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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

UEFA Best Player in Europe Award

Team of the Year

General info

  • Name: João Pereira
  • Position: Defender
  • Date of birth (Age): 25/02/1984 (31)
  • Country: Portugal
  • Squad number: 21
  • Club: Sporting CP ( POR)

  • Height: 172cm
  • Weight: 68kg

  • 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 CP250
UEFA Intertoto Cup
Last updated: 27/11/2015 01:29 CET