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Luís Boa Morte

Luís Boa-Morte Pereira (; born 4 August 1977 in Lisbon, Portugal) is a Portuguese Association football currently playing for West Ham United F.C. in the Premier League.

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Luís Boa Morte biography


Luís Boa-Morte Pereira (; born 4 August 1977 in Lisbon, Portugal) is a Portuguese Association football currently playing for West Ham United F.C. in the Premier League.

Boa Morte mainly plays as an attacking wide forward although Luís Boa Morte has played as a conventional striker in the past. Amongst fans, Luís Boa Morte is principally known as "Boa", "The Crazy Racoon", and the "The Dead Snake", (due to the general mistake of translating Luís Boa Morte surname into English language). Luís Boa Morte surname, in fact, in Portuguese language means good death .

Club career

Sporting

Luís Boa Morte started Luís Boa Morte professional career in August 1996 with Sporting Clube de Portugal, spending time on loan to junior club Sporting Clube Lourinhanense.

Arsenal

Boa Morte made Luís Boa Morte debut in English football for Arsenal F.C. when Luís Boa Morte became one of Arsène Wenger's first signings for the club, joining on a fee of £1.75 million.

Luís Boa Morte made Luís Boa Morte debut on 23 August 1997 as a substitute against Southampton F.C.. During Arsenal's double winning 1997-98 season, Luís Boa Morte made 15 league appearances, mostly as substitute and four in the FA Cup, although Luís Boa Morte did not appear in the FA Cup Final 1998 itself. Luís Boa Morte scored two goals this season, with both coming in a League Cup tie against Birmingham City.

The following season Luís Boa Morte was a fairly regular squad member, usually as substitute in the early part of the season, with a few UEFA Champions League appearances, including against Panathinaikos FC on 9 December 1998, when Luís Boa Morte scored Arsenal's third goal. Luís Boa Morte fourth and final Arsenal goal came against Preston North End in the FA Cup. Luís Boa Morte final appearance for Arsenal was as a second half substitute away to Sunderland A.F.C. on 14 August 1999.

Southampton

After failing to break into Arsenal's first-team on a regular basis, in August 1999, Boa Morte was signed for Southampton F.C. by Dave Jones for a fee of around £500,000 with further payments to be based on appearances.

In only Luís Boa Morte second appearance for Southampton, away to Middlesbrough F.C. on 11 September 1999, Luís Boa Morte was sent off for handling the ball in the goalmouth in the 77th minute, with Paul Gascoigne scoring the resultant penalty as Middlesbrough went on to win 3-2.

In January 2000, Dave Jones was replaced as manager by Glenn Hoddle, who dropped Boa Morte from the team. After Hoddle's appointment, Boa Morte only made three further appearances and in July 2000 Luís Boa Morte had a trial at Fulham F.C., following which Luís Boa Morte moved to Craven Cottage, initially on a season long loan. As a result, the first installment on the fee due to Arsenal was never paid.

In Luís Boa Morte season at The Dell (Southampton F.C.), Luís Boa Morte made a total of 17 appearances, mostly as substitute, with one goal - a thundering left foot drive at Watford F.C. in a 2-3 defeat on 28 December 1999.

Fulham

In Luís Boa Morte first season at Fulham, Luís Boa Morte helped Jean Tigana win the 2000-01 Football League Championship, making 39 league appearances and scoring 18 goals as Fulham ran away with the Championship with a total of 101 points.
Luís Boa Morte contributions to the championship-winning season resulted in Luís Boa Morte being signed permanently in June 2001 (on a fee of £1.7 million paid to Arsenal), despite Southampton's attempts to bring Luís Boa Morte back after the expiry of the loan arrangement.

In Fulham's first two seasons in the Premiership, Luís Boa Morte was not able to replicate Luís Boa Morte form of the Championship winning season, scoring only three goals, although Luís Boa Morte form returned to some extent in 2003-04, since when Luís Boa Morte has averaged eight goals per season. Luís Boa Morte was also voted Player of the Season for 2004–05.

In August 2005, Luís Boa Morte was chased strongly by Newcastle United F.C. but pledged Luís Boa Morte future to Fulham and was made team captain. Luís Boa Morte crowning moment in a Fulham shirt was when Luís Boa Morte scored the only goal in the 1-0 win over Chelsea F.C. in the West London derby on 19 March 2006 at Craven Cottage.

Luís Boa Morte became a favourite amongst Fulham F.C.'s supporters whilst Luís Boa Morte played for them, for Luís Boa Morte impassioned, never-say-die and sometimes aggressive style of play - although this has lead to problems with referees. Even though Luís Boa Morte form dipped towards the end of Luís Boa Morte Fulham career, Luís Boa Morte is still considered something of a cult hero there due to Luís Boa Morte ability to take players on, Luís Boa Morte ability to cause panic like an unpinned grenade in the opposition ranks, and Luís Boa Morte emotional character, a trait that strengthened the bond between Luís Boa Morte and the fans.

West Ham United

Boa Morte signed for West Ham United F.C. in January 2007 on a three and a half year contract for an undisclosed fee, which is believed to be around £5 million.

Luís Boa Morte played Luís Boa Morte first game for the Hammers in an FA Cup tie against Brighton & Hove Albion F.C., setting up two goals and on 13 January 2007 in the Premier League against former team Fulham F.C.. On 28 April 2007, Luís Boa Morte scored Luís Boa Morte first goal, and, so far, only goal for the club in an important 3-0 win against Wigan Athletic F.C. at the JJB Stadium. West Ham United F.C. Fans initially were very excited about Boa Morte's arrival, but due to some bad performances was cast aside by a section of the West Ham United F.C. faithful, but just before Luís Boa Morte anterior cruciate ligament injury Luís Boa Morte worked Luís Boa Morte way sucessfully back into the hearts of the fans. On 29 July 2009 Boa Morte picked up a serious injury in the pre-season friendly against Tottenham Hotspur F.C.. West Ham were playing in the Barclays Asia Trophy 2009 in Beijing when Boa Morte got Luís Boa Morte studs stuck in the ground, twisted Luís Boa Morte knee and suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury.

International career

Due to a number of impressive performances for Fulham, Boa Morte was called up to the Portugal National Football Team, winning Luís Boa Morte first cap in April 2001 against France national football team.

Luís Boa Morte first, and so far only, goal came in a 5-1 home win against Angola national football team in November 2001, a game which had to be abandoned when Angola were reduced to 6 players on the pitch.

Despite an impressive season at club level, Boa Morte was disappointed to be left out of Luís Boa Morte country’s squad for the 2004 European Championships on home soil. However, the winger was part of Portugal’s 2006 FIFA World Cup campaign in Germany, playing in the 2-1 victory over Mexico national football team on 21 June 2006.

After an absence of 3 years Boa Morte was recalled, by coach Carlos Queiroz, to the Portugal National Football Team on 29 May 2009. Luís Boa Morte earned Luís Boa Morte first cap since 2006 on 6 June 2009 in Portugal's 2-1 win in Tirana against Albania national football team in a 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA) qualifying game.

International goal



Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lu%c3%ads_Boa_Morte

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