Mika (footballer, born 1991)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  (Redirected from Michael Simões Domingues)
Jump to: navigation, search
Mika
MikaGK.jpg
Mika with Benfica in 2012.
Personal information
Full name Michael Simões Domingues
Date of birth (1991-03-08) 8 March 1991 (age 26)
Place of birth Yverdon, Switzerland
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Sunderland
Number 12
Youth career
2002–2006 Sporting Pombal
2006–2010 União Leiria
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2011 União Leiria 4 (0)
2011–2014 Benfica 0 (0)
2012–2014 Benfica B 31 (0)
2014 Atlético 16 (0)
2014–2016 Boavista 58 (0)
2016– Sunderland 0 (0)
National team
2011 Portugal U20 17 (0)
2011–2012 Portugal U21 6 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 September 2016.

Michael Simões Domingues (born 8 March 1991), known as Mika, is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for English club Sunderland as a goalkeeper.

Club career[edit]

Born in Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland to Portuguese parents, Mika joined U.D. Leiria's youth ranks in 2006, aged 15. He was promoted to the main squad for the 2009–10 season, as third-choice. On 26 February 2010, in a home match against Vitória de Guimarães, he made his Primeira Liga debut, replacing Carlão after Hélder Godinho received a red card for committing a foul inside the box – he was not able to prevent Andrezinho from scoring the game's only goal, in the subsequent penalty kick; the following campaign he was still a backup, but two of his three appearances were against Sporting Clube de Portugal (0–0 away draw) and S.L. Benfica (3–3, also away).

On 7 July 2011, whilst on international duty with the Portuguese under-20s, Mika signed a five-year contract with Benfica for €500,000.[1] He played no official games during 2011–12, playing understudy to experienced Artur and Eduardo, going on to spend the following two seasons with the B-team in the second division.

On 27 January 2014, Mika cut ties with the Lisbon club.[2] He signed for two years with second level side Atlético Clube de Portugal the same day,[3] being first-choice during his short tenure but not being able to help prevent relegation.

Mika returned to the top flight in the 2014 summer, penning a three-year deal with Boavista FC.[4] During the 2016 summer, he gained interest from Premier League clubs Leicester City[5] and Sunderland: initial reports stated he agreed a move to the latter on transfer deadline day, but the deal was not finalized as the transfer window had already closed. The reason for the delayed transfer was a technical fault at the Portuguese end, but after an appeal to FIFA he was granted permission to join and signed a two-year contract.[6]

International career[edit]

Mika was Portugal's starter at the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Colombia: he helped the national team reach the final without conceding a single goal, before losing to Brazil 2–3 in the decisive match. In the quarter-finals against Argentina he saved three penalties in the shootout and, in the following game, against France, he broke the record for number of minutes without conceding a goal in U-20 World Cup history, in a 2–0 win,[7] and was eventually voted as best goalkeeper in the tournament.

Subsequently, Mika was chosen by under-21 manager Rui Jorge for the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying campaign. He played in half of the games, with Portugal just missing out on the play-off round.

Club statistics[edit]

As of 1 September 2016[8]
Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2009–10 União Leiria Primeira Liga 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2010–11 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Total 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
2011–12 Benfica Primeira Liga 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2012–13 Benfica B Segunda Liga 30 0 30 0
2013–14 1 0 1 0
Total 31 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 31 0
2013–14 Atlético Segunda Liga 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 0
Total 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 0
2014–15 Boavista Primeira Liga 29 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 31 0
2015–16 26 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 30 0
2016–17 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Total 58 0 4 0 2 0 0 0 64 0
2016–17 Sunderland Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career Total 109 0 5 0 2 0 0 0 116 0

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Benfica

Country[edit]

Portugal

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Benfica: guarda-redes Mika garantido por 500 mil euros (Benfica: goalkeeper Mika confirmed for 500.000 euros); Diário de Notícias, 7 July 2011 (in Portuguese)
  2. ^ Mika rescindiu contrato (Mika has terminated contract); A Bola, 27 January 2014 (in Portuguese)
  3. ^ Mika reforça alcantarenses (Mika bolsters alcantarenses); A Bola, 27 January 2014 (in Portuguese)
  4. ^ Mika reforça baliza do Boavista (Mika bolsters Boavista goal); Zerozero, 24 June 2014 (in Portuguese)
  5. ^ Leicester City plot £1million move for Portuguese goalkeeper Mika; Talk Sport, 23 May 2016
  6. ^ "Sunderland sign Mika". Sunderland A.F.C. 7 September 2016. Retrieved 7 September 2016. 
  7. ^ Portugal see off France to reach final; FIFA.com, 17 July 2011
  8. ^ "Mika". Soccerway. Retrieved 26 May 2014. 

External links[edit]

  • Mika at TheFinalBall.com Edit this at Wikidata
  • Mika at ForaDeJogo Edit this at Wikidata