Zeca (footballer, born 1988)

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Zeca
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Zeca with Copenhagen in 2018
Personal information
Full name José Carlos Gonçalves Rodrigues
Date of birth (1988-08-31) 31 August 1988 (age 31)
Place of birth Lisbon, Portugal
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Copenhagen
Number 10
Youth career
1998–2007 Casa Pia
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2010 Casa Pia 46 (5)
2010–2011 Vitória Setúbal 26 (0)
2011–2017 Panathinaikos 165 (8)
2017– Copenhagen 79 (4)
National team
2011 Portugal U23 1 (0)
2017– Greece 19 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:29, 15 December 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 October 2019

José Carlos Gonçalves Rodrigues (born 31 August 1988), commonly known as Zeca (Greek: Ζέκα), is a professional footballer who plays for Danish club F.C. Copenhagen and the Greek national team mainly as a midfielder but also as a right back.[1]

He spent most of his career in Greece with Panathinaikos after starting out at Casa Pia, appearing in more than 200 competitive matches for the former club and winning the 2014 Greek Cup. In 2017, he signed with Copenhagen.

Born in Portugal, Zeca became a Greek citizen in March 2017[2] and started representing its national team the same year.

Club career[edit]

Setúbal[edit]

Born in Lisbon of Cape Verdean descent, Zeca started his career with local Casa Pia AC, joining joined the club's youth system at the age of 10 and promoting to the fourth division in his first season as a senior. In summer 2010 he moved straight into the Primeira Liga, signing with Vitória de Setúbal.[3]

During his first and only season with the Sado River team, Zeca made 26 league appearances, appearing in as many games as a starter or a substitute and totalling 1,611 minutes of action.[4]

Panathinaikos[edit]

On 29 July 2011, Zeca signed a four-year contract with Greek giants Panathinaikos F.C. for a fee of 400,000,[5][6] as the club was coached by countryman Jesualdo Ferreira.[7] He played all 30 league games in 2012–13, but the Clover could only finish in sixth place. After a massive rebuilding for the following campaign, he was one of the few survivors.[8]

On 26 April 2014, after more than 100 appearances with the club, Zeca lifted the Greek Cup as team captain, in a final against PAOK FC at the Olympic stadium in Athens.[9] On 21 June, he signed a three-year extension.[10][11]

In February 2015, Zeca expressed his desire to play for the Greece national team if he was awarded the country's citizenship.[12] He agreed to renew his contract until 2018 two months later, commenting on the deal: "It will be good to continue with Anastasiou in charge. ... The team is happy and I think we can do a lot better under him".[13]

On 6 February 2016, Andrea Stramaccioni's team ended the match with ten players as Zeca was shown a straight red card in a 0–1 home loss against Skoda Xanthi FC.[14] Eight days later, after returning from suspension, he again received his marching orders, but in an eventual 3–0 win at PAS Giannina FC.[15]

On 9 August 2016, Zeca extended his contract until the summer of 2019 for an undisclosed fee.[16]

Copenhagen[edit]

On 28 August 2017, Panathinaikos reached a formal agreement with F.C. Copenhagen for Zeca's transfer to the Danish club,[17] for a fee believed to be in the region of €1.5 million.[18] The player signed a four-year deal, with an annual salary of €1 million.[19] In his debut, on 9 September, he scored in a 4–3 home win over FC Midtjylland.[20]

On 6 November 2019, Zeca renewed his contract until 30 June 2023.[21]

International career[edit]

Having completed five years of residence and professional status in Greece, Zeca became eligible for its citizenship in the beginning of 2017. He passed the relevant language and history exams in November 2016, becoming available for national side manager Michael Skibbe in the middle of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign.[22][23] He earned his first cap on 25 March 2017, coming on as a late substitute in a 1–1 away draw against Belgium;[24] in the return match, on 3 September of that year, he scored his first goal in a 1–2 loss in Piraeus.[25]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 15 December 2019[26]
Club Season League Cup Europe* Other** Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Vitória Setúbal 2010–11 26 0 3 1 0 0 2 0 31 1
Total 26 0 3 1 0 0 2 0 31 1
Panathinaikos 2011–12 27 2 2 0 2 0 5 0 36 2
2012–13 30 4 2 0 10 1 - - 42 5
2013–14 27 0 8 0 0 0 6 0 41 0
2014–15 29 2 2 0 8 0 5 0 44 2
2015–16 27 0 4 0 4 0 6 0 41 0
2016–17 23 0 3 0 9 0 4 0 39 0
2017–18 2 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 6 0
Total 165 8 21 0 37 1 26 0 249 9
Copenhagen 2017–18 27 2 1 0 5 0 0 0 33 2
2018–19 32 1 1 0 12 0 0 0 45 1
2019–20 20 1 1 0 11 1 0 0 32 2
Total 79 4 3 0 28 1 0 0 110 5
Career total 270 12 27 1 65 2 28 0 390 15

(* Includes UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League)

(** Includes Taça da Liga and Greek Playoffs)

International[edit]

As of 12 October 2019[27]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Greece 2017 8 1
2018 5 0
2019 6 1
Total 19 2

International goals[edit]

As of 11 June 2019 (Greece score listed first, score column indicates score after each Zeca goal)[27]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 3 September 2017 Karaiskakis Stadium, Piraeus, Greece 4  Belgium 1–1 1–2 2018 World Cup qualification
2 11 June 2019 Olympic Stadium, Athens, Greece 17  Armenia 1–2 2–3 Euro 2020 qualifying

Honours[edit]

Panathinaikos

Copenhagen

References[edit]

  1. ^ Giannoulis, Christos (21 July 2014). Παναθηναϊκός: Ζέκα σημαίνει… αρχηγός (videos+photos) [Panathinaikos: Zeca means ... leader (videos+photos)] (in Greek). Onsports. Retrieved 9 March 2015.
  2. ^ "Έλληνας ο Ζέκα!" [Zeca the Greek!] (in Greek). Panathinaikos F.C. 8 March 2017. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  3. ^ Η αναζήτηση για τον αντί-Λάζαρο [The seek for anti-Lazaros] (in Greek). Kitzbühel: In.gr. 17 July 2011. Retrieved 30 April 2012.
  4. ^ "Επίσημη πρόταση ΠΑΟ για Ζεκά", γράφουν οι Πορτογάλοι ["Official offer of PAO for Zeca", the Portuguese say] (in Greek). Athens: In.gr. 22 July 2011. Retrieved 30 April 2012.
  5. ^ Ο Ζεκά υπέγραψε για 4 χρόνια [Zeca signed for 4 years] (in Greek). Athens: In.gr. 29 July 2011. Retrieved 30 April 2012.
  6. ^ Με συγκρατημένη αισιοδοξία ο Παναθηναϊκός "πάτησε" Δανία [Optimistic Panathinaikos "stepped" on Denmark] (in Greek). Athens: In.gr. 26 July 2011. Retrieved 30 April 2012.
  7. ^ "Panathinaikos sign Zeca, Jesualdo Ferreira swoops for Vitoria de Setubal midfielder". PortuGOAL. 26 July 2011. Retrieved 5 May 2014.
  8. ^ Giannoulis, Christos (29 January 2014). Παναθηναϊκός: Η 100άρα του Ζέκα [Panathinaikos: Zeca's 100] (in Greek). Onsports. Retrieved 5 May 2014.
  9. ^ Wood, Graham (26 April 2014). "Berg treble helps Panathinaikos win Greek Cup". Reuters. Retrieved 5 May 2014.
  10. ^ Ανανέωσε ο Ζέκα (in Greek). Contra. 21 June 2014. Retrieved 21 June 2014.
  11. ^ Giannoulis, Christos (21 June 2014). Παναθηναϊκός: Ανανέωσε ο Ζέκα! [Panathinaikos: Zeca renews!] (in Greek). Onsports. Retrieved 21 June 2014.
  12. ^ "Zeca open for Greece call up". SDNA. 24 February 2015. Retrieved 14 July 2015.
  13. ^ "Zeca hails Anastasiou". SDNA. 4 April 2015. Retrieved 4 April 2015.
  14. ^ "SKODA Xanthi stun Panathinaikos (vid)". SDNA. 6 February 2016. Retrieved 14 February 2016.
  15. ^ "10-man Panathinaikos leave Giannina victorious (vids)". SDNA. 14 February 2016. Retrieved 14 February 2016.
  16. ^ Papamakarios, Petros (9 August 2016). "Στον Παναθηναϊκό μέχρι το 2019 ο Ζέκα" [Zeca with Panathinaikos until 2019] (in Greek). Sport 24. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
  17. ^ "Επίσημο: Πωλήθηκε ο Ζέκα" [Official: Zeca sold] (in Greek). Contra. 28 August 2017. Retrieved 28 August 2017.
  18. ^ Gronemann, Steffen; Wikkelso Davidsen, Michel (28 August 2017). "FCK henter landsholdsspiller fra storklub – her er prisen" [FCK acquire national team player from big club – here is the price]. BT (in Danish). Retrieved 28 August 2017.
  19. ^ Mpairaktari, Giannis (28 August 2017). "Με το πιο βαρύ νούμερο στη φανέλα της Κοπεγχάγης ο Ζέκα" [With the heaviest number in a Copenhagen shirt Zeka] (in Greek). Contra. Retrieved 28 August 2017.
  20. ^ "Zeca & Vavro: Hele vejen rundt om deres debut" [Zeca & Vavro: All the way around their debut] (in Danish). F.C. Copenhagen. 10 September 2017. Retrieved 11 September 2017.
  21. ^ Stamatopoulos, Vangelis (6 November 2019). "Κοπεγχάγη: Ανακοίνωσε την παραμονή του Ζέκα μέχρι το 2023" [Copenhagen: Zeca confirmed until 2023] (in Greek). Sport 24. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  22. ^ "Panathinaikos' captain Zeca to gain Greek citizenship in 2017". SDNA. 17 November 2016. Retrieved 30 December 2016.
  23. ^ "Έτοιμος για την Εθνική Ελλάδας δηλώνει ο Ζέκα" [Ready for the Greek national team says Zeca] (in Greek). Contra. 30 December 2016. Retrieved 30 December 2016.
  24. ^ Georgakopoulos, George (26 March 2017). "Brave 10-man Greece snatches vital point in Brussels". Kathimerini. Retrieved 26 March 2017.
  25. ^ "Belgium defeat Greece 2–1, qualify for World Cup, France suffer setback". Daily Sabah. 3 September 2017. Retrieved 3 September 2017.
  26. ^ "Zeca". Soccerway. Retrieved 25 April 2014.
  27. ^ a b "Zeca". European Football. Retrieved 26 March 2017.
  28. ^ Papantonopoulou, Vassiliki (26 April 2014). "Berg inspires Panathiakos [sic] to Greek Cup triumph". UEFA. Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  29. ^ "FC Copenhagen are Danish champions". The Copenhagen Post. 6 May 2019. Retrieved 7 May 2019.

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