João Moutinho

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João Moutinho
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Moutinho with Portugal at the 2017 Confederations Cup
Personal information
Full name João Filipe Iria Santos Moutinho[1]
Date of birth (1986-09-08) 8 September 1986 (age 32)[1]
Place of birth Barreiro, Portugal[2]
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)[3]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Wolverhampton Wanderers
Number 28
Youth career
1996–2000 Portimonense
2000–2004 Sporting CP
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2004 Sporting CP B 30 (1)
2005–2010 Sporting CP 163 (21)
2010–2013 Porto 83 (4)
2013–2018 Monaco 158 (9)
2018– Wolverhampton Wanderers 11 (1)
National team
2003 Portugal U17 15 (0)
2004 Portugal U18 5 (0)
2004 Portugal U19 4 (1)
2005–2007 Portugal U21 17 (2)
2006 Portugal B 1 (0)
2005– Portugal 113 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 November 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20:35, 25 June 2018 (UTC)

João Filipe Iria Santos Moutinho (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈʒwɐ̃w fɨˈlip iˈɾi.ɐ ˈsɐ̃tuʒ mo(w)ˈtĩɲu]; born 8 September 1986) is a Portuguese footballer who plays for English club Wolverhampton Wanderers and the Portugal national team. Mainly a central midfielder, he can also operate as a defensive or attacking midfielder and on either flank.

He began his professional career with Sporting, moving in 2010 to Porto and winning 12 major titles between the two clubs combined. Three years later he transferred to Monaco for €25 million, winning the Ligue 1 championship in the 2016–17 season.

Moutinho represented the Portuguese national team at three European Championships and two World Cups, winning the 2016 edition of the former tournament.

Club career[edit]

Sporting[edit]

Moutinho was born in Barreiro, Setúbal District.[2] After showing great promise as a boy playing for Portimonense SC, he signed with Sporting CP when he turned 13 to continue his football education.[4]

During the 2004–05 pre-season, at only 17 years of age, Moutinho was called by manager José Peseiro to the main squad, where he played some games and displayed some talent early on. However, he then returned to the junior team coached by Paulo Bento and featured alongside such players such as Miguel Veloso and Nani, helping the side win the national title that season, although he was also regularly training with the main squad.

In the beginning of 2005, Moutinho was called up for a game in the Taça de Portugal, eventually playing 20 minutes against F.C. Pampilhosa,[5] and made his Primeira Liga debut on 23 January, staying in the entire 3–0 win at Gil Vicente F.C. and wearing the #28 shirt previously worn by Cristiano Ronaldo.[6] Based on highly consistent displays, he wasted no time in establishing himself as a regular while being able to play in any position across a flat midfield or in a diamond formation; his box-to-box dynamism and determination quickly made him a firm fan favourite, as he rarely missed a game since becoming first-choice.[7]

Moutinho's performances in the closing stages of the campaign, especially in the UEFA Cup with man of the match displays against Feyenoord[8] and Newcastle United[9] that helped the Lions reach the final of the competition, made him an automatic starter for Sporting despite his young age; he contributed with 15 league games as Sporting finished second and, during the summer, he penned a one-year extension with the club.[10]

Moutinho (right) battling João Pereira in 2009

In his first full season, Moutinho's further progress and exceptional consistency (he was the only player to play every minute of every match in the domestic league) was one of the brightest spots in Sporting's runner-up final place. Incidentally, he scored his team's final goal of the campaign, a 1–0 win over S.C. Braga to ensure a return to UEFA Champions League football for the Lisbon club.[11]

In 2006–07, following the departure of veteran Ricardo Sá Pinto, Moutinho was made vice-captain at just 19 years of age.[12] The following season, after Custódio and Ricardo also left, he would be named captain, the second youngest in the history of the club's professional football, behind first captain and associate founder Francisco Stromp.[13][14]

That campaign, with Leandro Romagnoli (an attacking midfielder) also in the starting eleven, Moutinho, more often than not, moved from his natural "behind-the-forwards" midfield role to the right flank, where he still managed to deliver impressive performances. Additionally, he began earning plaudits as one of the league's top players.

In 2008–09, after an aborted deal with Premier League's Everton,[15][16] Moutinho was again ever present, only missing three league matches (almost 50 presences overall) as Sporting finished once again runners-up; he also had the dubious distinction of netting his side's only goal in the Champions League round-of-16 clash against FC Bayern Munich, a 1–12 aggregate loss.[17]

Porto[edit]

Moutinho playing for Porto in 2011

On 3 July 2010, Moutinho signed a five-year contract with Sporting rivals FC Porto, with the transfer price reaching 11 million (€1M being paid for 50% of the rights to central defender Nuno André Coelho); additionally, Sporting would receive 25% of any added value (Portuguese: mais valia) occurring during that time frame, provided it surpassed the previous value.[18][19] Sporting Chairman José Eduardo Bettencourt described Moutinho's conduct as deplorable and called him a "rotten apple", adding: "The deal was done because Sporting wanted it, because it did not want a rotten apple in its orchard, and it did not want someone who was not an example, nor dignified the flag of the club."[20] Soon after, Porto sold 37.5% of the player's economic rights to a third party, Mamers BV, for €4,125,000.[21]

Moutinho was an ever-present figure for Porto in his first season. He appeared in 50 official games as the northerners won the league and, even though he did not score in league competition, he netted twice in the campaign's Portuguese Cup, most notably in a 3–1 away win against S.L. Benfica, with his team overcoming the 0–2 home loss in the first leg to reach the final,[22] in which the player also appeared, against Vitória de Guimarães (6–2);[23] he added another 90 minutes in the Europa League final, and the club won the treble.[24]

On 3 August 2011, Porto partnered with Soccer Invest Fund to buy back 37.5% of Moutinho's economic rights. The private investment fund acquired 15% after the overall transactions, while Porto recouped 22.5% for €4 million;[25] the residual 15% was acquired by Porto in 2013, for €3.3 million.[26]

Moutinho scored a rare goal on 19 February 2013, helping his team to a 1–0 home win over Málaga CF for the season's Champions League round-of-16, netting from close range after an Alex Sandro cross (eventual 1–2 aggregate loss).[27] He played 43 contests during the campaign all competitions comprised (five goals, 3,515 minutes of action), as both team and player won their third consecutive league championship.

Monaco[edit]

On 24 May 2013, it was announced that Moutinho had joined AS Monaco FC alongside teammate James Rodríguez for a combined fee believed to be around €70 million (€25 million for Moutinho).[28] He made his official debut for his new club on 1 September, starting and setting up both goals in a 2–1 win at Olympique de Marseille which put Monaco to the top of Ligue 1.[29]

Moutinho was first-choice in his debut campaign, as the principality team finished runners-up straight out of Ligue 2. His only goal was an equaliser in a 1–1 away draw to Stade de Reims, on 29 September.[30]

On 16 September 2014, in Monaco's first Champions League match since 2005, Moutinho scored the only goal in a home defeat of Bayer 04 Leverkusen.[31] He finished the season with 52 overall appearances, in an eventual third-place finish for the Leonardo Jardim-led side.

Moutinho contributed with two goals from 31 matches during 2016–17, helping the club to the eighth national championship of its history.[32]

Wolverhampton Wanderers[edit]

On 24 July 2018, Moutinho joined newly-promoted English club Wolverhampton Wanderers on a two-year-deal for an undisclosed fee, reported to be around £5 million.[33] He made his Premier League debut on 11 August, featuring 85 minutes in a 2–2 home draw against Everton.[34] His first goal in the competition arrived on 22 September, when he scored from just outside the box with his weaker left foot in a 1–1 away draw to Manchester United.[35][36]

International career[edit]

Croatia's Luka Modrić (front) battles Moutinho for the ball in a friendly match in June 2013

A full Portugal international at the age of 18, Moutinho made his debut on 17 August 2005 in a 2–0 home friendly win against Egypt in Ponta Delgada.[37] Ever since the 2006 FIFA World Cup, he became a regular call-up.

On 31 May 2008, Moutinho registered his first goal for the national team in a 2–0 friendly victory over Georgia at Estádio do Fontelo in Viseu.[38] He was picked for the squad-of-23 for UEFA Euro 2008 and, in the opening game, assisted on a goal by Raul Meireles in a 2–0 victory against Turkey.[39]

Moutinho also played in two UEFA European Under-21 Championships, scoring against Germany in the 2006 edition, played on home soil,[40] as the Portuguese exited in the group stage on both occasions; additionally, although not part of the provisional 24-player list for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa,[41][42] he was named in a backup list of six players.[43]

Moutinho played all the games and minutes at the Euro 2012 tournament. In the semi-finals against Spain, he missed his penalty shootout attempt in an eventual 2–4 loss (0–0 after 120 minutes).[44]

Moutinho was selected by former Sporting boss Bento for the 2014 World Cup,[45] making his debut in the tournament on 16 June in a 0–4 group stage defeat to Germany.[46] On 8 October 2015, he scored the only goal as Portugal defeated Denmark at the Estádio Municipal de Braga to seal qualification for Euro 2016,[47] and three days later was also on the scoresheet in a 2–1 win away to Serbia which confirmed his team's position as group winners.[48]

After six appearances out of a possible seven to help his nation win the European Championships for the first time ever,[49][50] Moutinho was also picked for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup squad by Fernando Santos.[51] In the latter competition, in the final group stage game in Saint Petersburg, he won his 100th cap by playing the full 90 minutes in the 4–0 defeat of New Zealand.[52][53]

Moutinho was included in the 2018 World Cup squad.[54]

Personal life[edit]

Moutinho's father, Nélson, was also a footballer. A forward, he played for several clubs during a 15-year senior career.[55][56]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 9 December 2018
Club Season League Cup[a] League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sporting 2004–05[57] Primeira Liga 15 0 2 0 9[b] 0 26 0
2005–06[57] 34 4 5 1 4[c] 0 43 5
2006–07[57] 29 4 6 3 6[d] 0 41 7
2007–08[57] 30 5 6 1 7 0 12[d] 1 1[e] 0 56 7
2008–09[57] 27 3 2 0 5 0 8[d] 1 1[e] 0 43 4
2009–10[57] 28 5 4 2 4 0 14[f] 2 50 9
Total 163 21 25 7 16 0 53 4 2 0 259 32
Porto 2010–11[57] Primeira Liga 27 0 5 2 3 0 17[f] 0 1[g] 0 53 2
2011–12[57] 29 3 1 0 4 0 8[h] 0 2[i] 0 44 3
2012–13[57] 27 1 2 0 5 2 8[d] 2 1[j] 0 43 5
Total 83 4 8 2 12 2 33 2 4 0 140 10
Monaco 2013–14[58] Ligue 1 31 1 3 0 0 0 34 1
2014–15[58] 37 4 3 0 2 0 10[d] 1 52 5
2015–16[58] 26 1 3 0 0 0 8[c] 0 37 1
2016–17[58] 28 2 4 0 4 1 11[d] 0 47 3
2017–18[58] 33 1 1 0 4 0 6[d] 0 44 1
Total 155 9 13 0 10 1 33 2 211 11
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2018–19[58] Premier League 16 1 0 0 0 0 16 1
Career total 417 35 46 9 38 3 119 8 6 0 626 55
  1. ^ Includes Taça de Portugal and Coupe de France matches.
  2. ^ Appearances in UEFA Cup
  3. ^ a b Appearances in UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League and UEFA Champions League
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  5. ^ a b Appearances in Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira
  6. ^ a b Appearances in UEFA Europa League
  7. ^ Appearances in UEFA Super Cup
  8. ^ Appearances in UEFA Europa League and UEFA Champions League
  9. ^ Appearances in UEFA Super Cup and Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira
  10. ^ Appearances in Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira

International[edit]

As of 25 June 2018[59]
Moutinho warming up at the Iberian derby against Spain in Group B of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
National team Year Apps Goals
Portugal 2005 3 0
2006 2 0
2007 6 0
2008 11 1
2009 3 0
2010 5 0
2011 10 1
2012 14 0
2013 11 0
2014 11 0
2015 5 2
2016 13 1
2017 11 2
2018 8 0
Total 113 7

International goals[edit]

As of 3 June 2017[59]
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 31 May 2008 Fontelo, Viseu, Portugal  Georgia 1–0 2–0 Friendly
2 7 October 2011 Dragão, Porto, Portugal  Iceland 4–2 5–3 UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
3 8 October 2015 Estádio Municipal, Braga, Portugal  Denmark 1–0 1–0 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying
4 11 October 2015 Partizan Stadium, Belgrade, Serbia  Serbia 2–1 2–1
5 10 October 2016 Tórsvøllur, Tórshavn, Faroe Islands  Faroe Islands 5–0 6–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
6 3 June 2017 António Coimbra da Mota, Estoril, Portugal  Cyprus 1–0 4–0 Friendly
7 2–0

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Sporting[7]

Porto[7]

Monaco

International[edit]

Portugal

Individual[edit]

Orders[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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