Stephen Eustáquio

F.C. Paços de Ferreira Cruz Azul S.C.U. Torreense

Stephen Eustáquio
Personal information
Full name Stephen Antunes Eustáquio[1]
Date of birth (1996-12-21) 21 December 1996 (age 23)[1]
Place of birth Leamington, Canada[1]
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Playing position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Paços Ferreira
(on loan from Cruz Azul)
Number 46
Youth career
2005–2010 Nazarenos
2010–2013 União Leiria
2014–2015 Torreense
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2014 Nazarenos 17 (1)
2015–2017 Torreense 56 (0)
2017–2018 Leixões 20 (0)
2018–2019 Chaves 29 (1)
2019– Cruz Azul 1 (0)
2020–Paços de Ferreira (loan) 17 (0)
National team
2017–2018 Portugal U21 7 (0)
2019– Canada 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 September 2020
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 November 2019

Stephen Antunes Eustáquio (born 21 December 1996) is a Canadian soccer player who plays as a midfielder for Primeira Liga club F.C. Paços de Ferreira, on loan from Mexican club Cruz Azul, and the Canadian national team.

After starting out at Nazarenos, he played club football for Torreense, Leixões, Chaves, Cruz Azul and Paços de Ferreira.

Born in Canada, Eustáquio represented Portugal at youth level, but in 2019 committed to play for Canada. He made his debut for the latter in November of that year.

Club career

Early years

Born in Leamington, Ontario to Portuguese parents, Eustáquio moved to Portugal at age 7. After beginning in amateur football with Grupo Desportivo Os Nazarenos, he spent two seasons in the third division with S.C.U. Torreense.[2][3]

Portugal

On 7 June 2017, Eustáquio signed with Leixões S.C. for an undisclosed fee.[4] On 23 July he appeared in his first match as a professional in a 2–0 home win against Académico de Viseu F.C. in the first round of the Taça da Liga where he played the full 90 minutes,[5] and his debut in the Segunda Liga was on 6 August in a 1–4 away loss to Real SC.[6]

On 31 January 2018, Eustáquio joined G.D. Chaves on a five-and-a-half-year deal after his buyout clause of 500,000 was paid.[7] He made his Primeira Liga debut four days later, playing the entire 2–1 away victory over C.D. Feirense.[8]

On 14 September 2018, in a Portuguese League Cup match at the Estádio do Dragão, Eustáquio scored a late equaliser which helped Chaves draw 1–1 and record their first ever point in FC Porto's home ground.[9]

Cruz Azul

On 15 January 2019, Eustáquio moved to Cruz Azul of the Mexican Liga MX.[10] Vítor Severino, who worked as assistant to manager Luís Castro at Chaves, described him as "like the typical player from La Masia, from Barcelona".[11] On his debut, against Club Tijuana, he was sent off mere minutes after taking the field as a substitute, but eventually the video assistant referee cautioned him with only a yellow card upon review; shortly after, however, he was stretchered off with an injury.[12]

After being sidelined for eight months, Eustáquio returned to the pitch on 22 September 2019, playing for the under-20 team in preparation for his full return.[13] In December, he was loaned to Portuguese top-flight club F.C. Paços de Ferreira for the remainder of the season.[14] He made his league debut on 11 January 2020, in a 0–0 away draw against Portimonense SC.[15] In September 2020 Eustáquio agreed to return on loan for Paços for the 2020–21 season .[16]

International career

Youth

In November 2017, Portugal under-21 manager Rui Jorge selected Eustáquio for 2019 UEFA European Championship qualifiers against Romania and Switzerland to be held early in that month.[17] He won his first cap against Romania, playing 90 minutes and being booked in the 1–1 draw in Constanța.[18]

Senior

In February 2019, Eustáquio committed to play for Canada.[19] Upon his return from his knee injury, he received his first call-up to the team on 1 October 2019 for a CONCACAF Nations League fixture against the United States.[20] He won his first cap on the 15 November match, coming from the bench for Mark-Anthony Kaye in the second half of the 1–4 away defeat.[21]

Personal life

Eustáquio's older brother, Mauro, is also a footballer. A midfielder as well, he represented Canada at under-20 and under-23 levels.[3][22][23]

Career statistics

Club

As of 21 September 2020[24]
Club League Season League League Cup Domestic Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Torreense Campeonato de Portugal 2014–15 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2015–16 24 0 0 0 0 0 24 0
2016–17 31 0 0 0 2 0 33 0
Total 56 0 0 0 2 0 58 0
Leixões LigaPro 2017–18 20 0 4 0 1 0 25 0
Chaves Primeira Liga 2017–18 13 1 0 0 0 0 13 1
2018–19 16 0 3 1 2 0 21 1
Total 29 1 3 1 2 0 34 2
Cruz Azul Liga MX 2018–19 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0
Paços Ferreira (loan) Primeira Liga 2019–20 16 0 0 0 1 0 17 0
2020–21 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 17 0 0 0 1 0 18 0
Career Total 123 1 7 1 7 0 137 2

International

As of 15 November 2019[25]
Canada
2019 1 0
Total 1 0

References

  1. ^ a b c d "Stephen Eustáquio" (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. Retrieved 20 April 2020.
  2. ^ "Stephen Eustáquio (CAN)". Canada Soccer. Retrieved 14 August 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Mauro Eustáquio, o nazareno que sonha com a seleção do Canadá" [Mauro Eustáquio, the Nazaré boy who dreams of Canada national team] (in Portuguese). Futebol Distrital de Leiria. 21 February 2015. Retrieved 23 November 2017.
  4. ^ "Stephen Eustáquio já assinou pelo Leixões" [Stephen Eustáquio has already signed for Leixões]. O Jogo (in Portuguese). 7 June 2017. Retrieved 23 November 2017.
  5. ^ "COMENTÁRIO: Leixões derrota Académico de Viseu a salta para a 3.ª fase da Taça da Liga" [COMMENT: Leixões defeat Académico de Viseu and make it to 3rd stage of League Cup]. Diário de Notícias (in Portuguese). 23 July 2017. Retrieved 23 November 2017.
  6. ^ "COMENTÁRIO: 'Hat trick' de Vinícius ao Leixões oferece estreia de sonho ao Real Massamá" [COMMENT: Vinícius hat trick to Leixões offers dream debut to Real Massamá]. Diário de Notícias (in Portuguese). 6 August 2017. Retrieved 23 November 2017.
  7. ^ Paulo, Joaquim; Vasconcelos, Ricardo; Monteiro, André (31 January 2018). "Stephen chega do Leixões e assina por cinco épocas" [Stephen arrives from Leixões and signs for five seasons]. Record (in Portuguese). Retrieved 4 February 2018.
  8. ^ Maia, Vítor (4 February 2018). "Feirense-Desp. Chaves, 1–2 (crónica)" [Feirense-Desp. Chaves, 1–2 (match report)] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. Retrieved 4 February 2018.
  9. ^ "Eustáquio repete dose e faz história pelos flavienses" [Eustáquio repeats feat and makes history at the flavienses]. Record (in Portuguese). 15 September 2018. Retrieved 14 October 2018.
  10. ^ Cardoso, Javier (15 January 2019). "Stephen Eustáquio llega a Cruz Azul" [Stephen Eustáquio arrives at Cruz Azul]. Marca (in Spanish). Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  11. ^ Barata, Pedro (15 January 2019). "Liga MX Clausura 2019: Eustáquio, el brillante asistente con 'perfil Barça' para sustituir a Marcone" [Liga MX Clausura 2019: Eustáquio, the brilliant passer 'made in Barça' to replace Marcone]. Marca (in Spanish). Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  12. ^ González, Israel (26 January 2019). "VAR salva a Eustaquio, pero sale lesionado" [VAR saves Eustaquio, but he is stretchered off]. Publímetro (in Spanish). Retrieved 29 January 2019.
  13. ^ Parra, Abigail (22 September 2019). "Ocho meses después, Stephen Eustaquio vuelve a las canchas" [Eight months later, Stephen Eustaquio returns to the pitches] (in Spanish). Medio Tiempo. Retrieved 24 September 2019.
  14. ^ "Stephen Eustaquio na Mata Real" [Stephen Eustaquio at the Mata Real] (in Portuguese). F.C. Paços Ferreira. 12 December 2019. Retrieved 12 December 2019.
  15. ^ "Empate a zero no Portimonense-Paços" [Nil-all draw in Portimonense-Paços]. A Bola (in Portuguese). 11 January 2020. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  16. ^ "STEPHEN EUSTÁQUIO CONTINUA". 9 September 2020.
  17. ^ "Rui Jorge justifica convocatória da novidade Stephen Eustaquio" [Rui Jorge justifies novelty selection Stephen Eustaquio]. O Jogo (in Portuguese). 3 November 2017. Retrieved 21 November 2017.
  18. ^ Da Cunha, Pedro Jorge (10 November 2017). "Sub21: Roménia-Portugal, 1–1 (crónica)" [Under21: Romania-Portugal, 1–1 (match report)] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. Retrieved 21 November 2017.
  19. ^ "Former Portugal midfielder Stephen Eustaquio commits to play for Canada". Sportsnet. 22 February 2019. Retrieved 22 February 2019.
  20. ^ "Canada's top players to feature in Toronto for Rivalry match against USA in Concacaf Nations League". Canada Soccer. 1 October 2019. Retrieved 1 October 2019.
  21. ^ Jacques, John (15 November 2019). "USA routs Canada 4–1 in CONCACAF Nations League bout". Northern Tribune. Retrieved 20 April 2020.
  22. ^ "SMR Interview Series: Mauro Eustaquio, midfielder". Stony Monday Riot. 26 October 2015. Retrieved 23 November 2017.
  23. ^ Lemoine, Josh (2 September 2016). "Know Your Fury: Mauro Eustáquio and his road to Ottawa". Apartment 613. Retrieved 23 November 2017.
  24. ^ "Stephen Eustáquio". Soccerway. Retrieved 15 August 2017.
  25. ^ "Stephen Eustáquio (CAN)". Canada Soccer. Retrieved 20 April 2020.