Pereira in action with Portugal
|Full name||João Pedro da Silva Pereira|
|Date of birth||) 25 February 1984|
|Place of birth||Lisbon, Portugal|
|Height||1.72 m (5 ft 7 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Right back|
|2006||→ Gil Vicente (loan)||14||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 February 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
An offensive wingback, he is also known for his fiery temperament that leads to altercations with adversary players and referees numerous times. In his country, he represented both Benfica and Sporting, amassing top division totals of 199 games and nine goals and winning the 2005 national championship with the former.
A product of S.L. Benfica's youth system, Pereira first appeared with its main side on 17 August 2003 in a 0–0 away draw against Boavista FC, and finished his debut season with 25 league appearances, mostly as a midfielder.
He was part of the Benfica squad that won the 2005 championship, starting often, until a fallout with coach Ronald Koeman relegated him to the bench, and later to the B team. He was sold to Gil Vicente F.C. in the 2006 summer, after a previous loan to the same team – also in the top flight.
An undisputed starter from the beginning, he scored his first goal for the Minho side on 22 February 2009, a 2–1 last-minute winner at Associação Naval 1º de Maio; he also collected 18 yellow cards and one red in his first two seasons combined.
On 22 December 2009, Pereira moved to Sporting Clube de Portugal for a fee of €3 million; at the time, Braga led the league alongside Benfica, with 12 points in advance to his new club, with the Lions eventually finishing fourth.
Pereira again featured regularly for Sporting in the 2010–11 season, both as a defender and a midfielder, as his team ranked in third position. On 30 April 2011, he scored in a 2–1 home win against Portimonense SC, but was also sent off midway through the second half (after teammate André Santos) for repeatedly and severely insulting referee Duarte Gomes.
On 24 May 2012, Pereira signed with Valencia CF in Spain for €3.6 million, penning a 3+1 contract. He made his official debut on 19 August, playing the full 90 minutes in a 1–1 away draw against Real Madrid.
Pereira was first called to the Portuguese national team in October 2010, following the appointment of new coach Paulo Bento. He made his debut in a UEFA Euro 2012 qualifier against Denmark, and also started in the following match – in the same competition – in Iceland, with the national side winning both games 3–1.
- Portugal’s World Cup squad: who will make the plane to South Africa?; PortuGOAL, 1 March 2010
- Benfica brings in Braga fullback; UEFA.com, 2 August 2007
- Official: Joao Pereira moves to Sporting; Portugal Football, 23 December 2009
- Nine-man Sporting hold on for three points; PortuGOAL, 1 May 2011
- El Valencia confirma el fichaje de Joao Pereira (Valencia confirms Joao Pereira signing); Marca, 24 May 2012 (Spanish)
- "Real held by Valencia in season opener". ESPN Soccernet. 19 August 2012. Retrieved 20 August 2012.