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João Pereira

João Pereira

A relative latecomer to the international arena, João Pereira nailed down a place as Portugal's preferred right-back during UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying, starting all eight matches under coach Paulo Bento.

• Made the grade as a midfielder with SL Benfica, coming through the Lisbon club's youth system before making his debut on 17 August 2003 in a goalless draw at Boavista FC.

• Made 27 appearances − 16 from the start − in Benfica's 2004/05 Liga title win under Giovanni Trapattoni but fell out with the Italian's successor, Ronald Koeman, the following season and was despatched on loan to Gil Vicente FC, eventually signing a permanent deal with the club despite their relegation to the second tier.

• Returned to the top flight with SC Braga and spent the next two and a half seasons as the Minho club's first-choice right-back before switching midway through 2009/10 campaign to Sporting Clube de Portugal.

• Made 24 Liga appearances, scoring two goals, as Sporting qualified for the UEFA Europa League via a third-place finish in 2010/11.

• An Under-21 international, he made his senior debut, aged 26, in Paulo Bento's first match as Portugal coach, a UEFA EURO 2012 qualifier at home to Denmark, and remained in situ for remainder of campaign, succeeding previous incumbents Paulo Ferreira, Miguel and José Bosingwa as the team's regular right-back.

Last updated: 21/05/12 17.14CET

Match log

The home team is listed first.Last updated: 18/05/2016 10:14 CET
07.09.2014UEFA EUROQualifying roundPortugalPortugal0-1AlbaniaAlbania9000
14.08.2015Portuguese First DivisionTondelaTondela1-2Sporting CPSporting CP9000
18.08.2015UEFA Champions LeaguePlay-offsSporting CPSporting CP2-1CSKA MoskvaCSKA Moskva9000
22.08.2015Portuguese First DivisionSporting CPSporting CP1-1Paços FerreiraPaços Ferreira7900
26.08.2015UEFA Champions LeaguePlay-offsCSKA MoskvaCSKA Moskva3-1Sporting CPSporting CP9001
13.09.2015Portuguese First DivisionRio AveRio Ave1-2Sporting CPSporting CP100
17.09.2015UEFA Europa LeagueGroup stageSporting CPSporting CP1-3Lokomotiv MoskvaLokomotiv Moskva9000
26.09.2015Portuguese First DivisionBoavistaBoavista0-0Sporting CPSporting CP9000
01.10.2015UEFA Europa LeagueGroup stageBeşiktaşBeşiktaş1-1Sporting CPSporting CP9000
17.10.2015Portuguese CupThird roundVilafranquenseVilafranquense0-4Sporting CPSporting CP9000
25.10.2015Portuguese First DivisionBenficaBenfica0-3Sporting CPSporting CP9000
31.10.2015Portuguese First DivisionSporting CPSporting CP1-0EstorilEstoril9000
08.11.2015Portuguese First DivisionAroucaArouca0-1Sporting CPSporting CP9000
21.11.2015Portuguese CupFourth roundSporting CPSporting CP2-1BenficaBenfica12000
30.11.2015Portuguese First DivisionSporting CPSporting CP1-0BelenensesBelenenses9000
05.12.2015Portuguese First DivisionMarítimoMarítimo0-1Sporting CPSporting CP9000
10.12.2015UEFA Europa LeagueGroup stageSporting CPSporting CP3-1BeşiktaşBeşiktaş9000
16.12.2015Portuguese CupRound of 16BragaBraga4-3Sporting CPSporting CP12000
02.01.2016Portuguese First DivisionSporting CPSporting CP2-0PortoPorto9000
06.01.2016Portuguese First DivisionSetúbalSetúbal0-6Sporting CPSporting CP9000
10.01.2016Portuguese First DivisionSporting CPSporting CP3-2BragaBraga9000
15.01.2016Portuguese First DivisionSporting CPSporting CP2-2TondelaTondela9000
30.01.2016Portuguese First DivisionSporting CPSporting CP3-2AcadémicaAcadémica9001
08.02.2016Portuguese First DivisionSporting CPSporting CP0-0Rio AveRio Ave9000
13.02.2016Portuguese First DivisionNacionalNacional0-4Sporting CPSporting CP9000
18.02.2016UEFA Europa LeagueRound of 32Sporting CPSporting CP0-1LeverkusenLeverkusen9000
25.02.2016UEFA Europa LeagueRound of 32LeverkusenLeverkusen3-1Sporting CPSporting CP9000
05.03.2016Portuguese First DivisionSporting CPSporting CP0-1BenficaBenfica7700
16.04.2016Portuguese First DivisionMoreirenseMoreirense0-1Sporting CPSporting CP100

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General info

  • Name: João Pereira
  • Position: Defender
  • Date of birth (Age): 25/02/1984 (32)
  • Country: Portugal
  • Squad number: 21
  • Club: Sporting CP ( POR)

  • Height: 172cm
  • Weight: 66kg

  • Currently playing:
    • UEFA Champions League 2015/16
    • UEFA European Football Championship 2014/16
    • UEFA Europa League 2015/16

  • UEFA competition debut:
  • Club: UEFA Cup (First round)
    15/10/03: Benfica 1-0 La Louvière
  • National team: UEFA European Under-16 Championship (Qualifying round)
    03/03/01: Portugal 4-0 FYR Macedonia

Career statistics

National team record in UEFA competitions

Portugal U-21151
Portugal U-1981
Portugal U-1620

Club record in UEFA competitions

UEFA Champions League
Sporting CP20
UEFA Europa League
Sporting CP280
UEFA Intertoto Cup
Last updated: 18/05/2016 10:14 CET