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Gonçalo Inácio

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Born
2001 (22 years old)

Birth Place
Almada, Portugal

Position
Defender

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Active

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Height
186 cm

Weight
77 kg

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Sport
Soccer

Team
Sporting CP

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League
Portuguese Primeira Liga

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Gonçalo Bernardo Inácio (Portuguese pronunciation: ; born 25 August 2001) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a central defender for Primeira Liga club Sporting CP.

Early life
Inácio was born in Almada, Setúbal District and raised in Seixal, a municipality located 34.2 km (21.3 mi) away. Growing up, he would play football wherever he could on the streets or in his house, and regularly attended Sporting CP matches with his father.

Despite not having a particular idol, Inácio looked to emulate Jérémy Mathieu.

Club career
Inácio began his career at local Almada AC, before joining the academy of Sporting CP. On 13 January 2018, he signed his first professional contract at the age of 16.

Inácio had his first call-up to the first team on 6 July 2020, remaining unused in a goalless draw at Moreirense F.C. in the Primeira Liga; he would initially struggle to be integrated, due to being reserved by nature, but managed to succeed with the help of manager Rúben Amorim and his teammates Nuno Mendes, Eduardo Quaresma and Tiago Tomás, whom he had befriended during his time in the youth sides. He made his debut in a 2–0 away win against Portimonense S.C. on 4 October, as a 62nd-minute substitute for Zouhair Feddal.

On 20 March 2021, Inácio scored his first goal, heading home from close range in the 1–0 home victory over Vitória de Guimarães. On 23 January, he provided the assist for Pedro Porro in a 1–0 defeat of S.C. Braga to help his club win the Taça da Liga; his performance in the match impressed Amorim, with the player eventually surpassing Luís Neto in the pecking order. He played 20 times in the domestic league for the eventual champions, ending a 19-year drought.

International career
Inácio represented Portugal at under-17, under-18, under-19 and under-20 levels, for a total of 13 caps. He was called up to the senior side by Fernando Santos on 26 August 2021, for 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Azerbaijan and the Republic of Ireland and a friendly with Qatar. Four days later, however, he was dropped from the squad after picking up an injury on his left thigh.


Season Stats
20 appearances in the current 2023-2024 Season
6 goals scored in the current 2023-2024 Season


Career Honours

Portuguese Primeira Liga
2023-2024

Sporting CP

Portuguese Taca da Liga
2021-2022

Sporting CP

Supertaca Candido de Oliveira
2021

Sporting CP

Portuguese Primeira Liga
2020-2021

Sporting CP

Portuguese Taca da Liga
2020-2021

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