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A Closer Look At Luis

11 October 2012

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Following his move to the Spireites, take a closer look at the career of Luis Boa Morte.

Early Days

Born on August 4 1977, Luis Boa Morte Pereira began his footballing journey with his local side Sporting CP, graduating from the same academy as Portuguese icons Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Figo.

Top Gunner

Boa Morte made the jump to English football in 1997 as one of Arsene Wenger's first signings in charge of Arsenal; paying £1.75 million for his services.
He went on to make a total of 39 appearances in all competitions and helped the Gunners to win the 'double' in 1998 as well as the FA Charity Shield in 1998 and 1999.

With Luis struggling to hold down a first team place at the North London club, the Saints came marching in to snap up the winger. Under then manager Dave Jones, Boa Morte featured heavily in the Southampton first team. However, in January 2000 Jones was replaced by Glenn Hoddle as manager and the 22-year-old winger fell out of favour which ended his career with the Saints.

League Title Comes At The Cottage

Wanting to play regular first team football, Luis moved on an initial season-long loan to Division one side Fulham. During that season he helped Jean Tigana's side confortably secure the title with 101 points, contributing 18 goals in 39 appearances.

His efforts during that season were enough for Fulham to sign Boa Morte on a permanent basis ahead of their first season in the Premier League.

Boa Morte was named player of the season for 2004/2005 which promoted intertest from Newcastle United. But the fans' favourite pledged his future to the Cottagers and was named team captain.
He firmly secured his place in the hearts of all Fulham fans when he scored the winning goal in a 1-0 win over local rivals Chelsea in March 2006.

From West To East

January 2007 saw Luis Boa Morte move across London and join West Ham United for an undisclosed fee believed to be around £5 million on a three-year contract, helping the club to stave off relegation in his first half season.

The Portuguese star spent four years at the Boleyn Ground where he made 113 appearances in all competitions and scored twice.

The winger suffered a serious knee ligament injury during the 2009 Barclays Asia Trophy. During that season Boa Morte only made one Premier League appearance against Manchester City where he scored for the Hammers in a 1-1 draw.

Boa Morte agreed a new two-year contract on 17 June 2010 but after featuring 28 times he had his contract terminated by mutual consent at the end of the 2010/2011 season.

Recent Years

After leaving East London, Luis Boa Morte rejoined his former coach Chris Coleman in August 2011 at Greek Super League club Larissa. However, due to financial problems at the club he left after just six months.

He wasted little time in finding new club. On 24 January 2012 Orlando Pirates snapped up the former Arsenal, Fulham and West Ham man on an eighteen-month deal, which ended in the summer of 2012.

Since then Luis Boa Morte has been on trial at MLS side Toronto F.C and League One outfit Portsmouth.

International Career

Boa Morte made a total of 28 appearances for Portugal scoring once in a 5-1 win against Angola; a match that was later abandoned when Angola were reduced to six players.

His International debut came against France in April 2001. He was part of Portugal's 2006 World Cup campaign in Germany, playing in the 2-1 group stage victory over Mexico. Portugal went on to reach the semi-final where they lost 1-0 to France courtesy of a Zidane penalty.

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