Players - João Carlos Teixeira

João Carlos Teixeira
Birthdate: 18 January 1993
Birthplace: Braga, Portugal
Other clubs: Sporting Lisbon, Brentford (loan, 2013), Brighton & Hove Albion (loan, 2014-15), Porto (2016-17), Braga (loan 2017-18), Guimaraes (2018-20), Feyenoord (2020-22), Famalicao (2022), Umm Salal (2022-)
Bought from: Sporting Lisbon
Signed for LFC: £830,000, 31.01.2012
Liverpool debut: 12.02.2014
Last appearance: 25.02.2016
Debut goal: 20.01.2016
Last goal: 20.01.2016
Contract expiry: 01.07.2016
Win ratio: 50% W:4 D:2 L:2
Games/goals ratio: 8
League games / goals / assists: 2 / 0 / 0
Total games / goals / assists: 8 / 1 / 0

Player Profile

Teixeira was born and brought up in the town of Braga in north-west Portugal and progressed through the youth teams of his local club before switching to Sporting Lisbon. It was as a Sporting player that he impressed when playing against Liverpool in the 2011/12 NextGen Series. He scored an exceptional goal that led to Liverpool signing him at the end of the January transfer-window that season. Once he had recovered from an injury to his back he appeared regularly in Liverpool’s Under-21 team in 2012/13 and also represented his country three times at Under-20 level in February and March 2013, having also played three times at Under-19 level in the previous season.

During the second week of September 2013 Liverpool allowed the promising midfielder to make a youth loan to League One club Brentford. He made the first senior club appearance of his fledgling career only four days later at Tranmere Rovers and made a second appearance nine days after that against Leyton Orient in west London. However, Brentford manager Uwe Rösler, who would move to Championship club Wigan Athletic before the end of the calendar year, could not guarantee Teixeira the playing-time that his parent club knew he needed; so the loan was terminated early by mutual agreement and the youngster returned to Liverpool at the end of the first week of October. 

Returning to Liverpool’s Under-21 team he added five more appearances at that level, four from the start, scoring twice against Middlesbrough and once against both Tottenham Hotspur and West Bromwich Albion. It was the sort of form that earned him a deserved call-up to the first-team squad for an away game at Fulham in February, where he was named on the bench. In the twelve minutes he was on the pitch he showed some nice touches and a confidence that suggested it wouldn't be long before he appeared for the senior team again. He was an unused substitute for the next three games but as Liverpool chased the title Brendan Rodgers naturally stuck with a settled side for the final run in and he didn't feature again.

Teixeira was loaned to Championship side Brighton for 2014/15 where he was voted the club's Young Player of the Year. He had scored six times in thirty-two Championship matches before breaking a leg against Huddersfield in April. Teixeira was immediately recalled so his recovery could be monitored and he recovered in time to be included in the squad for the pre-season tour to the Far East and Australia. when the season began he did not feature under Brendan Rodgers, but did get brought into the first team picture when Jürgen Klopp took over. He was an unused substitute in five Premiership games before the turn of the year and started the League Cup game with Bournemouth. He then played all four of the FA Cup games, scoring at home against Exeter. However, Teixeira couldn't force his way into the Premier League side, save for one late substitute appearance in a 2-0 defeat at Leicester. 

In 14 June 2016 it was announced that the 23-year-old would officially be registered as a Porto player when his contract with Liverpool ended on 1st July and that the Reds would be entitled to a compensation fee. All of his eight league appearances in 2016-17 were as a substitute and in the last fifteen minutes of the game. He spent 2017/18 on loan at Braga and in the summer transfer window joined Guimaraes, where fifteen of his twenty appearances in 2018/19 were from the bench. Teixeira scored eight goals in 25 appearances for Guimaraes in 2019/20 and Feyenoord came calling in the summer. Teixeira signed a two-year deal with the Dutch team but in his first season there was limited to eighteen league appearances due to a fractured fibula. During the first half of 2021/22, his Feyenoord appearances were limited to one in the league as an 82nd minute substitute and one start in the Europa Conference League. He returned to Portugal in January 2022, signing for Famalicao on a free transfer. He scored twice but was substituted in eight of his eleven starts and at the end of the season joined Umm Salal of Qatar.
Appearances per season
Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 2 4 1 1 0 8
2013-2014 1 0 0 0 0 1
2015-2016 1 4 1 1 0 7
A more detailed look at the player's appearances
Apps Minutes Opponent
2 180 Exeter City
2 148 West Ham United
1 90 Bournemouth
1 11 Augsburg
1 8 Fulham
1 4 Leicester City
Total Started/substitutions
5 Started
13 On the bench
3 Substitute
2 Substituted
Total Venue
4 Away
4 Home
Total Competition
4 FA Cup
2 Premier League
1 Europa League
1 League Cup
Total W D L Win % Manager
7 3 2 2 42.9% Jürgen Klopp
1 1 0 0 100% Brendan Rodgers
Goals per season
Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 0 1 0 0 0 1
2013-2014 0 0 0 0 0 0
2015-2016 0 1 0 0 0 1
A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring
Total Opponent
1 Exeter City
Total Started/substitutions
1 Started
0 Substitute
Total Competition
1 FA Cup
Total Goal minute period
1 76-90 minutes
Total Goal origin
1 Open play
Milestone Appearances
# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 12.02.2014 Fulham Craven Cottage League
Milestone Goals
# Minute Date Against Stadium Competition
1 82 20.01.2016 Exeter City Anfield FA Cup
Related Quotes

"'We knew when we saw him he was one for us and when we got the chance to sign him the manager backed me and we spent a considerable sum for him at the time. The trouble was when we got to the medical his back was in a seriously bad way. We questioned going ahead with it but he was worth the risk. He was put in a back brace for six months and after some fantastic work by the physios he is starting to play again. He is going to be a top, top player."

Academy director Frank McParland to the Daily Mail

Other Clubs
Club Season Club rank League apps League goals Total apps Total goals
Brentford 2013-2014 League One 2 0 2 0
Brighton & Hove Albion 2014-2015 Championship 32 6 35 6
Porto 2016-2017 Portugal 1 8 0 10 0
Braga 2017-2018 Portugal 1 14 0 23 1
Vitoria Guimaraes 2018-2019 Portugal 1 20 0 23 0
Vitoria Guimaraes 2019-2020 Portugal 1 17 6 25 8
Feyenoord 2020-2021 Netherlands 1 18 0 22 0
Feyenoord 2021-2022 Netherlands 1 1 0 2 0
Falamicao 2021-2022 Portugal 1 11 2 11 2
Total 123 14 153 17