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Simão Pedro Fonseca Sabrosa, OIH (born 31 October 1979), commonly known as just Simão ( ), is a Portuguesemarker football winger who currently plays for Atlético Madrid and the Portuguese national team. His primary attributes are free kicks, penalties, and dribbling.

Club career

Sporting CP

Simão started his career at Sporting Clube de Portugal. He is one of many famous Sporting youth products which include such players as Luis Figo and Cristiano Ronaldo. During his Sporting career he played 53 games and scored 12 goals from 1997 to 1999 in which he also was called up to the national team when he was only 19 years old. In 1999 he moved on to Spanish giants FC Barcelona.

Barcelona

Simão moved to FC Barcelona in the summer of 1999 on a €15 million transfer. In 2001, after a comparatively low-key tenure at the Spanish club, playing 46 times in two seasons and only scoring three times, Simão then moved back to Portugal to the Portuguese giants Benfica, on a deal reportedly worth €12 million.

Benfica

Simão instantly became a fan-favorite, quickly acquiring the status of captain and was often acclaimed as Benfica's top player during the six years he spent at the club and also one of the Portuguese championship's best. Since he arrived at Benfica, Simão has always ended seasons as the best goalscorer of the squad. He has scored a total of 95 goals in 230 matches for Benfica, in all competitions. He has written two books and recently launched a DVD teaching children how to play football.

In his first four seasons, Simão netted over ten goals in each season. In the 2005-06 UEFA Champions League, Simão scored a free kick against Manchester United and a goal against defending champions Liverpool, helping to knock Liverpool out of the tournament.

The summer 2005 transfer window saw Simão targeted by Liverpool in an offer worth approximately £12 million, though negotiations reportedly failed over Benfica's increase in asking price. During the 2006 summer transfer window, several clubs, such as Arsenal and Valencia, revealed interest in Simão, but he decided to stay in Benfica. During the January 2007 transfer window, he was targeted by Atlético Madrid, but denied these rumours. Liverpool also revived their interest after their chief executive, Rick Parry, confirmed that interest.

Atlético Madrid

Ultimately, on 26 July 2007, it was announced by Benfica that they had agreed to a fee of €20 million with Atlético Madrid for the sale of Simão. He scored seven goals in 30 matches in the 2007–08 La Liga season in Spainmarker. He also scored three goals in six matches in the UEFA Cup. For the 2009-10 season Simão was made one of the vice captians since hes been one of the fans favourites for Atlético Madrid.

International career

Simão's path to the national team began when he won the European Under-16 Championship, in 1996. In the following year, he began playing for the under-18 team, moving on to become a regular in the under-21 team in 1998. Simão made his debut for the national team at the senior level at 19 years of age, on 18 November 1998, against Israel. He came on for Rui Costa and scored one of the goals in the 2 – 0 win.

Simão was not present in the 2002 FIFA World Cup due to injury, but he did participate in the UEFA Euro 2004 tournament, where Portugal finished in second place. His most notable appearance during Euro 2004 came against England in the quarter-finals. He came on as a second half substitute and assisted the equalizing goal in the late minutes of the game to bring the game into extra time. Simão also scored a penalty during the shootout which Portugal won.

In the 2006 World Cup, he scored a penalty kick on the 24th minute against Mexico. Portugal won that game 2 – 1. Then, on 1 July, in the quarter-finals, Portugal and England went into extra time and then a penalty shootout. Simão scored another penalty for Portugal, who emerged victorious 3 – 1 on penalties.

Career statistics

Club Season League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sporting CP 1996–97 2 1
1997–98 21 1
1998–99 30 10
Total 53 12
FC Barcelona 1999-00 21 1 7 0
2000-01 25 2 9 0
Total 46 3 16 0
Benfica 2001–02 26 11 2 0 28 11
2002–03 33 18 0 0 33 18
2003–04 31 12 4 1 8 1 43 14
2004–05 34 15 4 3 3 0 41 18
2005–06 24 9 3 2 8 2 35 13
2006–07 24 11 3 1 6 0 33 12
Total 172 76 16 7 25 3 213 86
Atlético Madrid 2007–08 30 7 6 0 6 3 42 10
2008–09 33 7 3 0 8 2 40 9
Total 63 14 9 0 14 5 82 19
Career total 321 108


Penalty technique

Simão uses a stutter step method of approaching the ball on penalty situations to fool goalkeepers into prematurely deciding on what side to dive towards. As a result, Simão will attempt to slot the ball into the opposing side or tucks the ball just beyond the goalkeeper's reach. Due to this method, he has successfully scored the majority of his club goals for Benfica and Portugal from the penalty spot. Simão has never missed one penalty in his career for Benfica.

Honours



Individual Honours

References

  1. Sky Sports player profile for Simão Sabrosa
  2. The Independent, 5 January 2006 - Liverpool confident they will land £8m Simao
  3. SIMÃO (Simão Pedro da Fonseca Sabrosa) - Atlético Madrid and Portugal


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