Luis BOA MORTE

Luis BOA MORTE - Arsenal FC - Biography

Photo/Foto: Nigel French

Date: 01 August 1999

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    • POSITION
      Left Winger/Forward
    • DATE OF BIRTH
      Thursday, 04 August 1977
    • PLACE OF BIRTH
      Lisbon, Portugal
  • WORLD CUP
  • CLUBS
  • Arsenal FC
    • Club Career Dates
      1997-1999
    • League Debut
      Saturday, 23rd August 1997 as a sub in a 3-1 win at Southampton (Aged: 20)
    • Club Career
  • Fulham FC
    • Club Career Dates
      2000/-01 (loan), 2001-2007
    • League Debut
      Saturday, 12th August 2000 in a 2-0 win at home to Crewe Alexandra (Aged: 23)
    • Club Career
  • West Ham United FC
    • Club Career Dates
      2007-2011
    • League Debut
      Saturday, 13th January 2007 in a 3-3 draw at home to Fulham (Aged: 29)
    • Club Career
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Luis BOA MORTE - Arsenal FC - Biography

No player likes to be thought of as a better substitute than starter, but for Luis Boa Morte this description remained constant throughout his Arsenal career. Signed from Portugal's Sporting Lisbon for £1.75m in 1997, Boa Morte went on help the Gunners to a Premier League and FA Cup Double in his first season, admittedly playing a backup role to some of Arsene Wenger's other 1997 signings, such as Nicolas Anelka and Marc Overmars. A tricky winger with pace and a good crosser of the ball, the Portuguese was the perfect example of a good squad player. He featured 15 times in Arsenal's successful Premiership campaign, and made a further 4 appearances in the FA Cup, although he missed out on the Final at Wembley, which saw goals from the afore mentioned Overmars and Anelka give the Gunners a 2-0 win over Newcastle United. Boa Morte's only goals in his first campaign both arrived in the same game, a League Cup tie at home to Birmingham City, his double strike helping Arsenal to a 4-1 win after extra time in a match remembered for the sending off of young Gunners debutant Jason Crowe, who received a red card from referee Uriah Rennie just 33 seconds after entering the field. The following campaign was a less successful one for Arsenal, as they were runners-up in the Premiership to Manchester United, who also knocked them out of the FA Cup at the semi-final stage. They may not even have got there if it wasn't for Boa Morte though, the winger notching a crucial goal in the third round at Deepdale as the Gunners battled back from 2-0 down to beat Preston North End 4-2. His only other Arsenal goal arrived in a 3-1 Champions League success over Panathinaikos in Greece, but it couldn't prevent the Gunners going out in the group stages. By the time the 1999-2000 season came about, it was clear Boa Morte had no future with the Gunners and he was sold to Southampton for £500, 000 in August 1999. After an unhappy spell there, a move to Fulham followed, where he became captain of the side and established himself as one of the Premiership's best left wingers. He moved to West Ham United for £5m in January 2007. (Mark Jones)