Fabio Coentrao is a Portuguese professional footballer who was born on March 11, 1988 in Villa do Conde, Portugal. He currently plays for the Portuguese club, Rio Ave as a left-back.
He had been in controversies in December, 2017 when he entered into a fight with his teammate, Marcos Acuna.
Fabio Coentrao started his youth football career at the age of 11 when he joined the Rio Ave Football Club in 1999. He grew up with the club members and by 2005, he had excellent skills in the sport. This led to his selection into the Senior team of his club in 2005-06 season.
His nice performance for the club brought him into the national team of Portugal U-19 in 2006.
Although Fabio Coentrao had made an impression in the junior teams of Portugal, his first match for the Senior National Team came against Bosnia and Herzegovina in November, 2009 in the 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers. He did not score any goal in that match but Portugal won the match by a score of 1-0.
Rise to Glory
Fabio Coentrao had performed brilliantly in the 2006-07 season for Portugal U-19 team with 5 goals in 10 matches.
He even had a nice record in the U-20 and U-21 teams as well with a total of 10 goals in 14 matches. All such performances made him one of the most sought after players in the game.
Fabio has played more than 50 matches for Portugal and has scored 5 goals until now.
He was the member of the team when Portugal won the UEFA European Championship in 2012.
In the 2014 World Cup, he suffered an injury during the match against Germany which put him out of the tournament.
This feat reappeared to him in 2016 when he suffered from a thigh injury and had to miss the Euro Cup.
This event was to be regretted as it was won by Portugal and he couldn't be a contributor in that victory.
Fabio joined the Benfica Club in 2007 and has helped the club win a decent number of tournaments. Those titles include the Primera Liga in 2009-10 and the Taca da Liga in 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons. He didn't score much goals but his play earned him the Primera Liga Breakthrough Player of the Year 2009-10.
In 2011, he joined the Spanish Club Real Madrid on a six year contract. With Fabio Coentrao in team, Real Madrid won a number of tournaments ranging from La Liga in 2011-12 to the UEFA Champions League in 2016-17 season. He also helped Real Madrid to claim the Copa del Rey in 2013-14, the UEFA Super Cup in 2014 and the FIFA Club World Cup twice in 2014 and 2016.