João Palhinha

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João Palhinha
Personal information
Full name João Maria Lobo Alves Palhinha Gonçalves
Date of birth (1995-07-09) 9 July 1995 (age 23)
Place of birth Lisbon, Portugal
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
(on loan from Sporting CP)
Number 60
Youth career
2008–2009 Alta de Lisboa
2009–2012 Sacavenense
2012–2014 Sporting CP
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014– Sporting B 21 (1)
2015–2016Moreirense (loan) 29 (0)
2016– Sporting CP 13 (0)
2016–2017Belenenses (loan) 13 (1)
2018–2019Braga (loan) 7 (1)
National team
2011 Portugal U18 2 (0)
2013−2014 Portugal U19 14 (1)
2015 Portugal U20 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 January 2019

João Maria Lobo Alves Palhinha Gonçalves (born 9 July 1995) is a Portuguese footballer who plays for S.C. Braga on loan from Sporting CP as a defensive midfielder.

Club career[edit]

Born in Lisbon, Palhinha joined local Sporting CP's youth system in 2012, aged 17. He played his first game as a professional with the B-team, coming on as a late substitute for fellow youth graduate Iuri Medeiros in a 3−2 home win against Portimonense S.C. for the Segunda Liga championship, on 3 February 2014;[1] it was one of only two appearances during the season.

Still in the second level, Palhinha scored his first senior goal on 4 April 2015, his header contributing to a 3−1 home success over Leixões SC.[2] From July 2015 to January 2017 he was loaned to Primeira Liga clubs Moreirense F.C.[3] and C.F. Os Belenenses, respectively,[4] making his debut in the competition whilst with the former in a 0−2 home loss to F.C. Arouca where he played 22 minutes from the bench,[5] and netting for the first time while at the service of the latter against Vitória de Guimarães (1−1 away draw, 90 minutes played).[6]

Subsequently, returned to the Estádio José Alvalade,[7] Palhinha made his competitive debut with the first team on 21 January 2017, starting in a 2−2 draw at C.S. Marítimo.[8] He scored his first goals for them on 12 October of the same year, netting twice in a 4–2 away win over ARC Oleiros for the Taça de Portugal.[9]


  1. ^ "Sporting B-Portimonense, 3−2: Leões voltam aos triunfos" [Sporting B-Portimonense, 3−2: Lions return to winning ways]. Record (in Portuguese). 3 February 2014. Retrieved 3 August 2015.
  2. ^ "Sporting B-Leixões, 3−1: Quarto triunfo seguido para os leões" [Sporting B-Leixões, 3−1: Fourth win in a row for the lions]. Record (in Portuguese). 4 April 2015. Retrieved 3 August 2015.
  3. ^ "Sporting empresta Palhinha ao Moreirense" [Sporting loan Palhinha to Moreirense]. O Jogo (in Portuguese). 12 August 2015. Retrieved 28 August 2017.
  4. ^ "Sporting: João Palhinha emprestado ao Belenenses" [Sporting: João Palhinha loaned to Belenenses] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 9 August 2016. Retrieved 28 August 2017.
  5. ^ "Moreirense 0−2 Arouca" (in Portuguese). SAPO. 16 August 2015. Retrieved 28 August 2017.
  6. ^ "Vitória de Guimarães e Belenenses dividem pontos" [Vitória de Guimarães and Belenenses share points] (in Portuguese). Portuguese Football Federation. 17 September 2016. Retrieved 28 August 2017.
  7. ^ "Palhinha: "Regresso agora a casa"" [Palhinha: «I return home now»]. Record (in Portuguese). 4 January 2017. Retrieved 28 August 2017.
  8. ^ "Leão agrava crise" [Lion worsens crisis] (in Portuguese). Rádio Renascença. 21 January 2017. Retrieved 28 August 2017.
  9. ^ "Palhinha: "Defrontámos o Oleiros tal como defrontámos o Barcelona ou o FC Porto"" [Palhinha: "We played Oleiros like we played Barcelona or FC Porto"]. O Jogo (in Portuguese). 12 October 2017. Retrieved 13 October 2017.

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