Coutinho playing for Liverpool
|Full name||Philippe Coutinho Correia|
|Date of birth||12 June 1992|
|Place of birth||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Height||1.71 m (5 ft 7 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder / Winger|
|1999–2008||Vasco da Gama|
|2009–2010||→ Vasco da Gama (loan)||19||(5)|
|2012||→ Espanyol (loan)||16||(5)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:35, 19 May 2016 (UTC).
Philippe Coutinho Correia (Brazilian Portuguese: [fiˈlipi kowˈtʃĩj̃u]; born 12 June 1992), known as Philippe Coutinho, or simply Coutinho, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays for Premier League club Liverpool and the Brazil national team as an attacking midfielder or winger.
He began his club career at Vasco da Gama in Brazil before moving to Inter Milan in Italy, who loaned him to Spanish side Espanyol in 2012. In January 2013, he was signed by Liverpool for £8.5 million. His vision, passing, dribbling and long-range strikes have earned him the nickname Little Magician by Liverpool fans and teammates. Brazilian great Pelé tipped Coutinho for a "great future", after he was named in the 2015 PFA Team of the Year.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Club career
- 3 International career
- 4 Style of play
- 5 Personal life
- 6 Career statistics
- 7 Honours
- 8 References
- 9 External links
The third and youngest son of architect José Carlos, Coutinho was born in Rio de Janeiro, and raised in its northern Rocha district, in between an old shanty town and industrial warehouses. He followed his elder brothers Cristiano and Leandro to a local concrete football pitch, where he first began playing futsal. With space restricted and the need for skill and improvisation heightened, the diminutive Coutinho thrived. After joining a local football academy on the insistence of his grandmother, his father was later approached at a tournament by youth coaches at Vasco da Gama, where he attended a trial and joined their youth system.
Vasco da Gama
Coutinho flourished in Vasco da Gama's youth system, and was soon called up to the Brazil national under-14 football team. In July 2008, at the age of 17 he was bought by Italian Serie A giants Internazionale for €4 million. Coutinho stayed at Vasco on loan for two years, becoming a first team player for the Brazilian side despite his young age. In 2009 he helped Vasco win the Série B title and achieve promotion. In 2010 he made 31 appearances and scored 5 goals in all competitions as he established himself as a key first team player.
Coutinho's move to Internazionale became effective on July 2010, after he turned 18, with new head coach Rafael Benítez and chairman Massimo Moratti being quoted saying that "Coutinho is the future of Inter".
On 27 August 2010, he made his official debut for Inter coming on as a substitute during the Nerazzurri's 2–0 defeat at the hands of Atlético Madrid in the 2010 UEFA Super Cup. After dropping out of selection in the starting line up, he returned to play in the crucial 3–2 win over Bayern Munich in Germany; a game which Inter would go on to win and progress to the quarter-finals of the Champions League on the away goals rule. On 8 May 2011, he scored his first goal for Inter from a free-kick that curled above the wall and into the net in a game that Inter won 3–1 at home against Fiorentina.
His second goal for Inter came in a match against Cagliari on 19 November 2011 where Coutinho picked up a through ball from his teammate Ricky Álvarez and dispatched it into the bottom left corner of the net to give Inter a 2–0 lead. He further became involved and staked a claim for his spot when he provided an assist during a game against Fiorentina and was heavily involved in the second goal.
On 30 January 2012, Coutinho joined Espanyol on loan until the end of the 2011–12 season. On 4 February 2012, Coutinho made his first appearance for Espanyol in a 3–3 draw with Athletic Club. He scored his first goal for the Catalan side in the ninth minute of a game held on 11 March in a 5–1 victory against Rayo Vallecano. He scored his second goal in the 21st minute of the same game. He continued his fine form as he scored a sublime volley against Racing Santander and a well placed free kick against Málaga. On 18 May 2012, Coutinho made his return to Inter and began training immediately upon arrival to the Angelo Moratti Training Facility.
On 26 January 2013, Liverpool reportedly agreed a £8.5 million fee with Internazionale for Coutinho, pending a medical exam and a work permit from the Home Office as he did not have enough international appearances to qualify automatically. Southampton had also expressed an interest in Coutinho, who had played under Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino at Espanyol, but Coutinho said he would prefer to join Liverpool. On 30 January, Liverpool confirmed the signing of Coutinho on a long-term contract after he was successful in his work permit application, and was given the number 10 shirt.
He made his debut on 11 February 2013, replacing Stewart Downing in the 78th minute of a 2–0 defeat against West Bromwich Albion at Anfield. Less than a week later, on 17 February he scored his first goal for Liverpool on his full debut in a 5–0 victory over Swansea City, 16 seconds into the second half, after an exquisite through ball from Luis Suárez On 2 March, he set up Liverpool's first and second goals of the game in a 4–0 win against Wigan Athletic. Coutinho scored his second goal for Liverpool in a 3–1 away loss to Southampton. On 31 March, he set up Liverpool's first goal in a 2–1 away win against Aston Villa. On 27 April, he won the Man of the Match award in Liverpool's 6–0 away victory of Newcastle United. Coutinho ran the game for Liverpool, claiming two assists, being heavily involved in another, and winning the free-kick from which Jordan Henderson added Liverpool's sixth. Coutinho won Player of the Month for Liverpool in March. On 12 May he assisted Daniel Sturridge for his second and third goals, helping Sturridge claim his first Premier League hat-trick, in a 1–3 victory over Fulham at Craven Cottage. Coutinho scored Liverpool's final goal of the season against Queens Park Rangers in Jamie Carragher's final match for the club. Jordon Ibe began a twisting run before setting the ball off to the Brazilian, who executed a fine driven shot into the bottom left corner from 30 yards out; Ibe was credited with the assist on his Liverpool debut.
On 16 September 2013, Coutinho injured his shoulder against Swansea City after a clash with Ashley Williams . He was restored to the starting line-up for the 4–0 victory over Fulham at Anfield on 9 November. On 23 November, Coutinho scored the opening goal of the Merseyside derby in the 5th minute. Coutinho created his first assist of the season with a corner in the 5–1 thrashing of Norwich City at Anfield. On 26 December, he scored the first half opening goal at Manchester City from a tight angle before City scored twice in the same half to win the game 2–1. On 30 March, Coutinho scored the third goal of a 4–0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield.
On 13 April 2014, Coutinho scored the winning goal in the 78th minute, pouncing on a mis-clearance by Vincent Kompany, in a 3–2 win against Manchester City. The result put Liverpool seven points ahead of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table with four matches remaining. Manchester City, however, had six matches remaining (two games in hand) and went on to win the title, with Liverpool finishing second.
Coutinho mainly played in central midfield and earned praise from many pundits due to his long and accurate passing from midfield, dribbling skills, and creative play to set up strikers Suárez and Sturridge.
On 17 August 2014, Coutinho started Liverpool's first game of the 2014–15 season in a 2–1 win against Southampton. He created his first assist of the season in a 2–1 win against Swansea City in the fourth round of the Football League Cup, where he supplied the ball for Dejan Lovren to head the winning goal. On 19 October, Coutinho scored his first goal of the season in a 3–2 away win against Queens Park Rangers after coming off the bench. On 21 December, Coutinho scored Liverpool's first goal in a 2–2 draw against Arsenal at Anfield.
On 3 February 2015, Coutinho signed a new long-term deal with the club until 2020. On 4 February, just a day after extending his contract, Coutinho scored the winning goal in the FA Cup fourth round match against Bolton Wanderers for a 2–1 win. On 22 February, Coutinho scored the opening goal in Liverpool's 2–0 victory over Southampton. In the next game against Manchester City on 1 March, Coutinho scored the winning goal for Liverpool. He won the PFA Fans' Player of the Month award for February.
On 8 April, Coutinho scored the winning goal in the 1–0 FA Cup sixth round replay win against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park after slotting it into the bottom left corner. Eleven days later, he scored past Shay Given in the FA Cup semi-final versus Aston Villa at Wembley Stadium, but Villa won 2–1. On 26 April, Coutinho was the only Liverpool player named in the PFA Team of the Year. On 2 May, Coutinho scored the opening goal, and provided the assist in the 87th minute for Steven Gerrard's winner, in a 2–1 win over Queens Park Rangers. Seventeen days later, he was named the team's Player of the Season.
On 9 August 2015, Coutinho scored the winning goal in the 86th minute with a 25-yard strike in Liverpool's first match of the season, a 1–0 victory away to Stoke City. One week later when Liverpool won at home against Bournemouth due to Christian Benteke's goal; the Premier League later confirmed that the goal should not have counted as Coutinho was offside when it was scored. On 29 August, Coutinho was sent off in a 0–3 home defeat to West Ham United, being booked the first time for dissent and the second for a foul on Dimitri Payet.
On 26 September, he assisted 2 goals in a 3-2 win over Aston Villa at Anfield, including one for James Milner's first Liverpool goal. On 31 October, he scored his first Liverpool brace, with two long range strikes to overturn a deficit and seal a 3–1 victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. On 21 November, Coutinho scored in a 4–1 victory over Manchester City at the City of Manchester Stadium; the first time he had scored in three consecutive Premier League matches. He also assisted Roberto Firmino's first goal for Liverpool. On 5 January 2016, he suffered a hamstring injury in a 1–0 win over Stoke City at the Britannia_Stadium in the first leg of the League Cup semi-finals, that ruled him out for five weeks. On 9 February, he returned to score a game-tying goal to make it 1–1 against West Ham United in the FA Cup, however Liverpool went on to lose in extra-time.
On 28 February, in the 2016 League Cup Final, Coutinho scored an 83rd-minute equalizer in a 1–1 draw against Manchester City. However, in the subsequent penalty shootout, his "hesitant" attempt was one of three saved by victorious goalkeeper Willy Caballero.
On 17 March, Coutinho scored Liverpool's goal in a 1–1 draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford, helping the team to a 3–1 aggregate victory that saw them qualify for the quarter-finals of the UEFA Europa League. On 14 April, he scored as Liverpool defeated Borussia Dortmund 4–3 in the second leg of their semi-final.
On 13 April, Coutinho was one of six players nominated for the 2016 PFA Young Player of the Year award. Eight days later, he scored the final goal of a 4–0 Merseyside Derby victory over Everton.
Having made youth appearances for Brazil from the under 14's team and upwards he became a key player in the Brazilian squad that won the 2009 South American Under-17 Football Championship, scoring three goals.
Coutinho made his first senior appearance in a Brazil shirt on 7 October 2010, starting in a friendly match against Iran. He was left out of the final squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil by head coach Luiz Felipe Scolari.
On 19 August 2014, Coutinho was called to the national squad by the new coach Dunga for the friendly matches against Colombia and Ecuador in September in the United States, playing the final 25 minutes of the match against Ecuador. On 29 March 2015, he was selected to start in Brazil's 1–0 friendly victory over Chile in London.
Coutinho was included in Brazil's squad for the Copa América Centenario in the United States. On 8 June, in the second group game at the Citrus Bowl, he scored a hat-trick in a 7–1 win against Haiti.
Style of play
Considered to be an archetypal Brazilian number 10 playmaker, Coutinho has been used as an attacking midfielder, second striker and on the flanks, where he excels at providing assists for team-mates. Due to his dribbling ability, pace, and agility, he has been compared to Lionel Messi and Ronaldinho by his former Espanyol manager Mauricio Pochettino who also said "Philippe... he has a special magic in his feet". Former Brazilian striker Careca has also compared him to Zico, due to his creativity, and he has been highly praised by his fellow Liverpool teammates.
His vision and passing ability have earned him the nickname Little Magician by Liverpool fans and his precocious ability has also led his team's fans to give him the nickname The Kid. Although naturally right footed, Coutinho is capable of playing with both feet, and can strike the ball well from distance.
When Coutinho moved to Italy at the age of 18 to join Internazionale, he was joined there by his parents and then girlfriend Aine, whom he had first met at a friend's party. On moving to Espanyol, his parents returned to Brazil. He married Aine in Summer 2012, in Brazil. Coutinho has said his idol is Ronaldinho. He has tattoos stretching from his fingers to his biceps which form tributes to his parents, two brothers, and his wife Aine.
- As of 6 May 2016
|Club||Season||League||National Cup||League Cup||Continental||Other||Total|
|Brazil||Brasileirão||Copa do Brasil||Carioca||Continental||Other||Total|
|Vasco da Gama (loan)||2009||12||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||—||12||0|
|Italy||Serie A||Coppa Italia||League Cup||Europe||Other||Total|
|Spain||La Liga||Copa del Rey||League Cup||Continental||Other||Total|
|England||Premier League||FA Cup||Football League Cup||Europe||Other||Total|
- As of 8 June 2016.
- Scores and results list Brazil's goal tally first:
|1.||7 June 2015||Allianz Parque, São Paulo, Brazil||Mexico||1–0||2–0||Friendly|
|2.||8 June 2016||Camping World Stadium, Orlando, United States||Haiti||1–0||7–1||Copa América Centenario|
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