Rúben Amorim

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This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Marques and the second or paternal family name is Amorim.
Rúben Amorim
Ruben Amorim - Croatia vs. Portugal, 10th June 2013.jpg
Amorim playing for Portugal in 2013
Personal information
Full name Rúben Filipe Marques Amorim
Date of birth (1985-01-27) 27 January 1985 (age 31)
Place of birth Lisbon, Portugal
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Benfica
Number 6
Youth career
1998–2000 CAC Pontinha
2000–2002 Benfica
2002–2003 Belenenses
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2008 Belenenses 96 (4)
2008– Benfica 95 (5)
2012–2013 Braga (loan) 31 (4)
2015 Benfica B 2 (0)
2015–2016 Al-Wakrah (loan) 14 (2)
National team
2003 Portugal U18 3 (0)
2003–2004 Portugal U19 13 (0)
2004–2005 Portugal U20 13 (0)
2005–2008 Portugal U21 10 (0)
2010 Portugal B 1 (0)
2010– Portugal 14 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 27 April 2016.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 26 June 2014

Rúben Filipe Marques Amorim (born 27 January 1985) is a Portuguese footballer who plays as a midfielder for S.L. Benfica.

He has spent most of his professional career with Belenenses and Benfica, signing with the latter in 2008 and going on to win ten major titles, including three Primeira Liga championships.

Amorim represented Portugal in two World Cups.

Club career[edit]

Belenenses[edit]

Born in Lisbon, Amorim made his debut in the Primeira Liga on 14 December 2003, playing one minute for hometown club C.F. Os Belenenses in a 2–0 home win against F.C. Alverca. From 2005–06 onwards, he became a cornerstone for the squad in which youth system he finished his formation.

In the 2007–08 campaign, Amorim started in 28 of his 29 league appearances (2,491 minutes of action) to help his team finish in eighth position.

Benfica[edit]

In late April 2008 Amorim signed a four-year deal with Benfica, after his Belenenses link ran out. During his first season he was an undisputed starter, scoring his first goal with the Eagles on 23 November in a 2–0 away win over Académica de Coimbra.

Challenged by new signings Javi García and Ramires, Amorim appeared less in 2009–10, but still featured prominently (24 matches with ten starts) as Benfica won the league – and the League Cup – after a five-year drought. He was again regularly used by manager Jorge Jesus in the 2010–11 season, when healthy. On 19 January 2011, however, after undergoing surgery on both knees, he was sidelined for several months.[2]

In early October 2011, whilst on duty with the national team, Amorim duly criticized Jesus' preferences – Benfica played most of its games without one single national player.[3] Increasingly disgusted with his plight, in December, he refused to train with the bench players – after warming up for several minutes only to not be used – following a game against Rio Ave FC, being subjected to the club's disciplinary proceedings;[4][5] on 30 January 2012 a loan was arranged with Braga, until June of the following year.[6]

In 2013–14, Amorim returned to Benfica and played 37 matches across all competitions, helping the club to win an unprecedent treble of league, Taça de Portugal and Taça da Liga.[7] In the beginning of the following campaign, he featured the full 120 minutes to help his team defeat Rio Ave in the Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira, thus winning four titles in 2014.[8] On 24 August, however, he got severely injured while playing on an artificial turf at Boavista FC,[9] with news in next day reporting an anterior cruciate ligament injury;[10] he was thus sidelined until 11 February 2015, when he featured as a substitute in a 3–0 home win against Vitória de Setúbal in the semi-finals of the domestic league cup.[11][12]

On 14 August 2015, Amorim joined Al-Wakrah Sport Club in Qatar on a season-long deal.[13]

International career[edit]

Amorim appeared for Portugal at the 2007 UEFA European Under-21 Championship in the Netherlands, as the national side eventually lost to Italy for the final berth for the following year's Summer Olympic Games. On 10 May 2010, although not part of the senior squad's list of 23 for the 2010 FIFA World Cup,[14][15] he was named in a backup list of six players.[16] On 8 June he replaced Nani after the Manchester United player sustained a clavicle injury which ruled him out of the finals in South Africa;[17] his senior debut came on the 15th, as he played the last five minutes of the group stage opener against Ivory Coast (0–0) in the place of Raul Meireles.[18]

Amorim was also selected by new manager Paulo Bento for the 2014 World Cup.[19] He made his debut in the tournament on 26 June in the last group phase match against Ghana, featuring the full 90 minutes in the 2–1 win but seeing his team eliminated on goal difference.[20]

Style of play[edit]

Amorim's style is similar to countryman Tiago, with both playing the same position, operating in central midfield, both defensive and offensive (Amorim, however, is also able to play as a right back).

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of end of 2014–15[21]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Belenenses 2003–04 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2004–05 17 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 0
2005–06 25 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 26 3
2006–07 23 1 6 1 0 0 0 0 29 2
2007–08 29 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 32 0
Total 96 4 8 1 0 0 2 0 106 5
Benfica 2008–09 26 2 2 0 5 0 2 0 35 2
2009–10 24 3 2 0 2 1 10 0 38 4
2010–11 12 0 3* 0 1 0 2 0 18* 0
2011–12 6 0 2 0 0 0 6 0 14 0
Total 68 5 9 0 8 1 20 0 105 6
Braga 2011–12 8 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 10 0
2012–13 22 4 3 0 4 1 7 0 36 5
Total 30 4 3 0 4 1 9 0 46 5
Benfica 2013–14 17 0 6 0 5 0 9 0 37 0
2014–15 10 0 1* 0 1 0 0 0 12* 0
Total 27 0 7 0 6 0 9 0 49 0
Benfica B 2014–15 2 0 2 0
Career Total 223 13 27 1 18 2 38 0 307 16

*Includes the Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira

International[edit]

As of 26 June 2014[22]
National team Year Apps Goals
Portugal 2010 1 0
2012 3 0
2013 6 0
2014 4 0
Total 14 0

Honours[edit]

Benfica
Braga

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil: List of players" (PDF). FIFA.com. 11 June 2014. p. 27. Retrieved 15 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "Knee surgery robs Benfica of Rúben Amorim". UEFA.com. 19 January 2011. Retrieved 24 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "Ruben Amorim: "Fico feliz por Paulo Bento não pensar como Jesus"" [Ruben Amorim: "I'm happy Paulo Bento does not think as Jesus"] (in Portuguese). Record. 3 October 2011. Retrieved 19 October 2011. 
  4. ^ "Benfica: Ruben Amorim é caso disciplinar" [Benfica: Ruben Amorim a disciplinary case] (in Portuguese). Maisfutebol. 28 December 2011. Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "Benfica. Rúben Amorim de novo ausente do treino depois de incidente disciplinar" [Benfica. Rúben Amorim again absent from training following disciplinary incident] (in Portuguese). IOnline. 28 December 2011. Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "Yannick Djalo signs for Benfica". PortuGOAL. 31 January 2012. Retrieved 5 February 2012. 
  7. ^ "Benfica lift cup to seal historic treble". UEFA.com. 18 May 2014. Retrieved 23 February 2015. 
  8. ^ "Benfica vence SuperTaça nos penalties" [Benfica wins SuperCup on penalties] (in Portuguese). UEFA.com. 11 August 2014. Retrieved 2 January 2016. 
  9. ^ "Benfica: Ruben Amorim com entorse no joelho direito" [Benfica: Ruben Amorim with right knee sprain] (in Portuguese). Maisfutebol. 24 August 2014. Retrieved 23 February 2015. 
  10. ^ "Ruben Amorim com rotura total do ligamento cruzado" [Ruben Amorim with total rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament] (in Portuguese). Observador. 25 August 2014. Retrieved 23 February 2015. 
  11. ^ "Benfica e V. Setúbal pensam na final da Taça da Liga" [Benfica and V. Setúbal thinking of League Cup final] (in Portuguese). RTP. 10 February 2015. Retrieved 2 January 2016. 
  12. ^ "Benfica vence Vitória de Setúbal e garante final da Taça da Liga" [Benfica defeats Vitória de Setúbal and confirms League Cup final] (in Portuguese). TSF. 11 February 2015. Retrieved 2 January 2016. 
  13. ^ "Ruben Amorim emprestado ao Al-Wakrah" [Rúben Amorim on loan to Al-Wakrah] (in Portuguese). S.L. Benfica. 14 August 2015. Retrieved 15 August 2015. 
  14. ^ "Convocados revelados" [Squad revealed] (in Portuguese). Portuguese Football Federation. 10 May 2010. Retrieved 11 May 2010. 
  15. ^ "Pepe in Portugal squad". FIFA.com. 10 May 2010. Retrieved 11 May 2010. 
  16. ^ Release list of up to 30 players; FIFA.com
  17. ^ World Cup 2010: Portugal's Nani out of World Cup; BBC Sport, 8 June 2010
  18. ^ "Ivory Coast outplays Portugal, but earns scoreless draw in opener". ESPN Soccernet. 15 June 2010. Retrieved 25 April 2014. 
  19. ^ "Portugal World Cup 2014 squad". The Daily Telegraph. 2 June 2014. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  20. ^ "Ronaldo downs Ghana but Portugal crash out". FIFA.com. 26 June 2014. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  21. ^ "Ruben Amorim". Soccerway. Retrieved 3 April 2014. 
  22. ^ "Ruben Amorim". European Football. Retrieved 1 January 2016. 
  23. ^ Cunha, Pedro Jorge (17 May 2015). "Benfica bicampeão: 28 com as faixas e dois à espera" [Benfica back-to-back champion: 28 with the sashes and two await] (in Portuguese). Maisfutebol. Retrieved 19 May 2015. 
  24. ^ "Spot-on Sevilla leave Benfica dreams in tatters". UEFA.com. 14 May 2014. Retrieved 15 May 2014. 

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