Moutinho playing for Monaco in 2014
|Full name||João Filipe Iria Santos Moutinho|
|Date of birth||8 September 1986|
|Place of birth||Portimão, Portugal|
|Height||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 May 2016.
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 AS Monaco FC and the Portugal national team. Mainly a central midfielder he can also operate as a defensive or attacking midfielder, and on either flank.
Moutinho was born in Portimão, Algarve. After showing great promise as a boy playing for hometown club Portimonense SC, he signed with Sporting Clube de Portugal when he turned 13 to continue his football education.
During the 2004–05 pre-season, at only 17 years old, Moutinho was called by manager José Peseiro to the main squad, where he played some games and displayed some talent early on. After that, however, he returned to the junior team coached by Paulo Bento and featuring players such as Miguel Veloso and Nani, helping it win the national title that season although he was also regularly training with the first side setup.
In the beginning of 2005, Moutinho was called up for a game in the Portuguese Cup, eventually playing 20 minutes against F.C. Pampilhosa, and made his Primeira Liga debut on 23 January, staying in the entire 3–0 win at Gil Vicente FC and donning the #28 jersey previously worn by Cristiano Ronaldo. Based on extremely 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 a first-choice player.
Moutinho's performances in the closing stages of the campaign, especially in the UEFA Cup with Man of the Match displays against Feyenoord and Newcastle United 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.
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.
In 2006–07, following the departure of veteran Ricardo Sá Pinto, Moutinho was made vice-captain at just 19 years of age. 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 Sporting's first captain and associate founder, Francisco Stromp.
That season, 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. During this season, he further established himself as somewhat of a club symbol, earning plaudits as one of the league's top players.
In 2008–09, after an aborted deal with Premier League's Everton, Moutinho was again ever present, only missing three league matches (almost 50 presences overall) as Sporting finished once again runner-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.
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. 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." Soon after, Porto sold 37.5% of the player's economic rights to a third party, Mamers BV, for €4,125,000.
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, in which the player also appeared, against Vitória de Guimarães (6–2); he added another 90 minutes in the Europa League final, as the club won the treble.
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; the residual 15% was acquired by Porto in 2013, for €3.3 million.
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). 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.
On 24 May 2013, it was announced that Moutinho had joined French side AS Monaco FC alongside teammate James Rodríguez for a combined fee believed to be around €70 million (€25 million for Moutinho). 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.
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.
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. 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. 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.
He also played in two UEFA European Under-21 Championships, scoring against Germany in the 2006 edition, played on home soil, 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, he was named in a backup list of six players.
Moutinho was selected by former Sporting boss Bento for the 2014 World Cup, making his debut in the tournament on 16 June in a 0–4 group stage defeat to Germany. 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, 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.
|1||31 May 2008||Estádio do Fontelo, Viseu, Portugal||Georgia||1–0||2–0||Friendly|
|2||7 October 2011||Estádio do Dragão, Porto, Portugal||Iceland||4–2||5–3||Euro 2012 qualifying|
|3||8 October 2015||Estádio Municipal, Braga, Portugal||Denmark||1–0||1–0||Euro 2016 qualifying|
|4||11 October 2015||Partizan Stadium, Belgrade, Serbia||Serbia||2–1||2–1||Euro 2016 qualifying|
- As of 30 April 2016
- Includes Taça de Portugal and Coupe de France matches.
- Appearances in UEFA Cup
- Appearances in UEFA Cup and UEFA Champions League
- Appearances in UEFA Champions League
- Appearances in Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira
- Appearances in UEFA Europa League
- Appearances in UEFA Super Cup
- Appearances in UEFA Europa League and UEFA Champions League
- Appearances in UEFA Super Cup and Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira
- Appearances in Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira
- As of 10 July 2016
- Taça de Portugal: 2006–07, 2007–08
- Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira: 2007, 2008
- UEFA Cup: Runner-up 2004–05
- Taça da Liga: Runner-up 2007–08, 2008–09
- Primeira Liga: 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13
- Taça de Portugal: 2010–11
- Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira: 2010, 2011, 2012
- UEFA Europa League: 2010–11
- UEFA Super Cup: Runner-up 2011
- Taça da Liga: Runner-up 2012–13
- SJPF Player of the Month: April 2005
- SJPF Young Player of the Month: October 2006, November 2006, October 2007, November 2007, February 2008, March 2008
- Porto Player of the Year: 2012–13
- "A vez de Moutinho" [Moutinho's turn] (in Portuguese). Record. 23 January 2005. Retrieved 16 October 2015.
- Sporting get more of João Moutinho; UEFA.com, 10 June 2005
- "Um campeonato para Moutinho" [A championship for Moutinho] (in Portuguese). Record. 6 May 2006. Retrieved 16 October 2015.
- "João Moutinho: «Queremos mostrar o que valemos»" [João Moutinho: «We want to show our worth»] (in Portuguese). Record. 12 June 2007. Retrieved 16 October 2015.
- "Moutinho: «Culpa é da equipa por permitir remate»" [Moutinho: «Team is to blame for allowing shot»] (in Portuguese). Record. 25 February 2008. Retrieved 16 October 2015.
- Everton bid for Moutinho rejected; BBC Sport, 27 July 2008
- Fulham sign Johnson from Everton ; BBC Sport, 7 August 2008
- B Munich 7–1 Sporting (agg 12–1); BBC Sport, 10 March 2009
- Moutinho swaps Sporting for Porto; UEFA.com, 5 July 2010
- "Comunicado João Moutinho" [João Moutinho announcement] (PDF) (in Portuguese). FC Porto. 5 July 2010. Retrieved 6 July 2010.
- Bettencourt: «Maçã podre que iria contaminar o grupo» (Bettencourt: "Rotten apple that would contaminate the group"); Record, 5 July 2010 (Portuguese)
- "Report and consolidated accounts 2009/2010" (PDF). FC Porto. 25 October 2010. Retrieved 18 May 2011.
- Benfica have no answer to Porto brilliance; PortuGOAL, 20 April 2011
- "Comunicado" [Announcement] (PDF) (in Portuguese). FC Porto. 3 August 2011. Retrieved 12 August 2011.
- "Comunicado" [Announcement] (PDF) (in Portuguese). FC Porto. 30 January 2013. Retrieved 2 June 2013.
- "Moutinho earns Porto the edge". UEFA.com. 19 February 2013. Retrieved 24 February 2013.
- "Monaco pay €70 million for Porto pair". Goal.com. 24 May 2013. Retrieved 24 May 2013.
- "Riviere confirms Monaco win". Sky Sports. 1 September 2013. Retrieved 16 September 2014.
- "Reims 1–1 Monaco". Goal.com. 29 September 2013. Retrieved 16 September 2014.
- McGee, Nicholas (16 September 2014). "Monaco 1–0 Bayer Leverkusen: Moutinho marks winning return for Monaco". Goal.com. Retrieved 16 September 2014.
- "Postiga on target for Portugal". UEFA.com. 18 August 2005. Retrieved 8 September 2014.
- Portugal 2–0 Georgia: Ronaldo below par; ESPN Soccernet, 31 May 2008
- Portugal 2–0 Turkey; BBC Sport, 7 June 2008
- Moutinho misery for Germany; UEFA.com, 28 May 2006
- "Convocados revelados" [Squad revealed] (in Portuguese). Portuguese Football Federation. 10 May 2010. Retrieved 11 May 2010.
- "Pepe in Portugal squad". FIFA.com. 10 May 2010. Retrieved 11 May 2010.
- Release list of up to 30 players; FIFA.com
- "Spain survive test of nerve to reach final". UEFA.com. 27 June 2012. Retrieved 28 June 2012.
- "Portugal World Cup 2014 squad". The Daily Telegraph. 2 June 2014. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
- "Muller-inspired Germany thrash ten-man Portugal". FIFA.com. 16 June 2014. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
- "Moutinho magic seals Portugal progress". UEFA.com. 8 October 2015. Retrieved 9 October 2015.
- Nikčević, Sonja (11 October 2015). "Moutinho magic seals top spot for Portugal". UEFA.com. Retrieved 11 October 2015.
- "O 'olheiro' de craques da seleção" [The 'scout' of national team stars] (in Portuguese). Visão. 30 June 2012. Retrieved 9 October 2015.
- "Alexandre Moutinho segue pisadas de João" [Alexandre Moutinho follows in João's footsteps] (in Portuguese). Record. 22 June 2015. Retrieved 9 October 2015.
- "João Moutinho". ForaDeJogo. Retrieved 17 February 2015.
- "João Moutinho". Soccerway. Retrieved 17 February 2015.
- "João Moutinho". European Football. Retrieved 16 September 2014.
- "Kelvin eleito atleta jovem do ano" [Kelvin voted young athlete of the year] (in Portuguese). A Bola. 29 September 2012. Retrieved 29 September 2013.
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