Philippe Coutinho is a Brazilian professional football (soccer) player who is popularly known for his accurate long shots, slick dribbles and long passes. The skilful player is also a good set-piece and he often wins them for his team as well. Without further ado let’s tell you about the struggling Barcelona superstar in our Philippe Coutinho biography facts, childhood and personal life.
Philippe Coutinho Biography Facts
|Full Name:||Philippe Coutinho Correira|
|Nickname:||O Magico; Little Magician|
|Born:||June 12, 1992 (age 27 years)|
|Place of Birth:||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Occupation:||Football (Soccer) Player|
|Current Team:||FC Barcelona|
|Playing Position:||Attacking midfielder / Winger|
|Net Worth:||$60 Million|
|Spouse:||Aine Coutinho (married 2012)|
|Children:||Philippe Coutinho Jr. (Son); Maria Coutinho (Daughter)|
|Siblings:||Leandro Coutinho and Christian Coutinho (brothers)|
|Parents:||Dona Esmeralda (mother); Ze Carlos (father)|
Philippe Coutinho Childhood & Early Life
Philippe Coutinho is the last child born to Dona Esmeralda (mother) and Ze Carlos (father) at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on June 12, 1992. His family lived a minimalistic lifestyle due to low income. Their residence was close to the ever famous Maracana Stadium.
Being a kid, Philippe was really shy, cried a lot and never really played football. Rather, he preferred to watch his brothers and other kids enjoy themselves while playing the game. Philippe had no idea he would be better and be the one to popularise his family name and put them out of poverty.
At 6 years old he started on a concrete open space close to his house, practising and mopping up his skills, even to the extent that his family was prompted to watch him play.
Quickly, the grandmother of one of his friends persuaded his father to register him in a nearby local team instead of allowing his talent waste on the street. Ze Carlos simply obliged and got him enrolled in a local team who focused on kids football, little did he know he just took a step that would make his son great.
Philippe Coutinho’s shy attitude was suppressed when he started playing with the local team. He put up impressive performances way better than his peers and teammates, unknown to the little kid he was being watched by scouts. A few months later, coaches from the Brazilian club, Vasco da Gama, encouraged a tournament host which Philippe was participating in to allow him to attend the club’s trial with them. On getting in and seeing new faces, he became shy, but after some encouragement he became fine.
At 13 he realized football might actually be his full-time source of livelihood, especially for his family. He got so good he was called up to the u14 squad of the national team, his very supportive parents, siblings and his now wife, Aine Coutinho, would follow him to make sure they watch every single game to give him the needed moral support. When he turned 16, Inter Milan secured his signature at the sum of $7.7million but allowed him to continue developing at Vasco until he joined them fully two years later.
Philippe Coutinho Football Career
- Vasco da Gama u17 (1999–2008)
- Inter Milan (2008–2013)
- Vasco da Gama (loan) 2010-2012
- Espanyol (loan) (January 2012–June 2012)
- Liverpool (2013–2018)
- Barcelona (2018–present)
- Brazil u17 2009
- Brazil u20 2011
- Brazil senior team 2011- date
Philippe Coutinho moved fully after spending 2 years on loan in Vasco da Gama from Inter Milan. The teenager made his debut in Champions League match against Atletico Madrid which Inter Milan lost by 2 goals to nil.
Due to struggles for regularity in the starting line up, he was loaned out to Spanish club, Espanyol during the January transfer window of the 2011/2012 season until the summer in June. He ended the loan spell with 5 goals in 16 matches.
Liverpool signed Coutinho on in January of 2013 on recommendation from the team’s ex-coach Rafa Benitez who described the player as quality. His services were secured for the sum of £8.5million. The then Southampton manager, Mauricio Pochettino who he worked with at Espanyol also wanted the youngster but Coutinho signed for Liverpool and was ascribed the number 10 jersey. His debut in Liverpool was also in a loss—he came in as a substitute in the 77th minute in a match against West Bromwich Albion at Liverpool’s home stadium.
By March of the same year, he had made a lot of strides for the Premier League Club, picking up the award of the team’s player of the month, after securing 3 assists and 1 goal.
In the 2013–2014 season, Philippe Coutinho played a vital role in Liverpool securing the second position in the Premier League. During the season Pundits sang praises for the magnificent Brazilian. Liverpool decided to offer Philippe Coutinho an improved long term contract on the 3rd of February which was to keep him in the Premier League side till 2020. He was voted the team’s best player of the year, nominated for PFA player’s player of the year and was shortlisted for PFA young player of the year. He continued his great feat until Spanish soccer giants FC Barcelona submitted a bid for the Brazilian.
On January 6, 2018, Liverpool announced that they had agreed to transfer Coutinho to Barcelona for a record fee for both teams. The twist is that his father, Ze Carlos, dislikes Barcelona so much. Coutinho made his debut in a winning match this time against his former team Espanyol, after coming in as a substitute for club veteran, Andres Iniesta.
He put the ball past the keeper for the first time for Barcelona in a Copa del Rey semi-final match against Valencia. Coutinho’s stay in Barcelona has not been seen as favourable by many soccer loyalists—it is being said that he is not being played in his best position.
Philippe Coutinho Personal Life
- Philippe Coutinho is married to his childhood sweetheart, Aine Coutinho, who had moved with him and his family when they relocated to Italy. Together, they have two beautiful children, Philippe Coutinho Jr and Maria Coutinho. He adores Aine and dedicated all of his goals to his ever-supportive wife whom he got married in the summer of 2012.
- His family moved back to Brazil when he got loaned to Espanyol.
- Coutinho has some tattoos on his arm, which are all about his wife and family.
- Philippe Coutinho is a Christian.
- His soccer idol is his current club’s legend Gaucho Ronaldinho.
- He got a Portuguese passport through his wife in 2012 which allowed him to become an EU player.
Philippe Coutinho Highlights, Achievements & Awards
- PFA Fans’ Player of the Month (February 2015)
- PFA Team of the Year (2014–15 Premier League)
- UEFA Europa League Squad of the Season (2015–16)
- Liverpool Fans Player of the Season Award (2014–15, 2015–16)
- Liverpool Players’ Player of the Season Award (2014–15, 2015–16)
- Liverpool Goal of the Season (2014–15, 2015–16)
- Liverpool Performance of the Season (2014–15, 2015–16)
- Samba Gold Award (Samba d’Or) (2016)
- Football Supporters’ Federation Player of the Year (2016)
- FIFA FIFPro World XI 4th team (2017, 2018)
- FIFA World Cup Dream Team (2018)
- FIFA World Cup Fantasy McDonald’s Overall XI (2018)
- FIFA World Cup top assist provider (2018)
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