Quim

Quim

[kwim]
Joaquim Manuel Sampaio da Silva, OIH, known as Quim, (pron. kĩ), born in Vila Nova de Famalicão, November 13, 1975 is a Portuguese football player, currently goalkeeper of Sport Lisboa e Benfica in Portugal.

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.

National team

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 and Japan.

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.

Career statistics

|- |1994-95||rowspan="10"|Braga||rowspan="10"|Portuguese Liga||1||0|||||||||||||||| |- |1995-96||1||0|||||||||||||||| |- |1996-97||3||0|||||||||||||||| |- |1997-98||19||0|||||||||||||||| |- |1998-99||29||0|||||||||||||||| |- |1999-00||34||0|||||||||||||||| |- |2000-01||34||0|||||||||||||||| |- |2001-02||22||0|||||||||||||||| |- |2002-03||33||0|||||||||||||||| |- |2003-04||32||0|||||||||||||||| |- |2004-05||rowspan="5"|Benfica||rowspan="5"|Portuguese Liga||19||0|||||||||||||||| |- |2005-06||7||0|||||||||||||||| |- |2006-07||29||0|||||||||||||||| |- |2007-08||30||0|||||||||||||||| |- |2008-09||||||||||||||||||||293||0||||||||||||||||293||0|||||||||||||||| |}

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