João Pereira (Portuguese footballer)
Pereira in action for Portugal in 2011
|Full name||João Pedro da Silva Pereira|
|Date of birth||25 February 1984|
|Place of birth||Lisbon, Portugal|
|Height||1.72 m (5 ft 7 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Right back|
|2006||→ Gil Vicente (loan)||14||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 May 2016.
An attacking wingback, he is also known for his fiery temperament that led to altercations with adversary players and referees numerous times. In his country, he represented both Benfica and Sporting, amassing Primeira Liga totals of 218 games and nine goals and winning the 2005 national championship with the former. He also spent two-and-a-half seasons in Spain with Valencia.
Pereira was born in Lisbon. A product of local S.L. Benfica's youth system, he first appeared with its first team on 17 August 2003 in a 0–0 away draw against Boavista FC, and finished his debut season with 25 Primeira Liga appearances, mostly as a midfielder.
Pereira was part of the Benfica squad that won the 2005 championship, starting often, until a fallout with coach Ronald Koeman relegated him to the bench and later to the B-side. He was sold to Gil Vicente F.C. – also in the top flight – in the 2006 summer, after a previous loan to the same club.
An undisputed starter from the beginning, he scored his first goal for the Minho side on 22 February 2009, a 2–1 last-minute winner at Associação Naval 1º de Maio. He also collected 18 yellow cards and one red in his first two seasons combined.
On 22 December 2009, Pereira moved to Sporting Clube de Portugal for a fee of €3 million; at the time Braga led the league alongside Benfica, with 12 points in advance to his new club, with the Lions eventually finishing fourth.
Pereira again featured regularly for Sporting in the 2010–11 campaign, both as a defender and a midfielder, as his team ranked in third position. On 30 April 2011 he scored in a 2–1 home win against Portimonense SC, but was also sent off midway through the second half (after teammate André Santos) for repeatedly and severely insulting referee Duarte Gomes.
On 24 May 2012, Pereira signed with Valencia CF in Spain for €3.6 million, penning a 3+1 contract. He made his official debut on 19 August, playing the full 90 minutes in a 1–1 away draw against Real Madrid.
In the January 2015 transfer window, Pereira signed for Bundesliga club Hannover 96 until the end of the season. He made his league debut on 7 February, playing the second half of a 1–2 away loss to Hamburger SV.
Return to Sporting
On 13 July 2015, Pereira returned to Sporting on a two-year deal with a €45 million buyout clause, as a replacement for Southampton-bound Cédric. He made his debut on 9 August, featuring the full 90 minutes as they beat Benfica 1–0 to lift the Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira at the Estádio Algarve.
Pereira was first called to the Portuguese team in October 2010, following the appointment of new coach Paulo Bento. He made his debut in a UEFA Euro 2012 qualifier against Denmark, and also started in the following match – in the same competition – in Iceland, with the national side winning both games 3–1.
On 19 May 2014, Pereira was named in the final 23-man squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. In the first game, against Germany, he committed a penalty on Mario Götze that resulted in the first goal scored by Thomas Müller, in an eventual 0–4 loss.
- As of 13 December 2015
|Gil Vicente (loan)||2005–06||Primeira Liga||14||0||0||0||—||—||—||14||0|
|Gil Vicente||2006–07||Segunda Liga||25||1||0||0||—||—||—||25||1|
- As of 7 September 2014
- Portugal's World Cup squad: who will make the plane to South Africa?; PortuGOAL, 1 March 2010
- Benfica brings in Braga fullback; UEFA.com, 2 August 2007
- Official: Joao Pereira moves to Sporting; Portugal Football, 23 December 2009
- Nine-man Sporting hold on for three points; PortuGOAL, 1 May 2011
- El Valencia confirma el fichaje de Joao Pereira (Valencia confirms Joao Pereira signing); Marca, 24 May 2012 (in Spanish)
- "Real held by Valencia in season opener". ESPN Soccernet. 19 August 2012. Retrieved 20 August 2012.
- "Nuno descarta a Joao Pereira" [Nuno discards Joao Pereira] (in Spanish). Europa Press. 3 December 2014. Retrieved 8 December 2014.
- "Nuno abre a Joao Pereira "la puerta del mercado de invierno"" [Nuno opens "winter market door" to Joao Pereira] (in Spanish). Goal.com. 3 December 2014. Retrieved 8 December 2014.
- "Hannover sign Portuguese international Pereira". Bundesliga. 29 January 2015. Retrieved 29 January 2015.
- "Zwei Dusel-Tore lassen den HSV wieder jubeln" [Two fluke goals make HSV rejoice again] (in German). Focus. 7 February 2015. Retrieved 25 June 2016.
- "João Pereira assina por duas épocas e fica com cláusula de 45 milhões" [João Pereira signs for two seasons and gets €45 million release clause] (in Portuguese). SAPO. 13 July 2015. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
- "Benfica 0–1 Sporting" (in Portuguese). Rádio e Televisão de Portugal. 9 August 2015. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
- "Paulo Bento announces Portugal's 23-man World Cup squad". PortuGOAL. 19 May 2014. Retrieved 1 June 2014.
- "Muller-inspired Germany thrash ten-man Portugal". FIFA.com. 16 June 2014. Retrieved 17 June 2014.
- "João Pereira". ForaDeJogo. Retrieved 20 January 2015.
- "João Pereira". Soccerway. Retrieved 20 January 2015.
- "João Pereira". European Football. Retrieved 4 January 2016.
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