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José Moreira
Personal information
Full name José Filipe da Silva Moreira
Date of birth March 20, 1982 (1982-03-20) (age 27)
Place of birth Massarelos, Portugal
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current club Benfica
Number 1
Youth career
1992–1999 Salgueiros
1999 Benfica
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999– Benfica 143 (0)
National team
2002–2004 Portugal U21
2009– Portugal 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 31 July 2009.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 August 2009

José Filipe da Silva Moreira, OIH (born 20 March 1982) is a Portuguese footballer who currently plays for Sport Lisboa e Benfica in the Portuguese first division, as a goalkeeper

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Club career

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Early years and Benfica

Born in Massarelos, Porto, Moreira spent his childhood doing what he loved the most: playing football. Even though he preferred to play as an attacking midfielder, his father knew he was a gifted goalkeeper. Young José followed his father's advice and took trials for Sport Comércio e Salgueiros.

In 1997, at only 15 years-of-age, Moreira caught the eye of the biggest Portuguese clubs — Sporting Clube de Portugal, F.C. Porto, Boavista F.C. and Sport Lisboa e Benfica. Os Águias made the best bid to Salgueiros and won the race to sign the young prodigy. Due to his young age, Benfica decided it was best to keep Moreira in Salgueiros for two more years. When he arrived to the Estádio da Luz, Moreira was called for a mini-tour with the team in the Azores, making his unofficial debut for the senior squad.

Moreira joins the senior squad

1999 was also the year that Moreira was called by the Portuguese U–18 coach Agostinho Oliveira for the European Championships in Sweden. He would become European champion, playing with Miguel, Pepa, Cândido Costa and Vasco Faísca, amongst others. Right after that adventure, Moreira returned to Benfica, being called by team manager Jupp Heynckes to join the pre-season tour in Austria. At the time, two of the three senior goalkeepers were not available (Carlos Bossio was in Argentina and Nuno Santos was injured, leaving Robert Enke as the only available keeper). Without a competition for the subs bench, Moreira was called to sit in for several matches during August and December 1999 (he was only 17 years old). He would only play two years later, in a home game against Vitória de Guimarães, replacing the injured Enke after 24 minutes played, and delivered a clean sheet on his professional debut, as the match ended 0–0.

Moreira had also time to conquer the junior national championship in 2000, adding the Toulon Tournament for the U-20, after beating Colombia in the final 2–1. He would be the team's first option in 9 March 2002, in a 2–0 success at Gil Vicente FC. When German Enke left at the end of the 2001–02 season to sign for Spain's FC Barcelona, Moreira became the number one choice from then on.

During 2003–04, Moreira had his debut in European competitions, playing in the UEFA Cup against Molde FK (at home, in a 3-0 win). The season ended with Benfica, led by José Antonio Camacho, winning the Portuguese Cup after beating Porto (at the time managed by José Mourinho). With the season over, Moreira was called to join the under-21 squad for the Vale do Tejo International Tournament. Portugal won and Moreira was elected the best goalkeeper in the competition. Towards the end of the season, he renewed his link until 2010.[1]

2005 league title–present

With the arrival of Quim from Sporting Clube de Braga in August 2004, Moreira began suffering stiff competition for the starting goalkeeper job. He conquered the league title, but failed to win the Cup after losing in the final to Vitória de Setúbal. He underwent surgery to his right knee on 18 October 2005 that caused him to miss most of 2005–06.[2]

Upon his return to competition,[3] Moreira found himself having to compete for backup goalkeeper duties with recently signed Brazilian Marcelo Moretto, the same happening in 2006–07. Moretto was then loaned to Greece's AEK Athens in August 2007.

The 2007–08 season brought a new challenge to Moreira, as the club signed 33-year-old Hans-Jörg Butt, known for taking free kicks and penalties. When it seemed Moreira was set to become Benfica’s first-choice goalkeeper again, he suffered another injury, this time on his left knee. This forced him to again undergo surgery on July 2007, with this translating into at least four months off the pitch.

In a turbulent 2008–09, where all three goalkeepers went from first to third-choice in a matter of weeks, Moreira appeared in 14 league matches, as Benfica finished third.

International career

Internationally, Moreira played at under-17, under-18, under-19, under-20, and under-21 levels, also appearing for the B squad of Portugal.

He was picked by Portugal manager Luiz Felipe Scolari as one of the three goalkeepers (the other two were Ricardo and Quim) for UEFA Euro 2004, contested on home soil. Portugal came very close to winning it, but lost in a huge upset to Greece in a final played in Benfica's home ground; Moreira did not take any part in the tournament, however.

In a one-and-half-month period in the summer of 2004, Moreira represented Portugal at the Under-21 European Championship in Germany and deputised for Ricardo at Euro 2004, before a trip to Athens for the Summer Olympics, where he started.

On 12 August 2009, five years after his Euro 2004 selection, he finally made his full squad debut, playing 30 minutes in a friendly win in Liechtenstein (3–0).

Honours

Club

Country

Personal life

Aside football endeavors, Moreira fathered his first baby, a girl named Beatriz, on 17 May 2005. He married his girlfriend, Maria João, on 15 June 2007 at a farm in Ericeira. He also likes to collect wine bottles.

Club statistics

Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Total
Apps + Minutes Played Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Benfica 1999–00 0 . 0 mins * * * * * * * * *
2000–01 0 . 0 mins * * * * * * * * *
2001–02 10 . 876 mins 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2002–03 31 . 2790 mins 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2003–04 33 . 2970 mins 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2004–05 15 . 1350 mins 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2005–06 6 . 540 mins 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2006–07 1 . 19 mins 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2007–08 0 . 0 mins * * * * * * * * *
2008–09 14 . 1260 mins 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 110 . 9805 mins 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career Total 110 . 9805 mins 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

References

  1. ^ Moreira makes Benfica commitment; UEFA.com, 13 April 2004
  2. ^ Benfica keeper crisis deepens; UEFA.com, 19 October 2005
  3. ^ Benfica's Moreira raring to go; UEFA.com, 20 March 2006

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