Amorim playing for Portugal in 2013
|Full name||Rúben Filipe Marques Amorim|
|Date of birth||27 January 1985|
|Place of birth||Lisbon, Portugal|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|2012–2013||→ Braga (loan)||30||(4)|
|2015–2016||→ Al-Wakrah (loan)||14||(2)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
He 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. During 12 seasons, he amassed totals in the competition of 221 games and 13 goals.
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.
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 Benfica 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.
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. 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; on 30 January 2012 a loan was arranged with Braga, until June of the following year.
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. 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. On 24 August, however, he got severely injured while playing on an artificial turf at Boavista FC, with news in next day reporting an anterior cruciate ligament injury; 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.
On 14 August 2015, Amorim joined Al-Wakrah Sport Club in Qatar on a season-long deal. On 4 April 2017, after more than one year of inactivity, the 32-year-old terminated his contract with Benfica and retired.
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, he was named in a backup list of six players. 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; 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.
Amorim was also selected by new manager Paulo Bento for the 2014 World Cup. 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.
Style of play
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).
- As of end of 2014–15
*Includes the Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira
- As of 26 June 2014
- Primeira Liga: 2009–10, 2013–14, 2014–15
- Taça de Portugal: 2013–14
- Taça da Liga: 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2013–14, 2014–15
- Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira: 2014
- UEFA Europa League: Runner-up 2013–14
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- Release list of up to 30 players; FIFA.com
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- ""Rúben Amorim não é o substituto ideal de Matic"" ["Rúben Amorim is not Matic's ideal replacement"] (in Portuguese). Rádio Renascença. 27 January 2014. Retrieved 5 April 2017.
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- "Spot-on Sevilla leave Benfica dreams in tatters". UEFA.com. 14 May 2014. Retrieved 15 May 2014.
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