Simão Pedro Fonseca Sabrosa OIH (born 31 October 1979), known mononymously as Simão (Portuguese pronunciation: [siˈmɐ̃w̃]), is a former Portuguese footballer who played mainly as a left winger, with dribbling and set piece skills as primary attributes.
Simão (right) in 2018
|Full name||Simão Pedro Fonseca Sabrosa|
|Date of birth||31 October 1979|
|Place of birth||Constantim, Portugal|
|Height||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Having played in his country for two of the three biggest teams in the nation, Benfica and Sporting, he also spent several years of his professional career in Spain, notably with Atlético Madrid. He won the 2004–05 national championship with the first club and the 2010 Europa League with the third, amongst other accolades.
- 1 Club career
- 2 International career
- 3 Outside football
- 4 Career statistics
- 5 Honours
- 6 References
- 7 Further reading
- 8 External links
Simão moved to FC Barcelona in the summer of 1999 on a £10 million transfer, partnering with Figo in his first year as they finished second in La Liga to Deportivo de La Coruña. On 21 October 2000, in a match remembered for his compatriot's treatment by Barça fans on his return to the Camp Nou in the colours of new team Real Madrid, he scored in a 2–0 El Clásico win.
In 2001, after a comparatively low-key tenure at the Spanish club under manager Louis van Gaal, Simão spoke of his desire for a move back to Sporting. However, he signed with city rivals S.L. Benfica for €12 million.
Simão instantly became a fan-favorite as his new team, quickly acquiring the status of captain. Also, during his six-year stint, he always finished as the club's top scorer, also ranking high in the global domestic charts, notably in the 2002–03 season as he scored a Primeira Liga and career-best 18 goals.
In the following campaign, Simão scored Benfica's second goal in a 2–1 extra-time victory over FC Porto in the final of the Taça de Portugal, ending the club's eight-year silverware drought. In 2004–05, as the side won the national championship after an 11-year wait, he played in all the matches and minutes, netting 15 times. They also reached the domestic cup final in a 1–2 loss against Vitória de Setúbal, with him scoring the losing side's goal through a fourth-minute penalty; in the campaign's UEFA Cup he also appeared in all the matches, netting four times including twice against Dukla Banská Bystrica in a 3–0 away triumph, with his team eventually reaching the round-of-32.
The 2005 summer transfer window saw Simão targeted by Liverpool in an offer worth approximately £12 million, though negotiations reportedly failed over Benfica's increase in asking price. He continued his excellent form into 2005–06, helping his side in the UEFA Champions League campaign, where they made it to the quarter-finals.
Simão played in eight of Benfica's ten matches in the tournament, including the 1–2 loss at Manchester United in the group stage, firing his team level shortly before the hour with an exquisite free-kick, after he himself had been fouled by Alan Smith. In the knockout stages he helped stun title holders Liverpool, unleashing an unstoppable shot into the top left-hand corner of Pepe Reina's goal, as the Portuguese won 2–0 at Anfield and 3–0 overall.
Finally, on 26 July 2007, Atlético Madrid reached an agreement to sign Simão from Benfica for a fee of €20 million. During his first two seasons, in which he was an undisputed starter, he scored seven goals apiece, as the club finished fourth in the top division on both occasions.
On 12 April 2009, Simão entered in the hundred-year history of the capital club by scoring its 4,000th goal in the league with a left-footed diagonal shot against Deportivo. In the 2009 summer he became one of Atlético's captains for the new campaign, receiving that role from coach Abel Resino after a reshuffle; as the Colchoneros underachieved overall, he scored in the Champions League at APOEL FC in a 1–1 away draw, a goal that secured the club's place in the season's UEFA Europa League.
On 14 January 2010, Simão scored twice to lead Atlético to a 5–1 home victory over Recreativo de Huelva and into the Copa del Rey's last-eight (5–4 aggregate win), including a late goal that decided the tie from a superbly taken freekick. He also grabbed an important goal in the Europa League against Galatasaray SK as the team eventually won the competition, with the player appearing in the final against Fulham.
After a disappointing previous campaign, Simão began the 2010–11 season on a high note, scoring three goals in the first seven games – notably in a 1–1 draw at Valencia CF on 22 September 2010 – and starting in 15 out of the 16 matches he appeared in. He also captained the side more frequently due to the absence of Antonio López, most notably in the UEFA Super Cup's 2–0 defeat of Inter Milan, where he set up a goal for Sergio Agüero.
On 22 December 2010, aged 31, Sabrosa signed with Süper Lig team Beşiktaş JK for €900,000, reuniting with Portugal teammates Hugo Almeida and Ricardo Quaresma. On 11 May 2011, he scored the decisive penalty in the shootout as Beşiktaş won the Turkish Cup against İstanbul Büyükşehir Belediyespor (4–3, 2–2 after extra time).
Simão joined RCD Espanyol on a free transfer on 17 August 2012, signing a two-year contract. He scored his first goal with his new club on 7 December, featuring as a second-half substitute for Rui Fonte and heading in from a corner kick in an eventual 2–2 home draw against Sevilla FC.
Simão was released by Espanyol on 22 May 2014, alongside Joan Capdevila. In April 2015, having been inactive for ten months, he said that he was finding it difficult to attract a new club at the age of 35, and was considering the possibility of entering management.
On 25 June 2015, Indian Super League club NorthEast United FC announced they had signed Simão as a marquee player. He captained the team in his debut match on 9 September, also scoring in the friendly with AmaZulu FC.
Initially sidelined by injury, Simão made his competitive debut on 20 October against Chennaiyin FC at the Indira Gandhi Stadium, replacing Francis Dadzie after 74 minutes and winning a last-minute penalty which he converted to open a 2–0 win which gave the team their first points of the season. On 3 November, immediately after replacing compatriot Silas, he scored a free kick which earned his team a 1–1 draw at Delhi Dynamos FC; four days later from the penalty spot, he decided an away win at Atlético de Kolkata.
Simão returned to Benfica on 14 September 2017, being appointed head of international relations after longtime club and international teammate Nuno Gomes, who had just left his post as director of the Futebol Campus academy in Seixal, rejected the offer.
Simão's path to the Portugal national team began when he won the UEFA European Under-16 Championship in 1996. The following year he began playing for the under-18s, being a regular in the under-21 side two years later.
Simão made his full debut for Portugal at only 19 years of age, scoring on 18 November 1998 against Israel, but was not included in the squad for UEFA Euro 2000. He also did not make the list for the 2002 FIFA World Cup due to injury, but he did participate at Euro 2004, where the hosts finished in second place. In this tournament he played in three of his country's six matches, his most notable appearance coming against England in the quarter-finals: he came on as a second-half substitute and seized on Frank Lampard's wayward pass and crossed for Hélder Postiga, who headed in unmarked scoring the equalizing goal in the late minutes of the game, bringing it to extra time and an eventual successful penalty shootout, where he scored on his attempt.
Simão was also selected for the 2006 World Cup in Germany, finishing fourth overall. He played in all of the matches in the tournament, scoring only one goal on the 24th minute against Mexico, in a 2–1 group stage win; on 1 July, in the quarter-finals, Portugal and England met again in a penalty shootout (0–0 after 120 minutes) and he helped to another victory, netting his attempt for the final 3–1 win.
In Euro 2008, Simão played in three of Portugal's matches and did not find the net, as the nation was eliminated in the quarter-finals by Germany. While many looked at Ronaldo as the star of the national side, it was Simão who proved to be the matchwinner in qualifying for the 2010 World Cup, finishing as team top scorer with four goals including two in a 3–0 home win against Hungary.
Simão was selected for the finals in South Africa: a starter from the second group stage match he scored precisely in that game, through a right-footed low shot in a 7–0 routing of North Korea on 21 June 2010. On 27 August he stepped down from the national squad, citing personal reasons, and earned 85 caps during his 12-year spell, netting 22 goals.
Simão was married to Filipa Valente for ten years, before their divorce in August 2011. The couple had a daughter and a son together. In 2014, he fathered a son who was also given his name, born to Vanessa Rebelo, the ex-wife of his former Benfica teammate Bruno Aguiar.
In March 2009, Simão took leave from Atlético to aid in the search for Diogo, the four-year-old son of his elder brother Serafim, who was reported missing when playing in the sea off Matosinhos. It was later confirmed that he had drowned.
Simão launched an instructional DVD titled Como Se Faz um Campeão (How to Make a Champion), and was the protagonist of a campaign for television channel Sport TV HD. In June 2016, he began working there as pundit and interviewer. He featured on the cover of the Portuguese edition of the video game FIFA 10, and in 2010, he appeared in an advertisement for McDonald's.
|Atlético Madrid||2007–08||La Liga||30||7||3||0||8[b]||3||41||10|
|NorthEast United||2015||Indian Super League||1||1||—||—||1||1|
- Appearances in UEFA Champions League
- Appearances in UEFA Cup
- Includes 1 appearance in Supercopa de España
- Appearances in UEFA Cup and UEFA Champions League
- Appearances in UEFA Europa League and UEFA Champions League
- Appearances in UEFA Europa League and UEFA Super Cup
- Appearances in UEFA Europa League
- Bola de Prata: 2002–03
- LPFP Primeira Liga Player of the Year: 2006–07
- Cosme Damião Awards – Footballer of the Year: 2006
- CNID Best Portuguese Athlete Abroad: 2010
- City diary: Lisbon Archived 31 January 2017 at the Wayback Machine; UEFA, 17 May 2004
- Sabrosa offers Barcelona ultimatum Archived 11 June 2010 at the Wayback Machine; BBC Sport, 18 July 2000
- "Figo falters in face of Catalan fury". The Daily Telegraph. 23 October 2000. Archived from the original on 18 May 2017. Retrieved 14 March 2017.
- "Miccoli to lead Benfica line". UEFA. 31 August 2005. Archived from the original on 10 November 2012. Retrieved 6 January 2010.
- "O Benfica de Simão" [Simão's Benfica]. Record (in Portuguese). 27 July 2001. Archived from the original on 30 June 2015. Retrieved 25 June 2015.
- "Simão é o capitão" [Simão is the captain]. Record (in Portuguese). 24 September 2003. Archived from the original on 30 June 2015. Retrieved 25 June 2015.
- "Simão até ao fim" [Simão until the end]. Record (in Portuguese). 19 March 2007. Archived from the original on 30 June 2015. Retrieved 25 June 2015.
- "Em nome de Simão" [In the name of Simão]. Record (in Portuguese). 1 June 2003. Archived from the original on 30 June 2015. Retrieved 25 June 2015.
- "Benfica vence Taça de Portugal (2–1)" [Benfica win Portuguese Cup (2–1)]. Público (in Portuguese). 16 May 2004. Archived from the original on 6 May 2018. Retrieved 16 September 2017.
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- "Meyong magic seals Setúbal joy". UEFA. 29 May 2005. Archived from the original on 8 January 2016. Retrieved 3 November 2015.
- Banská Bystrica 0–3 Benfica Archived 18 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine; UEFA, 16 September 2004
- Wallace, Sam (5 January 2006). "Liverpool confident they will land £8m Simao". The Independent. London. Archived from the original on 2 August 2010. Retrieved 6 January 2010.
- "Liverpool fail in move for Simao". BBC Sport. 31 August 2005. Archived from the original on 25 January 2011. Retrieved 6 January 2010.
- "United save their best until last". UEFA. 27 September 2005. Archived from the original on 31 March 2009. Retrieved 6 January 2010.
- "Simão sends Liverpool crashing out". UEFA. 8 March 2006. Archived from the original on 14 April 2009. Retrieved 6 January 2010.
- "Sunday's gossip column". BBC Sport. 2 July 2006. Archived from the original on 24 August 2007. Retrieved 6 January 2010.
- "Tuesday's gossip column". BBC Sport. 24 April 2007. Archived from the original on 22 September 2007. Retrieved 6 January 2010.
- "Comunicado" [Announcement] (PDF) (in Portuguese). Portuguese Securities Market Commission. 26 July 2007. Archived (PDF) from the original on 30 May 2011. Retrieved 10 June 2010.
- "Diez goles inolvidables del Atlético en la Liga" [Ten unforgettable Atlético League goals]. ABC (in Spanish). 28 January 2017. Archived from the original on 16 September 2017. Retrieved 16 September 2017.
- "Simao Sabrosa proud to captain Atletico Madrid". Goal. 21 July 2009. Archived from the original on 25 August 2009. Retrieved 6 January 2010.
- "APOEL denied by Simão strike". UEFA. 25 November 2009. Archived from the original on 10 January 2010. Retrieved 6 January 2010.
- "Cuando la realidad supera a la ficción" [When reality is greater than fiction]. Marca (in Spanish). 14 January 2010. Archived from the original on 14 May 2014. Retrieved 13 May 2014.
- "Atletico Madrid 2–1 Fulham". BBC Sport. 12 May 2010. Archived from the original on 13 May 2010. Retrieved 16 September 2017.
- "Reyes realises goal dream". UEFA. 27 August 2010. Archived from the original on 18 January 2018. Retrieved 15 February 2018.
- "Simão Sabrosa abandona el Atlético de Madrid y ficha por el Besiktas" [Simão Sabrosa leaves Atlético de Madrid and signs with Besiktas] (in Spanish). Atlético Madrid. 22 December 2010. Archived from the original on 25 December 2010. Retrieved 22 December 2010.
- "Simao Sabrosa Beşiktaş'ta" [Simao Sabrosa a Besiktas player] (in Turkish). Besiktas J.K. 23 December 2010. Archived from the original on 26 December 2010. Retrieved 23 December 2010.
- Besiktas futbol yatirimlari sanayi ve ticaret A.Ş. / BJKAS Archived 16 January 2011 at the Wayback Machine; KAP, 23 December 2010 (in Turkish)
- "Simão marca penalti decisivo" [Simão scores decisive penalty] (in Portuguese). Rádio e Televisão de Portugal. 11 May 2011. Archived from the original on 1 April 2018. Retrieved 15 February 2018.
- "Atlético advantage reduced by old boy Simão". UEFA. 8 March 2012. Archived from the original on 11 March 2012. Retrieved 15 March 2012.
- Simao, happy to join RCD Espanyol; RCD Espanyol, 20 August 2012
- "Sevilla make point". Sky Sports. 7 December 2012. Archived from the original on 18 May 2014. Retrieved 17 May 2014.
- "Capdevila y Simao dejan el Espanyol" [Capdevila and Simao leave Espanyol]. Marca (in Spanish). 22 May 2014. Archived from the original on 22 May 2014. Retrieved 22 May 2014.
- "Former Barça and Espanyol man Simao Sabrosa set to retire from football". Sport. 27 April 2015. Archived from the original on 2 June 2015. Retrieved 21 May 2015.
- "Simao announced as NorthEast United's marquee signing". Goal. 25 June 2015. Archived from the original on 27 June 2015. Retrieved 25 June 2015.
- "Former Portugal winger Simao Sabrosa joins Indian Super League". ESPN FC. 26 June 2015. Archived from the original on 27 June 2015. Retrieved 26 June 2015.
- "Preseason Tour : AmaZulu FC vs NorthEast United FC – Match Report". NorthEast United. 9 September 2015. Archived from the original on 11 September 2015. Retrieved 9 September 2015.
- "ISL 2015: In first touch, marquee players far from their best". The Indian Express. 7 October 2015. Archived from the original on 11 October 2015. Retrieved 20 October 2015.
- "Indian Super League: NorthEast United 2–0 Chennaiyin FC: Simao & Velez earn first points for NorthEast". Goal. 20 October 2015. Archived from the original on 8 January 2016. Retrieved 20 October 2015.
- Chandra, Shikharr (3 November 2015). "Indian Super League: Delhi Dynamos 1–1 NorthEast United FC: Simao free-kick secures a point for the visitors". Goal. Archived from the original on 6 November 2015. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
- "ISL: Simao Sabrosa helps NorthEast United FC get past Atletico de Kolkata 1–0". IBN. 7 November 2015. Archived from the original on 8 November 2015. Retrieved 7 November 2015.
- "Simão Sabrosa é o novo responsável pela relações internacionais do Benfica" [Simão Sabrosa is the new head of international relations at Benfica] (in Portuguese). TSF. 15 September 2017. Archived from the original on 16 September 2017. Retrieved 16 September 2017.
- "Operação Mundial começou ontem sem grandes surpresas" [Operation World Cup started off with no major surprises]. Público (in Portuguese). 14 May 2002. Archived from the original on 6 May 2018. Retrieved 14 February 2018.
- "Hosts hold their nerve". UEFA. 24 June 2004. Archived from the original on 25 September 2009. Retrieved 6 January 2010.
- Portugal progress as pool winners Archived 15 May 2007 at the Wayback Machine; UEFA, 21 June 2006
- "England 0–0 Portugal". BBC Sport. 1 July 2006. Archived from the original on 3 September 2017. Retrieved 16 September 2017.
- "Portugal ousted by German power show". UEFA. 19 June 2008. Retrieved 7 January 2010.
- "Simao brace propels Portugal". FIFA. 10 October 2009. Archived from the original on 13 October 2009. Retrieved 7 January 2010.
- "Portugal pours it on in second half". The New York Times. 21 June 2010. Archived from the original on 9 March 2014. Retrieved 6 June 2013.
- "Portugal winger Simao Sabrosa retires from international football". Goal. 27 August 2010. Archived from the original on 4 September 2010. Retrieved 31 August 2010.
- "Simao Pedro Fonseca Sabrosa – Goals in International Matches". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 31 January 2014. Retrieved 30 December 2013.
- "Filipa Sabrosa confirma divórcio" [Filipa Sabrosa confirms divorce] (in Portuguese). SAPO. 24 August 2011. Archived from the original on 18 May 2015. Retrieved 10 May 2015.
- Moutinho, Evelise (28 June 2015). "Fotos: Simão Sabrosa e Vanessa Aguiar Rebelo batizam Simão" [Photos: Simão Sabrosa and Vanessa Aguiar Rebelo baptise Simão] (in Portuguese). Lux. Archived from the original on 22 August 2015. Retrieved 29 August 2015.
- "Simao viajó el lunes a Portugal por un drama familiar" [Simão Sabrosa travelled to Portugal on Monday due to a family crisis]. Marca (in Spanish). 17 March 2009. Archived from the original on 18 May 2015. Retrieved 10 May 2015.
- "Irmão de Simão Sabrosa desolada com a morte do filho" [Brother of Simão Sabrosa devastated by death of his son] (in Portuguese). Caras. 20 March 2009. Archived from the original on 12 May 2015. Retrieved 10 May 2015.
- Simão Sabrosa – Como Se Faz Um Campeão Archived 5 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine; at DVD.pt (Portuguese)
- "Simão é rosto de campanha do canal HD da Sport TV" [Simão is face of Sport TV HD channel's campaign] (in Portuguese). SAPO. 2 September 2008. Archived from the original on 8 July 2012. Retrieved 6 January 2010.
- "Simão Sabrosa é o novo comentador da Sport TV" [Simão Sabrosa is Sport TV's new commentator] (in Portuguese). Destak. 23 May 2016. Archived from the original on 11 February 2017. Retrieved 9 February 2017.
- Morais, Carolina (2 August 2016). "Sport TV: novos conteúdos, imagem e comentadores" [Sport TV: new contents, outline and commentators]. Diário de Notícias (in Portuguese). Archived from the original on 11 February 2017. Retrieved 9 February 2017.
- "Simão Sabrosa imagem FIFA 10 em Portugal" [Simão Sabrosa FIFA 10 cover in Portugal] (in Portuguese). EA Portugal. Archived from the original on 5 May 2011. Retrieved 6 January 2010.
- "Simão Sabrosa na nova campanha "Europoupança" da McDonald's" [Simão Sabrosa in McDonald's new "Eurosaver" campaign] (in Portuguese). Briefing. 26 January 2010. Archived from the original on 18 May 2015. Retrieved 10 May 2015.
- Simão Sabrosa at ForaDeJogo. Retrieved 28 June 2015.
- "Simao: Simao Pedro Fonseca Sabrosa". BDFutbol. Archived from the original on 18 May 2015. Retrieved 28 June 2015.
- Simão at Soccerway. Retrieved 28 June 2015.
- "Portugal – Record International Players". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 6 October 2009. Retrieved 24 July 2015.
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- "Portugal – List of Topscorers". RSSSF. 25 June 2015. Archived from the original on 18 November 2015. Retrieved 25 June 2015.
- "Simão foi o melhor da época" [Simão was the best of the season]. Record (in Portuguese). 2 July 2007. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 25 June 2015.
- "Veloso é a revelação, Simão é a consagração" [Veloso is the newcomer, Simão the consecration] (in Portuguese). CNID. 30 June 2007. Archived from the original on 26 June 2015. Retrieved 25 June 2015.
- "Gala do Benfica: Aimar distinguido como o melhor de 2010/11" [Benfica Gala: Aimar distinguished as the best of 2010–11] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 29 February 2012. Archived from the original on 1 March 2016. Retrieved 1 March 2016.
- "Rosa Mota e Carlos Lopes recebem prémio Fernando Soromenho" [Rosa Mota and Carlos Lopes receive Fernando Soromenho Award] (in Portuguese). Associação dos Jornalistas de Desporto. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 30 March 2016.
- "Selecção distinguida pelo Duque de Bragança" [National team honoured by Duke of Bragança] (in Portuguese). Cristiano Ronaldo News. 30 August 2006. Archived from the original on 20 May 2009. Retrieved 30 August 2006.
- Lopes, Luís (2008). Os Magníficos: Simão Sabrosa, especialista no drible, fatal no remate [The Magnificents: Simão Sabrosa, dribbling specialist, deadly shooter] (First ed.). QuidNovi. ISBN 978-989-554-509-4.
- Pereira, Luís Miguel; Sabrosa, Simão (November 2002). A arte de Simão Sabrosa, como tornar-se um jogador decisivo [The art of Simão Sabrosa, how to become a decisive player] (First ed.). Booktree. ISBN 972-8718-61-6.