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João Cancelo

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Name
João Cancelo
Full name
João Pedro Cavaco Cancelo
Date of birth
27 May 1994 (age 26)
Birth country
Portugal
Birth place
Barreiro
Nationality
Portugal
Height
182 cm
Weight
74 kg
Position
Defender
Current team
Current transfer fee
55,000,000 €

Biography and family

Biography

João Pedro Cavaco Cancelo (born 27 May 1994) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a right back for Spanish club Valencia CF and the Portugal national team.

Personal life

In January 2013, Cancelo was involved in a car accident which killed his mother. He received only minor injuries.

Career

Club career

Benfica

Born in Barreiro, Setúbal District, Cancelo started playing football with local Barreirense. He joined Benfica’s youth system in 2007 at the age of 13, where he played as both right and left back.

On 28 July 2012, Cancelo made his debut with Benfica’s first team in a friendly against Gil Vicente where he played the full 90 minutes as a right back. Despite being registered with the B-side, he was touted as a possible replacement to Maxi Pereira in the seniors; until 2013 he also represented the juniors, and on 18 May of that year he scored the two decisive goals in a 2–1 win over Rio Ave to win the national championship.

Cancelo played his first competitive game with Benfica’s main squad on 25 January 2014, coming on as a late substitute in the 1–0 home success against Gil Vicente for the Taça da Liga, which was later won. His maiden appearance in the Primeira Liga occurred on 10 May after they had already been crowned league champions, and he started in a 1–2 loss at Porto.

Valencia

On 20 August 2014, Cancelo joined Valencia on a one-year loan deal. His La Liga debut occurred on 25 September, playing the entirety of a 3–0 home win over Córdoba; he finished his first season with 13 matches, across all competitions.

On 25 May 2015, Cancelo agreed to a permanent contract with the Spanish club until 30 June 2021 for a transfer fee of €15 million. He scored his first goal for the Cheon 16 September in their UEFA Champions League opener, a 2–3 home loss to Zenit Saint Petersburg, and netted for the first time in the league the following 20 April to conclude a 4–0 win over Eibar also at the Mestalla Stadium.

Inter Milan

On 22 August 2017, Cancelo joined Inter Milan on a one-year loan deal until 30 June 2018 with the option of making the move permanent. The deal was part of a loan exchange, with Geoffrey Kondogbia moving in the other direction. He made his Serie A debut four days later, replacing Antonio Candreva in the 83rd minute of a 3–1 success at Roma.

Cancelo suffered a knee ligament injury in late August 2017 while on international duty, going on to be sidelined for one-and-a-half months. He returned to action during the 3–2 home victory over A.C. Milan in the Derby della Madonnina, featuring 20 minutes.

Juventus

On 27 June 2018, Cancelo was signed by Juventus on a five-year contract for €40.4 million, making his domestic league debut on 18 August in a 3–2 away win against ChievoVerona. He won his first trophy with the club in January 2019, featuring the entire 1–0 victory over Milan for the Supercoppa Italiana. He scored his first league goal the same month, as his team came from behind to defeat Lazio 2–1 at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome; he also helped win the decisive match-winning penalty later during the same game, which was subsequently converted by compatriot Cristiano Ronaldo.

On 20 April 2019, Cancelo played in the Scudetto-clinching match against rivals Fiorentina, as Juventus won their eighth successive league title after a 2–1 home triumph.

National career

Cancelo represented Portugal in the 2012 UEFA European Under-19 Championship. He was also selected for the following edition, in Lithuania.

With the under-20s, Cancelo appeared at the 2013 FIFA World Cup and the 2014 Toulon Tournament. He featured in two games in the former competition, with the country reaching the round-of-16.

Cancelo was part of the under-21 squad that competed in the 2015 European Championships. He replaced left-back Raphaël Guerreiro midway through the second half of the 5–0 semi-final win against Germany for his only appearance of the tournament, in a final runner-up finish to Sweden.

Cancelo was called up for the first time to the senior team by head coach Fernando Santos on 26 August 2016, playing the full 90 minutes of a 5–0 friendly win over Gibraltar in Porto on 1 September and scoring the third goal. In the following month he added another two, in as many 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Andorra (6–0, home) and Faroe Islands (away, same score).

In May 2018, Cancelo was included in a preliminary 35-man squad for the finals in Russia, but he did not make the final cut.

Awards and achievements

Awards
x 1 Premier League (2nd Place) 2019/2020
x 1 Serie A (Winner) 2018/2019
x 1 Primeira Liga (Winner) 2013/2014
x 1 Primeira Liga (2nd Place) 2012/2013
x 1 Taça de Portugal (Winner) 2013/2014
x 1 Taça de Portugal (2nd Place) 2012/2013
x 1 League Cup (Winner) 2019/2020
x 1 Taça da Liga (Winner) 2013/2014
x 1 Super Cup (Winner) 2018/2019
x 1 Super Cup (Winner) 2014/2015
x 1 UEFA Nations League (Winner) 2018/2019
x 1 UEFA U21 Championship (2nd Place) 2015 Czech Republic
x 2 UEFA Europa League (2nd Place) 2013/2014, 2012/2013

Statistics

Club statistics
League Season Club Apps Goals Assists Min. played Cards (Y/S/R)
Premier League 2020/2021 Manchester City Manchester City 2 0 1 180 1/0/0
Premier League 2019/2020 Manchester City Manchester City 17 0 0 1205 4/0/0
Serie A 2018/2019 Juventus Juventus 25 1 3 1967 6/0/0
Serie A 2017/2018 Internazionale Internazionale 26 1 3 1845 4/0/0
La Liga 2017/2018 Valencia Valencia 1 0 0 90 0/0/0
La Liga 2016/2017 Valencia Valencia 35 1 4 2426 6/1/0
La Liga 2015/2016 Valencia Valencia 28 1 4 2120 6/1/0
La Liga 2014/2015 Valencia Valencia 10 0 0 514 2/1/0
Primeira Liga 2013/2014 Benfica Benfica 1 0 0 65 0/0/0
League Season Club Apps Goals Assists Min. played Cards (Y/S/R)
League Cup 2020/2021 Manchester City Manchester City 0 0 0 0 0/0/0
League Cup 2019/2020 Manchester City Manchester City 4 1 0 295 0/0/0
FA Cup 2019/2020 Manchester City Manchester City 4 0 1 289 0/0/0
Coppa Italia 2018/2019 Juventus Juventus 1 0 0 63 0/0/0
Coppa Italia 2017/2018 Internazionale Internazionale 2 0 0 240 0/0/0
Copa del Rey 2016/2017 Valencia Valencia 3 0 0 270 0/0/0
Copa del Rey 2015/2016 Valencia Valencia 4 1 0 216 1/0/0
Copa del Rey 2014/2015 Valencia Valencia 3 0 0 202 1/0/0
Taça de Portugal 2013/2014 Benfica Benfica 0 0 0 0 0/0/0
Taça de Portugal 2012/2013 Benfica Benfica 0 0 0 0 0/0/0
League Season Club Apps Goals Assists Min. played Cards (Y/S/R)
UEFA Champions League 2020/2021 Manchester City Manchester City 1 0 0 90 1/0/0
UEFA Champions League 2019/2020 Manchester City Manchester City 8 0 0 568 1/0/0
UEFA Champions League 2018/2019 Juventus Juventus 7 0 2 479 0/0/0
UEFA Europa League 2015/2016 Valencia Valencia 1 0 0 76 1/0/0
UEFA Champions League 2015/2016 Valencia Valencia 6 1 0 459 1/0/0
UEFA Europa League 2015/2016 Valencia Valencia 0 0 0 0 0/0/0
National statistics
League Season National team Apps Goals Assists Min. played Cards (Y/S/R)
UEFA Nations League 2020/2021 Portugal Portugal 4 1 1 271 0/0/0
Friendlies 2020 Portugal Portugal 1 0 0 90 0/0/0
EC Qualification 2020 Portugal Portugal 4 0 0 295 0/0/0
UEFA Nations League 2018/2019 Portugal Portugal 4 0 0 360 1/0/0
WC Qualification Europe 2018 Portugal Portugal 3 2 0 270 0/0/0
Friendlies 2018 Portugal Portugal 2 0 0 151 1/1/0
Friendlies 2017 Portugal Portugal 2 0 0 136 0/0/0
Friendlies 2016 Portugal Portugal 1 1 0 90 0/0/0
World Youth Festival Toulon 2014 Portugal U21 Portugal U21 4 0 0 360 2/0/0