João Pinto (footballer, born 1961)
João Pinto with Portugal
|Full name||João Domingos da Silva Pinto|
|Date of birth||21 November 1961|
|Place of birth||Oliveira do Douro, Portugal|
|Height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|Playing position||Right back|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Having spent his entire professional career with Porto (16 years, winning a total of 25 major titles, including nine leagues and the 1987 European Cup), he is regarded as one of the greatest Portuguese right backs of all-time.
Pinto was born in Oliveira do Douro, Vila Nova de Gaia, Porto District. A FC Porto trainee, it did not take him long to establish himself in the side's starting XI. When Fernando Gomes broke his leg before the 1986–87 European Cup final against FC Bayern Munich, he was picked as the captain, and reportedly only released the cup on Portuguese soil after the 2–1 win in Vienna.
Always an undisputed starter, Pinto retired after the 1996–97 season after 16 years as a professional, helping the northerners to their first three-leagues-in-a-row accolade (in total he won nine national championships, four cups, and was part of the treble-winning squad which won the Champions Cup, the European Supercup and the Intercontinental Cup). Given his devotion and long service to the club, he was subsequently given a place coaching its youth teams.
Pinto totalled 70 caps with one goal for Portugal, being selected as national captain on 42 occasions. After seeing the nation's 1994 FIFA World Cup qualification hopes squashed after a 0–1 away loss against Italy he left the field in tears, further enhancing his nickname, Capitão; he played internationally in UEFA Euro 1984 and at the 1986 World Cup – Bobby Robson, who coached Porto, once remarked of him: "He has two hearts and four legs. It's extremely difficult to find a player like him."
|1||26 April 1989||Estádio da Luz (1954), Lisbon, Portugal||Switzerland||1–0||3–1||1990 World Cup qualification|
Pinto began working as a head coach in the Portuguese second division. He started with S.C. Covilhã, moving in January 2013 to G.D. Chaves and helping the latter club promote to that level in his only season.
- Primeira Liga: 1984–85, 1985–86, 1987–88, 1989–90, 1991–92, 1992–93, 1994–95, 1995–96, 1996–97
- Taça de Portugal: 1983–84, 1987–88, 1990–91, 1993–94
- Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira: 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995
- European Cup: 1986–87
- Intercontinental Cup: 1987
- UEFA Super Cup: 1987
- "João Pinto (Futebol)" [João Pinto (Football)] (in Portuguese). FC Porto. Archived from the original on 20 June 2012. Retrieved 16 November 2012.
- Silveira, João Pedro (12 August 2011). "FC Porto" (in Portuguese). Zerozero. Retrieved 16 November 2012.
- "João Domingos Silva Pinto – International Appearances". RSSSF. Retrieved 15 March 2017.
- "Platini faz a diferença em meia-final de sonho" [Platini makes the difference in dream semi-final] (in Portuguese). UEFA. 4 October 2003. Retrieved 18 April 2017.
- Tadeia, António (21 November 2017). "A dedicação ao FC Porto validou a máxima segundo a qual o coração de João Pinto só tinha uma cor: "azul e branco". Foram quase 600 jogos e 24 títulos conquistados, entre campeonatos nacionais e a glória europeia e mundial" [Dedication to FC Porto validated the saying according to which João Pinto's heart only had one colour: “blue and white”. It was nearly 600 matches and 24 titles conquered, between national championships and the European and world glory.] (in Portuguese). MSN. Retrieved 12 November 2018.
- "João Pinto é o novo treinador do Chaves" [João Pinto is the new manager of Chaves]. A Bola (in Portuguese). 8 January 2013. Retrieved 8 January 2013.
- "Treinador João Pinto deixa o Chaves" [Coach João Pinto leaves Chaves]. O Jogo (in Portuguese). 14 May 2013. Retrieved 12 November 2018.