João Pereira

  • Date of birth : 25/02/1984
  • Position : Defender
  • Country : Portugal Portugal
 
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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.

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General info

  • Name: João Pereira
  • Position: Defender
  • Date of birth (Age): 25/02/1984 (30)
  • Country: Portugal
  • Squad number: 12
  • Club: Valencia ( ESP)

  • Height: 172cm
  • Weight: 68kg

  • Currently playing:
    • UEFA European Football Championship 2014/16

  • 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 F.Y.R. Macedonia

Career statistics

National team record in UEFA competitions

TeamPGS
Portugal140
Portugal U-21151
Portugal U-1981
Portugal U-1620
Total392

Club record in UEFA competitions

UEFA Champions League
ClubPGS
Benfica40
Valencia50
Total90
UEFA Europa League
ClubPGS
Valencia110
Braga190
Benfica131
Sporting230
Total661
UEFA Intertoto Cup
ClubPGS
Braga20
Total20
Last updated: 08/09/2014 01:16 CET
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