LUIS BOA MORTE
Born: 4 August 1977, Lisbon, Portugal
Former clubs: Sporting CP, Arsenal, Southampton, Fulham (loan), Fulham
A popular and bubbly character, Luis Boa Morte moved to Arsenal at the age of 19, later making his name as a lightning-quick forward with Fulham.
After joining West Ham United in January 2007, the Portugal international helped the club to stave off relegation in his first half-season at the club.
Having recovered from a long-term knee injury suffered in July 2009, Boa Morte battled back to fitness, scoring on his return to first-team action and being rewarded with a new two-year contract in June 2010.
Agreed a new two-year contract on 17 June 2010...Totalled 28 appearances in all competitions, 24 of them starts...Appeared in a variety of positions, including left midfield, centre midfield and left-back...Made 22 Barclays Premier League appearances, starting 19 times and being booked on seven occasions...Made four starts as West Ham United reached the Carling Cup semi-finals, including the quarter-final victory over Manchester United...Appeared twice in the FA Cup, starting the third-round win over Burnley...Made two Barclays Premier Reserve League starts, appearing in home victories over Arsenal and Newcastle United.
Played in pre-season matches against Grays Athletic, Bursaspor and ND Mura…Suffered a serious knee ligament injury in the 1-0 Barclays Asia Trophy defeat by Tottenham Hotspur at Beijing Workers' Stadium in China on 29 July 2009…Returned to action in 4-1 Barclays Premier Reserve League defeat by Wolverhampton Wanderers at AFC Telford United on 13 April 2010…Started 3-2 Barclays Premier Reserve League victory over Fulham at the Boleyn Ground on 27 April 2010…Made first and only Barclays Premier League appearance of the season, scoring in 1-1 home draw with Manchester City at the Boleyn Ground on 9 May 2010.
Made 27 Premier League, three FA Cup and two League Cup appearances…Booked eight times.
Made 27 Premier League, one FA Cup and four League Cup appearances…Sent-off in 4-0 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur on 9 March 2008 and booked four times.
Joined West Ham United for £5m on three and a half year contract in January 2007…Made 14 Premier League and two FA Cup appearances…Made his debut in 3-0 FA Cup third-round win over Brighton & Hove Albion on 6 January 2007…Scored his first goal in the 3-0 victory at Wigan Athletic on 28 April 2007…Played full 90 minutes in 1-0 win at Manchester United on 13 May 2007.
Made his international debut for Portugal against France in April 2001...Scored his first international goal in 5-1 friendly victory over Angola in November 2001 in a game abandoned when Angola were reduced to six players…Appeared in one qualifier for 2002 FIFA World Cup…Started 4-2 defeat by Iraq at 2004 Olympic Games in Athens…Appeared in four qualifiers for 2006 FIFA World Cup, all of which ended in Portugal victories…Named in 2006 FIFA World Cup squad, appearing as a substitute for Luis Figo in 2-1 Group D win over Mexico in Gelsenkirchen…Appeared in one qualifier for 2010 FIFA World Cup, a 2-1 win in Albania.
Before West Ham United
Began his career with Sporting Clube de Portugal, spending time on loan to junior club Lourinhanense...Joined Arsenal for £1.75m in June 1997, making 40 appearances and scoring four goals…Moved to Southampton for £500,000 in August 1999, making 17 appearances and scoring once…Initially joined Fulham on a season-long loan in July 2000, helping the Cottagers to win the Division One title by scoring 18 goals in 39 league games…Made the move to Craven Cottage permanent in June 2001…Totalled 250 appearances and 54 goals for Fulham, being made captain in August 2005.
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Speaks English, French and Spanish fluently.