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João Miranda, a professional footballer of the Brazilian team, plays in the role of a central defender. He also represents Internazionale in Serie A.
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Miranda started his career at Coritiba; there he spent 2004-05 before joining Sochaux in France for 2005–06. After that, he went back to Brazil and joined São Paulo. In 2011, he went to Atlético Madrid. He earned domestic and European honours, before signing with Inter for a fee of 15 million EUR. Miranda debuted as a full-time international footballer in 2009. He also became part of the squad that earned the Confederations Cup, at Copa América 2015.
After being part of the youth program of Coritiba, Miranda joined their senior team in 2004. He stayed there for the entire season, appearing in 89 matches in which he made 6 goals. In July 2005, he shifted to Sochaux in France, by signing a deal of four years. He appeared in 20 games for the club, which finished the season, acquiring a spot in the middle of the table. But he could not settle in the country. During his spell with the club, Coritiba succeeded in winning the Campeonato Paranaense in 2004.
In August 2006, he moved back to Brazil from France. He joined São Paulo FC on a loan. In March 2007, the player signed with São Paulo FC till 2011. Around the same time, the club earned the Campeonato Brasileiro 2006. He helped his team win the title again in 2007 and 2008, and was chosen for the “Team of the Year” both times. Even though the club failed to win any other title during his tenure, his individual displays did not go unnoticed, and he went on to be included in the “Team of the Year” again in 2009 and 2010. During his tenure, the Brazillian club won the Série A in 2006, 2007 and 2008, though his made significant contributions in 2007 and 2008.
Miranda’s contract with São Paulo was to expire in July 2011; he decided not to renew his contract with the Brazillian team. In January, he signed a pre-contractual agreement of three years with Spanish giants Atlético Madrid, joining the team in July. He debuted in club competition for Atletico Madrid in August in a 4–0 win of Vitória S.C. in Europa League. The Brazilian international debuted in La Liga in September in a 1–0 defeat to Valencia CF.
He made his first goal in a match against Granada CF in March 2012; he thus led his team to a 2–0 win in the league. In April, he gave an average performance in Champions League in the team’s chase against Levante UD; Atlético, too lost the match with a score of 2–0. Miranda made his first European goal in the Europa League semi-final. The match ended in a 4–2 win over Valencia in April.
Miranda’s third goal for Atlético’s came in the team’s 4–1 Super Cup win over Chelsea in August 2012. In March 2013, he signed a renewal of his contract with the Spanish team; it kept him at the team till 2016. In the final of Copa del Rey in May, Miranda headed the winning goal. The match ended with the team’s 2–1 win over Real Madrid. He thus helped his team put an end to the streak of losses in 25 matches against Real since 1999. He helped Atletico Madrid with the first title in their league history of 17 years; as a result he got nominated as the best La Liga defender 2014.
In June 2015, the news became official that Internazionale in Serie A were bringing Miranda to the team. He joined the club on a loan of two years, for a fee of 4 million EUR; the contract included the obligation to pay an additional 11 million EUR upfront in July 2017. This condition was exercised after he debuted for the team in July. Atletico’s successes during Miranda’s tenure, besides being the runner-up team in UEFA Champions League 2013-14 and Supercopa de España in 2013, include:
In August 2007, Miranda received the first invitation to join the national team, in a friendly game against Algeria. But, he failed to debut for Brazil in the match. A year later, he made his international appearance for the first time in a qualifier game of World Cup 2010. The match was held in April 2009 against Peru. Miranda also became a member of the squad that went to the Confederations Cup 2009.
He became one of the seven standby players for the team of Brazil that went to the FIFA World Cup 2014. Dunga, the new coach of the international football team, decided to make Miranda a starter in the defence. In May 2015, he became part of the 23-player squad of Brazil for Copa América 2015. He led Brazil as a captain to a Seleção 2–1 win over Venezuela in June. In May 2016, he was announced as the captain of Brazil captain in Copa América Centenario. During his stint, Brazil has so far won the FIFA Confederations Cup in 2009 and the Superclásico de las Américas in 2014.
Miranda was born in the city of Paranavai, north of Parana state in Brazil, to father João and mother Maria Miranda de Souza. He is one of those players who has succeeded in establishing himself as a skilful player; but he has also made sure not to let the media take a peek into his personal life. Not much known about his life away from the field except that he is married to Jaque Miranda, and the couple has two children, Jono and Luli.
The current market value of Miranda is £8.10 million, though he hit the highest market value of £19.8 million, which he acquired in 2015.
Miranda is one of the most important players of Brazil’s national football team at the moment, as well as at Internazionale. He has also established himself, time and again, as a key player in every club that he has represented; he has helped them win big titles, or at least put up stunning performances. For his amazing performances and his contributions to his teams, the 33-year-old has received many honours and awards repeatedly. These include the following: