José Sá

José Pedro Malheiro de Sá (Portuguese pronunciation: [ʒuˈzɛ sa]; born 17 January 1993) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Premier League club Wolverhampton Wanderers.

José Sá
José Sá 2019.jpg
Sá with Olympiacos in 2019
Personal information
Full name José Pedro Malheiro de Sá[1]
Date of birth (1993-01-17) 17 January 1993 (age 28)[1]
Place of birth Braga, Portugal[2]
Height 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)[1]
Position(s) Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Wolverhampton Wanderers
Number 1
Youth career
2002–2009 Palmeiras Braga
2009–2010 Merelinense
2011 Benfica
2011–2012 Marítimo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2015 Marítimo B 74 (0)
2013–2016 Marítimo 16 (0)
2016 Porto B 16 (0)
2016–2019 Porto 15 (0)
2018–2019Olympiacos (loan) 21 (0)
2019–2021 Olympiacos 62 (0)
2021– Wolverhampton Wanderers 5 (0)
National team
2012–2013 Portugal U20 14 (0)
2013–2015 Portugal U21 16 (0)
2016 Portugal U23 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:19, 18 September 2021 (UTC)

In his career, he played for Marítimo, Porto (both first and second teams), Olympiacos and Wolverhampton Wanderers, winning two Super League Greece championships with the third club.

Sá was a former Portuguese under-21 international, reaching the European Championship final in 2015. He was part of the full squad at the 2017 Confederations Cup.

Club careerEdit

MarítimoEdit

Born in Braga, Sá finished his development with Madeira's C.S. Marítimo, joining the club at the age of 18. On 23 January 2013 he made his professional debut with the B team, playing the full 90 minutes in a 0–0 home draw against U.D. Oliveirense for the Segunda Liga championship.[3]

In the 2013 off-season, Sá was promoted to the main squad by manager Pedro Martins.[4] He played his first game in the Primeira Liga on 18 August in a 2–1 home win over S.L. Benfica,[5] and kept his position for the following matchday, a 3–0 loss at FC Porto.[6]

During his tenure in Funchal, Sá acted as understudy to Frenchman Romain Salin.[7]

PortoEdit

On 25 January 2016, both Sá and teammate Moussa Marega joined Porto on four-and-a-half-year contracts, with the services of the former being acquired for 1.5 million.[8] During his early spell, he was second choice to Spain international Iker Casillas.[9][10]

Sá made his debut in the UEFA Champions League on 17 October 2017, starting in a 3–2 loss for the group stage away to RB Leipzig and committing a blunder in the eighth minute which resulted in the opposition's first goal.[11] He became the starter from that point onwards but, following a 5–0 home defeat against Liverpool for the same competition, lost his place again.[12]

OlympiacosEdit

On 31 August 2018, deemed surplus to requirements by manager Sérgio Conceição,[13] Sá joined Olympiacos F.C. on a season-long loan.[14] He became first choice over Andreas Gianniotis shortly after arriving, as the team was coached by his compatriot and former Marítimo boss Martins.[15]

On 15 May 2019, Sá agreed to a permanent four-year deal.[16] During the campaign, he kept a total of 18 clean sheets[17] as the team from Piraeus won the double, though he missed the Cup final through injury.[18]

Sá was again a league winner in 2020–21.[19] However, his team were beaten to the Cup by PAOK FC.[20]

Wolverhampton WanderersEdit

On 15 July 2021, Sá joined English club Wolverhampton Wanderers for a €8 million transfer fee, on a five-year deal;[21] he was signed to replace his experienced compatriot Rui Patrício who had joined A.S. Roma, and he was handed the number 1 jersey that had not been worn at the Molineux club since Carl Ikeme retired due to his leukaemia diagnosis in 2018.[22] He made his Premier League debut on 14 August in a 1–0 loss away to Leicester City.[23]

International careerEdit

Sá represented Portugal at the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup. He played all the matches and minutes in Turkey, in an eventual round-of-16 exit.

On 6 August 2013, Sá received his first call-up to the under-21 team, for a friendly game with Switzerland.[24] He featured in the second half of the 5–2 win, on the 14th.[25]

Sá was first choice at the 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship, keeping clean sheets in all games but one as the national side finished in second place in the Czech Republic; in the final, he saved from Sweden's Abdul Khalili in the penalty shootout following a goalless draw at the Eden Arena.[26][27][28][29]

On 25 May 2017, Sá was called to the full side for the first time, being named by manager Fernando Santos in a provisional 24-man squad for that year's FIFA Confederations Cup.[30]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of match played 18 September 2021
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Europe Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Marítimo B 2012–13[31] Segunda Liga 18 0 18 0
2013–14[31] Segunda Liga 18 0 18 0
2014–15[31] Segunda Liga 38 0 38 0
Total 74 0 74 0
Marítimo 2012–13[31] Primeira Liga 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013–14[31] Primeira Liga 8 0 1 0 2 0 11 0
2014–15[31] Primeira Liga 3 0 0 0 1 0 4 0
2015–16[32] Primeira Liga 5 0 2 0 2 0 9 0
Total 16 0 3 0 5 0 0 0 24 0
Porto B 2015–16[31] LigaPro 16 0 16 0
Porto 2015–16[31] Primeira Liga 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016–17[32] Primeira Liga 1 0 2 0 3 0 0 0 6 0
2017–18[32] Primeira Liga 14 0 1 0 1 0 5[a] 0 21 0
Total 15 0 3 0 4 0 5 0 27 0
Olympiacos 2018–19[31] Super League Greece 21 0 3 0 7[b] 0 31 0
2019–20[31] Super League Greece 33 0 0 0 15[b] 0 48 0
2020–21[31] Super League Greece 29 0 2 0 12[c] 0 43 0
Total 83 0 5 0 34 0 122 0
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2021–22[31] Premier League 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Career total 209 0 11 0 9 0 39 0 269 0
  1. ^ Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  2. ^ a b Appearances in UEFA Europa League
  3. ^ Eight appearances in UEFA Champions League, four appearances in UEFA Europa League

HonoursEdit

Porto B

Porto

Olympiacos

Portugal

Individual

ReferencesEdit

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  3. ^ "Marítimo B-Oliveirense, 0–0: Pouca ambição resulta em nulo" [Marítimo B-Oliveirense, 0–0: Little ambition has zero as result]. Record (in Portuguese). 23 January 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2017.
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  7. ^ "Guarda-redes José Sá desperta cobiça lá fora" [Goalkeeper José Sá is coveted outside]. Record (in Portuguese). 24 June 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2017.
  8. ^ Ruela, João; Fernandes, Nuno (26 January 2016). "FC Porto paga cinco milhões e desvia Marega e José Sá de Alvalade" [FC Porto pay five million and hijack Marega and José Sá from Alvalade]. Diário de Notícias (in Portuguese). Retrieved 26 February 2016.
  9. ^ "José Sá quer sentar Iker Casillas" [José Sá wants to seat Iker Casillas] (in Portuguese). SAPO. 3 February 2017. Retrieved 17 October 2017.
  10. ^ Figueiredo, João Tiago; Pires, Sérgio (19 October 2017). "José Sá por Casillas e mais cinco surpresas na baliza do FC Porto" [José Sá for Casillas and another five surprises in goal of FC Porto] (in Portuguese). TVI 24. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
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  12. ^ ""José Sá? A responsabilidade não é só dele"" ["José Sá? He's not the only one to blame"]. O Jogo (in Portuguese). 16 February 2018. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  13. ^ "José Sá deixou estágio para tratar do futuro" [José Sá left training camp to take care of future]. A Bola (in Portuguese). 23 July 2018. Retrieved 2 September 2018.
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