Coentrão with Real Madrid in 2012
|Full name||Fábio Alexandre da Silva Coentrão|
|Date of birth||11 March 1988|
|Place of birth||Vila do Conde, Portugal|
|Height||1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Playing position||Left back|
|2008||→ Nacional (loan)||16||(4)|
|2008||→ Zaragoza (loan)||1||(0)|
|2009||→ Rio Ave (loan)||16||(3)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 May 2015.
Fábio Alexandre da Silva Coentrão (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈfabju kwẽˈtɾɐ̃w̃]; born 11 March 1988) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Portugal national team. Mainly a left back he can also operate as a left winger, and occasionally as a defensive midfielder.
After starting playing professionally with Rio Ave, he signed for Benfica at 19, going on to be loaned several times before becoming an important member of the first team, as a left-back. In 2011 he joined Real Madrid.
Born in Vila do Conde, Coentrão joined hometown Rio Ave F.C. in 2004 at the age of 16, playing three first division games in the following season for a northern side that would be relegated from the top division. In the 2006–07 campaign he established himself as first-choice, as Rio Ave barely missed promotion back and had a good run in the Cup of Portugal, ended by Sporting Clube de Portugal with a 2–1 win in Lisbon, with him scoring his team's goal from 30 metres; whilst playing for the club, he earned the nickname "Figo das Caxinas."
After that season, where he was voted the divisions' Breakthrough Player of the Year, many clubs showed interest in Coentrão, most notably Sporting CP and S.L. Benfica, with Coentrão choosing the Encarnados (reds) on July 2007. His playing style was likened to that of Arjen Robben by World Soccer Magazine in their 50 World Talents 2007 issue.
On 1 January 2008, having received insignificant playing opportunities at Benfica, Coentrão joined Madeira's C.D. Nacional, loaned until the season's end. On 3 May, he scored twice in a 3–0 away success against already crowned league champions F.C. Porto.
In the 2008 summer Coentrão transferred to Real Zaragoza, freshly relegated into Spain's second level. After almost no appearances during the campaign, however, he returned to Portugal and Rio Ave in January 2009, still owned by Benfica; on 15 February he scored after an individual effort, albeit in a 1–3 loss at Porto.
In the 2009 summer Coentrão extended his contract with Benfica until 2015, with a release clause of €30 million. On 2 December, having played some matches for Benfica as a left defender, he scored his first goal in European competition, against FC BATE Borisov of Belarus in a 2–1 away win for the UEFA Europa League group stage.
On 10 February 2010, Benfica sold 20% of Coentrão's economic rights on any future transfer to a third party owner, Benfica Stars Fund, along with other teammates. He was tagged at €15 million, with the fund paying €3 million. During that season, he had a breakthrough year, appearing in a total of 43 official games (2,851 minutes), as the club won the league and the Portuguese League Cup; he ended the season in style, as he was voted Portuguese League Breakthrough Player of the Year.
On 27 September 2010, fully established with both his club and the national team, 22-year old Coentrão extended his contract with Benfica until 2016. On 2 November he scored his first career brace, helping to a 4–3 home win against Olympique Lyonnais for the season's UEFA Champions League group stage – in a 67-minute fast break, he combined with Carlos Martins to make it 4–0 for the hosts.
On 5 July 2011, after extensive negotiations, Benfica and Real Madrid reached an agreement in principle over the transfer of Coentrão, who signed a six-year contract the same day, for €30 million – Ezequiel Garay went in the other direction as part of the deal. He made his debut in a pre-season friendly against the Los Angeles Galaxy on the 16th, creating an assist for Karim Benzema. His first two official games were against FC Barcelona for the season's Spanish Supercup: in the first leg, he replaced Sami Khedira in the second half of a 2–2 home draw and played as a defensive midfielder, and he started as left back in the second match, a 2–3 loss at the Camp Nou.
Coentrão made his La Liga debut on 28 August 2011 against former club Zaragoza, appearing as a central midfielder in a 6–0 away win (90 minutes played). While he played mostly in these positions, he was also deployed by manager José Mourinho as a right defender, against Sporting de Gijón on 3 December and against Barcelona the following week. He won the league title in his first year at the club.
In the last minutes of the second matchday in the 2012–13 season, Coentrão was sent off after insulting referee Pérez Lasa whilst on the substitutes bench, in an eventual 1–2 loss at Getafe CF. He subsequently received a four-match ban. Coentrão scored his first goal with Real Madrid on 16 December 2012, netting after an assist from Cristiano Ronaldo to help the hosts come from behind against RCD Espanyol, as the game eventually ended 2–2.
On 2 September of the following year, Manchester United launched a late loan bid for him on transfer deadline day. It was accepted by the Spaniards, but the deal fell through when they failed to secure a replacement in Guilherme Siqueira from Granada CF, who subsequently joined Benfica on loan. Coentrão assisted Gareth Bale's winner in the 2014 Copa del Rey Final for a 2–1 success over arch rivals Barcelona. He also started both legs of the Champions League semi-final against holders Bayern Munich as Real Madrid dismantled the Bavarians 5–0 on aggregate en route to their tenth European title, La Décima.
An international for Portugal at youth level, Coentrão was voted MVP in the 2007 Madeira Cup for the under-20 team, also being crowned the competition's top scorer. Subsequently, he represented the nation in the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup and, also during that year, made his under-21 debuts.
After consistent performances at Benfica, although he started rarely in the early 2009–10, Coentrão earned his first senior call-up in November 2009, for the decisive 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification playoffs against Bosnia and Herzegovina, and made his debut in the first leg on 14 November at the Estádio da Luz, playing the second half of the 1–0 win.
Coentrão was chosen for Carlos Queiroz's squad of 23 for the final stages in South Africa, starting as left back ahead of another adapted player, Duda. He played in all the matches in Portugal's eventual round-of-16 exit.
On 10 August 2011 Coentrão scored his first international goal, netting through a rare header in a 5–0 win over Luxembourg. He played all the games and minutes at UEFA Euro 2012, acting as left defender as Portugal reached the semifinals.
He played a key role in Portugal's 2–1 home win over Serbia which put them top of the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying group on 29 March 2015, crossing for the opening goal by a Ricardo Carvalho header and then scoring the winner from João Moutinho's pass.
Scores and results list Portugal's goal tally first
|1.||10 August 2011||Estádio Algarve, Algarve, Portugal||Luxembourg||
|2.||22 March 2013||Ramat Gan Stadium, Tel Aviv, Israel||Israel||
||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|3.||5 March 2014||Estádio Dr. Magalhães Pessoa, Leiria, Portugal||Cameroon||
|4.||10 June 2014||MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, United States||Republic of Ireland||
|5.||29 March 2015||Estádio da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal||Serbia||
||UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying|
- Real Madrid
- La Liga: 2011–12
- Copa del Rey: 2013–14
- Supercopa de España: 2012
- UEFA Champions League: 2013–14
- UEFA Super Cup: 2014
- FIFA Club World Cup: 2014
- Liga de Honra Breakthrough Player of the Year: 2006–07
- Primeira Liga Breakthrough Player of the Year: 2009–10
- L'Équipe Ideal Eleven: 2010
- Benfica Player of the Year: 2011
- Primeira Liga Young Player of the Month: October 2009, March 2010, April 2010, September 2010
- UEFA Euro Team of the Tournament: 2012
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- "Blackburn following Benfica winger Fabio Coentrao". tribalfootball.com. 23 June 2010.
- "Fábio Coentrão: "Pena ter sido tão pouco tempo"" [Fábio Coentrão: "Too bad it was so little time"] (in Portuguese). Record. 18 October 2005. Retrieved 30 May 2014.
- Simão Sabrosa – O Melhor Jogador da Liga Bwin 2006/2007 (Simão Sabrosa – Liga Bwin 2006/2007's Best Player); Redevermelho, 6 Junho 2007 (Portuguese)
- "Fábio Coentrão já trabalhou na Madeira" [Fábio Coentrão already working in Madeira] (in Portuguese). Record. 2 January 2008. Retrieved 30 May 2014.
- "Fábio Coentrão: "'Espetar' 3–0 no Dragão é bom"" [Fábio Coentrão: "'Handing out' 3–0 at the Dragão is good"] (in Portuguese). Record. 3 May 2008. Retrieved 30 May 2014.
- "Coentrao, el tercer fichaje" [Coentrao, the third signing] (in Spanish). Heraldo. 18 July 2008. Retrieved 30 May 2014.
- "Coentrao deja de ser jugador del Zaragoza" [Coentrao is no longer a Zaragoza player] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 10 January 2009. Retrieved 30 May 2014.
- "Fábio Coentrão confirmado" [Fábio Coentrão confirmed] (in Portuguese). Record. 5 January 2009. Retrieved 30 May 2014.
- "FC Porto-Rio Ave, 3–1 (Lucho 37' gp, Farías 86', 89'; Fábio Coentrão 72')" [FC Porto-Rio Ave, 3–1 (Lucho 37' pk, Farías 86', 89'; Fábio Coentrão 72')] (in Portuguese). Record. 15 February 2009. Retrieved 30 May 2014.
- "Comunicado" [Announcement] (PDF) (in Portuguese). CMVM. 29 October 2009. Retrieved 6 July 2011.
- "BATE run aground as Eagles soar". UEFA.com. 2 December 2009. Retrieved 1 July 2010.
- "Comunicado" [Announcement] (PDF) (in Portuguese). CMVM. 10 February 2010. Retrieved 5 July 2011.
- "Rosa Mota e Carlos Lopes recebem Prémio Fernando Soromenho" [Rosa Mota and Carlos Lopes receive Fernando Soromenho Award] (in Portuguese). CNID. 25 May 2010. Retrieved 27 May 2010.
- "Comunicado" [Announcement] (PDF) (in Portuguese). CMVM. 27 September 2010. Retrieved 5 July 2011.
- "Fabio Coentrao signs new deal at Benfica". Goal.com. 27 September 2010. Retrieved 28 September 2010.
- "Coentrão inspires Benfica revival". UEFA.com. 2 November 2010. Retrieved 17 April 2011.
- "Madrid confirm Coentrão transfer from Benfica". UEFA.com. 5 July 2011. Retrieved 5 July 2011.
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- "Real Madrid sign fullback Coentrao from Benfica". Reuters. 5 July 2011. Retrieved 13 July 2011.
- "Real Madrid Tops LA Galaxy 4-1 in World Football Challenge Opener". neontommy.com. 17 July 2011.
- "Ronaldo gets Madrid show underway". ESPN Soccernet. 28 August 2011. Retrieved 2 September 2011.
- Merengues maintain winning run; ESPN Soccernet, 3 December 2011
- Barca come back to win Clasico; ESPN Soccernet, 10 December 2011
- Coentrao handed four-match ban, misses Supercopa Clasico; Goal.com, 29 August 2012
- "Albin denies Madrid at the death". ESPN Soccernet. 16 December 2012. Retrieved 16 December 2012.
- "Manchester United: Fabio Coentrao move fails". BBC Sport. 3 September 2013. Retrieved 3 September 2013.
- Unbeaten Portugal progress in style
- Sub-20 vencem na Madeira (U-20 win in Madeira); Portuguese Football Federation, 2 March 2007 (Portuguese)
- Fábio Coentrão – FIFA competition record
- "Muller-inspired Germany thrash ten-man Portugal". FIFA.com. 16 June 2014. Retrieved 18 June 2014.
- "Portugal lose Fabio Coentrão and Hugo Almeida for rest of group stage". The Guardian. 17 June 2014. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
- "Portugal see off Serbia to top Group I". UEFA. 29 March 2015. Retrieved 29 March 2015.
- "Fábio Coentrão". European Football. Retrieved 17 June 2015.
- "Portugal - Fábio Coentrão - Profile with news, career statistics and history - Soccerway". Soccerway. 24 December 2014.
- "Simão Sabrosa eleito o melhor jogador da Bwin Liga" [Simão Sabrosa elected best player of Bwin Liga]. record.xl.pt (in Portuguese). Record (newspaper). 4 June 2007. Retrieved 25 January 2015.
- "Cinco españoles aparecen en el once ideal de 2010 de L'Equipe" [Five "Spanish" players in the ideal eleven of 2010 by L'Equipe]. Marca.com (in Spanish). 25 December 2010. Retrieved 24 January 2015.
- "Coentrão eleito Jogador do Ano na gala do 107º aniversário do Benfica" [Coentrão voted Player of the Year in the gala of the 107º anniversary of Benfica] (in Portuguese). Jornal de Notícias. 1 March 2011. Retrieved 25 November 2013.
- Fábio Coentrão wins Young Player Award October (Portuguese)
- Fábio Coentrão wins Young Player Award March (Portuguese)
- Fábio Coentrão wins Young Player Award April (Portuguese)
- Coentrão wins Best Player Award September (Portuguese)
- "UEFA Euro 2012 Team of the Tournament". UEFA.com (Union of European Football Associations). 2 July 2012. Retrieved 24 January 2015.
- "Fábio Coentrão". Soccerway. Retrieved 20 April 2014.
- Fábio Coentrão at ESPN FC
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- Real Madrid official profile
- Fábio Coentrão profile at ForaDeJogo
- BDFutbol profile
- Fábio Coentrão profile at Soccerway
- Fábio Coentrão at National-Football-Teams.com
- Fábio Coentrão – FIFA competition record
- 2010 FIFA World Cup profile