Paulo Futre

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This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is dos Santos and the second or paternal family name is Futre.
Paulo Futre
Personal information
Full name Paulo Jorge dos Santos Futre
Date of birth (1966-02-28) 28 February 1966 (age 49)
Place of birth Montijo, Portugal
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Winger
Youth career
1974–1975 Montijo
1975–1983 Sporting CP
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1983–1984 Sporting CP 21 (3)
1984–1987 Porto 81 (25)
1987–1993 Atlético Madrid 163 (38)
1993 Benfica 11 (3)
1993 Marseille 8 (2)
1993–1995 Reggiana 13 (5)
1995–1996 Milan 1 (0)
1996–1997 West Ham 9 (0)
1997–1998 Atlético Madrid 10 (0)
1998 Yokohama Flügels 13 (3)
Total 320 (79)
National team
1983–1995 Portugal 41 (6)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Paulo Jorge dos Santos Futre (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈpawlu ˈfutɾɨ]; born 28 February 1966) is a retired Portuguese footballer who played mostly as a left winger.

After starting playing for Sporting, he moved to Portowinning the 1987 European Cup – after which he embarked in an extensive professional career, having represented clubs in Spain, France, Italy and Japan, most notably Atlético Madrid. He also appeared for Benfica during four months in 1993, and his later years were blighted by injury problems.

A Portuguese international since the age of 17, Futre gained over 40 caps for his country, representing it at the 1986 World Cup.

Club career[edit]

Sporting / Porto[edit]

Born in Montijo, Setúbal District, Futre first appeared professionally in 1983–84, as a 17-year-old for Sporting Clube de Portugal, whose youth system he had joined at the age of nine. When he requested a pay raise from president João Rocha, he was turned down and left for FC Porto after just one season, as veterans Jaime Pacheco and António Sousa moved in the opposite direction as part of the deal.

In the following years Futre collected two Primeira Liga titles, also helping the northerners to the 1986–87 European Cup, putting on a Man of the match performance in the final against FC Bayern Munich.[1]

Atlético Madrid[edit]

After that continental win, Futre was traded to Atlético Madrid in Spain, earning a reported annual salary of 650,000.[2] At the capital club, he quickly rose to fan favourite status, but his physical weakness left him with several knee injuries which tormented his career in the 1990s.[2]

In his fifth season, Futre provided countless assists for striker Manolo who scored 27 goals for the Pichichi Trophy, with him netting in the campaign's Copa del Rey, a 2–0 win over neighbours Real Madrid; during most of his spell with the Colchoneros, he was also team captain.

Journeyman / Retirement[edit]

In January 1993, Futre moved to Porto and Sporting rivals S.L. Benfica, winning a Taça de Portugal in his short stay (and scoring in the final against Boavista F.C. in a 5–2 triumph[2]), as his injury woes persisted. Afterwards, he signed a one-season contract with Olympique de Marseille, where he teamed up with countryman Rui Barros.[3][4]

Halfway through 1993–94, despite being linked with A.C. Milan, Futre eventually transferred to newly promoted Serie A side A.C. Reggiana 1919. On his debut, on 21 November 1993, he scored a memorable individual goal which opened the scoring in a 2–0 success over U.S. Cremonese and gave the hosts their first ever win in the top flight; during the second half, however, he suffered a serious injury after an aggressive challenge from Alessandro Pedroni, which kept him out for the rest of the season as his team narrowly avoided relegation.[3][4]

The following campaign, Futre managed only 12 appearances and netted four times, which were not enough to save Reggiana from relegation.[3][4] For 1995–96 he did move to Milan but, due to continuing injury troubles as well as competition from other talented offensive, creative players in his position, he only featured once for the Fabio Capello-led team, coming on as a substitute for Roberto Baggio in the final match of the season against Cremonese at the San Siro, which ended 7–1 for the hosts who celebrated the league conquest.[3][4][5]

After his time in Italy, Futre agreed to a one-year deal with West Ham United,[6] where he infamously refused to play until he was given squad number 10.[7] Finally, he returned to Atlético Madrid (ten La Liga games in 1997–98), effectively ending his career with J. League Division 1 club Yokohama Flügels; he ranked joint-98th in World Soccer's 100 Greatest Players of the 20th Century, published in December 1999.[8]

Futre worked as director of football at Atlético Madrid from 2000 to 2003,[9] subsequently becoming a real-estate developer in his hometown.[2] In May 2011, he was part of Dias Ferreira's team in an unsuccessful run for Sporting's presidency.[10]

International career[edit]

Futre played 41 times for Portugal in a 12-year span, scoring six goals. His debut came against Finland for the UEFA Euro 1984 qualifiers, on 27 April 1983 – he was only 17 years and 204 days old, breaking a national team record.[2]

Futre was a member of the Portuguese national team that competed in the 1986 FIFA World Cup in Mexico, playing 90 minutes in the 1–3 loss against Morocco in an eventual group stage exit.[11]

Paulo Futre: International goals
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 30 January 1985 Estádio José Alvalade (1956), Lisbon, Portugal  Romania 1–0 2–3 Friendly
2 20 September 1989 Stade de la Maladière, Neuchâtel, Switzerland   Switzerland 1–1 1–2 1990 World Cup qualification
3 23 January 1991 Olympic Stadium (Athens), Athens, Greece  Greece 1–2 3–2 Euro 1992 qualifying
4 9 February 1991 Ta' Qali National Stadium, Ta' Qali, Malta  Malta 0–1 0–1 Euro 1992 qualifying
5 28 April 1993 Estádio da Luz (1954), Lisbon, Portugal  Scotland 3–0 5–0 1994 World Cup qualification
6 10 November 1993 Estádio da Luz (1954), Lisbon, Portugal  Estonia 1–0 3–0 1994 World Cup qualification

Style of play[edit]

A highly talented and creative left-footed winger, whose playing style initially drew comparisons with Diego Maradona, Futre was known in particular for his explosive acceleration, as well as his excellent technical ability; his dribbling skills, pace, agility and quick feet, enabled him to be extremely fast with the ball at his feet and allowed him to take on several opponents.[12][13]

Due to his vision and work-rate, Futre was capable both of creating and scoring goals, and was a versatile player who was also deployed as a second striker and as an attacking midfielder on occasion during his time in Italy.[3] Despite the precocious talent he demonstrated in his youth, he was also prone to injuries which greatly affected his career, leading to increasingly inconsistent performances, a poorer goalscoring rate and a premature retirement at the age of 32.[3][4]

Personal life[edit]

Futre's younger son, Fábio, was also a footballer. A midfielder, he played for Atlético Madrid's youth teams, and was called up for Portugal under-17s.[14] His nephew, Artur Futre, appeared professionally for F.C. Alverca, F.C. Maia and C.D. Aves, without much impact.[15]

Futre's older son, Paulo, played in a rock band, "Fr1day". Paulo Sr. was also a television presenter, hosting the TVI 24 late night talk show A Noite do Futrebol.[16]

Statistics[edit]

[17]

Club[edit]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Portugal League Taça de Portugal Taça da Liga Europe Total
1983–84 Sporting Primeira Liga 21 3 - - - - 3 0 24 3
1984–85 Porto Primeira Liga 30 6 - - - - 2 1 32 7
1985–86 26 7 - - - - 3 0 29 7
1986–87 25 12 - - - - 8 2 33 14
Spain League Copa del Rey Copa de la Liga Europe Total
1987–88 Atlético Madrid La Liga 35 8 3 1 - - - - 38 9
1988–89 28 5 7 0 - - 2 1 37 6
1989–90 26 10 2 0 - - 2 0 30 10
1990–91 26 3 6 1 - - 2 0 34 4
1991–92 31 6 6 5 - - 6 5 43 16
1992–93 16 5 2 0 - - 3 1 21 6
Portugal League Taça de Portugal Taça da Liga Europe Total
1992–93 Benfica Primeira Liga 11 3 2 2 - - 0 0 13 5
France League Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue Europe Total
1993–94 Marseille Ligue 1 8 2
Italy League Coppa Italia League Cup Europe Total
1993–94 Reggiana Serie A 1 1
1994–95 12 4
1995–96 Milan Serie A 1 0
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
1996–97 West Ham Premier League 9 0
Spain League Copa del Rey Copa de la Liga Europe Total
1997–98 Atlético Madrid La Liga 10 0 0 0 - - 0 0 10 0
Japan League Emperor's Cup J. League Cup Asia Total
1998 Yokohama Flügels J. League 13 3 0 0 3 0 - 16 3
Country Portugal 123 31 - - - - 16 3 139 34
Spain 173 37 26 7 - - 15 7 213 51
France 8 2 - - - - - - 8 2
Italy 14 5 - - - - - - 14 5
England 9 0 - - - - - - 9 0
Japan 13 3 0 0 3 0 - 16 3
Total 340 78 26 7 3 0 31 10 400 95

International[edit]

[18]

Portugal
Year Apps Goals
1983 1 0
1984 4 0
1985 4 1
1986 4 0
1987 2 0
1988 1 0
1989 4 1
1990 1 0
1991 8 2
1992 3 0
1993 8 2
1994 0 0
1995 1 0
Total 41 6

Honours[edit]

[19]

Club[edit]

Porto
Atlético Madrid
Benfica
Milan

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1986/87: Futre inspires Porto triumph; UEFA.com, 27 May 1987
  2. ^ a b c d e Paulo Futre; Vedeta ou Marreta?, 23 August 2007 (Portuguese)
  3. ^ a b c d e f Lucio Iaccarino (16 April 2012). "Futre Paulo Jeorge dos Santos: le meteore del calcio italiano" [Futre Paulo Jeorge dos Santos: the meteors of Italian Football] (in Italian). Tutto Calciatori. Retrieved 10 September 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Andrea Chiavacci (6 April 2015). "Paulo Futre, la prima volta e la sud esplode, ma è questione di un attimo" [Paulo Futre, his first appearance and the sud explodes, but only for a moment] (in Italian). Tutto Pisa. Retrieved 10 September 2015. 
  5. ^ "Capello si congeda col Milan a forza 7" [Capello leaves Milan with a strong 7 goal display] (in Italian). Corriere della Sera. 13 May 1996. Retrieved 10 September 2015. 
  6. ^ "Exclusive: My wackiest transfer deals – I told one player my bulldogs would bite him where it hurts if he tried to get away... the next day he signed for Pompey!". Daily Mail. 9 October 2013. Retrieved 26 October 2014. 
  7. ^ "Harry leaves his legacy". BBC Sport. 9 May 2001. Retrieved 26 January 2015. 
  8. ^ World Soccer Players of the Century; World Soccer
  9. ^ Futre to leave Atlético; UEFA.com, 7 March 2003
  10. ^ Dias Ferreira: «O que mais cansou foi aturar Futre» (Dias Ferreira: «The most tiring thing was having to put up with Futre»); Mais Futebol, 26 March 2011 (Portuguese)
  11. ^ Paulo FutreFIFA competition record
  12. ^ Paolo Rossi. "Paulo Futre, il Maradona lusitano" [Paulo Futre, the Lusitanic Maradona] (in Italian). Sport Review. Retrieved 10 September 2015. 
  13. ^ Licia Granello (29 May 1987). "Ecco I campioni poveri ma belli" [Here are the poor but beautiful champions] (in Italian). La Repubblica. Retrieved 10 September 2015. 
  14. ^ Fabio Jorge Futre se entrenó con el primer equipo del Atlético de Madrid (Fabio Jorge Futre trained with Atlético de Madrid's first team); Join Futbol, 29 December 2009 (Spanish)
  15. ^ "Sub-20: Artur Futre quer seguir pisadas do tio Paulo" [Under-20: Artur Futre wants to follow in his uncle Paulo's footsteps] (in Portuguese). Record. 16 January 2003. Retrieved 4 September 2015. 
  16. ^ "A Noite do Futrebol" [Futreball night] (in Portuguese). TVI 24. Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  17. ^ "Paulo Futre". Footballdatabase. Retrieved 27 May 2015. 
  18. ^ "Futre Paulo". European Football. Retrieved 4 September 2015. 
  19. ^ "FIFA World Cup countdown: Top 10 Portuguese footballers of all time". Sportsmole. Retrieved 20 June 2015. 

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