João Palhinha facts for kids
- This is a Portuguese name; the first family name is Palhinha and the second is Gonçalves.
Palhinha with Braga in 2019
|Full name||João Maria Lobo Alves Palhinha Gonçalves|
|Date of birth||9 July 1995|
|Place of birth||Lisbon, Portugal|
|Height||1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|Playing position||Defensive midfielder|
|Current club||Sporting CP|
|2008–2009||Alta de Lisboa|
|2014–2017||Sporting CP B||21||(1)|
|2015–2016||→ Moreirense (loan)||29||(0)|
|2016–2017||→ Belenenses (loan)||13||(1)|
|2018–2020||→ Braga (loan)||50||(4)|
† Appearances (Goals).
Born in Lisbon, Palhinha joined local Sporting CP's youth system in 2012, aged 17. He played his first game as a professional with the B team, coming on as a late substitute for fellow youth graduate Iuri Medeiros in a 3−2 home win against Portimonense S.C. for the Segunda Liga, on 3 February 2014; it was one of only two appearances during the season.
Still in the second level, Palhinha scored his first senior goal on 4 April 2015, his header contributing to a 3−1 home victory over Leixões SC. From July 2015 to January 2017 he was loaned to Primeira Liga clubs Moreirense F.C. and C.F. Os Belenenses, respectively, making his debut in the competition whilst with the former in a 0−2 home loss to F.C. Arouca where he played 22 minutes from the bench, and netting for the first time while at the service of the latter against Vitória de Guimarães (1−1 away draw, 90 minutes played).
Subsequently, returned to the Estádio José Alvalade, Palhinha made his competitive debut with the first team on 21 January 2017, starting in a 2−2 draw at C.S. Marítimo. He scored his first goals for them on 12 October of the same year, netting twice in a 4–2 away win over ARC Oleiros in the Taça de Portugal.
Palhinha spent the following two seasons on loan to S.C. Braga. He appeared in 76 competitive matches during his spell, helping to a third-place finish in 2019–20 and notably scoring the game's only goal against S.L. Benfica for the club's first win at that opposition in 65 years.
Palhinha represented Portugal at under-18, under-19 and under-20 levels. In March 2021 he was called up to the full side for the first time, for 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Azerbaijan, Luxembourg and Serbia. He won his first cap in the match with the first adversary, replacing Rúben Neves late into the 1–0 victory in Turin. He scored his first goal in the same phase, closing the 3–1 away win over Luxembourg.
|Club||Season||League||National Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|Sporting CP B||2013–14||Segunda Liga||2||0||—||—||—||2||0|
|Sporting CP||2016–17||Primeira Liga||11||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||11||0|
|Moreirense (loan)||2015–16||Primeira Liga||29||0||0||0||0||0||—||29||0|
|Belenenses (loan)||2016–17||Primeira Liga||13||1||1||0||4||0||—||18||1|
|Braga (loan)||2018–19||Primeira Liga||23||2||6||0||3||0||—||32||2|
- Taça da Liga: 2019–20
- Primeira Liga: 2020–21
- Taça da Liga: 2020–21
- Primeira Liga Team of the Year: 2020–21
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