Friday, February 24, 2012

João Moutinho

João Filipe Iria Santos Moutinho (Portuguese pronunciation: [ʒuˈɐ̃w̃ moˈtĩɲu]; born 8 September 1986 in Portimão, Algarve) is a Portuguese footballer who plays for F.C. Porto, also being a Portuguese international.

Mainly a central midfielder, he can also operate as a holding or attacking midfielder, and on either flank. A Portugal international at the age of 18, Moutinho made his debut with the national squad in a 2–0 home friendly win against Egypt. Ever since the 2006 FIFA World Cup, he became a regular call-up.

On 31 May 2008, Moutinho registered his first goal for Portugal in their 2–0 friendly victory over Georgia at Estádio do Fontelo in Viseu. He was picked for the squad-of-23 for UEFA Euro 2008 and, in the opening game, assisted on a goal by Raul Meireles in a 2–0 victory against Turkey.

He also played in two UEFA European Under-21 Football Championships, scoring against Germany in the 2006 edition, played on home soil, as the Portuguese exited in the group stage on both occasions.

Although not part of the provisional 24-player list for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, Moutinho was named in a backup list of six players

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