João Cancelo

Portuguese association football player
This is a Portuguese name; the first family name is Cavaco and the second is Cancelo.

João Pedro Cavaco Cancelo (born 27 May 1994) is a Portuguese football player. He plays as a right back for Premier League club Manchester City and the Portugal national team.

João Cancelo
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Cancelo playing for Valencia in 2015
Personal information
Full name João Pedro Cavaco Cancelo[1]
Date of birth (1994-05-27) 27 May 1994 (age 27)[2]
Place of birth Barreiro, Portugal
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)[2]
Playing position Full back
Club information
Current team
Manchester City
Number 27
Youth career
2002–2007 Barreirense
2007–2012 Benfica
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2014 Benfica B 51 (3)
2014–2015 Benfica 1 (0)
2014–2015Valencia (loan) 10 (0)
2015–2018 Valencia 64 (2)
2017–2018Inter Milan (loan) 26 (1)
2018–2019 Juventus 25 (1)
2019– Manchester City 45 (2)
National team
2010 Portugal U16 6 (0)
2010–2011 Portugal U17 17 (1)
2011–2012 Portugal U18 7 (0)
2012 Portugal U19 25 (1)
2013–2014 Portugal U20 9 (0)
2014–2017 Portugal U21 11 (1)
2016– Portugal 27 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:26, 7 February 2021 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23:49, 17 November 2020 (UTC)

Club careerEdit

BenficaEdit

Cancelo was born in Barreiro, which is a city in the District of Setúbal. He joined SL Benfica's youth academy in 2007.

He made his debut for Benfica on July 28, 2012. The match was a friendly match against Gil Vicente.[3] Despite being registered with the reserve team, he was talked about as a possible replacement to Maxi Pereira.[4] He made his professional debut on January 25, 2014. The match was a Taça da Liga 3rd round match against Gil Vicente, where he came on as a substitute for André Almeida in the 82nd minute.[5] His only league match for Benfica was a 2-1 loss against FC Porto. [6]

ValenciaEdit

Cancelo joined Valencia on August 20, 2014 on a one year loan, with an option to buy for €15 million.[7] He made his La Liga debut on September 25 2014, in a 3-0 win against Córdoba.[8] He was awarded the man of the match on April 12, 2015, after a 3-0 win against Levante.[9][10] He only made 13 appearances in the 2014-15 season, as he was mainly the backup of Antonio Barragán. On May 25, Cancelo agreed a permanant contract with Valencia until June 30, 2021. The transfer fee was €15 million.[11][12][13][14]

On September 16, 2015, Cancelo made his UEFA Champions League debut. The match was a 3-2 loss against Zenit Saint Petersburg, where he scored 1 goal. The goal made him the 5th youngest Champions League scorer, aged 21 years and 107 days old. [15] On April 20, 2016, he would score his first league goal for Valenica. The match was a 4-0 win against Eibar.

Loan to Inter MilanEdit

On August 22, 2017, Cancelo joined Inter Milan on a one-year loan until June 30, 2018, with an option to make the transfer permanent.[16] The deal also saw Geoffrey Kondogbia join Valencia on loan.[17] He made his Serie A debut on August 26, 2017 in a 3-1 win against AS Roma.[18] He would suffer a knee ligament injury in late August 2017, while on international duty.[19] His first game back from injury was a 3-2 win on October 15, 2018 against AC Milan.[20]He was a member of the 2017-18 Serie A Team of the Year[21][22][23] After the season, Inter Milan decided to not make the loan permanent.[24]

JuventusEdit

On June 27, 2018, Juventus signed João Cancelo on a 5-year contract for €40.4 million.[25] He made his Juventus debut on August 18, in a 3-2 win against ChievoVerona.[26] He won his first trophy with Juventus on January 16, 2019, when Juventus beat AC Milan 1-0 in the 2018 Supercoppa Italiana.[27][28][29] He would play in the Scudetto-winning match, where Juventus won 2-1 against Fiorentina.[30]

Manchester CityEdit

On 7 August 2019, Cancelo joined English Premier League champions Manchester City. The deal was a six-year deal worth £27.4 million, with Danilo joining Juventus as part of the deal, equalling to £60 million. This made João Cancelo the most expensive right-back ever.[31][32] He made his Premier League debut on August 25, 2019 in a 3-1 win against Bournemouth, where he came on as a substitute for Kyle Walker. He scored his first goal for Manchester City on December 18, 2019, in a 3–1 win against Oxford United in the EFL Cup quarter-finals.[33]

He made his first start of the 2020-21 season on October 17, 2020 due to injury.The match was a 1–0 win against Arsenal. On November 3, 2020, Cancelo scored his first Champions League goal for Manchester City in a 3–0 win against Greek team Olympiacos.[34] His first league goal of the season happened on January 26, 2021. In that match, Cancelo scored the 2nd goal in a 5–0 win against West Bromwich Albion.[35]

International careerEdit

 
Cancelo playing for the Portugal U-19s in 2012

Cancelo represented Portugal at the 2012 UEFA European Under-19 Championship[36] and at the 2013 UEFA European Under-19 Championship in Lithuania.[37]

With the Portugal under-20s, Cancelo appeared at the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup and at the 2014 Toulon Tournament.[38]

Cancelo was part of the Portugal under-21 squad that played in the 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship. His only appearence in the tournament was as a substitute for Raphaël Guerreiro in the semi-finals. The match was a 5-0 win against Germany.[39]

Cancelo was called up to the Portugal national team for the first time on August 26, 2016.[40] In his first mach for Portugal, he scored the 3rd goal in a 5-0 friendly win against Gibraltar.[41] In May 2018, Cancelo was included in the preliminary 35-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia,[42] but he did not make the final team.[43]

On May 20, 2021, it was confirmed that Cancelo was selected for Portugual's Euro 2020 squad.[44]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of match played 18 May 2021
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup[a] League Cup[b] Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Benfica B 2012–13[45] Segunda Liga 20 2 20 2
2013–14[45] Segunda Liga 31 1 31 1
Total 51 3 51 3
Benfica 2012–13[45] Primeira Liga 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013–14[45] Primeira Liga 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
Total 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
Valencia 2014–15[45] La Liga 10 0 3 0 13 0
2015–16[45] La Liga 28 1 4 1 7[c] 1 39 3
2016–17[45] La Liga 35 1 3 0 38 1
2017–18[45] La Liga 1 0 1 0
Total 74 2 10 1 7 1 91 4
Inter Milan (loan) 2017–18[45] Serie A 26 1 2 0 28 1
Juventus 2018–19[45] Serie A 25 1 1 0 7[d] 0 1[e] 0 34 1
Manchester City 2019–20[46] Premier League 17 0 4 0 4 1 8[d] 0 0 0 33 1
2020–21[45] Premier League 28 2 3 0 3 0 9[d] 1 43 3
Total 45 2 7 0 7 1 17 1 0 0 76 4
Career total 222 9 20 1 8 1 31 2 1 0 281 13

InternationalEdit

As of match played 9 June 2021.[47]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Portugal
2016 4 3
2017 2 0
2018 6 0
2019 4 0
2020 7 1
2021 4 1
Total 27 5

International goalsEdit

As of match played 8 September 2020. Portugal score listed first, score column indicates score after each Cancelo goal.
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition Ref.
1 1 September 2016 Estádio do Bessa, Porto, Portugal   Gibraltar 3–0 5–0 Friendly
2 7 October 2016 Estádio Municipal, Aveiro, Portugal   Andorra 3–0 6–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
3 10 October 2016 Tórsvøllur, Tórshavn, Faroe Islands   Faroe Islands 6–0 6–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
4 5 September 2020 Estádio do Dragão, Porto, Portugal   Croatia 1–0 4–1 2020–21 UEFA Nations League A [48]
5 9 June 2021 Estádio José Alvalade, Lisbon, Portugal   Israel 3–0 4–0 Friendly [49]

HonoursEdit

Benfica

Juventus[45]

Manchester City

Portugal U21

Portugal

Individual

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