Miguel Lopes

  • Date of birth : 19/12/1986
  • Position : Defender
  • Country : Portugal Portugal
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Miguel Lopes

Miguel Lopes

Clubs: SL Benfica, CD Operário, Rio Ave FC, Porto FC, Real Betis Balompié (loan), SC Braga (loan), Sporting Clube de Portugal, Olympique Lyonnais (loan)

Miguel Lopes has risen from relative obscurity to take his place in Portugal's UEFA EURO 2012 squad, earning his surprise call-up thanks to a succession of strong displays for SC Braga in the second half of the 2011/12 season. An energetic, all-purpose full-back, he can play on either flank.

• A native of Lisbon, he started out with SL Benfica's B side but was unable to break into the first team and went off to the Azores to play lower-league football with CD Operário before helping Rio Ave FC win promotion to the Portuguese top flight in 2007/08.

• Enjoyed an impressive debut Liga campaign, making 26 appearances – all starts – to help the Vila do Conde club finish in an unexpectedly high position of 12th.

• His fine form drew the attention of FC Porto, but after joining the club in summer 2009 he made scant impact, losing out to Jorge Fucile in the battle for the right-back berth and making just 12 Liga outings and none in the UEFA Champions League; he did, however, start the 2010 Portuguese Cup final triumph over GD Chaves.

• Left Porto in 2010 for a season-long loan at Real Betis Balompié; missed out on the Dragons' treble-winning campaign under André Villas-Boas but helped Betis win the Segunda División and return to Spain's elite.

• Back at Porto for 2011/12 but remained out of favour and went on loan in mid-campaign to Braga, helping the Arsenalistas finish third in the Liga and making his European debut in a UEFA Europa League round of 32 first leg tie against Beşiktaş JK.

• Strong season earned a place in Portugal's UEFA EURO 2012 squad and made his international debut against Turkey in June, but did not go on to appear in the tournament finals. 

• Returned to Porto for the start of the 2012/13 season, before making the switch to Sporting in January 2013. Loaned out for the 2013/14 season to Lyon in France. 

UEFA honours

Last updated: 10/04/14 15.26CET


Match log

The home team is listed first.Last updated: 18/05/2014 04:27 CET
12.10.2012FIFA World CupQualifying roundRussiaRussia1-0PortugalPortugal7000
16.10.2012FIFA World CupQualifying roundPortugalPortugal1-1Northern IrelandNorthern Ireland4600
30.07.2013UEFA Champions LeagueThird qualifying roundLyonLyon1-0GrasshoppersGrasshoppers9000
06.08.2013UEFA Champions LeagueThird qualifying roundGrasshoppersGrasshoppers0-1LyonLyon9000
10.08.2013French Ligue 1LyonLyon4-0NiceNice9000
16.08.2013French Ligue 1SochauxSochaux1-3LyonLyon9000
20.08.2013UEFA Champions LeaguePlay-offsLyonLyon0-2Real SociedadReal Sociedad9000
24.08.2013French Ligue 1LyonLyon0-1ReimsReims9000
28.08.2013UEFA Champions LeaguePlay-offsReal SociedadReal Sociedad2-0LyonLyon9000
31.08.2013French Ligue 1ÉvianÉvian2-1LyonLyon9000
07.11.2013UEFA Europa LeagueGroup stageRijekaRijeka1-1LyonLyon8100
10.11.2013French Ligue 1St-ÉtienneSt-Étienne1-2LyonLyon8500
23.11.2013French Ligue 1LyonLyon1-1ValenciennesValenciennes9000
01.12.2013French Ligue 1ParisParis4-0LyonLyon9000
05.12.2013French Ligue 1LyonLyon1-1ToulouseToulouse9000
08.12.2013French Ligue 1BastiaBastia1-3LyonLyon9000
15.12.2013French Ligue 1LyonLyon2-2MarseilleMarseille9000
22.12.2013French Ligue 1LorientLorient2-2LyonLyon7800
05.01.2014French CupNinth roundLa Suze FCLa Suze FC1-6LyonLyon9000
11.01.2014French Ligue 1LyonLyon2-0SochauxSochaux9000
15.01.2014French League CupQuarter-finalsLyonLyon2-1MarseilleMarseille9000
19.01.2014French Ligue 1ReimsReims0-2LyonLyon6300
13.02.2014French CupEleventh roundLyonLyon1-2LensLens7400
16.02.2014French Ligue 1LyonLyon3-1AjaccioAjaccio8500
02.03.2014French Ligue 1LyonLyon0-0MontpellierMontpellier9000
09.03.2014French Ligue 1BordeauxBordeaux1-2LyonLyon9000
16.03.2014French Ligue 1LyonLyon2-3MonacoMonaco9001
20.03.2014UEFA Europa LeagueRound of 16PlzeňPlzeň2-1LyonLyon6100
23.03.2014French Ligue 1GuingampGuingamp0-1LyonLyon9000

UEFA Best Player in Europe Award

Team of the Year

General info

  • Name: Miguel Lopes
  • Position: Defender
  • Date of birth (Age): 19/12/1986 (27)
  • Country: Portugal
  • Squad number: 13
  • Club: Lyon ( FRA)

  • Height: 182cm
  • Weight: 72kg

  • Currently playing:
    • UEFA Champions League 2013/14
    • UEFA Europa League 2013/14
    • FIFA World Cup 2012/14

  • UEFA competition debut:
  • Club: UEFA Europa League (Round of 32)
    14/02/12: Braga 0-2 Beşiktaş
  • National team: UEFA European Under-19 Championship (First qualifying round)
    06/10/04: Bosnia and Herzegovina 1-4 Portugal

Career statistics

National team record in UEFA competitions

Portugal U-1920

Club record in UEFA competitions

UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa League
Last updated: 21/03/2014 01:16 CET
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