André Horta

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André Horta
Horta with Braga in 2019
Personal information
Full name André Filipe da Luz Horta[1]
Date of birth (1996-11-07) 7 November 1996 (age 27)[1]
Place of birth Almada, Portugal[1]
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)[2]
Position(s) Midfielder
Team information
Current team
Olympiacos
(on loan from Braga)
Number 5
Youth career
2004–2012 Benfica
2012–2015 Vitória Setúbal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014–2016 Vitória Setúbal 38 (2)
2016–2018 Benfica 10 (1)
2017–2018Braga (loan) 22 (1)
2018–2019 Los Angeles FC 15 (0)
2019– Braga 120 (5)
2024–Olympiacos (loan) 3 (0)
International career
2014 Portugal U18 4 (1)
2014–2015 Portugal U19 8 (0)
2016 Portugal U20 7 (1)
2016–2018 Portugal U21 9 (3)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 22:30, 18 February 2024 (UTC)

André Filipe da Luz Horta (born 7 November 1996) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Super League Greece club Olympiacos, on loan from Primeira Liga club Braga.

He made over 175 Primeira Liga appearances for Vitória de Setúbal, Benfica and Braga, winning a league and cup double with the second of those teams in 2017 as well as the Taça de Portugal and Taça da Liga with the third. He also played for a year at Los Angeles FC in Major League Soccer.

Club career[edit]

Vitória Setúbal[edit]

Born in Almada, Setúbal District, Horta spent eight years in S.L. Benfica's youth system, joining local Vitória F.C. at the age of 15.[3] In late 2014, whilst still a junior, he was promoted to the first team by manager Domingos Paciência.[4]

Horta made his first-team and Primeira Liga debut on 12 December 2014, playing the second 45 minutes of a 0–1 home loss against Boavista FC.[5] He finished his first full season with 32 games – 21 starts – and two goals, helping his team narrowly avoid relegation; his goals contributed to wins at C.F. Os Belenenses and C.D. Tondela in December 2015.[6][7]

Benfica[edit]

On 1 June 2016, Horta signed a five-year contract with defending champions Benfica.[8] He played his first competitive match on 7 August, featuring the full 90 minutes in a 3–0 victory over S.C. Braga in the Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira.[9] Six days later, on his league debut, he scored his only goal of 14 appearances that campaign, concluding a 2–0 win at Tondela.[10]

Horta joined Braga on a season-long loan deal on 30 August 2017.[11] He scored once in 22 competitive matches during his tenure, wrapping up a 3–1 away defeat of Boavista on 3 January 2018.[12]

Los Angeles FC[edit]

Horta agreed to join Los Angeles FC on 27 March 2018, as their final Designated Player ahead of their inaugural season in Major League Soccer.[13] The deal was made effective on 23 June that year,[14] and he made his league debut on 27 July when he came on as a 77th-minute substitute for scorer Lee Nguyen against the LA Galaxy, his backpass nine minutes later resulting in Ola Kamara's 2–2 equaliser (final score).[15]

Braga[edit]

On 10 June 2019, Horta returned to Portugal and Braga on a five-year deal,[16] for a reported fee of $2.75 million and 50% of any future transfer.[17] In his first games back at the club in August, he scored his first European goals in each leg of a 7–3 aggregate defeat of Brøndby IF in the third qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League.[18][19] He made three appearances in the Taça da Liga for the eventual winners, scoring in the 2–1 group stage win over C.S. Marítimo.[20]

Horta played six games as Braga won the 2020–21 Taça de Portugal, coming off the bench in four of them including the 2–0 final victory against Benfica.[21] On 23 December, he and Abel Ruiz were sent off as the team's defence of the trophy ended with a 1–0 loss at neighbours F.C. Vizela in the last 16.[22]

In June 2022, Horta extended his contract to 2027, with a buyout clause of €30 million. The news was announced through a video of him conducting a performance of "The Show Must Go On" at Braga's Theatre Circo.[23]

On 20 January 2024, Horta was loaned to Super League Greece club Olympiacos F.C. until the end of the season, being reunited with his former Braga manager Carlos Carvalhal.[24][25] The deal included an optional buying clause, reported to be €6 million.[26]

International career[edit]

Horta earned 28 caps for Portugal across all youth levels, scoring five goals. He made his debut on 25 March 2014 in a friendly 4–2 win for the under-18 team against Belgium in Santarém, and scored his first goal in a 2–2 draw against the same opponents two days later.[27] While he never went to a major tournament, he scored in 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification victories over Switzerland, Wales and Bosnia and Herzegovina for his side in 2018.[28][29][30]

Personal life[edit]

Horta's older brother, Ricardo, is also a footballer. They played together at Benfica, Vitória de Setúbal and Braga.[31]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 14 January 2024[32]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National cup League cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Vitória Setúbal 2014–15 Primeira Liga 6 0 0 0 2 0 8 0
2015–16 Primeira Liga 32 2 3 0 1 0 36 2
Total 38 2 3 0 3 0 44 2
Benfica 2016–17 Primeira Liga 10 1 1 0 2 0 2[a] 0 1[b] 0 16 1
Braga (loan) 2017–18 Primeira Liga 22 1 1 0 2 0 5[c] 0 30 1
Los Angeles FC 2018 Major League Soccer 11 0 1 0 12 0
2019 Major League Soccer 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Total 15 0 1 0 0 0 16 0
Braga 2019–20 Primeira Liga 25 0 2 0 2 1 5[c] 1 34 2
2020–21 Primeira Liga 21 1 6 0 0 0 8[c] 0 35 1
2021–22 Primeira Liga 28 1 3 0 1 0 10[c] 0 1[d] 0 43 1
2022–23 Primeira Liga 32 1 7 0 4 0 7[e] 0 50 1
2023–24 Primeira Liga 14 2 3 0 2 0 6[a] 0 25 2
Total 120 5 21 0 9 1 36 0 1 0 187 6
Career total 205 9 27 0 16 1 43 0 2 0 293 10
  1. ^ a b Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  2. ^ Appearances in Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira
  3. ^ a b c d Appearances in UEFA Europa League
  4. ^ Appearance in Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira
  5. ^ Five appearances in UEFA Europa League, two appearances in UEFA Europa Conference League

Honours[edit]

Benfica

Braga

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "André Horta" (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. Retrieved 2 February 2021.
  2. ^ "André Horta" (in Portuguese). S.C. Braga. Retrieved 15 November 2019.
  3. ^ Lopes Pereira, Ricardo (13 August 2014). "Domingos rendido a André Horta" [Domingos head over heels with André Horta]. Record (in Portuguese). Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 25 August 2015.
  4. ^ Lopes Pereira, Ricardo (9 December 2014). "André Horta nos seniores" [André Horta with seniors]. Record (in Portuguese). Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 25 August 2015.
  5. ^ Pereira, Sérgio (12 December 2014). "V. Setúbal-Boavista, 0–1 (crónica)" [V. Setúbal-Boavista, 0–1 (match report)] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. Retrieved 25 August 2015.
  6. ^ Silva, Tiago Filipe (5 December 2015). "André Horta e as lágrimas «Pensei no meu irmão e deixei-me levar»" [André Horta and the tears "I thought of my brother and I let myself go"] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. Retrieved 17 May 2022.
  7. ^ "Vitória de Setúbal vence em Tondela e sobe ao 5.º lugar" [Vitória de Setúbal win at Tondela and rise to 5th place]. Diário de Notícias (in Portuguese). 20 December 2015. Retrieved 17 May 2022.
  8. ^ "André Horta assinou por cinco anos pelo Benfica" [André Horta signed for five years with Benfica]. Jornal de Notícias (in Portuguese). 1 June 2016. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
  9. ^ a b "Benfica eficaz vence Supertaça" [Effective Benfica win Supercup]. Diário de Notícias (in Portuguese). 7 August 2016. Retrieved 7 August 2016.
  10. ^ Esteves, Adérito (13 August 2016). "Tondela–Benfica, 0–2 (crónica)" [Tondela–Benfica, 0–2 (report)] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  11. ^ Rebelo, Marco (30 August 2017). "André Horta emprestado ao SC Braga" [André Horta loaned out to SC Braga] (in Portuguese). S.L. Benfica. Retrieved 30 August 2017.
  12. ^ "Sp. Braga sofre mas vence no Bessa" [Sp. Braga suffer but win at the Bessa]. Público (in Portuguese). 3 January 2018. Retrieved 30 March 2018.
  13. ^ Baxter, Kevin (27 March 2018). "LAFC fills final roster spot with Portuguese midfielder Andre Horta". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 30 March 2018.
  14. ^ La Rosa, Vince (24 June 2018). "LAFC unveils Horta: Here's what's next for the player". Los Angeles FC. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  15. ^ Beacham, Greg (27 July 2018). "LA Galaxy roar back for 2–2 draw with LAFC in rivalry series". Associated Press. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  16. ^ "André Horta está de volta ao Sporting de Braga" [André Horta is back at Sporting Braga] (in Portuguese). TSF. 10 June 2019. Retrieved 17 May 2022.
  17. ^ Bogert, Tom (10 June 2019). "Official: LAFC transfer midfielder Andre Horta to SC Braga". Major League Soccer. Retrieved 22 June 2019.
  18. ^ Wagih, Ahmed (9 August 2019). "Kouka assists in Braga's victory over Brondby". KingFut. Retrieved 17 May 2022.
  19. ^ Bernardino, Augusto (15 August 2019). "Sp. Braga aproveita erro para dominar Brondby" [Sp. Braga take advantage of error to dominate Brøndby]. Público (in Portuguese). Retrieved 17 May 2022.
  20. ^ "Sp. Braga vence Marítimo e fica a um pequeno passo da final four" [Sp. Braga beat Marítimo and move one step closer to final four]. Record (in Portuguese). 13 October 2019. Retrieved 2 February 2021.
  21. ^ a b Ribeiro, Patrick (23 May 2021). "Braga beat nine-man Benfica to lift Portuguese Cup". PortuGOAL. Retrieved 24 May 2021.
  22. ^ "Golaço e duas expulsões. Vizela elimina Braga e está nos quartos de final da Taça de Portugal" [Wondergoal and two sendings-off. Vizela eliminate Braga and are in the Portuguese Cup quarter-finals] (in Portuguese). TSF. 23 December 2021. Retrieved 17 May 2022.
  23. ^ "OFICIAL: Sp. Braga anuncia de forma original renovação do maestro André Horta" [OFFICIAL: Sp. Braga announce in an original way the renewal of the maestro André Horta] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 13 June 2022. Retrieved 15 June 2022.
  24. ^ "Ο Αντρέ Όρτα στον Ολυμπιακό" [André Horta at Olympiacos] (in Greek). Olympiacos F.C. 20 January 2024. Retrieved 20 January 2024.
  25. ^ "André Horta cedido ao Olympiacos FC" [André Horta loaned to Olympiacos FC] (in Portuguese). S.C. Braga. 20 January 2024. Retrieved 20 January 2024.
  26. ^ Magalhães, Luís (19 January 2024). "Mercado: André Horta emprestado ao Olympiakos" [Market: André Horta loaned to Olympiakos]. A Bola (in Portuguese). Retrieved 20 January 2024.
  27. ^ "Sub-18 empatam com Bélgica em jogo de preparação" [Under-18s draw with Belgium in preparation game] (in Portuguese). SAPO. 27 March 2014. Retrieved 17 May 2022.
  28. ^ "Sub-21 de Portugal vence Suíça com reviravolta fantástica após 2.ª parte de luxo" [Portugal under-21 defeat Switzerland with fantastic comeback after deluxe 2nd half] (in Portuguese). SAPO. 27 March 2018. Retrieved 17 May 2022.
  29. ^ "Mixed fortunes for Welsh U21 side at Bangor City". North Wales Chronicle. 14 September 2018. Retrieved 17 May 2022.
  30. ^ Caires, Raul (16 October 2018). "Sub-21: Portugal-Bósnia-Herzegovina, 4–2 (crónica)" [Under-21: Portugal-Bosnia and Herzegovina, 4–2 (report)] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. Retrieved 17 May 2022.
  31. ^ Lopes Pereira, Ricardo (13 February 2015). "André Horta acredita numa surpresa na Luz" [André Horta believes in surprise at the Luz]. Record (in Portuguese). Archived from the original on 6 July 2015. Retrieved 25 August 2015.
  32. ^ a b c André Horta at Soccerway Edit this at Wikidata
  33. ^ Cole, Richard (25 January 2020). "Late Ricardo Horta strike wins the Taça da Liga for Braga". PortuGOAL. Retrieved 2 February 2021.
  34. ^ Vaza, Marco (27 January 2024). "Sp. Braga vence a Taça da Liga pela terceira vez" [Sp. Braga win League Cup for the third time]. Público (in Portuguese). Retrieved 28 January 2024.

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