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Danilo Pereira (Portuguese footballer)

Danilo Pereira (Portuguese footballer)

Danilo Pereira (Portuguese footballer)
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Intro Footballer
Is Athlete Football player Association football player
From Portugal
Type Sports
Gender male
Birth 9 September 1991, Bissau
Age 29 years
Danilo Pereira (Portuguese footballer)
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Danilo Luís Hélio Pereira (born 9 September 1991) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for FC Porto as a defensive midfielder.

Club career

Born in Bissau, Guinea-Bissau as the oldest child of Quinta Djata, a nurse, Pereira and his family moved to Portugal when he was five. He played his youth football with three clubs in the Lisbon area, finishing his formation with S.L. Benfica.

Benfica subsequently decided against signing Pereira to a professional contract, and Italian side Parma F.C. acquired him on a free transfer. He spent the second half of the 2010–11 season on loan to Aris Thessaloniki F.C. in Greece and, upon his return to the Stadio Ennio Tardini, made his first appearance in Serie A on 21 December 2011, coming on as a late substitute in a 3–3 home draw against Catania Calcio.

For 2012–13 Pereira was loaned again, spending the campaign with Roda JC Kerkrade in the Eredivisie and being first-choice to help his team narrowly avoid relegation. On 1 August 2013 he broke all ties with Parma and returned to Portugal, joining C.S. Marítimo.

On 2 July 2015, after two seasons in Madeira as first-choice, Danilo signed a four-year contract with FC Porto also from the Primeira Liga, with a release clause of €40 million.

International career

Pereira chose to represent Portugal internationally. He was part of the under-20 side that finished second at the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Colombia, playing all seven games (six complete) and scoring in the 2–0 semifinal win over France.

Pereira made his senior international debut on 31 March 2015, replacing fellow debutant Bernardo Silva after 62 minutes of an eventual 0–2 friendly defeat to Cape Verde in Estoril. He was also selected for the UEFA Euro 2016 squad by manager Fernando Santos, scoring his first goal in the last warm-up game, a 7–0 win over Estonia in Lisbon on 8 June.

International goals

As of 8 June 2016 (Portugal score listed first, score column indicates score after each Pereira goal)
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 8 June 2016 Estádio da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal 12  Estonia 4–0 7–0 Friendly



  • Taça de Portugal: Runner-up 2015–16


  • UEFA European Championship: 2016
  • FIFA U-20 World Cup: Runner-up 2011

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