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This is a Portuguese name; the first family name is Palhinha and the second is Gonçalves.
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João Palhinha
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Palhinha with Braga in 2019
Personal information
Full name João Maria Lobo Alves Palhinha Gonçalves
Date of birth 9 July 1995 (1995-07-09) (age 26)
Place of birth Lisbon, Portugal
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current club Sporting CP
Number 6
Youth career
2008–2009 Alta de Lisboa
2009–2012 Sacavenense
2012–2014 Sporting CP
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014–2017 Sporting CP B 21 (1)
2015–2016 Moreirense (loan) 29 (0)
2016– Sporting CP 45 (1)
2016–2017 Belenenses (loan) 13 (1)
2018–2020 Braga (loan) 50 (4)
National team
2013 Portugal U18 2 (0)
2013−2014 Portugal U19 14 (1)
2015 Portugal U20 2 (0)
2021− Portugal 6 (1)
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 May 2021.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20:55, 27 June 2021 (UTC)

João Maria Lobo Alves Palhinha Gonçalves (born 9 July 1995) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Sporting CP and the Portugal national team as a defensive midfielder.

Club career

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.

International career

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.

Being selected for UEFA Euro 2020, Palhinha appeared against France in the group stage (2–2) and Belgium in the round of 16 (1–0 loss).

Career statistics

Club

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sporting CP B 2013–14 Segunda Liga 2 0 2 0
2014–15 Segunda Liga 17 1 17 1
2016–17 LigaPro 1 0 1 0
2017–18 LigaPro 1 0 1 0
Total 21 1 21 1
Sporting CP 2016–17 Primeira Liga 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
2017–18 Primeira Liga 2 0 2 2 0 0 3 0 7 2
2020–21 Primeira Liga 32 1 3 1 3 0 0 0 38 2
Total 45 1 5 3 3 0 3 0 56 4
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
2019–20 Primeira Liga 27 2 2 0 4 1 11 1 44 4
Total 50 4 8 0 7 1 11 1 76 6
Career Total 158 7 14 3 14 1 14 1 200 12

International

Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Portugal 2021 6 1
Total 6 1

Honours

Club

Braga

Sporting CP

Individual

  • Primeira Liga Team of the Year: 2020–21
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