João Daniel Mendes Real
|Full name||João Daniel Mendes Real|
|Date of birth||13 May 1983|
|Place of birth||Covilhã, Portugal|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 29 January 2017.
Born in Covilhã, Real started playing amateur football with locals of A.D. Estação. In 2003, at the age of 20, he switched to city giants Sporting Clube, twice helping them promote to the second division.
In the summer of 2008, after a solid season – his second promotion – which brought him six goals in 25 matches, Real moved to the Primeira Liga, with Associação Naval 1º de Maio. His first year was quite unassuming, as he had to wait until 15 February 2009 to make his league debut, playing eight minutes in a 2–2 away draw against C.D. Trofense.
In the 2009–10 campaign, with Naval again retaining its top level status, Real appeared more, but remained a fringe player nonetheless. On 17 April 2010, he found the net in the club's 3–1 win at F.C. Paços de Ferreira, but also scored an own goal.
- "João Real confirma acordo com a Académica" [João Real confirms Académica deal]. A Bola (in Portuguese). 8 June 2011. Retrieved 28 June 2011.