The official website for European football

Coutinho

Published: Wednesday 1 December 2010, 13.53CET
FC Internazionale Milano
Published: Wednesday 1 December 2010, 13.53CET

Coutinho

FC Internazionale Milano

Clubs: FC Internazionale Milano, CR Vasco da Gama (loan)

• An exciting two-footed attacking midfielder, Coutinho was spotted by Inter while playing for Vasco da Gama's youth team and was bought at the age of 16 for €4m before being loaned back to the Rio de Janeiro-based club for two seasons, helping them win promotion to the Brazilian top flight.

• Scored three goals as Brazil won the 2009 South American Under-17 Championship and made his full international debut in a 3-0 victory against Iran on 7 October 2010.

• Made his Inter debut in the UEFA Super Cup defeat by Club Atlético de Madrid (0-2) in August 2010 and quickly won the faith of then coach Rafael Benítez, who regularly deployed him as a left winger in a three-pronged attack.

• Appeared in four UEFA Champions League group matches, shining with his skill and vision in a 4-0 defeat of SV Werder Bremen, and played in ten out of the first 12 Serie A games of the season before injury prematurely ended his involvement in November 2010.

• That injury, a right thigh strain, caused him to miss the FIFA Club World Cup victory as well as Brazil's appearance at the South American Under-20 Championship, but he returned to training in January 2011.

Last updated: 19/01/11 16.54CET

Related information

Player profiles

http://www.uefa.com/news/newsid=1586798.html#coutinho

UEFA.com features

Star of 2014: Dominic Solanke
  • Star of 2014: Dominic Solanke
  • Captain Stark on Germany's Under-19 triumph
  • Sanderson on England and Arsenal return
  • Lyon academy products making the grade
  • Who has won titles in the most European nations?
  • Penalty shoot-outs: the long and the short of it
  • Story so far: Real Madrid CF
  • Guingamp magic floors Paris
  • Fenerbahçe great Alex calls time on career
  • Gabbiadini inspires high-flying Sampdoria
1 of 10
 
  • © 1998-2014 UEFA. All rights reserved.
  • The UEFA word, the UEFA logo and all marks related to UEFA competitions, are protected by trade marks and/or copyright of UEFA. No use for commercial purposes may be made of such trade marks. Use of UEFA.com signifies your agreement to the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.