Simão Mate Junior

Simão Mate Junior
Simão Mate Junior
Personal information
Full name Simão Mate Junior
Date of birth July 23, 1988 (1988-07-23) (age 23)
Place of birth Inhaca, Mozambique
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current club Panathinaikos
Number 23
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2007 Clube Ferroviário de Maputo
2007– Panathinaikos 82 (0)
National team
2006– Mozambique 27 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of November 29, 2010, 11:16 AM GMT.
† Appearances (Goals).

Simão Mate Junior[1] (born 23 July 1988) is a football player from Mozambique currently playing as a defensive midfielder or a central defender for Panathinaikos FC. He is known for his marking.



The young footballer went to Greece in the summer of 2007, until then he played for Mozambique side Clube Ferroviário de Maputo.[2] In which he joined at 2003. He underwent a two-weeks trial and eventually he signed a 4 year deal with Panathinaikos FC.[3] Since then he has managed to surprise his coach and the team's fans with his solidness, strength and tenacity. Despite his young age, he has made some first-team appearances and has become a precious solution for his coach Henk ten Cate. Although he was signed in order to play as a defender, circumstances and teammates' injuries made the team's coach to use Simão as a defensive midfielder, actually the player is established at fans' minds as a midfielder rather than a defender.

Simão has been particularly impressive in the minds of many Panathinaikos supporters which came as a surprise, given his relative anonymity and small transfer cost. His debut season was a great success; Simão made 27 first-team appearances. In his second season, he scored a superb volley in Panathinaikos' UEFA Champions League 3rd Round Qualifying match, away to Sparta Prague. He continued to impress domestically and in the Champions League proper, notably marking Diego and nullifying his attacks in Panathinaikos' 3–0 victory against Werder Bremen.

Simão was also included in Tuttosport's list of the top-rated 40 young footballers in the world, becoming the first player of Mozambique to achieve this accolade. | image =

On 20 February 2009, Simão signed a new contract with Panathinaikos which included a higher release clause.[4] Simão also is among the Top-10 Rising Stars for the UEFA Champions League Competition for the season 2008–2009. [5]




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