Pedro Barbosa

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Pedro Barbosa
Personal information
Full name Pedro Alexandre dos Santos Barbosa
Date of birth (1970-08-06) 6 August 1970 (age 48)
Place of birth Gondomar, Portugal
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Youth career
1983–1986 CA Rio Tinto
1986–1989 Porto
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1991 Freamunde 54 (12)
1991–1995 Vitória Guimarães 108 (20)
1995–2005 Sporting CP 259 (39)
Total 421 (71)
National team
1992–2002 Portugal 22 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Pedro Alexandre dos Santos Barbosa (born 6 August 1970; Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈpedɾu bɐɾˈbɔzɐ]) is a Portuguese retired professional footballer who played as an attacking midfielder.

Best known for his spell at Sporting, he appeared in 367 games in the Primeira Liga and scored 59 goals, being a player with above-average skills.[1][2]

Barbosa represented Portugal in one World Cup and one European Championship.

Club career[edit]

Born in Gondomar, Porto, Barbosa unsuccessfully graduated from FC Porto's academy, making his professional debut with lowly S.C. Freamunde in the second division.[3]

He first came to prominence at Vitória de Guimarães, making his Primeira Liga debuts at age 21, and joined Sporting Clube de Portugal in 1995–96, remaining at the club for the next ten seasons.[4] Already a veteran, he contributed heavily to the capital team's 2000 and 2002 league titles, appearing in respectively 31 (two goals scored) and 27 games (three).

In his penultimate year, Barbosa netted a career-best nine goals to help Sporting rank in third position. In his last, the 34-year-old played 13 matches as the Lions reached the 2005 UEFA Cup Final played on home soil, scoring all of his two goals against Middlesbrough in the round-of-16.[4][5]

Having played in more than 300 official games for the Lisbon club,[6] Barbosa subsequently became its director of football,[7] leaving the post in early November 2009 after coach Paulo Bento's resignation.[8]

International career[edit]

Barbosa won 22 caps for the Portugal national team and scored five goals, over a period of ten years. He represented the nation at UEFA Euro 1996 (playing the last 30 minutes of the 3–0 group stage win against Croatia)[9] and the 2002 FIFA World Cup (no appearances).

Pedro Barbosa: International goals
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 22 February 1995 Philips Stadion, Eindhoven, Netherlands  Netherlands 0–1 0–1 Friendly
2 20 August 1997 Estádio do Bonfim, Setúbal, Portugal  Armenia 3–1 3–1 1998 World Cup qualification
3 6 September 1997 Olympic Stadium (Berlin), Berlin, Germany  Germany 0–1 1–1 1998 World Cup qualification
4 6 June 2001 Estádio José Alvalade (1956), Lisbon, Portugal  Cyprus 2–0 6–0 2002 World Cup qualification
5 6 June 2001 Estádio José Alvalade (1956), Lisbon, Portugal  Cyprus 3–0 6–0 2002 World Cup qualification






  1. ^ "Pedro Barbosa. Um golo para a história" [Pedro Barbosa. A goal for history]. i (in Portuguese). 20 February 2015. Retrieved 16 March 2018.
  2. ^ "Balakov, Barbosa, err... Hanuch e Ghilas: as melhores contratações da história, enfim, recente do Sporting (por Rogério Casanova)" [Balakov, Barbosa, ehem... Hanuch and Ghilas: the best signings in Sporting's, let's say, recent history (by Rogério Casanova)]. Expresso (in Portuguese). 18 July 2017. Retrieved 21 September 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Futebol – Pedro Barbosa é o patrono do Tejo Cup 2018" [Football – Pedro Barbosa is Tejo Cup 2018's patron] (in Portuguese). O Ribatejo. 2 March 2018. Retrieved 16 March 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Pedro Barbosa's big day". UEFA. 17 May 2005. Retrieved 23 April 2010.
  5. ^ "Sporting 1–0 M'brough (Agg: 4–2)". BBC Sport. 17 March 2005. Retrieved 1 May 2012.
  6. ^ "Pedro Barbosa: «Foram 21 anos de paixão e dedicação a uma profissão fantástica»" [Pedro Barbosa: «It was 21 years of passion and dedication to an amazing job»] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 11 August 2005. Retrieved 9 January 2018.
  7. ^ "'Top opponents and interesting trips'". UEFA. 28 August 2009. Retrieved 23 April 2010.
  8. ^ "Pedro Barbosa saiu do Sporting porque "é o melhor" para o clube" [Pedro Barbosa left Sporting because "it's the best" for the club]. Jornal de Negócios (in Portuguese). 7 November 2009. Retrieved 9 January 2018.
  9. ^ "Portugal progress as Group D winners". UEFA. 6 October 2003. Retrieved 21 September 2017.

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