Joao Pinto

Date of birth19 August 1971
Place of birthPorto
NationalityPortuguese
Weight62 kg
Height1.71 m
PositionForward

Full name is: Joao Manuel Vieira Pinto.


A product of the Boavista youth system, he made his debut for the team in 1989.

He could not break into the first team on a regular basis however and was sold to Spanish side Atletico Madrid in 1990.

He was loaned out to the nursery seeing Atletico Madrileno but could not settle and returned home to play for Boavista where he stayed for one season before joining Benfica in 1992.

He began the first player to win the world youth cup twice in a row when Portugal won the titles in 1989 and 1991.

He made his full international debut in the same match as Luis Figo in October 1991 against Luxembourg and became a regular member of the team.

At club level, he stayed at Benfica despite strong interest from Liverpool, but had his contract cancelled in the summer of 2000 allowing him to sign for bitter rivals Sporting Lisbon for free.

He played at the 1996 and 2000 European Championship Finals and, despite his many critics, boasts an excellent scoring record at international level.

He can play as an out and out striker or in the withdrawn role, able to take on defenders or split the defence with his passing ability.

He was sent-off in the 1-0 defeat by the Korea Republic as Portugal went out of the 2002 World Cup at the first round stage.

Club stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
2000-01 Sporting Clube Portugal Portuguese First Division 30
1
6
5
1
2000-01 Sporting Clube Portugal UEFA Champions League 5
1
2001-02 Sporting Clube Portugal Portuguese First Division 16
3
7
2001-02 Sporting Clube Portugal UEFA Cup 5
1
1
2006-07 Sporting Braga UEFA Cup 2
1


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

Club matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
20 Aug 2000 Sporting Lisboa v SC Farense W 1-0 Portuguese First Division 1
26 Aug 2000 Vitoria Guimaraes v Sporting Clube Portugal W 1-4 Portuguese First Division 2
08 Sep 2000 Sporting Braga v Sporting Lisboa L 3-2 Portuguese First Division 3
12 Sep 2000 Sporting Lisboa v Real Madrid D 2-2 UEFA Champions League Group A
16 Sep 2000 Sporting Lisboa v Alverca D 1-1 Portuguese First Division 4
20 Sep 2000 Bayer Leverkusen v Sporting Lisboa L 3-2 UEFA Champions League Group A
23 Sep 2000 Gil Vicente v Sporting Lisboa W 0-2 Portuguese First Division 5
01 Oct 2000 Sporting Lisboa v Salgueiros W 2-0 Portuguese First Division 6
14 Oct 2000 Clube Desportivo Das Aves v Sporting Lisboa W 3-4 Portuguese First Division 7
17 Oct 2000 Sporting Lisboa v Spartak Moskva L 0-3 UEFA Champions League Group A
21 Oct 2000 Sporting Lisboa v FC Porto L 0-1 Portuguese First Division 8
25 Oct 2000 Real Madrid v Sporting Lisboa L 4-0 UEFA Champions League Group A
29 Oct 2000 Beira Mar v Sporting Lisboa W 0-1 Portuguese First Division 9
03 Nov 2000 Sporting Lisboa v Uniao Leiria W 4-0 Portuguese First Division 10
07 Nov 2000 Sporting Lisboa v Bayer Leverkusen D 0-0 UEFA Champions League Group A
11 Nov 2000 Estrela Amadora v Sporting Lisboa W 1-2 Portuguese First Division 11
19 Nov 2000 Sporting Lisboa v Boavista D 0-0 Portuguese First Division 12
03 Dec 2000 Benfica v Sporting Lisboa L 3-0 Portuguese First Division 13
09 Dec 2000 Sporting Lisboa v Belenenses W 2-1 Portuguese First Division 14
17 Dec 2000 Pacos Ferreira v Sporting Lisboa D 0-0 Portuguese First Division 15
06 Jan 2001 Sporting Lisboa v Campomaiorense W 2-1 Portuguese First Division 16
12 Jan 2001 Maritimo v Sporting Lisboa W 0-2 Portuguese First Division 17
21 Jan 2001 SC Farense v Sporting Lisboa L 2-1 Portuguese First Division 18
27 Jan 2001 Sporting Lisboa v Vitória Guimarães W 3-1 Portuguese First Division 19
18 Feb 2001 Alverca v Sporting Lisboa L 3-1 Portuguese First Division 21
25 Feb 2001 Sporting Lisboa v Gil Vicente W 3-1 Portuguese First Division 22
03 Mar 2001 Salgueiros v Sporting Lisboa W 2-5 Portuguese First Division 23
11 Mar 2001 Sporting Lisboa v Clube Desportivo Das Aves W 2-0 Portuguese First Division 24
19 Mar 2001 FC Porto v Sporting Lisboa D 2-2 Portuguese First Division 25
02 Apr 2001 Sporting Lisboa v Beira Mar W 2-1 Portuguese First Division 26
14 Apr 2001 Sporting Lisboa v Estrela Amadora W 1-0 Portuguese First Division 28
21 Apr 2001 Boavista v Sporting Lisboa L 1-0 Portuguese First Division 29
29 Apr 2001 Sporting Lisboa v Benfica W 3-0 Portuguese First Division 30
06 May 2001 Belenenses v Sporting Lisboa D 1-1 Portuguese First Division 31
11 May 2001 Sporting Lisboa v Pacos Ferreira L 1-3 Portuguese First Division 32
20 May 2001 Campomaiorense v Sporting Lisboa L 1-0 Portuguese First Division 33
12 Aug 2001 Sporting Lisboa v FC Porto D 0-0 Portuguese First Division 1
18 Aug 2001 Belenenses v Sporting Lisboa D 0-0 Portuguese First Division 2
25 Aug 2001 Sporting Lisboa v Alverca D 0-0 Portuguese First Division 3
17 Sep 2001 Sporting Lisboa v Gil Vicente D 0-0 Portuguese First Division 5
20 Sep 2001 FC Midtjylland v Sporting Lisboa D 0-0 UEFA Cup 1st round 1st leg
23 Sep 2001 SC Farense v Sporting Lisboa D 0-0 Portuguese First Division 6
01 Oct 2001 Sporting Lisboa v Vitória Guimarães D 0-0 Portuguese First Division 7
13 Oct 2001 Sporting Braga v Sporting Lisboa D 0-0 Portuguese First Division 8
18 Oct 2001 Halmstads BK v Sporting Lisboa D 0-0 UEFA Cup 2nd round 1st leg
22 Oct 2001 Sporting Lisboa v Santa Clara D 0-0 Portuguese First Division 9
27 Oct 2001 Pacos Ferreira v Sporting Lisboa D 0-0 Portuguese First Division 10
01 Nov 2001 Sporting Lisboa v Halmstads BK D 0-0
Agg: 0-0
UEFA Cup 2nd round 2nd leg
05 Nov 2001 Salgueiros v Sporting Lisboa D 0-0 Portuguese First Division 11
22 Nov 2001 AC Milan v Sporting Lisboa L 2-0 UEFA Cup 3rd round 1st leg
01 Dec 2001 Maritimo v Sporting Lisboa D 0-0 Portuguese First Division 13
06 Dec 2001 Sporting Lisboa v AC Milan D 1-1
Agg: 1-3
UEFA Cup 3rd round 2nd leg
09 Dec 2001 Sporting Lisboa v Varzim D 0-0 Portuguese First Division 14
15 Dec 2001 Benfica v Sporting Lisboa D 0-0 Portuguese First Division 15
22 Dec 2001 Sporting Lisboa v Vitória Setúbal D 0-0 Portuguese First Division 16
05 Jan 2002 Beira Mar v Sporting Lisboa D 0-0 Portuguese First Division 17
12 Jan 2002 FC Porto v Sporting Lisboa D 0-0 Portuguese First Division 18


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
1988-89 Portugal World Youth Cup 5
1
1
1989-90 Portugal UEFA Under-18 1
1990-91 Portugal OLY Under-21 1
1991-92 Portugal International Friendly 1
2
1991-92 Portugal UEFA European Championship 1
1
1991-92 Portugal US Cup 1
1
1992-93 Portugal FIFA World Cup 1
1
1
1992-93 Portugal International Friendly
1
1992-93 Portugal UEFA Under-21
1
1993-94 Portugal FIFA World Cup 4
1
1993-94 Portugal International Friendly 1
1993-94 Portugal UEFA Under-21 2
1
1994-95 Portugal UEFA European Championship 4
3
1995-96 Portugal International Friendly 3
1995-96 Portugal UEFA European Championship 6
1
1996-97 Portugal FIFA World Cup 7
2
1996-97 Portugal International Friendly 2
1997-98 Portugal FIFA World Cup 3
1997-98 Portugal International Friendly 1
1998-99 Portugal International Friendly 1
1
1998-99 Portugal UEFA European Championship 7
7
1999-00 Portugal International Friendly 3
2
1
1999-00 Portugal UEFA European Championship 6
1
2
3
2000-01 Portugal FIFA World Cup 3
2
2
2000-01 Portugal International Friendly 1
1
1
2001-02 Portugal FIFA World Cup 6
1
1
2001-02 Portugal International Friendly 5
1


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
17 Feb 1989 Czechoslovakia v Portugal W 0-1 World Youth Cup Group A
20 Feb 1989 Nigeria v Portugal W 0-1 World Youth Cup Group A
22 Feb 1989 Saudi Arabia v Portugal L 3-0 World Youth Cup Group A
25 Feb 1989 Portugal v Colombia W 1-0 World Youth Cup Quarter-final
28 Feb 1989 Portugal v Brazil W 1-0 World Youth Cup Semi-final
03 Mar 1989 Portugal v Nigeria W 2-0 World Youth Cup Final
01 Nov 1989 Italy v Portugal W 0-2 UEFA Under 18 Group 4
28 Aug 1990 Portugal v Germany D 1-1 OLY Under-21
12 Oct 1991 Luxembourg v Portugal D 1-1 International Friendly
20 Nov 1991 Portugal v Greece W 1-0 UEFA European Championship Group 6
15 Jan 1992 Portugal v Spain D 0-0 International Friendly
12 Feb 1992 Portugal v Netherlands W 2-0 International Friendly
31 May 1992 Italy v Portugal D 0-0 US CUP
03 Jun 1992 USA v Portugal L 1-0 US Cup
07 Jun 1992 Republic of Ireland v Portugal L 2-0 US Cup
02 Sep 1992 Austria v Portugal D 1-1 International Friendly
23 Jan 1993 Malta v Portugal W 0-2 UEFA U21 Group 1
24 Jan 1993 Malta v Portugal W 0-1 FIFA World Cup Group 1
19 Jun 1993 Portugal v Malta W 4-0 FIFA World Cup Group 1
05 Sep 1993 Estonia v Portugal W 0-2 FIFA World Cup Group 1
13 Oct 1993 Portugal v Switzerland W 1-0 FIFA World Cup Group 1
10 Nov 1993 Portugal v Estonia W 3-0 FIFA World Cup Group 1
17 Nov 1993 Italy v Portugal L 1-0 FIFA World Cup Group 1
19 Jan 1994 Spain v Portugal D 2-2 International Friendly
15 Apr 1994 Portugal v Spain W 2-0 UEFA U21 Semi-final
20 Apr 1994 Italy v Portugal L 1-0 UEFA U21 Final
09 Oct 1994 Latvia v Portugal W 1-3 UEFA European Championship Group 6
13 Nov 1994 Portugal v Austria W 1-0 UEFA European Championship Group 6
18 Dec 1994 Portugal v Liechtenstein W 8-0 UEFA European Championship Group 6
26 Apr 1995 Republic of Ireland v Portugal L 1-0 UEFA European Championship Group 6
11 Oct 1995 Austria v Portugal D 1-1 UEFA European Championship Group 6
15 Nov 1995 Portugal v Republic of Ireland W 3-0 UEFA European Championship Group 6
12 Dec 1995 England v Portugal D 1-1 International Friendly
27 Mar 1996 Portugal v Greece W 1-0 International Friendly
29 May 1996 Republic of Ireland v Portugal W 0-1 International Friendly
09 Jun 1996 Denmark v Portugal D 1-1 UEFA European Championship Finals Group D
14 Jun 1996 Portugal v Turkey W 1-0 UEFA European Championship Finals Group D
19 Jun 1996 Croatia v Portugal W 0-3 UEFA European Championship Finals Group D
23 Jun 1996 Portugal v Czech Republic L 0-1 UEFA European Championship Finals quarter-final
31 Aug 1996 Armenia v Portugal D 0-0 FIFA World Cup Group 9
05 Oct 1996 Ukraine v Portugal L 2-1 FIFA World Cup Group 9
09 Oct 1996 Albania v Portugal W 0-3 FIFA World Cup Group 9
09 Nov 1996 Portugal v Ukraine W 1-0 FIFA World Cup Group 9
14 Dec 1996 Portugal v Germany D 0-0 FIFA World Cup Group 9
22 Jan 1997 Portugal v France L 0-2 International Friendly
19 Feb 1997 Greece v Portugal D 0-0 International Friendly
29 Mar 1997 Northern Ireland v Portugal D 0-0 FIFA World Cup Group 9
07 Jun 1997 Portugal v Albania W 2-0 FIFA World Cup Group 9
20 Aug 1997 Portugal v Armenia W 3-1 FIFA World Cup Group 9
06 Sep 1997 Germany v Portugal D 1-1 FIFA World Cup Group 9
11 Oct 1997 Portugal v Northern Ireland W 1-0 FIFA World Cup Group 9
22 Apr 1998 England v Portugal L 3-0 International Friendly
19 Aug 1998 Portugal v Mozambique W 2-1 International Friendly
06 Sep 1998 Hungary v Portugal W 1-3 UEFA European Championship Group 7
10 Oct 1998 Portugal v Romania L 0-1 UEFA European Championship Group 7
14 Oct 1998 Slovakia v Portugal W 0-3 UEFA European Championship Group 7
10 Feb 1999 Portugal v Netherlands D 0-0 International Friendly
26 Mar 1999 Portugal v Azerbaijan W 7-0 UEFA European Championship Group 7
31 Mar 1999 Liechtenstein v Portugal W 0-5 UEFA European Championship Group 7
05 Jun 1999 Portugal v Slovakia W 1-0 UEFA European Championship Group 7
09 Jun 1999 Portugal v Liechtenstein W 8-0 UEFA European Championship Group 7
18 Aug 1999 Portugal v Andorra W 4-0 International Friendly
04 Sep 1999 Azerbaijan v Portugal D 1-1 UEFA European Championship Group 7
08 Sep 1999 Romania v Portugal D 1-1 UEFA European Championship Group 7
10 Oct 1999 Portugal v Hungary W 3-0 UEFA European Championship Group 7
23 Feb 2000 Belgium v Portugal D 1-1 International Friendly
29 Mar 2000 Portugal v Denmark W 2-1 International Friendly
26 Apr 2000 Italy v Portugal L 2-0 International Friendly
02 Jun 2000 Portugal v Wales W 3-0 International Friendly
12 Jun 2000 Portugal v England W 3-2 UEFA European Championship Finals Group A
17 Jun 2000 Romania v Portugal W 0-1 UEFA European Championship Finals Group A
24 Jun 2000 Portugal v Turkey W 2-0 UEFA European Championship Finals quarter-final
28 Jun 2000 France v Portugal L 2-1 UEFA European Championship Finals semi-final
16 Aug 2000 Portugal v Lithuania W 5-1 International Friendly
03 Sep 2000 Estonia v Portugal W 1-3 FIFA World Cup Europe group 2
07 Oct 2000 Portugal v Republic of Ireland D 1-1 FIFA World Cup Europe group 2
15 Nov 2000 Portugal v Israel W 2-1 International Friendly
28 Feb 2001 Portugal v Andorra W 3-0 FIFA World Cup Europe group 2
02 Jun 2001 Republic of Ireland v Portugal D 1-1 FIFA World Cup Europe group 2
06 Jun 2001 Portugal v Cyprus W 6-0 FIFA World Cup Europe group 2
15 Aug 2001 Portugal v Moldova W 3-0 International Friendly
01 Sep 2001 Andorra v Portugal W 1-7 FIFA World Cup Europe group 2
05 Sep 2001 Cyprus v Portugal W 1-3 FIFA World Cup Europe group 2
06 Oct 2001 Portugal v Estonia W 5-0 FIFA World Cup Europe group 2
14 Nov 2001 Portugal v Angola W 5-1 International Friendly
13 Feb 2002 Spain v Portugal D 1-1 International Friendly
27 Mar 2002 Portugal v Finland L 1-4 International Friendly
17 Apr 2002 Portugal v Brazil D 1-1 International Friendly
25 May 2002 China PR v Portugal W 0-2 International Friendly
05 Jun 2002 USA v Portugal L 3-2 FIFA World Cup Finals Group D
10 Jun 2002 Portugal v Poland W 4-0 FIFA World Cup Finals Group D
14 Jun 2002 Portugal v Korea Republic L 0-1 FIFA World Cup Finals Group D


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.