved 15 May 2014. 
  14. ^ "Ruben Amorim". Soccerway. Retrieved 3 April 2014. 

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