Joao Moutinho Biography
João Moutinho is a Portuguese professional footballer, born on 8 September 1986 in Portimão, Portugal. He plays as a central midfielder for french league club AS Monaco and the Portugal national team. Moutinho excels at making key passes and dictating the midfield.
Taking set pieces and defending when the team needs him at the back are also strong aspects of his game. He has good vision and prefers long ball passing and hold up play.
Moutinho starting playing football in his boyhood days for hometown club Portimonense SC. At the age of 13 he joined Sporting CP, In the season 2005-05 he proved to be a great talent and was called by the senior team manager José Peseiro at just the age of 17. However Moutinho had to return to his junior team to help them win the title.
Moutinho made his debut for senior team of Sporting CP in Primeira Liga on January 23 2005. He won the game 3-0 against Gil Vicente F.C.
At just the age of 18, Moutinho made his national debut against Egypt on 17 August 2005 and won the friendly game by 2 goals to nil.
Rise to Glory
Moutinho proved to be a great asset for his first club Sporting CP. He helped them reach the UEFA Cup finals, showing some great performances and earning two man of the match awards against Feyenoord and Newcastle United.
The young Portugal star kept bettering his form and performances in the next seasons.
In 2006-07 season Moutinho was made the vice-captain.
He made a total of 163 appearances for Sporting CP in a span of 5 years and scored 21 goals.
On July 3 2010 Moutinho joined rivals FC Porto on a 5 year deal with a transfer fee of €11 million.
He was one of the most important players for Porto as they won the league. He also contributed greatly to the Europa league victory.
Moutinho also won the 2012-13 league championship with Porto, contributing with his immense talent in 43 matches including all competitions.
On 24 May 2014 Moutinho signed with Monaco for a fee of €25 million and continues to play for them. He is a regular squad player for them.
Moutinho’s first international goal came in a 2-0 victory over Georgia on 17 August 2005.
He was a regular in the International side of Portugal and was called for Euro 2012 tournament and 2014 World Cup.
Moutinho made six appearances in the 2016 Euro tournament and helped his nation win the championship. He was also a part of 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup squad and won his 100th cap for
Portugal in the process.