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Hélder Costa (footballer)

Hélder Wander Sousa de Azevedo e Costa (born 12 January 1994) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a winger for English club Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Hélder Costa
Personal information
Full name Hélder Wander Sousa de Azevedo e Costa[1]
Date of birth (1994-01-12) 12 January 1994 (age 24)
Place of birth Luanda, Angola
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Wolverhampton Wanderers
Number 10
Youth career
2004–2012 Benfica
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2017 Benfica B 72 (15)
2014–2017 Benfica 0 (0)
2015Deportivo La Coruña (loan) 6 (0)
2015–2016Monaco (loan) 25 (3)
2016–2017Wolverhampton Wanderers (loan) 35 (10)
2017– Wolverhampton Wanderers 53 (8)
National team
2009 Portugal U16 11 (0)
2010 Portugal U17 18 (4)
2011 Portugal U18 14 (1)
2012–2013 Portugal U19 11 (4)
Portugal U20 5 (3)
2014–2017 Portugal U21 1 (0)
Portugal U23 1 (0)
2018– Portugal 1 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 October 2018 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 October 2018

He has also represented Portugal from under-16 all the way through to the senior side.

Contents

Club careerEdit

BenficaEdit

On 11 August 2012, Costa made his professional debut with Benfica B in a 2012–13 Segunda Liga match against Braga B where he played 72 minutes as a winger.[2]

His first professional goal came on 23 August 2013, in a 3–0 home win over Portimonense, one of eight that season including on 23 November in a 4–3 triumph against Oliveirense in which he was also sent off.[3]

On 25 January 2014, he debuted with Benfica in a 2013–14 Taça da Liga third round match against Gil Vicente, playing the final 13 minutes of the 1–0 win at the Estádio da Luz as a substitute for Miralem Sulejmani;[4] he played no further part as Benfica went on to win the tournament. On 5 November 2014, he scored a hat-trick in Segunda Liga against Olhanense in a home win (5–1).[5]

Deportivo loanEdit

On 19 January 2015, he was loaned to La Liga's Deportivo de La Coruña until the end of the season.[6] He made six appearances for the Galicians, all from the bench.

Monaco loanEdit

On 10 July 2015, he joined Ligue 1 club Monaco on a one-year loan.[7] He scored his first goal in a top division on 8 November, opening an eventual 3–1 loss away to Bordeaux.[8]

Wolverhampton WanderersEdit

On 29 July 2016 he moved on a season-long loan to English Championship club Wolverhampton Wanderers,[9] for whom he made his debut on 6 August as a substitute in a 2–2 draw at Rotherham United.[10] He scored his first goal for the club in a 2–1 EFL Cup win against Cambridge United on 23 August.[11]

On 30 January 2017, he signed permanently on a four-and-a-half year deal worth a reported £13 million, breaking Wolverhampton Wanderers transfer record at the time.[12]

International careerEdit

Costa represented Portugal at the 2013 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship.[13] Although he did not score in the team's run to the semi-finals, he was named in the Team of the Tournament.[14]

He also represented Portugal at the 2014 Toulon Tournament.[15]

Costa received his first call-up to the senior squad ahead of the UEFA Nations League fixtures in October 2018[16] and made his full international debut in a friendly against Scotland at Hampden Park on 14 October 2018 in a 3–1 win in which he scored the opening goal.[17]

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Portugal's goal tally first.[18]
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 14 October 2018 Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland   Scotland 1–0 3–1 Friendly

Club statisticsEdit

As of match played 15 December 2018[19]
Club Season Domestic League Domestic Cup League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Benfica B 2012–13 12 0 12 0
2013–14 37 8 37 8
2014–15 23 7 23 7
Total 72 15 72 15
Benfica 2013–14 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Deportivo (loan) 2014–15 6 0 6 0
Monaco (loan) 2015–16 25 3 3 2 0 0 0 0 28 5
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2016–17 35 10 3 1 2 1 40 12
2017–18 36 5 2 0 1 0 39 5
2018–19 17 0 0 0 1 1 18 1
Total 88 15 5 1 4 2 97 18
Career total 191 33 8 3 5 2 0 0 204 38

HonoursEdit

Benfica

Wolverhampton Wanderers

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2018/19 Premier League squads confirmed". Premier League. 3 September 2018. Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Benfica B 2-2 Braga B". lpfp.pt. LPFP. 11 August 2012. Retrieved 13 August 2012.
  3. ^ "Benfica B bate Oliveirense na abertura da 16.ª jornada" [Benfica B beat Oliveirense in the opening game of the 16th matchday] (in Portuguese). Diario de Notícias. 23 November 2013. Retrieved 11 April 2016.
  4. ^ "Benfica - Gil Vicente (Fase 3 - jornada 3 Taça da Liga 2013-2014) - Liga Portugal". ligaportugal.pt (in Portuguese). LPFP. 25 January 2014. Retrieved 20 January 2015.
  5. ^ "Segunda Liga - Jornada 14 - SL Benfica B vs SC Olhanense". Liga Portugal. Retrieved 2017-07-28.
  6. ^ "Futebol: Hélder Costa emprestado ao Desportivo da Corunha" [Football: Hélder Costa loaned to Deportivo de La Coruña]. slbenfica.pt (in Portuguese). S.L. Benfica. 19 January 2015. Retrieved 19 January 2015.
  7. ^ "Hélder Costa cedido ao Mónaco" [Hélder Costa on loan to Monaco] (in Portuguese). S.L. Benfica. 10 July 2015. Retrieved 10 July 2015.
  8. ^ "Revivez la victoire des Girondins qui ont bien réagi face à Monaco" [Relive the victory of the Girondins who reacted well against Monaco] (in French). 20 Minutes. 8 November 2015. Retrieved 11 April 2016.
  9. ^ "Helder Costa: Wolves sign Benfica winger on season-long loan". BBC Sport. 29 July 2016.
  10. ^ "Rotherham 2–2 Wolves". BBC Sport. 6 August 2016.
  11. ^ "Wolves 2-1 Cambridge". BBC Sport. 23 August 2016. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  12. ^ "Helder Costa: Wolves sign on-loan Benfica winger for club-record fee". BBC Sport. 30 January 2017.
  13. ^ "Sub-19: Rui Silva substitui José Costa" [Sub-19: Rui Silva replaces José Costa] (in Portuguese). Record. 14 July 2013. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 14 July 2013.
  14. ^ "Technical Report" (PDF). UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. pp. 18–19. Retrieved 11 April 2016.[permanent dead link]
  15. ^ "Sub-20: Ilídio Vale convoca 20 para o Torneio de Toulon" (in Portuguese). Record. 13 May 2013. Archived from the original on 16 May 2014. Retrieved 24 May 2013.
  16. ^ "Fernando Santos divulga convocados" (in Portuguese). FPF. 4 October 2018.
  17. ^ English, Tom (14 October 2018). "Portugal condemn Scotland to sixth defeat in eight matches". BBC Sport. Retrieved 14 October 2018.
  18. ^ "Costa, Hélder". National Football Teams. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  19. ^ Hélder Costa at Soccerway. Retrieved 17 September 2018.  
  20. ^ Anderson, John, ed. (2018). Football Yearbook 2018–2019. London: Headline Publishing Group. pp. 386–387. ISBN 978-1-4722-6106-9.

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