|Full name||Paulo Jorge dos Santos Futre|
|Date of birth||28 February 1966|
|Place of birth||Montijo, Portugal|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|1996–1997||West Ham United||9||(0)|
|*Club domestic league appearances and goals|
After starting playing for Sporting, he moved to Porto – winning the 1987 European Cup – after which he embarked in an extensive professional career, having represented clubs in Spain, France, Italy, England and Japan, most notably Atlético Madrid. He also appeared for Benfica during four months in 1993, and his later years were blighted by injury problems.
Sporting / PortoEdit
Born in Montijo, Setúbal District, Futre first appeared professionally in 1983–84, as a 17-year-old for Sporting CP, whose youth system he had joined at the age of nine. When he requested a pay raise from president João Rocha, he was turned down and left for FC Porto after just one season, as veterans Jaime Pacheco and António Sousa moved in the opposite direction as part of the deal.
In the following years, Futre collected two Primeira Liga titles, also helping the northerners to the 1986–87 European Cup, putting on a Man of the match performance in the final against FC Bayern Munich.
After that continental win, Futre was traded to Atlético Madrid in Spain, earning a reported annual salary of €650,000. At the capital club he quickly rose to fan favourite status, but his physical weakness left him with several knee injuries which tormented his career in the 1990s.
In his fifth season, Futre provided countless assists for striker Manolo who scored 27 goals for the Pichichi Trophy, with him netting in the campaign's Copa del Rey, a 2–0 win over neighbours Real Madrid. During most of his spell with the Colchoneros, he was also team captain.
Journeyman / RetirementEdit
In January 1993, Futre moved to Porto and Sporting rivals S.L. Benfica, winning a Taça de Portugal in his short stay (and scoring in the final against Boavista F.C. in a 5–2 triumph), as his injury woes persisted. Afterwards, he signed a one-season contract with Olympique de Marseille, where he teamed up with countryman Rui Barros. His time in France was largely disappointing, however, once again due to continual injuries, as well as competition from Dragan Stojković in his position, which limited him to only two goals in eight league appearances.
Halfway through 1993–94, despite being linked with A.C. Milan, Futre eventually transferred to newly promoted Serie A side A.C. Reggiana 1919. On his debut, on 21 November 1993, he scored a memorable individual goal which opened the scoring in a 2–0 success over U.S. Cremonese and gave the hosts their first ever win in the top flight; during the second half, however, he suffered a serious injury after an aggressive challenge from Alessandro Pedroni, which kept him out for the rest of the season as his team narrowly avoided relegation.
The following campaign, Futre managed only 12 appearances and netted four times, which were not enough to save Reggiana from relegation. For 1995–96 he did move to Milan but, due to continuing injury troubles as well as competition from other talented offensive, creative players in his position, he only featured once for the Fabio Capello-led team, coming on as a substitute for Roberto Baggio in the final match of the season against Cremonese at the San Siro, which ended 7–1 for the hosts who celebrated the league conquest.
After his time in Italy, Futre agreed to a one-year deal with West Ham United, where he infamously refused to play until he was given squad number 10. Finally, he returned to Atlético Madrid (ten La Liga matches in 1997–98), effectively ending his career with J1 League club Yokohama Flügels; he ranked joint-98th in World Soccer's 100 Greatest Players of the 20th Century, published in December 1999.
Futre worked as director of football at Atlético Madrid from 2000 to 2003, subsequently becoming a real-estate developer in his hometown. In May 2011, he was part of Dias Ferreira's team in an unsuccessful run for Sporting's presidency.
Futre played 41 times for Portugal in a 12-year span, scoring six goals. His debut came against Finland for the UEFA Euro 1984 qualifiers, on 27 April 1983 – he was only 17 years and 204 days old, breaking a national team record.
Style of playEdit
A highly talented and creative left-footed winger whose playing style initially drew comparisons with Diego Maradona, Futre was known in particular for his explosive acceleration as well as his excellent technical ability. His dribbling skills, pace, agility and quick feet enabled him to be extremely fast with the ball at his feet and allowed him to take on several opponents.
Due to his vision and work-rate, Futre was capable both of creating and scoring goals, and was a versatile player who was also deployed as a second striker and as an attacking midfielder on occasion during his time in Italy. Despite the precocious talent he demonstrated in his youth, he was also prone to injuries which greatly affected his career, leading to increasingly inconsistent performances, a poorer goalscoring rate, and a premature retirement at the age of 32.
Futre's younger son, Fábio, was also a footballer. A midfielder, he played for Atlético Madrid's youth teams, and was called up for Portugal under-17s. His nephew, Artur Futre, appeared professionally for F.C. Alverca, F.C. Maia and C.D. Aves, without much impact; his older son, Paulo, played in a rock band, "Fr1day".
|Club||Season||League||National Cup[a]||League Cup[b]||Europe||Other||Total|
|Sporting CP||1983–84||Primeira Divisão||21||3||5||0||—||3[c]||0||—||29||3|
|Atlético Madrid||1987–88||La Liga||35||8||4||1||—||—||—||39||9|
|West Ham United||1996–97||Premier League||9||0||0||0||0||0||—||—||9||0|
|Atlético Madrid||1997–98||La Liga||10||0||0||0||—||0||0||—||10||0|
- Includes the Taça de Portugal, Copa del Rey, Coppa Italia and Emperor's Cup
- Includes the Coupe de la Ligue, League Cup and J.League Cup
- Appearances in UEFA Cup
- Appearances in UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
- Appearances in Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira
- Appearances in European Cup
- Appearances in Supercopa de España
|1||30 January 1985||Estádio José Alvalade, Lisbon, Portugal||Romania||1–0||2–3||Friendly|
|2||20 September 1989||Stade de la Maladière, Neuchâtel, Switzerland||Switzerland||1–1||2–1||1990 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|3||23 January 1991||Olympic Stadium, Athens, Greece||Greece||2–1||2–3||UEFA Euro 1992 qualifying|
|4||9 February 1991||Ta' Qali National Stadium, Ta' Qali, Malta||Malta||1–0||1–0|
|5||28 April 1993||Estádio da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal||Scotland||3–0||5–0||1994 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|6||10 November 1993||Estonia||1–0||3–0|
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- 1986/87: Futre inspires Porto triumph; UEFA, 27 May 1987
- Coelho, João Nuno; Pinheiro, Francisco (November 2002). A Paixão do Povo [The People's Passion] (in Portuguese) (816 ed.). Edições Afrontamento. p. 587. ISBN 972-36-0624-0.
- "El gol del Atlético" [Atlético's goal]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 22 April 2014. Retrieved 23 April 2016.
- "Real Madrid-Atlético, seis finales y 4–2 para los rojiblancos" [Real Madrid-Atlético, six finals and 4–2 to the red-and-white]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 30 April 2014. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
- Malheiro, João (July 2006). Memorial Benfica 100 Glórias [Benfica Memorial, 100 glories] (in Portuguese) (Third ed.). QuidNovi. p. 110. ISBN 978-972-8998-26-4.
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- Gabrielli, Fabrizio (27 July 2020). "L'eterna attesa di Paulo Futre" [The eternal wait for Paulo Futre] (in Italian). L'Ultimo Uomo. Retrieved 19 December 2020.
- "Capello si congeda col Milan a forza 7" [Capello leaves Milan with a strong 7 goal display]. Corriere della Sera (in Italian). 13 May 1996. Retrieved 10 September 2015.
- "Harry leaves his legacy". BBC Sport. 9 May 2001. Retrieved 26 January 2015.
- World Soccer Players of the Century; at World Soccer
- Futre to leave Atlético; UEFA, 7 March 2003
- Simões de Abreu, Alexandra (20 August 2017). "Futre: "Quando estava no auge recebia de tudo. Cuequinhas, soutiens, chuchas... Fui muito assediado"" [Futre: "When I was at my peak I received everything. Panties, bras, pacifiers... I was heavily harassed"]. Expresso (in Portuguese). Retrieved 22 June 2018.
- Dias Ferreira: «O que mais cansou foi aturar Futre» (Dias Ferreira: «The most tiring thing was having to put up with Futre»); Mais Futebol, 26 March 2011 (in Portuguese)
- "Adeus Alvalade: Paulo Futre encanta na estreia oficial" [Goodbye Alvalade: Paulo Futre delights in official debut]. Record (in Portuguese). 6 May 2003. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
- Paulo Futre – FIFA competition record (archived)
- Rossi, Paolo. "Paulo Futre, il Maradona lusitano" [Paulo Futre, the Lusitanic Maradona] (in Italian). Sport Review. Retrieved 10 September 2015.
- Granello, Licia (29 May 1987). "Ecco I campioni poveri ma belli" [Here are the poor but beautiful champions]. La Repubblica (in Italian). Retrieved 10 September 2015.
- Fabio Jorge Futre se entrenó con el primer equipo del Atlético de Madrid (Fabio Jorge Futre trained with Atlético de Madrid's first team) Archived 19 August 2011 at the Wayback Machine; Join Futbol, 29 December 2009 (in Spanish)
- "Sub-20: Artur Futre quer seguir pisadas do tio Paulo" [Under-20: Artur Futre wants to follow in his uncle Paulo's footsteps]. Record (in Portuguese). 16 January 2003. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 4 September 2015.
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- Paulo Futre at BDFutbol
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