Danilo Pereira (Portuguese footballer)

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This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Hélio and the second or paternal family name is Pereira.
Danilo Pereira
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Pereira (center) playing for Portugal in 2015
Personal information
Full name Danilo Luís Hélio Pereira
Date of birth (1991-09-09) 9 September 1991 (age 25)
Place of birth Bissau, Guinea-Bissau
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 22
Youth career
1999–2005 Arsenal 72
2005–2008 Estoril
2008–2010 Benfica
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2013 Parma 5 (0)
2011 Aris (loan) 5 (2)
2012–2013 Roda (loan) 31 (1)
2013–2015 Marítimo 57 (4)
2015– Porto 59 (10)
National team
2009 Portugal U18 5 (1)
2009–2010 Portugal U19 17 (0)
2010–2011 Portugal U20 19 (3)
2012 Portugal U21 3 (0)
2015– Portugal 18 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 April 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 28 March 2017

Danilo Luís Hélio Pereira (born 9 September 1991) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for FC Porto as a defensive midfielder.

Club career[edit]

Born in Bissau, Guinea-Bissau as the oldest child of Quinta Djata, a nurse, Pereira and his family moved to Portugal when he was five. He played his youth football with three clubs in the Lisbon area, finishing his formation with S.L. Benfica.

Benfica subsequently decided against signing Pereira to a professional contract, and Italian side Parma F.C. acquired him on a free transfer. He spent the second half of the 2010–11 season on loan to Aris Thessaloniki F.C. in Greece and, upon his return to the Stadio Ennio Tardini, made his first appearance in Serie A on 21 December 2011, coming on as a late substitute in a 3–3 home draw against Catania Calcio.[1]

Pereira was loaned again for 2012–13, spending the campaign with Roda JC Kerkrade in the Eredivisie[2] and being first-choice to help his team narrowly avoid relegation. On 1 August 2013 he broke all ties with Parma and returned to Portugal, joining C.S. Marítimo.[3]

On 2 July 2015, after two seasons in Madeira as first-choice, Danilo signed a four-year contract with FC Porto also from the Primeira Liga, with a release clause of €40 million.[4][5]

International career[edit]

Pereira chose to represent Portugal internationally. He was part of the under-20 side that finished second at the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Colombia,[6] playing all seven games (six complete) and scoring in the 2–0 semifinal win over France.

Pereira made his senior international debut on 31 March 2015, replacing fellow debutant Bernardo Silva after 62 minutes of an eventual 0–2 friendly defeat to Cape Verde in Estoril.[7] He was also selected for the UEFA Euro 2016 squad by manager Fernando Santos,[8] scoring his first goal in the last warm-up game, a 7–0 win over Estonia in Lisbon on 8 June.[9]

International goals[edit]

As of 8 June 2016 (Portugal score listed first, score column indicates score after each Pereira goal)[10]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 8 June 2016 Estádio da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal 12  Estonia 4–0 7–0 Friendly







  1. ^ "Calcio, Parma-Catania 3–3" [Football, Parma-Catania 3–3] (in Italian). Sicilia Today. 21 December 2011. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  2. ^ "Roda JC Kerkrade huurt Danilo van Parma" [Roda JC Kerkrade gets Danilo from Parma] (in Dutch). Roda JC. 29 June 2012. Retrieved 26 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "Marítimo: Danilo Pereira assina por três épocas" [Marítimo: Danilo Pereira signs for three seasons] (in Portuguese). Zerozero. 1 August 2013. Retrieved 1 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "FC Porto anuncia Danilo Pereira" [FC Porto announces Danilo Pereira]. Público (in Portuguese). 2 July 2015. Retrieved 2 July 2015. 
  5. ^ "Danilo Pereira signs for four seasons". FC Porto. 3 July 2015. Retrieved 6 August 2015. 
  6. ^ "Oscar treble wins thrilling final for Brazil". FIFA.com. 20 August 2011. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  7. ^ "Portugal 0–2 Cape Verde Islands". BBC Sport. 31 March 2015. Retrieved 1 April 2015. 
  8. ^ "Portugal name Bayern Munich signing Renato Sanches for Euros squad". ESPN FC. 17 May 2016. Retrieved 8 June 2016. 
  9. ^ "La Portugal de Cristiano Ronaldo está lista" [Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal is ready]. Marca (in Spanish). 8 June 2016. Retrieved 8 June 2016. 
  10. ^ "Danilo Pereira". European Football. Retrieved 8 June 2016. 

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