Diogo Figueiras

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Diogo Figueiras
Personal information
Full name Diogo José Rosário Gomes Figueiras
Date of birth (1991-07-01) 1 July 1991 (age 26)
Place of birth Castanheira do Ribatejo, Portugal
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Right back
Club information
Current team
Olympiacos
Number 77
Youth career
1999–2004 Vilafranquense
2004–2010 Benfica
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2011 Pinhalnovense 25 (0)
2011–2013 Paços Ferreira 21 (0)
2012 Moreirense (loan) 9 (0)
2013–2016 Sevilla 50 (2)
2015 Genoa (loan) 9 (1)
2016– Olympiacos 28 (2)
National team
2011 Portugal U20 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 September 2017.

Diogo José Rosário Gomes Figueiras (born 1 July 1991) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Greek club Olympiacos F.C. as a right back.

Football career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Born in Castanheira do Ribatejo e Cachoeiras, Vila Franca de Xira, Figueiras spent six years in S.L. Benfica's youth system after starting off at local U.D. Vilafranquense. He made his senior debuts in the 2010–11 season, on loan at C.D. Pinhalnovense in the third division, which he helped reach the quarter-finals of the Taça de Portugal.[1]

Paços de Ferreira[edit]

Figueiras joined F.C. Paços de Ferreira in the Primeira Liga in the 2011 summer, signing a three-year contract.[2] He played his first game in the competition on 28 August, a 0–0 away draw against C.D. Feirense in which he was sent off;[3] in the following transfer window, he was loaned to Moreirense F.C. in the second level.[4]

Figueiras returned to Paços for the 2012–13 campaign, contributing with 19 games in 1,665 minutes of action as the club finished a best-ever third and qualified to the UEFA Champions League for the first time in its history.

Sevilla[edit]

On 18 July 2013, Figueiras moved abroad, penning a four-year deal with Sevilla FC in Spain.[5] He made his La Liga debut on 28 September, playing the full 90 minutes in a 1–1 draw at Real Sociedad.[6] In late December, he was handed a four-game ban after calling the referee a "son of a bitch" during a 0–2 home loss against Racing de Santander for the Copa del Rey (1–2 aggregate defeat).[7]

Figueiras scored his first goal as a senior on 16 March 2014, starting and netting his team's last in a 4–1 home win over Real Valladolid.[8] On 27 April, he was sent off in a 1–3 loss at Athletic Bilbao;[9] he played 12 matches of their victorious campaign in the UEFA Europa League, coming on late in extra time of the final, a penalty shootout win over S.L. Benfica in Turin.[10] The Andalusians went on to retain their continental crown, but he did not enter the field in the decisive game against FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk.[11]

On 9 July 2015, Figueiras was loaned to Genoa C.F.C. of Serie A, with the option to buy.[12] He totalled ten appearances for the team, scoring to open a 1–2 home loss to Carpi F.C. 1909 on 29 November;[13] the following 30 January his loan was cut short, with Sevilla manager Unai Emery needing cover for the injured Marco Andreolli.[14]

Olympiacos[edit]

On 25 May 2016, Figueiras signed a three-year contract with Olympiacos F.C. for a fee of €1.5 million. He joined compatriot Marco Silva (manager) at the Greek champions.[15]

Honours[edit]

Sevilla
Olympiacos

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Um mar de emoções no regresso dos heróis" [Sea of emotions in return of heroes]. Record (in Portuguese). 13 December 2010. Retrieved 28 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "Diogo Figueiras: "O Paços abriu as portas ao meu sonho de criança"" [Diogo Figueiras: "Paços opened doors to my childhood dream"]. Record (in Portuguese). 14 June 2011. Archived from the original on 28 February 2014. Retrieved 28 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "Feirense 0–0 P. Ferreira" (in Portuguese). Zerozero. 28 August 2011. Retrieved 28 February 2014. 
  4. ^ "Defesa Diogo Figueiras emprestado ao Moreirense" [Defender Diogo Figueiras loaned to Moreirense]. Record (in Portuguese). 20 January 2012. Archived from the original on 28 February 2014. Retrieved 28 February 2014. 
  5. ^ "El defensa portugués Diogo Figueiras ficha por el Sevilla" [Portuguese defender Diogo Figueiras signs for Sevilla] (in Spanish). Liga BBVA. 18 July 2013. Retrieved 28 February 2014. 
  6. ^ "Punto de insatisfacción en Anoeta" [Dissatisfaction point at Anoeta]. Marca (in Spanish). 28 September 2013. Retrieved 28 February 2014. 
  7. ^ "Diogo Figueiras, cuatro partidos de sanción" [Diogo Figueiras, four-game ban]. Marca (in Spanish). 20 December 2013. Retrieved 28 February 2014. 
  8. ^ "Sevilla FC 4–1 Real Valladolid". ESPN FC. 16 March 2014. Retrieved 17 March 2014. 
  9. ^ "El Athletic de Bilbao doblega al Sevilla y ata su puesto de Liga de Campeones" [Athletic Bilbao down Sevilla and secure their place in the Champions League]. La Voz de Galicia (in Spanish). 27 April 2014. Retrieved 17 May 2016. 
  10. ^ a b "Spot-on Sevilla leave Benfica dreams in tatters". UEFA.com. 14 May 2014. Retrieved 15 May 2014. 
  11. ^ a b Keegan, Mike (27 May 2015). "Dnipro 2–3 Sevilla: Carlos Bacca scores twice as La Liga side survive scare to retain Europa League crown and earn Champions League spot with dramatic win in Warsaw". Daily Mail. Retrieved 27 May 2015. 
  12. ^ "Official: Genoa sign Figueiras". Football Italia. 9 July 2015. Retrieved 17 May 2016. 
  13. ^ "Genoa 1–2 Carpi: Veterans complete biancorossi comeback and secure historical win". Forza Italian Football. 29 November 2015. Retrieved 17 May 2016. 
  14. ^ "Diogo Figueiras vuelve al Sevilla" [Diogo Figueiras returns to Sevilla]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 30 January 2016. Retrieved 17 May 2016. 
  15. ^ "Ανακοίνωσε Φιγκέιρας ο Ολυμπιακός" [Figueiras announced for Olympiacos] (in Greek). Sport 24. 25 May 2016. Retrieved 25 May 2016. 

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