Miguel Lopes

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This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Almeida Costa and the second or paternal family name is Lopes.
Miguel Lopes
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Lopes with Portugal in 2012
Personal information
Full name Hugo Miguel Almeida Costa Lopes
Date of birth (1986-12-19) 19 December 1986 (age 29)
Place of birth Lisbon, Portugal
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Right back
Club information
Current team
Akhisar Belediyespor
(on loan from Sporting CP)
Youth career
1995–1999 Oriental
1999–2002 Olivais Moscavide
2002–2004 Alverca
2004–2005 Benfica
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2006 Benfica B 24 (4)
2006–2007 Operário 21 (7)
2007–2009 Rio Ave 50 (2)
2009–2012 Porto 14 (1)
2010–2011 Betis (loan) 21 (0)
2012 Braga (loan) 10 (0)
2013– Sporting CP 24 (0)
2013–2014 Lyon (loan) 19 (0)
2015–2016 Granada (loan) 26 (0)
2016–2017 Akhisar Belediyespor (loan) 0 (0)
National team
2009 Portugal U21 3 (0)
2012 Portugal 4 (0)

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

† Appearances (goals)

Hugo Miguel Almeida Costa Lopes (born 19 December 1986) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Turkish club Akhisar Belediyespor on loan from Sporting Clube de Portugal as a right back.

During his career, he played for each of the Big Three of Portuguese football – Benfica, Porto and Sporting – as well as spending time on loan in Spain and France.

Lopes represented Portugal at Euro 2012.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Lisbon, Lopes started his professional career with S.L. Benfica's B-team. In the following summer, he moved to the lower leagues with C.D. Operário.

After some solid displays, Lopes signed in the 2007–08 season with second division's Rio Ave FC. In his first year, he was an habitual starter as the Vila do Conde side returned to the Primeira Liga after two years.

In 2008–09, Lopes helped Rio Ave to home draws against Benfica and FC Porto, and was again featured regularly, thus prompting interest from bigger clubs.

Porto[edit]

In January 2009, Lopes agreed to a four-year deal with Porto: in his debut season, having to compete with Uruguayan Jorge Fucile for a starting berth, he appeared sparingly in the league but did manage to play in 17 official games, 13 as a starter.

In late August 2010, deemed surplus to requirements by new Porto manager André Villas-Boas as practically all Portuguese players in the team, Lopes moved to Spanish side Real Betis on a one-year loan deal.[1] He passed his medical and was unveiled on 2 September,[2] eventually appearing in exactly half of the league games during the campaign as the Andalusians returned to La Liga as champions after three years.

Lopes spent the first part of 2011–12 unregistered by Porto. In the January transfer window he was loaned to fellow league club S.C. Braga,[3] going on to start in seven of his league appearances as it finished third and qualified to the UEFA Champions League for the second time in its history.

Lopes returned to Porto for the 2012–13 season. On 29 September he scored through a rare header, opening the score in an eventual 2–2 draw at former team Rio Ave.[4]

Sporting[edit]

In January 2013, Lopes joined fellow Big Three side Sporting Clube de Portugal on a five-and-a-half-year contract, with Marat Izmailov moving in the opposite direction.[5] On 7 July he moved to Olympique Lyonnais in Ligue 1, on a one-year loan deal.[6]

On 31 May 2015, Lopes was featured in the final of the Taça de Portugal against Braga, coming on as a substitute after the first-half dismissal of Cédric Soares. Although he was beaten by Rafa who put the opposition 2–0 up, his team eventually won in a penalty shootout.[7][8]

Lopes returned to Spain on 6 August 2015, joining Granada CF on a one-year loan deal.[9] The following season, still owned by Sporting, he signed with Akhisar Belediyespor in the Turkish Süper Lig.[10]

International career[edit]

Due to his ability to play as both a right and a left back, Lopes was selected by Portugal coach Paulo Bento for his UEFA Euro 2012 squad.[11] He made his national team debut on 2 June, a 1–3 friendly loss against Turkey in Lisbon,[12] being an unused member in the finals in Poland and Ukraine.

Personal life[edit]

Lopes' twin brother, Nuno, is also a footballer and a right-back. Both came through exactly the same youth system setup, with the exception of Benfica.[13]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 23 March 2015
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Benfica B 2005–06[14] Portuguese Second Division 24 4 24 4
Operário 2006–07[14] Portuguese Second Division 21 7 2 0 23 7
Rio Ave 2007–08[14] Segunda Liga 24 2 3 0 1 0 28 2
2008–09[14] Primeira Liga 26 0 0 0 3 0 29 0
Total 50 2 3 0 4 0 57 2
Porto 2009–10[14] Primeira Liga 12 0 2 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 19 0
2010–11[14] Primeira Liga 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1[a] 0 1 0
2012–13[14] Primeira Liga 2 1 1 0 0 0 2[b] 0 1[a] 0 6 1
Total 14 1 3 0 5 0 2 0 2 0 26 1
Betis (loan) 2010–11[15] Segunda División 21 0 1 0 22 0
Braga (loan) 2011–12[14] Primeira Liga 10 0 0 0 2 0 1[c] 0 13 0
Sporting 2012–13[14] Primeira Liga 14 0 0 0 0 0 14 0
2014–15[14] Primeira Liga 7 0 3 0 2 0 0 0 12 0
Total 21 0 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 26 0
Lyon (loan) 2013–14[15] Ligue 1 19 0 2 0 1 0 9[d] 0 31 0
Career total 181 14 14 0 14 0 12 0 2 0 223 14
  1. ^ a b Appearance in Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira
  2. ^ Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  3. ^ Appearances in UEFA Europa League
  4. ^ Appearances in UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Porto[15]
Betis[15]
Sporting[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Miguel Lopes es el nuevo fichaje (Miguel Lopes is new signing); Real Betis, 31 August 2010 (Spanish)
  2. ^ Miguel Lopes: "El Betis merece estar en Primera" (Miguel Lopes: "Betis deserves to be in Primera"); El Desmarque, 2 September 2010 (Spanish)
  3. ^ Miguel Lopes assina até ao fim da época (Miguel Lopes signs until end of season); S.C. Braga, January 2012 (Portuguese)
  4. ^ Tarantini brace punishes poor Porto with a draw; PortuGOAL, 29 September 2012
  5. ^ Izmailov and Miguel Lopes switch clubs, but who stands to benefit from the deal?; PortuGOAL, 8 January 2013
  6. ^ Lyon take Miguel Lopes on loan from Sporting; UEFA.com, 7 July 2013
  7. ^ Godinho, João Paulo (31 May 2015). "Sporting faz a festa da Taça nos penáltis" [Sporting gets Cup party going on penalties] (in Portuguese). SAPO. Retrieved 19 June 2015. 
  8. ^ "Sporting Lisbon stage remarkable comeback after having man sent off and going 2–0 down after half hour... to win Portuguese Cup on penalties against Braga". Daily Mail. 1 June 2015. Retrieved 21 June 2015. 
  9. ^ Miguel Lopes nuevo jugador del Granada CF (Miguel Lopes new player of Granada CF); Granada CF, 6 August 2015 (Spanish)
  10. ^ "Miguel Lopes Akhisar Belediyespor’da" [Miguel Lopes to Akhisar Belediyespor] (in Turkish). Fanatik. 29 June 2016. Retrieved 30 June 2016. 
  11. ^ "Nélson Oliveira, Miguel Lopes e Custódio na lista para o Euro-2012" [Nélson Oliveira, Miguel Lopes and Custódio in Euro-2012 list] (in Portuguese). A Bola. 14 May 2012. Retrieved 2 June 2012. 
  12. ^ "Portugal's woes continue with Turkey defeat". UEFA.com. 2 June 2012. Retrieved 3 June 2012. 
  13. ^ "Jogo de Alvalade juntou dois irmãos gémeos" [Game at Alvalade joined two twin brothers]. Record. 18 January 2015. Retrieved 10 February 2015. 
  14. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Miguel Lopes". ForaDeJogo. Retrieved 5 April 2015. 
  15. ^ a b c d e "Miguel Lopes". Soccerway. Retrieved 5 April 2015. 

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