Rui Fonte

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Rui Fonte
Rui Fonte, Fulham FC (35911422634).jpg
Fonte playing for Fulham in 2017
Personal information
Full name Rui Pedro da Rocha Fonte[1]
Date of birth (1990-04-23) 23 April 1990 (age 28)[2]
Place of birth Lisbon, Portugal
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)[2]
Playing position Forward, winger
Club information
Current team
Lille (on loan from Fulham)
Number 10
Youth career
1998–1999 Sacavenense
1999–2006 Sporting CP
2006–2009 Arsenal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2009 Arsenal 0 (0)
2009Crystal Palace (loan) 10 (0)
2009–2011 Sporting CP 0 (0)
2009–2010Vitória Setúbal (loan) 13 (0)
2010–2011Espanyol B (loan) 22 (8)
2010–2011Espanyol (loan) 11 (0)
2011–2013 Espanyol 29 (1)
2013–2015 Benfica B 26 (18)
2013–2016 Benfica 0 (0)
2015Belenenses (loan) 12 (2)
2015–2016Braga (loan) 15 (4)
2016–2017 Braga 28 (13)
2017– Fulham 27 (3)
2018–Lille (loan) 3 (0)
National team
2005–2006 Portugal U16 12 (3)
2006–2007 Portugal U17 13 (2)
2008 Portugal U18 5 (3)
2008–2009 Portugal U19 12 (8)
2010 Portugal U20 5 (2)
2008–2012 Portugal U21 22 (8)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10:36, 11 October 2018 (UTC)

Rui Pedro da Rocha Fonte (born 23 April 1990) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a forward or a right winger for French club Lille OSC on loan from Fulham.

After signing for Arsenal as a 16-year-old, he only made one competitive appearance for the club before signing with Sporting, who loaned him several times for the duration of his contract, including at Espanyol who acquired him permanently in 2011. He subsequently joined Benfica, where injury problems saw him feature sparingly until his release; with his next team, Braga, he notably won the 2016 Portuguese Cup.

All youth levels comprised, Fonte earned 69 caps for Portugal, scoring 26 goals.

Club career[edit]

Early years / Arsenal[edit]

Fonte was born in Lisbon,[3] and joined Sporting Clube de Portugal's youth system at only nine. In 2006 he signed a three-year contract with Arsenal, with a clause stating he was to return to his previous club if the English did not extend the contract beyond the original period.

A regular member of Arsenal's reserves, Fonte made his debut for the first team in a friendly against Barnet in the 2008 pre-season.[4] He made his competitive debut for the Gunners as a substitute for Carlos Vela in a League Cup match against Wigan Athletic on 11 November 2008, a 3–0 home win.[5]

On 30 January 2009, Fonte signed for Championship side Crystal Palace on a one-month loan, with his older brother José playing a big role in persuading club and player of each other's merits.[6] He made his debut for his new team in a 0–1 home defeat to Blackpool on the following day,[7] and his loan was subsequently extended until the end of the season;[8] Palace were docked a point and fined £20,000 for fielding him in their final match, despite his loan having expired.[9]

On 19 May 2009, it was announced that Arsenal had decided not to extend Fonte's three-year contract, and the player returned to Sporting.[10] He spent the 2009–10 campaign on loan to Vitória de Setúbal, making his Primeira Liga debut on 17 August in a 0–0 home draw against Vitória de Guimarães (one minute played)[11] and appearing sparingly during the campaign as the former barely escaped relegation.

Espanyol[edit]

Fonte played 2010–11 on loan to RCD Espanyol, in Spain. He spent the vast majority of his spell with the reserves, his first La Liga appearances consisting of one minute in a 1–0 home win over Sporting de Gijón on 5 December 2010,[12] and ten in a 0–1 loss to Real Madrid also at the Estadi Cornellà-El Prat, two months later.[13]

On 14 July 2011, Fonte signed permanently for Espanyol for two years.[14][15] On 17 January of the following year he scored his first official goal for the Pericos, in a 3–2 home win against CD Mirandés for the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey[16]– he also netted in the second leg, albeit in a 1–2 and 4–4 aggregate loss;[17] in between he scored his first goal in the league, closing the scoresheet in a 3–0 home success over Granada CF.[18]

Benfica[edit]

On 29 January 2013, Fonte terminated his contract with Espanyol and, on the next day, signed with S.L. Benfica on a five-and-a-half-year contract.[19][20] He was initially assigned to the B-team in the Segunda Liga, suffering a knee injury in his debut against C.F. União and being sidelined for the rest of the campaign.[21][22]

In January 2015, Jorge Jesus confirmed that Fonte was promoted to Benfica's first team after the loan of Nélson Oliveira.[23] His first competitive appearance took place on the 14th, as he played the first half of the 4–0 home win against F.C. Arouca for the third round of the Taça da Liga.[24]

On 2 February 2015, Fonte, at the time second level top scorer for Benfica B with 17 goals in 21 matches,[25] was loaned to C.F. Os Belenenses, until the end of the season.[26][27] For 2015–16, in the same predicament, he joined S.C. Braga also in the top level.[28]

Braga[edit]

On 16 December 2015, after having replaced Wilson Eduardo for the last 11 minutes of regulation time, Fonte scored the 4–3 winner for the hosts against Sporting, helping oust his former club from the Taça de Portugal.[29] The following 22 May, after being injured for nearly three months,[30] he started in the final of the domestic cup, netting in a 2–2 draw against FC Porto (4–2 penalty shootout win).[31]

On 1 September 2016, Fonte signed a three-year contract with Braga.[32] He scored 11 goals during the campaign (15 overall), helping to a fifth-place finish.[33]

Fulham[edit]

On 17 August 2017, Fonte transferred to Championship club Fulham after agreeing to a three-year contract.[34] He scored in his second league appearance, a 2–0 away win over Ipswich Town.[35]

On 31 August 2018, Fonte joined Lille OSC from France on a season-long loan, reuniting with his older brother José Fonte.[36][37]

International career[edit]

Fonte made his debut for the Portugal under-21s against Spain on 18 November 2008, scoring the first goal in a 4–1 victory.[38] He was called up to the full side for the first time on 31 March 2015 for a friendly with Cape Verde, remaining on the bench in the 0–2 defeat in Estoril.[39]

Personal life[edit]

Fonte's older brother, José, is also a footballer – a defender, he played most of his professional career in England, and the two were teammates at Sporting (youth), Crystal Palace and Lille.[40]

Their father, Artur, played 12 seasons in the Portuguese top division.[41]

Club statistics[edit]

As of match played 1 September 2018[2][42]
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
Arsenal 2008–09 Premier League 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
Crystal Palace (loan) 2008–09 Championship 10 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
Setúbal 2009–10 Primeira Liga 13 0 0 0 2 0 15 0
Espanyol 2010–11 La Liga 11 0 0 0 11 0
2011–12 19 1 5 2 24 3
2012–13 10 0 2 0 12 0
Total 40 1 7 2 0 0 47 3
Benfica B 2012–13 Segunda Liga 1 0 1 0
2013–14 4 1 4 1
2014–15 21 17 21 17
Total 26 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 26 18
Benfica 2014–15 Primeira Liga 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
Belenenses 2014–15 Primeira Liga 12 2 0 0 0 0 12 2
Braga 2015–16 Primeira Liga 15 4 3 2 3 2 7[a] 0 28 8
2016–17 22 10 2 1 5 2 4[a] 0 33 13
2017–18 2 1 0 0 0 0 2[a] 1 4 2
Total 37 14 5 3 8 4 11 0 61 21
Fulham 2017–18 Championship 27 3 1 0 0 0 28 3
2018–19 Premier League 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
Lille (loan) 2018–19 Ligue 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
Career total 166 38 13 5 13 4 11 0 203 47
  1. ^ a b c Appearances in the Europa League

Honours[edit]

Benfica

Braga

Fulham

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c "Rui Fonte: Summary". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Rui Fonte". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 1 September 2017.
  4. ^ "Barnet 1–2 Arsenal". Arsenal F.C. 19 July 2008. Archived from the original on 19 October 2013. Retrieved 19 October 2013.
  5. ^ Harris, Chris (11 November 2008). "Arsenal 3–0 Wigan Athletic". Arsenal F.C. Retrieved 19 October 2013.
  6. ^ "Palace sign Arsenal striker Fonte". BBC Sport. 30 January 2009. Retrieved 31 January 2009.
  7. ^ "Crystal Palace 0–1 Blackpool". BBC Sport. 31 January 2009. Retrieved 31 January 2009.
  8. ^ "Crystal Palace extend Fonte loan". BBC Sport. 6 March 2009. Retrieved 27 March 2009.
  9. ^ "Crystal Palace have one point deducted for fielding ineligible Rui Fonte". The Guardian. 1 June 2009. Retrieved 3 September 2017.
  10. ^ "Rui Fonte returns to Sporting". PortuGOAL. 19 May 2009. Retrieved 19 May 2009.
  11. ^ "V. Setúbal 0–0 V. Guimarães" (in Portuguese). SAPO. 17 August 2009. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  12. ^ "Garcia rescues Espanyol". ESPN Soccernet. 5 December 2010. Retrieved 19 October 2013.
  13. ^ "Ten-man Real grind out win". ESPN Soccernet. 13 February 2011. Retrieved 19 October 2013.
  14. ^ "Firma por dos años" [Signs for two years] (in Spanish). Fichajes. 14 July 2011. Retrieved 19 January 2012.
  15. ^ "Rui Fonte: "Estoy feliz por firmar por dos años"" [Rui Fonte: "I am happy to have signed for two years"]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 14 July 2011. Retrieved 7 January 2016.
  16. ^ "Asalto frustrado a Cornellá" [Frustrated assault on Cornellá]. Marca (in Spanish). 17 January 2012. Retrieved 19 January 2012.
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  19. ^ "Oficial: Rui Fonte rescindiu com o Espanhol" [Official: Rui Fonte cut ties with Espanyol] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 29 January 2013. Retrieved 1 February 2013.
  20. ^ "Rui Fonte assina por cinco épocas e meia" [Rui Fonte signs for five and a half seasons]. Record (in Portuguese). 30 January 2013. Retrieved 1 February 2013.
  21. ^ "Rui Fonte só regressa na próxima época" [Rui Fonte only returns the next season] (in Portuguese). SAPO. 6 February 2013. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  22. ^ "Rui Fonte, cinco meses de baja tras lesionarse en una rodilla" [Rui Fonte, five months out after injuring knee]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 6 February 2013. Retrieved 7 January 2016.
  23. ^ "Jorge Jesus: "Homenagear Eusébio pela referência que foi"" [Jorge Jesus: "Pay hommage to Eusébio for the reference he was"] (in Portuguese). S.L. Benfica. 9 January 2015. Retrieved 9 January 2015.
  24. ^ "Benfica goleia Arouca na Taça da Liga" [Benfica rout Arouca in League Cup]. Diário de Notícias (in Portuguese). 14 January 2015. Retrieved 7 January 2016.
  25. ^ "Rui Fonte e Gonçalo Paciência: O Europeu em ponto de mira" [Rui Fonte and Gonçalo Paciência: Sights set on European Championships]. Record (in Portuguese). 4 August 2015. Retrieved 7 January 2016.
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  27. ^ "Rui é reforço" [Rui Fonte is an addition]. A Bola (in Portuguese). 3 February 2015. Retrieved 3 February 2015.
  28. ^ "Rui Fonte reforça o plantel do SC Braga" [Rui Fonte strengthens SC Braga squad] (in Portuguese). S.C. Braga. 30 July 2015. Archived from the original on 30 July 2015. Retrieved 30 July 2015.
  29. ^ "Taça: Braga deixa Sporting para trás" [Cup: Braga leave Sporting behind]. Expresso (in Portuguese). 16 December 2015. Retrieved 7 January 2016.
  30. ^ "Rui Fonte e Pedro Santos regressam" [Rui Fonte and Pedro Santos return] (in Portuguese). S.C. Braga. 14 May 2016. Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  31. ^ a b "Sp. Braga vence Taça de Portugal" [Sp. Braga win Portuguese Cup] (in Portuguese). Rádio Renascença. 22 May 2016. Retrieved 22 May 2016.
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  33. ^ "Rui Fonte quer marcar mais golos do que no ano passado" [Rui Fonte wants to score more goals than last year] (in Portuguese). SAPO. 30 June 2017. Retrieved 17 August 2017.
  34. ^ "Fonte joins". Fulham F.C. 17 August 2017. Retrieved 17 August 2017.
  35. ^ "Ipswich Town 0–2 Fulham". BBC Sport. 26 August 2017. Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  36. ^ "Un renfort offensif nommé Rui Fonte" [An attacking addition named Rui Fonte] (in French). Lille OSC. 31 August 2018. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  37. ^ "Rui Fonte joins Lille from Fulham on season loan". Sky Sports. 31 August 2018. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  38. ^ "Portugal plunder Iberian bragging rights". UEFA. 18 November 2008. Retrieved 19 October 2013.
  39. ^ "Portugal 0–2 Cape Verde Islands". BBC Sport. 31 March 2015. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
  40. ^ "Palace sign Arsenal striker Fonte". BBC Sport. 30 January 2009. Retrieved 18 April 2014.
  41. ^ "Rui Fonte só «precisa de confiança para abrir o livro»" [Rui Fonte only «needs confidence to open the book»] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 17 February 2015. Retrieved 24 April 2017.
  42. ^ "Rui Fonte » Club matches". Worldfootball. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
  43. ^ Cartwright, Phil (26 May 2018). "Aston Villa 0–1 Fulham". BBC Sport. Retrieved 26 May 2018.

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