André Gomes

This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Tavares and the second or paternal family name is Gomes.
André Gomes

Gomes playing for Portugal U19 in 2012
Personal information
Full name André Filipe Tavares Gomes
Date of birth (1993-07-30) 30 July 1993
Place of birth Grijó, Portugal
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 21
Youth career
2005–2008 Porto
2008–2009 Pasteleira
2009–2011 Boavista
2011–2012 Benfica
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2014 Benfica B 17 (8)
2012–2015 Benfica 14 (2)
2014–2015Valencia (loan) 33 (4)
2015–2016 Valencia 30 (3)
2016– Barcelona 10 (0)
National team
2010 Portugal U17 2 (0)
2010–2011 Portugal U18 6 (1)
2011–2012 Portugal U19 9 (3)
2012–2013 Portugal U20 14 (1)
2013– Portugal U21 6 (1)
2014– Portugal 17 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 3 December 2016.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13 November 2016

André Filipe Tavares Gomes (Portuguese pronunciation: [ɐ̃ˈdɾɛ ˈɡomɨʃ]; born 30 July 1993) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder for Spanish club FC Barcelona and the Portugal national team.

He played three years at Benfica, where he won the domestic treble in the 2013–14 season. In July 2014, he joined Valencia.

Gomes gained 37 caps for Portugal all youth levels accounted for, including six for the under-21s. He represented the nation at Euro 2016, winning the tournament.

Club career


Born in Grijó, Vila Nova de Gaia, Porto District, Gomes joined S.L. Benfica's youth system at the age of 18, playing his last year as a junior with the Lisbon club. On 28 July 2012, he appeared in his first game with the first team, in a friendly with Gil Vicente FC,[1] and spent his first season as a senior with the reserve side, competing in the second division.

Gomes scored his first goals with Benfica B in league matches against S.C. Braga B (2–2 home draw)[2] and C.F. Os Belenenses (6–0, also at home).[3] On 18 October 2012, he made his official debut with the main squad, playing 25 minutes after coming on as a substitute for Eduardo Salvio and netting in a 4–0 win at S.C. Freamunde, for the campaign's Taça de Portugal.[4]

Gomes' momentum in Benfica's first team continued on 27 October 2012, as he started and scored in a 3–0 away win over Gil Vicente in his first Primeira Liga appearance.[5] However, he continued to be mainly associated with the B-team.

On 31 January 2014, Benfica (and Benfica Stars Fund) sold 100% of Gomes' economic rights to a private company, Meriton Capital Limited, for €15 million, plus 25% of a future transfer fee.[6] He remained with the Eagles until the end of the season.[7][8]

On 16 April 2014, Gomes played the full 90 minutes in the second leg of the semi-finals of the Portuguese Cup, scoring the final 3–1 after a brilliant individual effort to help his team – who played with one man less for 60 minutes against FC Porto – win the tie 3–2 on aggregate.[9][10] He ended the season with 23 games all competitions comprised, helping the club win the first treble in its history (league, cup and Taça da Liga).


On 17 July 2014, Gomes agreed to a one-season loan deal with Valencia CF,[11][12] joining a host of compatriots including manager Nuno Espírito Santo. Although his economic rights were owned by Peter Lim, a loan deal was arranged to take him and Rodrigo to the Spanish club due to Lim's purchase of the latter.[13]

Gomes made his La Liga debut on 23 August 2014, starting in a 1–1 away draw against Sevilla FC.[14] He scored his first goal in the competition on 22 September, netting the second of a 3–0 away win against Getafe CF.[15]

On 12 June 2015, Benfica and Valencia announced they had reached an agreement on Gomes' federative rights. Subsequently, he signed a contract with the Spaniards until 30 June 2020.[16][17]


On 21 July 2016, FC Barcelona announced they had reached an agreement with Valencia for the transfer of Gomes,[18] for a fee of €35 million, plus €20 million in add-ons.[19] He made his competitive debut on 17 August, playing the full 90 minutes in a 3–0 home win against Sevilla for the Supercopa de España and being directly involved in two of the goals.[20][21]

International career

Gomes represented Portugal at the 2012 UEFA European Under-19 Championship.[22] At the age of 19 he received his first call-up to the senior team, for a friendly against Ecuador on 6 February 2013,[23] but remained unused in the 2–3 home loss.[24]

Gomes made his full debut on 7 September 2014, starting and playing the full 90 minutes in a 0–1 loss to Albania at the Estádio Municipal de Aveiro for the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifiers.[25] He was selected for the squad that appeared in the finals in France,[26] starting in their first game, a 1–1 draw to Iceland in Saint-Étienne where he provided the assist to Nani's goal before being replaced by Éder late into the second half.[27]

Career statistics


As of match played 3 December 2016[28]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Other[nb 1] Total
Benfica B 2012–13 9393
2013–14 8585
Total 17800000000178
Benfica 2012–13 71302050171
2013–14 71413090232
Total 142715014000403
Valencia 2014–15 33440374
2015–16 3034072415
Total 63780007200789
Barcelona 2016–17 10010004010160
Career total 10417161502521015120
  1. Includes Supercopa de España


As of match played 13 November 2016[29]
National teamYearAppsGoals
Portugal 2014 3 0
2015 1 0
2016 13 0








  1. "Nova chapa cinco" [Another fiver]. O Jogo (in Portuguese). 28 July 2012. Retrieved 4 August 2012.
  2. "Benfica B-Sp. Braga B, 2–2: André Gomes dá empate nos descontos" [Benfica B-Sp. Braga B, 2–2: André Gomes for the draw in injury time]. Record (in Portuguese). 11 August 2012. Retrieved 14 February 2014.
  3. "Benfica B-Belenenses: Goleada na Luz (6–0)" [Benfica B-Belenenses: Routing at the Luz (6–0)]. Record (in Portuguese). 27 August 2012. Retrieved 19 January 2016.
  4. "Taça: Benfica cruise past Freamunde". PortuGOAL. 18 October 2012. Retrieved 19 October 2012.
  5. "New-look Benfica return to table top". PortuGOAL. 28 October 2012. Retrieved 28 October 2012.
  6. "Comunicado" [Announcement] (PDF) (in Portuguese). CMVM. 3 April 2014. Retrieved 5 September 2014.
  7. "Benfica cash in on Rodrigo, Andre Gomes". Soccer News. 1 February 2014. Retrieved 9 February 2014.
  8. "Peter Lim, o homem que comprou os passes de Rodrigo e André Gomes" [Peter Lim, the men who bought the rights for Rodrigo and André Gomes] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 1 February 2014. Retrieved 19 August 2014.
  9. Homewood, Brian (16 April 2014). "Benfica 3–1 Porto (agg 3–2): Andre Gomes books Eagles' Portuguese Cup final place as Jorge Jesus and Ricardo Quaresma see red and fans invade pitch in stormy clash". Daily Mail. Retrieved 4 June 2015.
  10. "El Benfica remonta y pasa a la final de Copa" [Benfica comes back from behind and reaches Cup final]. Marca (in Spanish). 17 April 2014. Retrieved 17 April 2014.
  11. "Comunicado oficial" [Official announcement] (in Spanish). Valencia CF. 17 July 2014. Retrieved 19 July 2014.
  12. "Valencia regista André Gomes como emprestado pelo Benfica" [Valencia register André Gomes as loaned by Benfica]. Record (in Portuguese). 17 July 2014. Retrieved 19 July 2014.
  13. "Valência procura "forma jurídica" para levar Rodrigo e André Gomes" [Valencia look for "legal way" to take Rodrigo and André Gomes] (in Portuguese). Rádio Renascença. 15 July 2014. Retrieved 19 August 2014.
  14. "Punto de fe del Valencia" [Valencia point of faith]. Marca (in Spanish). 23 August 2014. Retrieved 3 September 2014.
  15. "El naranja pinta muy bien" [Orange is such a great colour]. Marca (in Spanish). 22 September 2014. Retrieved 19 January 2016.
  16. "Comunicado" [Announcement] (PDF) (in Portuguese). CMVM. 12 June 2015. Retrieved 12 June 2015.
  17. "André Gomes joins Valencia CF on a permanent deal through to 2020". Valencia CF. 12 June 2015. Retrieved 12 June 2015.
  18. "Andre Gomes: Barcelona agree deal to sign Valencia midfielder". BBC Sport. 21 July 2016. Retrieved 21 July 2016.
  19. "Barcelona to sign Andre Gomes from Valencia after 'agreeing €55million deal' for Portugal midfielder". Daily Mirror. 21 July 2016. Retrieved 24 July 2016.
  20. "Barcelona 3–0 Sevilla (5–0 agg): Arda Turan and Leo Messi seal Super Cup win". Sport. 18 August 2016. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
  21. "André Gomes se 'disfrazó' de Iniesta participando en dos goles" [André Gomes 'disguised' as Iniesta by taking part in two goals]. Sport (in Spanish). 18 August 2016. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
  22. "Euro de sub-19: Sporting e Benfica em maioria nos convocados" [Under-19 Euro: Sporting and Benfica dominate squad] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 11 June 2012. Retrieved 4 August 2012.
  23. ""Jesus tem-me ensinado muita coisa" – André Gomes" ["Jesus has taught me many things" – André Gomes]. A Bola (in Portuguese). 4 February 2013. Retrieved 4 February 2013.
  24. "Portugal succumb at home to Ecuador". 6 February 2013. Retrieved 8 October 2015.
  25. Balaj, Bekim (7 September 2014). "Portugal 0–1 Albania: Seleccao stunned by Balaj beauty". Retrieved 7 September 2014.
  26. "Portugal name Bayern Munich signing Renato Sanches for Euros squad". ESPN FC. 17 May 2016. Retrieved 14 June 2016.
  27. "Ice-cool Iceland claim Portugal point". 14 June 2016. Retrieved 14 June 2016.
  28. "André Gomes". Soccerway. Retrieved 3 April 2014.
  29. "André Gomes". European Football. Retrieved 16 June 2016.
  30. "Spot-on Sevilla leave Benfica dreams in tatters". 14 May 2014. Retrieved 15 May 2014.
  31. "UEFA Europa League squad of the season". 3 June 2014. Retrieved 3 June 2014.

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