Luís Filipe (footballer, born 1979)

Luís Filipe Ângelo Rodrigues Fernandes (born 14 June 1979), known as Luís Filipe, is a Portuguese retired footballer who played mainly as a defender but also as a midfielder, always on the right side.

Luís Filipe
Luís Filipe (right) with Benfica in 2007
Personal information
Full name Luís Filipe Ângelo Rodrigues Fernandes
Date of birth (1979-06-14) 14 June 1979 (age 41)
Place of birth Cantanhede, Portugal
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position(s) Right back
Youth career
1987–1992 Marialvas
1992–1993 Porto
1993–1995 Académica
1995–1996 Marialvas
1996–1998 Académica
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–1999 Académica 19 (2)
1999 Atlético Madrid B 0 (0)
1999–2001 Braga 52 (8)
2000 Braga B 1 (0)
2001–2004 Sporting CP 18 (0)
2001–2003 Sporting B 10 (2)
2004União Leiria (loan) 16 (2)
2004–2005 Marítimo 30 (0)
2005–2007 Braga 56 (1)
2007–2011 Benfica 23 (0)
2008–2009Vitória Guimarães (loan) 16 (1)
2011–2014 Olhanense 39 (0)
Total 280 (16)
National team
1998–1999 Portugal U20 10 (0)
2000–2002 Portugal U21 9 (0)
2001–2005 Portugal B 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

He amassed Primeira Liga totals of 269 games and 14 goals during 16 seasons, representing in the competition Académica, Braga (two spells), Sporting, União de Leiria, Marítimo, Benfica, Vitória de Guimarães and Olhanense.

Club careerEdit

Born in Cantanhede, Coimbra District, Luís Filipe started playing professionally as a right winger with Académica de Coimbra, and had a small abroad stint with Spain's Atlético Madrid, spent entirely with the reserves. Unsettled, he moved to S.C. Braga, where he blossomed as a Primeira Liga player.

Luís Filipe's development led to a 2001 transfer to Sporting CP. Opportunities were scarce, and he subsequently reconverted to right back, in the molds of Miguel, upon his loan with U.D. Leiria. In the 2004–05 season he represented C.S. Marítimo, and subsequently returned to Braga.

In the beginning of August 2007, Luís Filipe signed a 500.000, four-year deal with S.L. Benfica,[1] with also right-back João Pereira going the other way. After one unsuccessful year in Lisbon, he was deemed surplus to requirements by new coach Quique Sánchez Flores, moving alongside Nuno Assis to UEFA Champions League challenger Vitória S.C. in Guimarães, on loan (Assis permanently) – the Minho club retained the option to buy the player at the end of the campaign,[2] but it was not activated.

In 2009–10, as Benfica won the league, Luís Filipe's output consisted of 23 minutes in the 1–0 home win against FC Porto. As the team reached the last eight in the UEFA Europa League, he added a further three appearances.

Luís Filipe appeared in three league games in the 2010–11 season – one win, one draw and one loss – with manager Jorge Jesus resting several starters in rounds which brought a Europa League fixture the following week, as Benfica fared better in that competition and reached the semi-finals. In mid-May 2011, he left the club as his contract expired and was not renewed;[3] two months later, he signed with fellow league team S.C. Olhanense.[4]

Personal lifeEdit

After retiring, Luís Filipe began working in agriculture, owning a farm in Vilamoura that specialised in the growing of raspberries.[5]





  1. ^ "Benfica bring in Braga full-back". UEFA. 2 August 2007. Retrieved 21 April 2010.
  2. ^ "Benfica: Nuno Assis e Luís Filipe no V. Guimarães" [Benfica: Nuno Assis and Luís Filipe to V. Guimarães] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 6 August 2008. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Benfica: Luís Filipe terminou contrato e é um jogador livre" [Benfica: Luís Filipe ended contract and is a free player] (in Portuguese). Futebol 365. 17 May 2011. Archived from the original on 2 October 2011. Retrieved 7 June 2011.
  4. ^ "Luís Filipe confirmado" [Luís Filipe confirmed]. A Bola (in Portuguese). 23 July 2011. Archived from the original on 25 July 2011. Retrieved 23 July 2011.
  5. ^ "Último campeão por Sporting e Benfica dedica-se às framboesas" [Last champion for Sporting and Benfica takes on raspberries]. Diário de Notícias (in Portuguese). 17 September 2017. Retrieved 18 September 2017.
  6. ^ "Vila Real-Sporting, 0–4 (Luís Filipe, 22 e 56, André Cruz, 36, Quaresma, 75)" [Vila Real-Sporting, 0–4 (Luís Filipe, 22 and 56, André Cruz, 36, Quaresma, 75)]. Record (in Portuguese). 16 January 2002. Retrieved 23 August 2019.

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