João Cancelo

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João Cancelo
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Cancelo playing for Valencia in 2015
Personal information
Full name João Pedro Cavaco Cancelo
Date of birth (1994-05-27) 27 May 1994 (age 24)
Place of birth Barreiro, Portugal
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Right back / Winger
Club information
Current team
Juventus
Number 20
Youth career
2002–2007 Barreirense
2007–2012 Benfica
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2014 Benfica B 51 (3)
2014–2015 Benfica 1 (0)
2014–2015Valencia (loan) 10 (0)
2015–2018 Valencia 64 (2)
2017–2018Inter Milan (loan) 26 (1)
2018– Juventus 18 (1)
National team
2010 Portugal U16 6 (0)
2010–2011 Portugal U17 17 (1)
2011–2012 Portugal U18 7 (0)
2012 Portugal U19 25 (1)
2013–2014 Portugal U20 9 (0)
2014–2017 Portugal U21 11 (1)
2016– Portugal 12 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 March 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20 November 2018

João Pedro Cavaco Cancelo (born 27 May 1994) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Italian club Juventus and the Portugal national team. Mainly a right back, he can also play as a right winger or as a left back.

He started playing with Benfica, joining Spanish club Valencia in 2014 at the age of 20, initially on loan. After 91 competitive appearances for the latter, he competed in the Serie A with Inter Milan on loan, and later with Juventus with whom he signed in 2018.

All youth levels comprised, Cancelo won 75 caps for Portugal and scored three goals. He made his senior debut in 2016.

Club career[edit]

Benfica[edit]

Born in Barreiro, Setúbal District, Cancelo started playing football with local Barreirense.[1] He joined Benfica's youth system in 2007 at the age of 13, where he played as both right and left back.

On 28 July 2012, Cancelo made his debut with Benfica's first team in a friendly against Gil Vicente where he played the full 90 minutes as a right back.[2] Despite being registered with the B-side, he was touted as a possible replacement to Maxi Pereira in the seniors;[3] until 2013 he also represented the juniors, and on 18 May of that year he scored the two decisive goals in a 2–1 win over Rio Ave to win the national championship.[4]

Cancelo played his first competitive game with Benfica's main squad on 25 January 2014, coming on as a late substitute in the 1–0 home success against Gil Vicente for the Taça da Liga,[5] which was later won. His maiden appearance in the Primeira Liga occurred on 10 May after they had already been crowned league champions, and he started in a 1–2 loss at Porto.[6]

Valencia[edit]

On 20 August 2014, Cancelo joined Valencia on a one-year loan deal.[7] His La Liga debut occurred on 25 September, playing the entirety of a 3–0 home win over Córdoba;[8] he finished his first season with 13 matches, across all competitions.

On 25 May 2015, Cancelo agreed to a permanent contract with the Spanish club until 30 June 2021[9][10] for a transfer fee of €15 million.[11][12] He scored his first goal for the Che on 16 September in their UEFA Champions League opener, a 2–3 home loss to Zenit Saint Petersburg,[13] and netted for the first time in the league the following 20 April to conclude a 4–0 win over Eibar also at the Mestalla Stadium.[14]

Inter Milan[edit]

On 22 August 2017, Cancelo joined Inter Milan on a one-year loan deal until 30 June 2018 with the option of making the move permanent.[15] The deal was part of a loan exchange, with Geoffrey Kondogbia moving in the other direction.[16] He made his Serie A debut four days later, replacing Antonio Candreva in the 83rd minute of a 3–1 success at Roma.[17][18]

Cancelo suffered a knee ligament injury in late August 2017 while on international duty, going on to be sidelined for one-and-a-half months.[19] He returned to action during the 3–2 home victory over A.C. Milan in the Derby della Madonnina, featuring 20 minutes.[20]

Juventus[edit]

On 27 June 2018, Cancelo was signed by Juventus on a five-year contract for €40.4 million.[21] He made his Serie A debut on 18 August, playing the entire 3–2 away win against ChievoVerona.[22] He scored his first league goal for the club on 27 January 2019, as his team came from behind to defeat Lazio 2–1 at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome; he also helped win the decisive match-winning penalty later during the same game, which was subsequently converted by compatriot Cristiano Ronaldo.[23][24]

International career[edit]

Cancelo with Portugal U19 in 2012

Cancelo represented Portugal in the 2012 UEFA European Under-19 Championship.[25] He was also selected for the following edition, in Lithuania.[26]

With the under-20s, Cancelo appeared at the 2013 FIFA World Cup and the 2014 Toulon Tournament.[27] He featured in two games in the former competition, with the country reaching the round-of-16.

Cancelo was part of the under-21 squad that competed in the 2015 European Championships. He replaced left-back Raphaël Guerreiro midway through the second half of the 5–0 semi-final win against Germany for his only appearance of the tournament,[28] in a final runner-up finish to Sweden.[29]

Cancelo was called up for the first time to the senior team by head coach Fernando Santos on 26 August 2016,[30] playing the full 90 minutes of a 5–0 friendly win over Gibraltar in Porto on 1 September and scoring the third goal.[31] In the following month he added another two, in as many 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Andorra (6–0, home)[32] and Faroe Islands (away, same score).[33]

In May 2018, Cancelo was included in a preliminary 35-man squad for the finals in Russia,[34] but he did not make the final cut.[35]

Style of play[edit]

Regarded as a promising player in the media, Cancelo is mainly known for his speed, energy and offensive capabilties, as well as his technical skills, creativity and crossing ability. He is capable of playing as a full-back or winger on either flank, although he usually plays on the right.[36][37][38][39]

Personal life[edit]

In January 2013, Cancelo was involved in a car accident which killed his mother. He received only minor injuries.[40]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 17 March 2019[41][42]
Club Season Domestic League Domestic Cup[nb 1] League Cup[nb 2] Continental[nb 3] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Benfica B 2012–13 20 2 20 2
2013–14 31 1 31 1
Total 51 3 51 3
Benfica 2013–14 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
Valencia 2014–15 10 0 3 0 13 0
2015–16 28 1 4 1 7 1 39 3
2016–17 35 1 3 0 38 1
2017–18 1 0 0 0 1 0
Total 74 2 10 1 7 1 91 4
Inter Milan 2017–18 26 1 2 0 28 1
Juventus 2018–19 18 1 1 0 1 0 5 0 25 1
Career total 170 7 13 1 2 0 12 1 197 9

International[edit]

As of 20 November 2018[43]
National team Year Apps Goals
Portugal
2016 4 3
2017 2 0
2018 6 0
Total 12 3

International goals[edit]

As of 10 October 2016 (Portugal score listed first, score column indicates score after each Cancelo goal)
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 1 September 2016 Estádio do Bessa, Porto, Portugal  Gibraltar
3–0
5–0
Friendly[31]
2. 7 October 2016 Estádio Municipal, Aveiro, Portugal  Andorra
3–0
6–0
2018 World Cup qualification[32]
3. 10 October 2016 Tórsvøllur, Tórshavn, Faroe Islands  Faroe Islands
6–0
6–0
2018 World Cup qualification[33]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Benfica

Juventus[41]

International[edit]

Portugal

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

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