Philippe Coutinho Biography
Philippe Coutinho is a professional Brazilian footballer who was born on 12 June, 1992 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He plays at a position of attacking midfielder or winger for his team.
Coutinho began his youth career with Vasco da Gama and played for them from 1999-2008 till made his debut in a senior team for Internazionale.
He was signed for €4 million. He was part of Brazilian junior teams at almost all levels right from under-14 to under-20 which helped him not only to make a debut for Brazil senior team but also became an important part of the side.
Coutinho made his international debut for Brazil against Iran in a friendly match 7 October, 2010. After a few years, he was dropped from the final squad for 2014 FIFA world cup for Luiz Felipe Scolari.
Rise to Glory
During his teenage career only, he was seen as the “future of Inter” and with his wonderful overall combination of vision, passing, dribbling and long-range strikes, he was given the nickname of Little Magician. He was also a key member in the Brazilian squad that won the 2009 South American U17 football championship which helped him to earn his debut match for Brazil. After making his debut at 18 years, Brazilian legend Pele tipped him for ‘great future’.
2015 was a great year for him where he scored his first international goal in a match against Mexico. In the same year, he also scored a hattrick in a 7-0 victory against Haiti. In 2017, he was also amongst the scorers in 3-0 win over Paraguay which won Brazil a qualification in 2018 FIFA world cup.
During 2013-14 season, Coutinho was performing well till he met with a shoulder injury in a match against Swansea City on 16 September, 2013. He was also left for 2014 FIFA world cup's Brazilian side. Besides injuries, he had never been out of form for very long time and is a consistent member of every team he plays for.
Philippe Coutinho began his club career for Vasco da Gama and helped them to win the Serie B title in 2009.
He appeared in 31 games and scored 5 goals which helped him to gain an establishment as a key player. In 2010, he moved to Internazionale and took them to quarter finals of Champions League. In 2011, he scored his first goal for them.
Next year, he moved to Espanyol by loan before making his big break to Liverpool in 2013. He was a very popular player in Liverpool and won many matches and individual awards for them.
After playing for several years for Liverpool, he was signed by Barcelona in La Liga for a whopping €142 million.
Coutinho’s Record in Numbers
He won Campeonato Brasileiro Série B in 2009 for Vasco da Gama. For Internazionale, he was part of the winning squad in Coppa Italia (2010–11) and Supercoppa Italiana in 2010.
For his national team Brazil, he won South American Under-17 Football Championship in 2009, FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2011 and Superclásico de las Américas in 2014.
He also has many individual records against his name like PFA Fans’ player of the month in February 2015 and was part of PFA premier league team of the year in 2014-15.
He won both Liverpool's FC Fans’ player of the year and Liverpool's Player's player of the year consecutively during 2014-15 and 2015-16.
He also won Samba Gold Award (Samba d’Or) in 2016. He is a great young player and achieved many records at such a young age with his playing tactics being compared with the likes of Lionel Messi and Ronaldinho.