CURRENT CLUB: Valencia (Spain)
João Pereira appeared in 10 of Portugal's World Cup qualifiers and has been a regular starter for the national team since 2012. He has been a constant presence in Valencia's starting XI since joining the club in 2012.
PORTUGUESE NATIONAL TEAM
Pereira made his debut with Portugal in 2010. He started all five of Portugal's games at the 2012 Euros.
Pereira bounced around to four different teams (Benfica, Gil Vicente, Braga, Sporting) in Portugal before arriving in Spain. He has made 55 La Liga appearances with the club over the last two seasons.