Ferro (footballer)

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Personal information
Full name Francisco Reis Ferreira
Date of birth (1997-03-26) 26 March 1997 (age 22)
Place of birth Oliveira de Azeméis, Portugal
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Number 97
Youth career
2005–2008 Oliveirense
2008–2009 CD Estarreja
2009–2011 AD Taboeira
2011–2016 Benfica
2014Casa Pia (loan)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2016– Benfica B 91 (5)
2019– Benfica 17 (2)
National team
2013–2014 Portugal U17 14 (0)
2015 Portugal U18 7 (1)
2015–2016 Portugal U19 13 (1)
2016–2017 Portugal U20 9 (1)
2017– Portugal U21 8 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 September 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 September 2018

Francisco Reis Ferreira (born 26 March 1997), commonly known as Ferro, is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Benfica as a centre-back.

Club career[edit]

Born in Oliveira de Azeméis, Ferro started his football career at local club Oliveirense in 2005, where he remained until 2008. He then played for CD Estarreja and AD Taboeira before joining Benfica's youth system in 2011.[1] Following his progress to the club's reserve team, he made his professional debut in a 2–1 away win over Oliveirense in LigaPro on 30 January 2016.[2]

Ferro was promoted to Benfica's first team on 1 February 2019, alongside three other reserve team players,[3] and six days later, he debuted with the Lisbon side as a 38th-minute substitute, replacing Jardel in a 2–1 home win over Sporting CP in the first leg of the Taça de Portugal semi-finals.[1][4] In his first appearance as a starter, he scored his first goal for Benfica, the sixth in a 10–0 home thrashing of Nacional in Primeira Liga on 10 February.[5]

Four days later, Ferro made his European debut as Benfica beat Galatasaray 2–1 in the first leg of the UEFA Europa League round of 32, their first ever victory in Turkey.[6] He scored his first UEFA goal on 14 March, the second in a 3–0 (a.e.t.) win over Dinamo Zagreb in the round of 16's second leg.[7]

International career[edit]

In early September 2019, Ferro was called up for the first time to the Portugal national team for the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifiers against Serbia and Lithuania, replacing injured Pepe.[8]





  1. ^ a b "Quem é Francisco Ferreira, ou Ferro, o primeiro estreante do Benfica de Bruno Lage?" [Who is Francisco Ferreira, or Ferro, the first debutant of Bruno Lage's Benfica]. Observador (in Portuguese). 7 February 2019. Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  2. ^ "UD Oliveirense - SL Benfica B (Jornada 27 Segunda Liga 2015–2016)". Liga Portugal (in Portuguese). Retrieved 1 February 2016.
  3. ^ Sanches, João (1 February 2019). "Zlobin, Ferro, Florentino, and Jota permanently in the first team". S.L. Benfica. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  4. ^ "Jardel saiu lesionado, Ferro em estreia" [Jardel went off injured, Ferro in debut]. A Bola (in Portuguese). 6 February 2019. Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  5. ^ "Benfica 10–0 Nacional: Chuva de golos deixa 'águias' a um ponto da liderança" [Benfica 10–0 Nacional: goal rain moves "eagles" within a point of the lead]. SAPO Desporto (in Portuguese). 10 February 2019. Retrieved 11 February 2019.
  6. ^ Fernandes, Nuno (14 February 2019). "Benfica de Lage faz história na Turquia e tem os oitavos à vista" [Lage's Benfica make history in Turkey and have the round of 16 in sight]. Diário de Notícias (in Portuguese). Retrieved 18 February 2019.
  7. ^ "Ferro: "Golo foi especial porque foi o primeiro na Europa"" [Ferro: "Goal was special because it was my first in Europe]. SAPO Desporto (in Portuguese). 14 March 2019. Retrieved 17 March 2019.
  8. ^ "Portugal's Pepe ruled out of Euro 2020 qualifiers". The Times of India. 3 September 2019. Retrieved 6 September 2019.
  9. ^ Benfica 5–0 Sporting CP Soccerway
  10. ^ "Team of the Tournament" (PDF). UEFA. p. 21. Archived from the original (PDF) on 13 August 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)

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