André Almeida Pinto
|Full name||André Almeida Pinto|
|Date of birth||5 October 1989|
|Place of birth||Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal|
|Height||1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|2004–2005||→ Padroense (loan)|
|2008–2009||→ Santa Clara (loan)||27||(3)|
|2009–2010||→ Vitória Setúbal (loan)||22||(1)|
|2010–2011||→ Portimonense (loan)||26||(2)|
|2011–2012||→ Olhanense (loan)||21||(2)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 7 January 2019|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 31 March 2015
Born in Vila Nova de Gaia, Porto District, Pinto joined FC Porto's youth academy at the age of 9. As a senior, he would be consecutively loaned for the duration of his contract, to C.D. Santa Clara, Vitória de Setúbal, Portimonense S.C. and S.C. Olhanense; he made his Primeira Liga debut with the second club, his first match in the competition being a 0–4 home loss against U.D. Leiria on 13 September 2009 where he featured the full 90 minutes.
Pinto was sold to Superleague Greece side Panathinaikos F.C. in summer 2012, making 22 competitive appearances in his first and only campaign. He returned to his homeland in late December 2013, signing with S.C. Braga for three-and-a-half years and being initially assigned to the reserves.
In late April 2017, after being ousted from the first-team squad by manager Jorge Simão and subsequently terminating his contract, Pinto agreed to a four-year deal at Sporting CP with a release clause of €45 million, with the move being made effective on 1 July.
Pinto earned 45 caps for Portugal at youth level, including 12 for the under-21s. He made his debut with the full side on 31 March 2015, being sent off in the 60th minute of a 0–2 friendly defeat against Cape Verde in Estoril after a foul on Héldon.
|Santa Clara (loan)||2008–09||27||3||4||0||1||0||—||—||32||3|
|Vitória Setúbal (loan)||2009–10||22||1||1||0||0||0||—||—||23||1|
- Includes the Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira
- As of match played 31 March 2015
- SJPF Young Player of the Month: November 2011
- SJPF Segunda Liga Young Player of the Month: February 2009
- "V. Setúbal-U. Leiria, 0–4 (Carlão 15, Silas 56, Panandetiguiri 62, Kalaba 87)". Record (in Portuguese). 13 September 2009. Retrieved 30 October 2017.
- "André Pinto viaja hoje para a Grécia" [André Pinto travels to Greece today]. O Jogo (in Portuguese). 4 July 2012. Retrieved 30 October 2017.
- "André Pinto é o novo reforço do Sporting Braga" [André Pinto is the new Sporting Braga addition]. Jornal de Notícias (in Portuguese). 23 December 2013. Retrieved 30 October 2017.
- "Treinador do Braga arruma de vez com o capitão André Pinto" [Braga coach puts captain André Pinto on the shelf for good] (in Portuguese). TSF. 15 January 2017. Retrieved 23 May 2017.
- "Oficial: André Pinto assina pelo Sporting até 2021" [Official: André Pinto signs for Sporting until 2021]. Record (in Portuguese). 28 April 2017. Retrieved 23 May 2017.
- "Portugal 0–2 Cape Verde Islands". BBC Sport. 31 March 2015. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
- "André Pinto". ForaDeJogo. Retrieved 7 February 2018.
- "André Pinto". Soccerway. Retrieved 3 April 2014.
- "André Pinto". European Football. Retrieved 21 February 2018.