João Duarte Pereira

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João Pereira
Personal information
Full name João Duarte Vieira Pereira
Date of birth (1990-05-10) 10 May 1990 (age 27)
Place of birth Cartaxo, Portugal
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Number 5
Youth career
2001–2004 SL Cartaxo
2004–2009 Benfica
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2011 Benfica 0 (0)
2009–2011 Fátima (loan) 48 (2)
2011–2012 Beira-Mar 0 (0)
2011 Trofense (loan) 7 (0)
2012–2013 Sheriff 10 (0)
2013 Nordsjælland 0 (0)
2013–2015 Vejle 47 (0)
2015–2016 SønderjyskE 24 (1)
2016– Odense 12 (0)
National team
2005–2006 Portugal U16 7 (0)
2006–2007 Portugal U17 8 (0)
2008 Portugal U18 4 (0)
2008–2009 Portugal U19 11 (0)
2010 Portugal U20 4 (0)
2011–2012 Portugal U21 15 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 29 May 2017.

João Duarte Vieira Pereira (born 10 May 1990) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Danish club Odense Boldklub as a central defender.

Club career[edit]

Born in Cartaxo, Santarém District, Pereira started playing football in 2001 at Sport Lisboa e Cartaxo, a subsidiary club of S.L. Benfica. He represented the former for three years, until he was called up by the latter to finish his formation.

After signing a professional contract, Pereira trained with the first team in Seixal, but also in the pre-season tour of Nyon.[1][2] Upon arriving in Switzerland, he was loaned to C.D. Fátima for one year,[3] making his professional debut on 20 September by playing the full 90 minutes in a 1–2 home loss against S.C. Beira-Mar;[4] he appeared in 24 games and scored once in each of his two seasons in the Segunda Liga,[5] helping to a best-ever eighth place in 2009–10.

In June 2011, Pereira opted to terminate his contract with Benfica and sign a two-year deal with Beira-Mar.[6][7] He would never appear for the team in a competitive game, being loaned the following month to C.D. Trofense also from the second division;[8] in December, he agreed to a three-and-a-half-year deal with FC Sheriff Tiraspol.[9][10][11]

Pereira made his Moldovan National Division debut on 3 March 2012, playing as left back and providing an assist in a 2–0 away win over FC Costuleni,[11] and going on to contribute to the club's eleventh league title.[12] He moved teams in countries again in January 2013, joining FC Nordsjælland from Denmark,[13][14] after winning another league medal with Sheriff.[15]

In late August 2013, after failing to receive any playing time, Pereira signed a six-month contract with Danish second level club Vejle BK.[16] He extended his link in November for another six months,[17] and again in April 2014 for another year.[18]

In June 2015, Pereira moved to SønderjyskE Fodbold.[19] In January of the following year, website Bold announced that fellow Danish Superliga side Odense Boldklub had signed him for the 2016–17 campaign.[20]

International career[edit]

Pereira gained 49 caps for Portugal, across all youth levels. He played seven times for the under–16 team, helping them win the Santarém Tournament in February 2006[21] and finish seventh in the Montaigu Tournament in April;[22] later in the year, he participated in the Nike Tournament with the under–17s,[23] also competing in the Algarve International Tournament in February 2007.[24]

Pereira represented the under-19 team during the Ireland Tournament in August 2008,[25] the La Manga Tournament in February 2009[26] and the Porto Tournament in April.[27] Additionally, he played in the two qualifying rounds for the 2009 UEFA European Under-19 Championship, but the nation did not qualify.[28]

Pereira first appeared with the under-21 side on 9 February 2011, starting in a 3–1 friendly win over Sweden in his hometown.[29] His only international goal arrived on 1 September of that year during a 2–0 success in Moldova for the 2013 European Championship qualifiers,[30] in which Portugal finished in second thus failing to progress to the finals.[31]


  1. ^ "Águias remedeiam ausência de centrais" [Eagles address lack of centre-backs]. Record (in Portuguese). 10 July 2009. Retrieved 31 March 2016. 
  2. ^ "Convocados 27 jogadores" [27 players called up]. Record (in Portuguese). 8 July 2009. Retrieved 31 March 2016. 
  3. ^ "João Pereira (ex-junior) cedido ao Fátima por 1 época" [João Pereira (former junior) loaned to Fátima for one year] (in Portuguese). Ser Benfiquista. 21 July 2009. Retrieved 31 March 2016. 
  4. ^ "Fátima – Beira-Mar, 1–2: Alguma sorte aveirense" [Fátima – Beira-Mar, 1–2: A bit of luck for the men from Aveiro]. Record (in Portuguese). 20 September 2009. Retrieved 31 March 2016. 
  5. ^ "Benfica empresta seis jogadores ao CD Fátima" [Benfica loans six players to CD Fátima]. Expresso (in Portuguese). 25 June 2010. Retrieved 31 March 2016. 
  6. ^ "João Pereira deixou o Benfica e assinou pelo Beira Mar" [João Pereira left Benfica and signed with Beira-Mar]. O Mirante (in Portuguese). 7 July 2011. Retrieved 31 March 2016. 
  7. ^ "Beira Mar: João Pereira (ex-Benfica) é reforço" [Beira-Mar: João Pereira (ex-Benfica) is an addition] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 23 June 2011. Retrieved 31 March 2016. 
  8. ^ "Beira-Mar: Central João Pereira vai rodar no Trofense" [Beira-Mar: Stopper João Pereira will gain match experience in Trofense]. Notícias de Aveiro (in Portuguese). 30 August 2011. Retrieved 31 March 2016. 
  9. ^ "João Pereira (ex-Beira Mar) no FC Sheriff" [João Pereira (ex-Beira Mar) in FC Sheriff] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 7 December 2011. Retrieved 31 March 2016. 
  10. ^ "Beira Mar confirma João Pereira na Moldávia" [Beira-Mar confirms João Pereira in Moldova] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 7 December 2011. Retrieved 31 March 2016. 
  11. ^ a b "Jovem João Pereira espera crescer no Sheriff" [Youngster João Pereira hopes to grow in Sheriff] (in Portuguese). 17 April 2012. Retrieved 31 March 2016. 
  12. ^ "Mais de 50 portugueses conquistaram troféus no futebol europeu" [Over 50 Portuguese won trophies in European football]. Público (in Portuguese). 31 May 2012. Retrieved 31 March 2016. 
  13. ^ "João Pereira vai jogar para o Nordsjaelland" [João Pereira will play for Nordsjaelland] (in Portuguese). SAPO. 31 January 2013. Retrieved 31 March 2016. 
  14. ^ "João Pereira troca moldavos do Sheriff pelos dinamarqueses do Nordsjaelland" [João Pereira swaps Moldova's Sheriff for Denmark's Nordsjaelland]. Expresso (in Portuguese). 31 January 2013. Retrieved 31 March 2016. 
  15. ^ "João Pereira está na Dinamarca mas é campeão moldavo" [João Pereira is in Denmark but is Moldovan champion]. O Jogo (in Portuguese). 16 May 2013. Retrieved 31 March 2016. 
  16. ^ "Vejle henter FC Nordsjællands kasserede portugiser" [Vejle signs discarded Portuguese from Nordsjaellands]. BT (in Danish). 28 August 2013. Retrieved 31 March 2016. 
  17. ^ "João Pereira forlænger med Vejle Boldklub" [João Pereira renews with Vejle Boldklub]. Dagens (in Danish). 12 November 2013. Retrieved 31 March 2016. 
  18. ^ "Vejle forlænger med João Pereira" [Vejle renews with João Pereira]. Tipsbladet (in Danish). 1 April 2014. Retrieved 31 March 2016. 
  19. ^ "João Pereira assina pelos dinamarqueses do SonderjyskE" [João Pereira signs for Denmark's SonderjyskE] (in Portuguese). SAPO. 26 June 2015. Retrieved 31 March 2016. 
  20. ^ "OB bekræfter: Henter Joao Pereira" [Odense deal: João Pereira acquired] (in Danish). Bold. 26 January 2016. Retrieved 31 March 2016. 
  21. ^ "Sub-16 ganham Torneio de Santarém" [Under-16 win Santarém Tournament]. Record (in Portuguese). 28 February 2006. Retrieved 31 March 2016. 
  22. ^ "Sub-16: Vitória sobre a China a fechar" [Under-16: Win over China to wrap it up]. Record (in Portuguese). 18 April 2006. Retrieved 31 March 2016. 
  23. ^ "Sub-17: Portugal perde (2–4) com os EUA" [Under-17: Portugal loses 2–4 with USA]. Record (in Portuguese). 11 September 2006. Retrieved 31 March 2016. 
  24. ^ "Sub-17: Portugal em último" [Under-17: Portugal in last place]. Record (in Portuguese). 20 February 2007. Retrieved 31 March 2016. 
  25. ^ "Sub-19: Derrota com a Espanha" [Under-19: Loss with Spain]. Record (in Portuguese). 19 August 2008. Retrieved 31 March 2016. 
  26. ^ "Sub-19: Seleção Nacional conquista La Manga" [Under-19: National team conquers La Manga]. Record (in Portuguese). 13 February 2009. Retrieved 31 March 2016. 
  27. ^ "Sub-19: Portugal vence Torneio Internacional do Porto" [Under-19: Portugal wins Porto International Tournament]. Record (in Portuguese). 11 April 2009. Retrieved 31 March 2016. 
  28. ^ "Sub-19: Portugal falha Europeu" [Under-19: Portugal misses European Championship]. Record (in Portuguese). 28 May 2009. Retrieved 31 March 2016. 
  29. ^ "Sub-21: Portugal bate Suécia no Cartaxo" [Under-21: Portugal beats Sweden in Cartaxo]. Record (in Portuguese). 9 February 2011. Retrieved 14 June 2016. 
  30. ^ "Portugal prove too good for Moldova". 1 September 2011. Retrieved 26 April 2016. 
  31. ^ "Avançado do V. Guimarães ajuda a afastar Portugal do Europeu" [V. Guimarães forward helps oust Portugal from the European Championship]. Record (in Portuguese). 10 September 2012. Retrieved 31 March 2016. 

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