Luís Loureiro

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Luís Loureiro
Personal information
Full name Luis Fernando da Graça Loureiro
Date of birth (1976-12-04) 4 December 1976 (age 40)
Place of birth Sintra, Portugal
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
1º Dezembro (coach)
Youth career
1990–1992 Mucifalense
1992–1995 Sintrense
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1999 Sintrense 56 (14)
1999–2000 Portimonense 31 (3)
2000–2001 Nacional 30 (7)
2001–2004 Gil Vicente 85 (10)
2004 Braga 17 (1)
2005 Dynamo Moscow 4 (0)
2005–2007 Sporting CP 9 (1)
2006–2007 Estrela Amadora (loan) 18 (2)
2007 Anorthosis 2 (0)
2008 Boavista 13 (1)
2008–2009 Portimonense 14 (1)
2010–2011 Sintrense 16 (5)
Total 295 (45)
National team
2003 Portugal 6 (0)
Teams managed
2011–2012 Sintrense
2012–2013 Fátima
2015–2016 Sintrense
2017– 1º Dezembro
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Luis Fernando da Graça Loureiro (born 4 December 1976 in Sintra, Lisbon) is a Portuguese former footballer who played as a defensive midfielder, and the current manager of S.U. 1º de Dezembro.

He amassed Primeira Liga totals of 142 games and 15 goals over the course of seven seasons, representing mainly in the competition Gil Vicente.

Club career[edit]

Having started his footballing career with hometown's S.U. Sintrense, Loureiro went on to represent Portimonense SC, C.D. Nacional, Gil Vicente FC (making his Primeira Liga debuts in the 2001–02 season), S.C. Braga, Sporting Clube de Portugal and C.F. Estrela da Amadora, also serving uneventful abroad stints with FC Dynamo Moscow in Russia (February–July 2005[1]) and Cyprus's Anorthosis Famagusta FC (August–December 2007).

Arguably, his biggest career moment came with Sporting: a spectacular goal, topping a great game in a 2–1 home win against S.L. Benfica during the 2005–06 campaign.[2] However, he was never more than a utility player there, collecting only 14 appearances all competitions comprised.

On 1 November 2007, Anorthosis coach Temuri Ketsbaia called him lazy and said that he was 'still on vacation', implying that the midfielder had not yet displayed the calibre of football he was brought to the club for. Eventually, in January 2008, Loureiro and Anorthosis parted ways, and the player returned to Portugal, signing until the end of the season with northern Boavista FC.

In July 2008, after Boavista's top flight relegation, Loureiro also dropped down a level, returning to Algarve's Portimonense and being released at the end of the campaign. After one year out of football he re-joined first professional team Sintrense, in the fourth division.

International career[edit]

Loureiro earned six caps for Portugal, all in 2003 and as a Gil Vicente player. His first came in the 0–2 loss to Italy on 12 February in a friendly match,[3] and he last played in a 4–0 win over Bolivia on 10 June, in another exhibition game.[4]


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