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João Pinto
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Full name João Domingos da Silva Pinto
Date of birth 21 November 1961 (1961-11-21) (age 48)
Place of birth    Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Right back
Youth career
FC Porto
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1981–1997 FC Porto 407 (17)   
National team
1983–1996 Portugal 70 (1)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

João Domingos da Silva Pinto (born November 21, 1961 in Vila Nova de Gaia, Porto) is a former Portuguese footballer.

Having spent his entire career with F.C. Porto, he is regarded as one of the greatest Portuguese right defenders of all-time.


Football career

A F.C. Porto trainee, it didn't take Pinto long to establish himself as a renowned defensive element in the legendary 80's Porto side and the Portuguese national team. When striker Fernando Gomes broke his leg before the 1987 European Cup final against FC Bayern Munich, he was picked as the captain, and reportedly only released the cup on Portuguese soil, after the 2–1 final triumph.

Always an undisputed starter, Pinto retired after the 1996-97 season after 16 years as a professional, helping the northerners to its first three-leagues-in-a-row accolade (in total, he won nine leagues, four cups, and was part of the "treble team which won the Champions Cup, the European Supercup and the Intercontinental Cup). Given his devotion and long service to the club, he was given a place coaching the youth teams.

Pinto totalled 70 caps with one goal for Portugal, being selected as national captain on 42 occasions. After seeing the nation's 1994 World Cup qualification hopes squashed after a loss to Italy, he left the field in tears, further enhancing his nickname, Capitão. He played in Euro 1984 and at the 1986 FIFA World Cup. Bobby Robson, who coached Porto, once remarked of him: "He has two hearts and four legs. It's extremely difficult to find a player like him."




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