Amorim playing for Portugal in 2013
|Full name||Rúben Filipe Marques Amorim|
|Date of birth||27 January 1985|
|Place of birth||Lisbon, Portugal|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|2012–2013||→ Braga (loan)||30||(4)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 August 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
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).
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.
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.
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. 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; on 30 January 2012 a loan was arranged with Braga, until June of the following year.
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, he was named in a backup list of six players. 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; 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.
Amorim was also selected by new manager Paulo Bento for the 2014 World Cup. 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.
- As of match played 24 August 2014.
*Includes one match in the Portuguese Supercup
- Primeira Liga: 2009–10, 2013–14
- Taça de Portugal: 2013–14
- Taça da Liga: 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2013–14
- Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira: 2014; Runner-up 2010
- UEFA Europa League: Runner-up 2013–14
- "2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil: List of Players" (PDF). FIFA.com. 11 June 2014. p. 27. Retrieved 15 October 2014.
- "Knee surgery robs Benfica of Rúben Amorim". UEFA.com. 19 January 2011. Retrieved 24 April 2011.
- "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.
- "Benfica: Ruben Amorim é caso disciplinar" [Benfica: Ruben Amorim a disciplinary case] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 28 December 2011. Retrieved 4 January 2012.
- "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.
- "Yannick Djalo signs for Benfica". PortuGOAL. 31 January 2012. Retrieved 5 February 2012.
- "Convocados revelados" [Squad revealed] (in Portuguese). Portuguese Football Federation. 10 May 2010. Retrieved 11 May 2010.
- "Pepe in Portugal squad". FIFA.com. 10 May 2010. Retrieved 11 May 2010.
- Release list of up to 30 players; FIFA.com
- World Cup 2010: Portugal's Nani out of World Cup; BBC Sport, 8 June 2010
- "Ivory Coast outplays Portugal, but earns scoreless draw in opener". ESPN Soccernet. 15 June 2010. Retrieved 25 April 2014.
- "Portugal World Cup 2014 squad". The Daily Telegraph. 2 June 2014. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
- "Ronaldo downs Ghana but Portugal crash out". FIFA.com. 26 June 2014. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
- "Ruben Amorim". Soccerway. Retrieved 3 April 2014.
- "Spot-on Sevilla leave Benfica dreams in tatters". UEFA.com. 14 May 2014. Retrieved 15 May 2014.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Rúben Amorim.|
- Profile at S.L. Benfica (Portuguese)
- Stats and profile at Zerozero
- Stats at ForaDeJogo
- Rúben Amorim profile at Soccerway
- Rúben Amorim at National-Football-Teams.com
- Rúben Amorim – FIFA competition record
- Rúben Amorim – UEFA competition record