João Félix

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João Félix
Personal information
Full name João Félix Sequeira
Date of birth (1999-11-10) 10 November 1999 (age 19)
Place of birth Viseu, Portugal
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Benfica
Number 79
Youth career
2007–2008 Os Pestinhas
2008–2014 Porto
2014–2015 Padroense
2015– Benfica
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2016– Benfica B 29 (7)
2018– Benfica 13 (7)
National team
2017 Portugal U18 2 (2)
2018– Portugal U19 2 (0)
2017– Portugal U21 9 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 February 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16 November 2018

João Félix Sequeira (Portuguese pronunciation: [ʒuˈɐ̃w ˈfɛliʃ]; born 10 November 1999) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Benfica as an attacking midfielder.

Club career[edit]

Born in Viseu, Félix began his development at Os Pestinhas before joining the youth ranks of FC Porto, where he spent seven years. He was released because of his slight frame and moved on to S.L. Benfica in Lisbon.[1]

Félix debuted professionally at the age of 16 for Benfica's reserve team in LigaPro on 17 September 2016, coming on as an 83rd-minute substitute for Aurélio Buta in a goalless draw at Freamunde. In doing so, he became the youngest player to debut for Benfica B.[2] He played 13 matches and scored three goals over the season, the first being a consolation in a 2–1 loss to his hometown team Académico de Viseu on 15 February 2017.[3] Later, on 30 January 2018, he scored a hat-trick in a 5–0 home win over Famalicão.[4]

For the 2018–19 season, Félix was promoted to Benfica's first team, making his debut in a 2–0 Primeira Liga win at Boavista on 18 August. A week later, he scored his first Primeira Liga goal, thus becoming the youngest player to score in the Lisbon derby, which ended in a 1–1 tie.[5] On 16 January 2019, he scored the qualifying goal against Vitória de Guimarães in the Portuguese Cup quarter-finals.[6] Later on, he was praised for his performance in a 4–2 away win over Sporting CP in the league on 3 February,[7] subsequently sparking interest from several European clubs.[8]

Style of play[edit]

Considered by Benfica to be one of the most promising players from their youth ranks, Félix has received comparisons to former Benfica players Rui Costa and João Pinto.[7] While primarily an attacking midfielder, Félix has also been used by coaches either as a striker or a winger.[9]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 14 February 2019[10]
Club Season League League Cup Europe Other[a] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Benfica B 2016–17 LigaPro 12 3 12 3
2017–18 17 4 17 4
Total 29 7 0 0 0 0 29 7
Benfica 2018–19 Primeira Liga 13 7 5 1 4 0 2 1 24 9
Career total 42 14 5 1 4 0 2 1 53 16
  1. ^ Appearances and goals in Taça da Liga

Honours[edit]

Benfica

Individual

References[edit]

  1. ^ Azevedo, Pedro Miguel (26 April 2017). "João Félix, o magricela que escapou ao FC Porto e brilha no Benfica" [João Félix, the scrawny kid who slipped from FC Porto and shines for Benfica]. O Jogo (in Portuguese). Retrieved 1 February 2018.
  2. ^ João Félix é o mais novo de sempre a jogar pelo Benfica B Record (in Portuguese)
  3. ^ "Benfica B perde com o Académico em Viseu" [Benfica B lose to Académico in Viseu]. Maisfutebol (in Portuguese). 15 February 2017. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
  4. ^ "João Félix marca três golos na goleada do Benfica B ao Famalicão" [João Félix scores three goals in Benfica B's thrashing of Famalicão]. Diário de Notícias (in Portuguese). 30 January 2018. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
  5. ^ "João Félix: "I shivered"". S.L. Benfica. 25 August 2018. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  6. ^ "Golo de João Félix apura Benfica para as meias-finais da Taça de Portugal" [Félix's goal qualifies Benfica to the Portuguese Cup semi-finals]. SAPO Desporto (in Portuguese). 15 January 2019. Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  7. ^ a b Martins, André Cruz (6 February 2019). "João Félix, uma mistura de Rui Costa e João Pinto com traços de Cruyff" [João Félix, a mixture of Rui Costa and João Pinto with Cruyff traits]. Para Eles (in Portuguese). Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  8. ^ "Cláusula de rescisão de João Félix pode subir" [João Félix's release clause may go up]. A Bola (in Portuguese). 5 February 2019. Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  9. ^ Roseiro, Bruno (25 August 2018). "João Félix, o miúdo dos Pestinhas que saiu do FC Porto por ser magricelas e está a ganhar cabedal no Benfica" [João Félix, the Pestinhas kid who left FC Porto for being scrawny and is gaining muscle at Benfica]. Observador (in Portuguese). Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  10. ^ a b "João Félix". Soccerway. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  11. ^ "Melhores de janeiro: João Félix e Pedro Henrique em destaque" [Best of January: João Félix and Pedro Henrique in evidence]. Liga Portugal (in Portuguese). 12 February 2019. Retrieved 14 February 2019.

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