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Place of birth  Luanda, Angola
Name  William Carvalho
Career start  2003
2003–2004  Algueirao
Height  1.87 m
Number  14
Weight  89 kg
Role  Footballer

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Full name  William Silva de Carvalho
Date of birth  (1992-04-07) 7 April 1992 (age 23)
Current teams  Sporting Clube de Portugal (#14 / Midfielder), Portugal national football team (Midfielder)
Similar People  Adrien Silva, Joao Mario, Rui Patricio, Bernardo Silva, Ricardo Carvalho

Playing position  Defensive midfielder

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William Silva de Carvalho (born 7 April 1992) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Sporting Clube de Portugal and the Portugal national team as a defensive midfielder.


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He spent most of his career with Sporting since making his debut with the first team at the age of 18, going on to appear in 155 competitive games and win the 2015 Portuguese Cup.

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A full international for Portugal since 2013, Carvalho represented the nation at the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016, winning the latter tournament.

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Early life

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Born in Luanda, Angola, Carvalho moved to Portugal when he was just a few years old. His grandfather Praia and his uncle Afonso were also footballers, and played for Angolan club Progresso Associação do Sambizanga.

Club career

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After moving to Portugal Carvalho first started playing in the streets, and eventually got picked up by Recreios Desportivos de Algueirão. In 2004, he moved to União Sport Clube de Mira Sintra where he was the youngest player in the team and also their captain. He joined Sporting Clube de Portugal's youth system at the age of 13, making his official debut with the first team on 3 April 2011 by playing injury time in a 1–1 away draw against Vitória S.C. for the Primeira Liga championship, then spent six months on loan to C.D. Fátima in the third division.

Still owned by the Lisbon side, Carvalho played one-and-a-half seasons with Cercle Brugge K.S.V. in the Belgian Pro League starting from January 2012, featuring alongside several Sporting teammates who were there on the same basis. His first professional goal came on 7 April in a 6–4 home win over OH Leuven, and a year later he helped the team to the final of the Belgian Cup, where they lost 0–2 to K.R.C. Genk at the Stade Roi Baudouin.

Carvalho then returned for the 2013–14 campaign, being a defensive mainstay for newly appointed coach Leonardo Jardim and scoring his first goal for the side on 27 October, netting the 1–1 equaliser in an eventual 1–3 loss at FC Porto. In the following summer he caught the attention of several European clubs, with Arsenal having their £13 million plus Joel Campbell offer rejected. Sporting only acquired the totality of Carvalho's rights in November 2014, with third-party ownership adding to the difficulties of any possible deal.

Carvalho began 2014–15 by seeing a red card – his first ever – in a 1–1 home draw against Académica de Coimbra, receiving his marching orders after a second bookable offense in the 65th minute. He went on to conquer his first club trophy, that season's Portuguese Cup, playing the full 120 minutes in the final win over S.C. Braga.

Among continued transfer speculation linking him with a number of Premier League sides, including Arsenal again, manager Jorge Jesus claimed Carvalho would remain at the club. On 14 July 2015, Sporting confirmed the player had suffered a stress fracture in his tibia, which would sideline him for three months.

International career

Eligible for both Portugal and Angola, Carvalho chose to represent the former. When he was still part of the Portugal under-20s the Angolan Football Federation tried to call him up, but were rejected.

Carvalho made his debut with the Portuguese under-21 team on 15 October 2012, in a 0–1 friendly loss with Ukraine. He scored twice during the 2015 UEFA European Championship qualifiers, in home wins against Norway (5–1) and Israel (3–0).

Carvalho was first summoned by full side manager Paulo Bento in November 2013, for the 2014 FIFA World Cup playoffs against Sweden. He gained his first cap in the second leg on the 19th, coming on as a 73rd-minute substitute in a 3–2 away triumph (4–2 on aggregate).

On 19 May 2014, Carvalho was named in the final 23-man squad for the tournament in Brazil. He made his debut in the competition on 22 June, playing the second half of the 2–2 group stage draw against the United States after replacing injured André Almeida; he played all 90 minutes in the next match to help to a 2–1 win over Ghana, but the national team went out on goal difference.

Carvalho played all the matches and minutes at the 2015 European Under-21 Championship. He was elected player of the tournament due to his performances, even though he missed the decisive attempt in the penalty shootout in the final against Sweden, with it saved by Patrik Carlgren after a 0–0 draw in Prague.

At UEFA Euro 2016 in France, Carvalho was suspended from Portugal's semi-final victory over Wales, but regained his place from Danilo in the final, a 1–0 win over the hosts at the Stade de France. On 13 November 2016 he scored his first international goal, contributing to a 4–1 home defeat of Latvia for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.

International goals

As of 31 August 2017 (Portugal score listed first, score column indicates score after each Carvalho goal)

Club statistics

As of 6 August 2017


  • Taça de Portugal: 2014–15
  • International

    Portugal U-21
  • UEFA European Under-21 Championship: Runner-up 2015
  • Portugal
  • UEFA European Championship: 2016
  • FIFA Confederations Cup: Third place 2017
  • Individual

  • SJPF Player of the Month: October 2013, November 2013, December 2013, March 2014
  • SJPF Young Player of the Month: August 2013, September 2013, October 2013, November 2013, March 2014, April 2014
  • LPFP Primeira Liga Breakthrough Player of the Year: 2013–14
  • UEFA European Under-21 Championship: Player of the tournament / Team of the tournament 2015
  • Orders

  • Commander of the Order of Merit
  • References

    William Carvalho Wikipedia