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José Sá

17-01-1993
Portuguese

Goalkeeper

Grabbing the future

Started as a defender, but, aged 12, fate dribbled him, put him in front of goal, and José Sá embraced the challenge ever since. He is one of the biggest promises of Portuguese football, with full potential to become, in the not so distant future, one of the goalkeepers of the national team. Signed from Marítimo, in January, 2016, he was part of the team of 23 players that represented Portugal in the 2017 Confederations Cup, hosted by Russia.

Despite still being far from the mature age for a goalkeeper, José Sá already shows attributes that, in time, can only improve: agility, safety, good reflexes and feet, acceleration and courage to leave the posts and grab crosses. Those qualities, in fact, earned him a spot in the starting team of the national squad that played the Under-21 European Championship in 2015, being named the best goalkeeper in the tournament, and ending it as the least beat – only one goal conceded in five matches.

Sá started playing in Palmeiras, a club from the district divisions of Braga. His relation with the goal, however, came much later – it wasn’t love at first sight. He started as a right fullback and, aged 12, when he was already thinking of abandoning football, life offered him a twist. The team needed a goalkeeper and the coach decided to use him in that position. It was a done deal.

Two years later, he was at Merelinense, and, in 2011, Benfica signed him, only to release him a year later to Marítimo, where he concluded his youth training. In the following season, he successfully took over the goal in the B team, and that helped him to be called to the Under-21 team, where he showed skills recognised by everyone.

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