Joaquim Manuel Sampaio da Silva
, known as Quim
kĩ), born in Vila Nova de Famalicão
, November 13
is a Portuguese football
player, currently goalkeeper
of Sport Lisboa e Benfica
He started his career at SC Braga, where he had his first game during 1994/95, until 2003/04. He moved to SL Benfica in 2004 and was, at first, intermittent in keeping the goalkeeper spot at his new club, having shared the goal with José Moreira in the title-winning 2004/05 season. Next season, he started as the first-choice keeper for Benfica, but injury to him as well as Moreira saw Marcelo Moretto being signed during winter break, controversially snatching a place in the starting eleven.
Quim’s fortunes turned around at the beginning of the 2006/07 season, as new coach Fernando Santos announced that the former Braga man would be his first goalkeeper. The vote of confidence was all Quim needed, and he rarely put in a bad performance since regaining top-goalkeeper status, even when Santos was dismissed early in 2007/08.
After representing his country at every level from the Under-16s upwards, and a UEFA
European Under-18 Championship winner in 1994, he made his senior debut in August 1999 in a 4-0 victory against Andorra
, after which he was Portugal's
's third-choice keeper at Euro 2000
. Quim enjoyed a short cameo as a substitute in the 3-0 win against Germany
in the group stage's final round, before establishing himself as number one in the 2002 World Cup
qualifying. However, a failed drugs test saw him miss out on the competition held in South Korea
He was the second-choice goalkeeper for Portugal during Euro 2004, behind the habitual first keeper Ricardo, a situation repeated at the 2006 World Cup finals.
He was originally named in the Portugal squad for UEFA Euro 2008, but suffered a wrist injury the day before Portugal's first game, ruling him out of the tournament. He was replaced in the squad by Nuno Espírito Santo.