Francisco Trincão

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Francisco Trincão
Francisco Trincão 2019 (cropped) 2.jpg
Trincão with Braga in 2019
Personal information
Full name Francisco António Machado Mota Castro Trincão
Date of birth (1999-12-29) 29 December 1999 (age 20)[1]
Place of birth Viana do Castelo, Portugal
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Playing position(s) Forward
Club information
Current team
Number 17
Youth career
2008–2009 Vianense
2009–2010 Porto
2010–2011 Vianense
2011–2014 Braga
2014–2015 Palmeiras Braga
2015–2017 Braga
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2016–2018 Braga B 46 (6)
2018–2020 Braga 33 (8)
2020– Barcelona 0 (0)
National team
2015–2016 Portugal U17 5 (0)
2017 Portugal U18 7 (1)
2017–2018 Portugal U19 18 (10)
2018–2019 Portugal U20 8 (2)
2019– Portugal U21 5 (1)
2020– Portugal 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 09:50, 3 August 2020 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 5 September 2020

Francisco António Machado Mota Castro Trincão (born 29 December 1999), known as Francisco Trincão (Portuguese pronunciation: [fɾɐ̃sˈiʃku tɾĩkˈɐ̃w̃]) or simply Trincão, is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish La Liga club FC Barcelona and the Portugal national team.

He started his career with Braga B, being promoted to the first team in 2018. He would help the Arsenalistas win the 2020 Taça da Liga in his second season. Shortly after, Trincão agreed to sign for Barcelona in a transfer worth €31 million, after a deal was finalized in January 2019.

Trincão is a former Portugal youth international, representing his country at under-17, under-18, under-19, under-20 and under-21 level, and was part of the team that won the 2018 European Under-19 Championship, while finishing as the top goalscorer. He earned his first cap for the senior national team in 2020, during the 2020-21 UEFA Nations League.

Club career[edit]


Born in Viana do Castelo, Trincão began his youth career with hometown club SC Vianense. He also had a spell at FC Porto and two at S.C. Braga, where he finished his development.[2]

Trincão made his senior debut on 2 April 2016 for Braga's reserves in Segunda Liga, as an 81st-minute substitute for Carlos Fortes in a 2–1 away loss against S.C. Freamunde.[3] He scored his first senior goal on 7 May 2017, but in a 2–3 home defeat to FC Porto B.[4] He scored five times in 2017–18, including twice on 1 October in a 5–4 home win over C.D. Nacional for a first victory of the season,[5] and signed a new five-year contract at the end.[6]

On 28 December 2018, Trincão played his first competitive match with the first team in a 4–0 victory at Vitória F.C. in the group stage of the Taça da Liga where he replaced Fransérgio in the 62nd minute.[7] Five days later, manager Abel Ferreira gave him a Primeira Liga debut when he came on for Dyego Sousa for the last four minutes of a home defeat of C.S. Marítimo.[8]

Trincão scored his first goal for Braga on 12 December 2019 in the last group phase game of the UEFA Europa League, also assisting in the 4–2 win at SK Slovan Bratislava as his team advanced in first place.[9] The following 4 January, given a first league start by new manager Rúben Amorim, he scored his first domestic league goal in a 7–1 away demolition of Belenenses SAD;[10] three weeks later, he was a 50th-minute replacement for Galeno as the Arsenalistas won the league cup final against FC Porto at the Estadio Municipal de Braga.[11]


On 31 January 2020, FC Barcelona announced the transfer of Trincão, initially effective on 1 July.[12] He signed a five-year contract for a €31 million fee, with a buyout clause of €500 million.[13]

International career[edit]


In July 2018, Trincão was a member of the Portugal team which won the UEFA European Under-19 Championship beating Italy 4–3 after extra time; he scored once in the match in Seinäjoki, Finland.[14] Along with teammate Jota, he finished joint top scorer in the tournament with five goals, his others being braces against Norway in the first group fixture and Ukraine in a 5–0 semi-final rout.[15]

At the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Poland, Trincão played all three games for Portugal and scored the only goal of the opening win against South Korea, though his side did not advance from the group.[16] He won his first cap at under-21 level on 5 September of that year, scoring once and being involved in two other goals in the 4–0 win over Gibraltar for the 2021 European Championship qualifiers.[17][18]


In August 2020, Trincão had his first senior call-up for UEFA Nations League matches against Croatia and Sweden the following month.[19] He made his debut on 5 September, replacing Bernardo Silva in the 78th minute in a 4–1 home win against the former.[20]

Career statistics[edit]


As of match played 25 July 2020[21]
Club Season League League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Braga B 2015–16 LigaPro 4 0 4 0
2016–17 5 1 5 1
2017–18 30 5 30 5
2018–19 7 0 7 0
Total 46 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 46 6
Braga 2018–19 Primeira Liga 6 0 2 0 8 0
2019–20 27 8 6 0 7 1 40 9
Total 33 8 8 0 7 1 0 0 48 9
Barcelona 2020–21 La Liga 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career total 79 14 8 0 7 1 0 0 94 15


As of match played 5 September 2020
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Portugal 2020 1 0
Total 1 0






  1. ^ a b "Francisco Trincão" (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. Retrieved 12 March 2020.
  2. ^ "Francisco Trincão, do SC Braga, eleito atleta revelação de 2018 em Viana do Castelo" [Francisco Trincão, of SC Braga, voted revelation athlete of 2019 in Viana do Castelo]. O Minho (in Portuguese). 26 January 2019. Retrieved 29 October 2019.
  3. ^ Ferreira Lima, Fábio (27 July 2018). "Trincão. O Mahrez do Minho que dá nas vistas no Euro de Sub-19 mas precisou de autorização dos pais para viajar com o Braga" [Trincão. The Mahrez of the Minho who shines at the Under-19 Euros but needed parental authorisation to travel with Braga]. Observador (in Portuguese). Retrieved 29 October 2019.
  4. ^ "Sp. Braga B-FC Porto B, 2–3: Vitória garante permanência aos dragões" [Sp. Braga B-FC Porto B, 2–3: Victory guarantees survival for the Dragons]. Record (in Portuguese). 7 May 2017. Retrieved 29 October 2019.
  5. ^ "Chuva de golos dá triunfo do Braga B sobre o Nacional" [Rain of goals gives Braga B triumph over Nacional] (in Portuguese). TVI 24. 1 October 2017. Retrieved 29 October 2019.
  6. ^ Monteiro, André (6 July 2018). "Trincão renovou por cinco épocas" [Trincão renewed for five seasons]. Record (in Portuguese). Retrieved 29 October 2019.
  7. ^ "Ao minuto" [Live] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 28 December 2019. Retrieved 29 October 2019.
  8. ^ "Sp. Braga bate Marítimo e fecha ferida da Luz" [Sp. Braga beat Marítimo and close wound from the Luz]. Público (in Portuguese). 2 January 2019. Retrieved 29 October 2019.
  9. ^ "Minhotos vencem grupo em grande estilo" [Minhotos win group in some style] (in Portuguese). Zap. 12 December 2019. Retrieved 12 December 2019.
  10. ^ Silva, Fernando André (5 January 2020). "Francisco Trincão estreia-se a marcar na I Liga" [Francisco Trincão scores for the first time in I League]. O Minho (in Portuguese). Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  11. ^ a b Cole, Richard (25 January 2020). "Late Ricardo Horta strike wins the Taça da Liga for Braga". PortuGOAL. Retrieved 27 January 2020.
  12. ^ Gonzalez, Roger (31 January 2020). "Transfer deadline day: Latest news and updates from Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and Bundesliga". CBS Sports. Retrieved 31 January 2020.
  13. ^ "Barcelona to sign Francisco Trincao from Braga & Matheus Fernandes from Palmeiras". BBC Sport. 31 January 2020. Retrieved 3 February 2020.
  14. ^ a b "Italy 3–4 Portugal". UEFA. 30 July 2018. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  15. ^ Walker-Roberts, James (30 July 2018). "Domingos Quina, Moise Kean, Joao Filipe impress at Under-19 Euros". Sky Sports. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  16. ^ Fernandes, Mariana (25 May 2019). "Portugal vence Coreia do Sul na estreia no Mundial Sub-20 com golo de Trincão" [Portugal beat South Korea in opening game of the Under-20 World Cup with goal by Trincão]. Observador (in Portuguese). Retrieved 29 October 2019.
  17. ^ Gouveia, Ricardo (5 September 2019). "Euro Sub-21: Portugal-Gibraltar, 4–0 (destaques)" [Under-21 Euro: Portugal-Gibraltar, 4–0 (highlights)] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. Retrieved 20 December 2019.
  18. ^ "Trincão e o golo frente a Gibraltar: «Tentei a minha sorte e correu bem»" [Trincão and the goal against Gibraltar: «I tried my luck and it went well»]. Record (in Portuguese). 6 September 2019. Retrieved 20 December 2019.
  19. ^ "Rui Silva e Trincão em estreia absoluta nos convocados" [Rui Silva and Trincão called up for the very first time]. A Bola (in Portuguese). 24 August 2020. Retrieved 24 August 2020.
  20. ^ "Portugal 4-1 Croatia: Holders ease to emphatic victory". 5 September 2020. Retrieved 6 September 2020.
  21. ^ Francisco Trincão at Soccerway
  22. ^ Woloszyn, Paul (29 July 2018). "Portugal pair share U19 EURO top scorers' prize". UEFA. Retrieved 30 July 2018.

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