José Moreira

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This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Silva and the second or paternal family name is Moreira.
José Moreira
Moreira, Benfica vs. Stuttgart.JPG
Moreira training with Benfica in 2011
Personal information
Full name José Filipe da Silva Moreira
Date of birth (1982-03-20) 20 March 1982 (age 34)
Place of birth Massarelos, Portugal
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Number 31
Youth career
1991–1999 Salgueiros
1999 Benfica
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2001 Benfica B 31 (0)
2001–2011 Benfica 112 (0)
2011–2012 Swansea City 0 (0)
2013–2015 Omonia 62 (48)
2015– Olhanense 40 (0)
National team
2001–2002 Portugal U20 13 (0)
2002–2004 Portugal U21 22 (0)
2009 Portugal 1 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 May 2016.

† Appearances (goals)

José Filipe da Silva Moreira, OIH (born 20 March 1982) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for S.C. Olhanense as a goalkeeper.

He played most of his career with Benfica, appearing in nearly 200 official games and making his professional debuts at only 19.

Moreira gained 79 caps for Portugal all youth categories comprised, and represented the senior team at Euro 2004.

Club career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Born in Massarelos, Porto District, Moreira preferred to play as an attacking midfielder in his early years but, following the advice of father José, soon changed his playing position and took trials for S.C. Salgueiros.

In 1997, at only 15 years of age, Moreira caught the eye of the biggest Portuguese teamsSporting Clube de Portugal, F.C. Porto, Boavista F.C. and S.L. Benfica. The latter made the best bid to Salgueiros and won the race to sign the youngster but, due to his young age, decided it was best to keep him at the club for two more years; when he arrived to the Estádio da Luz he was called for a mini-tour with the main squad in the Azores, going on to make his unofficial senior debut.


In 1999, Moreira was selected by the Portuguese under–18 coach Agostinho Oliveira for the UEFA European Championship in Sweden, with the national team winning the title. Subsequently he returned to Benfica, being called by team manager Jupp Heynckes to join the pre-season tour in Austria. At the time, two of the three senior goalkeepers were not available (Carlos Bossio was in Argentina and Nuno Santos was injured, leaving Robert Enke as the only available keeper); without competition for the substitutes bench he was called to sit in for several matches during August and December 1999 (he was just 17), but would only play two years later in a home game against Vitória de Guimarães, replacing the injured Enke after 24 minutes and delivering a clean sheet on his professional debut (0–0 draw).

Moreira had also time to conquer the junior national championship in 2000, adding the Toulon Tournament with the under-20s after beating Colombia in the final. He started on 9 March 2002 in a 2–0 success at Gil Vicente F.C. and, when German Enke left at the end of the season to sign with Spain's FC Barcelona, he became the number one choice from then on.

During 2003–04 Moreira made his debut in European competitions, playing in the UEFA Cup against Molde FK (at home, in a 3–0 win). The season ended with Benfica, led by José Antonio Camacho, winning the Portuguese Cup after beating Porto managed by José Mourinho; towards the campaign's closure he renewed his link until 2010[1] and, in the summer, he was called to join the under-21 squad for the Vale do Tejo International Tournament, winning the tournament and being chosen the best goalkeeper in the competition.

With the arrival of Quim from S.C. Braga in August 2004, Moreira began suffering stiff competition for the starting job. He contributed with 15 games as Benfica won the league title after 11 years but, on 18 October 2005, underwent surgery to his right knee, which caused him to miss most of 2005–06.[2]

Upon his return to competition,[3] Moreira found himself having to compete for backup goalkeeper duties with recently signed Brazilian Marcelo Moretto, the same happening in the 2006–07 season. Moretto was then loaned to Greece's AEK Athens F.C. in August 2007.

The 2007–08 campaign brought a new challenge to Moreira, as the club signed 33-year-old Hans-Jörg Butt, known for taking free kicks and penalties. When it seemed he was set to become Benfica's first-choice again, he suffered another injury, this time on his left knee, which forced him to again undergo surgery in July 2007, with this translating into four months off the pitch.

In a turbulent 2008–09, where all three goalkeepers went from first to third-choice in a matter of weeks, Moreira appeared in 14 league matches, as Benfica finished third. Following the arrival of another Brazilian, Júlio César, signed from C.F. Os Belenenses in the next off-season alongside manager Jorge Jesus, he was demoted to third-choice. In June 2010, as his contract was not renewed, it looked like he would leave the club after an 11-year link,[4] with speculation arising that he would join Lisbon neighbours Sporting;[5] however, after Quim was released from the club, later rejoining Braga, he eventually put pen to paper a new three-year contract.

Moreira was again third-choice in 2010–11, behind César and newly signed Roberto. He did appear in several Portuguese League Cup games, including the final against F.C. Paços de Ferreira, where he stopped a Manuel José penalty in an eventual 2–1 win, Benfica's third consecutive in the tournament.[6]

Late career[edit]

On 8 July 2011, after 12 years with Benfica, Moreira joined newly promoted Premier League club Swansea City, for an undisclosed fee.[7] However, he only made one official appearance during the season, against Shrewsbury Town for the Football League Cup (1–3 away loss), and his contract was terminated by mutual consent on 17 May 2012.[8]

In late January 2013, Moreira moved to AC Omonia in Cyprus.[9] He returned to Portugal in the 2015 summer at the age of 33, joining S.C. Olhanense.[10] He made his debut on 12 September, in a 0–0 Segunda Liga home draw against C.D. Aves.

International career[edit]

Internationally Moreira represented Portugal at under-17, under-18, under-19, under-20 and under-21 levels, also appearing for the B-side. He was picked by senior team manager Luiz Felipe Scolari, alongside Ricardo and Quim, for UEFA Euro 2004 which was contested on home soil, but did not take any part in the tournament.

In a one-and-half-month period in the summer of 2004, Moreira represented Portugal at the European Under-21 Championship in Germany and acted as backup at Euro 2004, before a trip to Athens for the Summer Olympics, where he started.

On 12 August 2009, five years after his Euro 2004 selection, Moreira finally made his full squad debut, playing 30 minutes in a friendly win in Liechtenstein (3–0).[11]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 18 January 2015
Club Season League Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Benfica 2001–02[12] Primeira Liga 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
2002–03[12] Primeira Liga 31 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 31 0
2003–04[12] Primeira Liga 33 0 3 0 10[a] 0 46 0
2004–05[12] Primeira Liga 15 0 3 0 5[b] 0 23 0
2005–06[12] Primeira Liga 6 0 0 0 2[c] 0 8 0
2006–07[12] Primeira Liga 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2007–08[12] Primeira Liga 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2008–09[12] Primeira Liga 14 0 2 0 0 0 1[b] 0 17 0
2009–10[12] Primeira Liga 0 0 2 0 1 0 2[d] 0 5 0
2010–11[12] Primeira Liga 2 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 6 0
Total 112 0 10 0 5 0 20 0 147 0
Swansea City 2011–12[13] Premier League 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
Omonia 2012–13[13] Cypriot First Division 11 0 3 0 14 0
2013–14[13] Cypriot First Division 36 0 3 0 2[d] 0 41 0
2014–15[13] Cypriot First Division 12 0 0 0 6[d] 0 18 0
Total 59 0 6 0 8 0 73 0
Career total 171 0 16 0 6 0 28 0 221 0
  1. ^ Appearances in UEFA Cup and UEFA Champions League
  2. ^ a b Appearances in UEFA Cup
  3. ^ Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  4. ^ a b c Appearances in UEFA Europa League





  1. ^ Moreira makes Benfica commitment;, 13 April 2004
  2. ^ Benfica keeper crisis deepens;, 19 October 2005
  3. ^ Benfica's Moreira raring to go; UEFA, 20 March 2006
  4. ^ Moreira vai deixar o Benfica no final da temporada (Moreira to leave Benfica at the end of the season); Diário de Notícias, 9 December 2009 (Portuguese)
  5. ^ Sporting pensa em Moreira (Sporting thinks of Moreira); Correio da Manhã, 4 May 2010 (Portuguese)
  6. ^ Bwin Cup final: Benfica make it three in a row!; PortuGOAL, 23 April 2011
  7. ^ "Benfica goalkeeper Jose Moreira joins Swansea City". BBC Sport. 8 July 2011. Retrieved 14 July 2011. 
  8. ^ "Jose Moreira released from Swansea City contract". BBC Sport. 17 May 2012. Retrieved 7 September 2012. 
  9. ^ "Moreira a caminho do Omonoia Nicósia" [Moreira on his way to Omonoia Nicosia] (in Portuguese). Record. 31 January 2013. Retrieved 13 April 2013. 
  10. ^ "Moreira reforça as redes rubro negras" [Moreira strengthens red-and-black goal] (in Portuguese). S.C. Olhanense. 31 August 2015. Retrieved 14 September 2015. 
  11. ^ "Liechtenstein 0–3 Portugal: Hugo Almeida brace helps Seleccao beat hosts". 12 August 2009. Retrieved 14 July 2011. 
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Moreira". ForaDeJogo. Retrieved 18 January 2015. 
  13. ^ a b c d "Moreira". Soccerway. Retrieved 18 January 2015. 

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