Jose Miguel da Rocha Fonte ComM (born December 22, 1983) plays as a center defender for Lille in Ligue 1 and the Portugal national team. With Sporting CP B, Fonte began his professional career before joining Crystal Palace in 2007 and relocating to England. In 2010, after signing with Southampton, he made 288 appearances across all leagues until moving to West Ham United in January 2017.
Later, he played for Lille in France and Dalian Yifang in China, winning the Ligue 1 championship with Lille in the 2020–21 campaign. Having played for Portugal since he was 30, Fonte participated in two UEFA European Championships and the 2018 FIFA World Cup, helping his team win UEFA Euro 2016.
Jose Fonte Bio/Wiki
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Jose Fonte Personal Life
Rui, Fonte’s younger brother, plays football as well. The two were colleagues who played forward for Lille, Sporting (at the junior level), and Crystal Palace. Their father, Artur, spent 12 seasons competing at the top level of Portugal.
Jose Fonte Club Career
- Fonte, a Penafiel native, played football at Sporting CP from the ages of 10 to 13 before completing his training there.
- As a senior, he only made one appearance for Sporting CP B in the third tier.
- He signed a deal with Salgueiros in 2004, but soon after, the team went bankrupt and was dissolved; as a result, he withdrew his agreement and moved to Felgueiras in the Segunda Liga.
- With Vitória de Setubal during the 2005 offseason, Fonte made his Premier League debut.
- Benfica saw him from there and acquired him in January 2006.
- He was soon loaned to Paços de Ferreira, another league team.
- In a 2-2 away tie against Penafiel, when he also scored two into his own net.
- He concluded the season with 26 league matches and one goal, helping Paços and Setubal maintain their positions.
- With Estrela da Amadora, a team that finished tenth in the top division, Fonte spent the 2006–07 season on loan.
- He missed just five league games during that time.
- After a string of injuries, Fonte was added to the team’s starting lineup at Crystal Palace in England in July 2007.
- At the conclusion of the 2007–2008 campaign, after Palace placed fifth and qualified for the promotion play-offs, the transfer was declared permanent.
- In the Football League Championship, Fonte continued to play a significant role for the Londoners, occasionally filling in as a substitute striker.
- Fonte signed a three-and-a-half-year contract with Southampton on January 9, 2010, for an amount rumored to be about £1.2 million.
- One week later, in a 1-1 draw away to Millwall, he made his debut with two other new additions, Jon Otsemobor and Danny Seaborne.
- On August 28, he scored his first goal for Southampton in a 4-0 away victory over Bristol Rovers.
- Fonte was included in the League One Team of the Year for the 2010–11 season after contributing to Southampton’s promotion to the second division and tallying seven league goals.
- He also received 64% of the vote for Southampton’s Player of the Year, with Adam Lallana and Dan Harding receiving 18% and 7%, respectively, of the vote.
- Fonte extended his contract with the team on December 29, 2011, keeping him there through June 2015.
- The player had participated in every league match at the time of his signing, and Southampton was leading the standings.
- In the end, he played in 42 games and scored one goal, which was against Coventry City in the season’s last game, helping the squad win a second successive promotion.
- On August 19, 2012, Fonte made his Premier League debut, playing the full 90 minutes in a 3-2 loss to Manchester City on the road.
- On October 7 at home against Fulham, he scored his first goals in the tournament, with the second coming in stoppage time.
- He salvaged a point for his club on August 24, 2013, by scoring a header in the 89th minute of a home encounter against Sunderland.
- During a training session on January 23, 2014, teammate Dani Osvaldo assaulted Fonte.
- Later, during the winter transfer window, the latter was leased to Juventus.
- Fonte signed a new three-year contract with Southampton on August 8, 2014, which runs through June 2017.
- He was also made team captain.
- On October 16, 2016, he participated in a 3-1 home victory over Burnley, marking his 250th league appearance for the team.
West Ham United
- On January 20, 2017, Fonte signed a two-and-a-half-year deal with Premier League team West Ham United for a reported sum of £8 million (with possible add-ons).
- On February 1, he played in his first league game, a 4-0 loss at home to Manchester City in which he gave up a penalty after tripping over Raheem Sterling.
- On November 4, 2017, it was announced that Fonte had sustained a foot injury that will keep him out for the remainder of the year during a league game against one of his previous sides, Crystal Palace.
- On February 23, 2018, Fonte finalized a deal with Dalian Yifang of the Chinese Super League, reportedly paying £5 million.
- He ended his contract on July 15.
- On July 20, 2018, Fonte committed to Ligue 1 club Lille on a two-year deal.
- The 37-year-old captain led the group to their first Ligue 1 championship since 2010–11 while making 36 appearances and tallying three goals.
- For the 2006 Vale do Tejo competition, Fonte was called up to the Portuguese B team.
- He participated in a match on January 24 against Slovenia, which resulted in a defeat on penalties following a 1-1 draw.
- At the age of almost 30, Fonte was called up for the first time to the senior team on October 3, 2014, for a friendly against France and a UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying match against Denmark.
- On November 18, he made his debut in a 1-0 victory against Argentina at Old Trafford during another friendly.
- Manager Fernando Santos chose Fonte for his Euro 2016 team.
- On June 25, he made his tournament debut, starting alongside Cédric Soares of Southampton in Portugal’s round-of-16 match against Croatia, which Portugal won 1-0 after extra time.
- He continued to hold that position up to the final, which saw Portugal defeat France at home by a score of 1-0.
- Fonte was included in Portugal’s winning squad for the 2019 UEFA Nations League Finals, as well as the postponed UEFA Euro 2020, where he failed to make it off the bench.
- Fonte was also named to the final 23-man squads for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia and Portugal’s successful campaign there.
- In a 3-0 home victory over Qatar on October 9, 2021, Fonte scored his first goal for the national team at the age of 37.
- With his kick at Enes Ünal inside the penalty area during Portugal’s World Cup qualification Play-off match against Turkey on March 24, 2022, Fonte, then 38 years old, won his 50th cap.
- Burak Yilmaz, his Lille colleague, failed to connect on the shot, and Portugal won 3-1 to advance to the championship match.
Jose Fonte Awards
- Football League Trophy: 2009–10
- Ligue 1: 2020–21
- Trophée des Champions: 2021
- UEFA European Championship: 2016
- UEFA Nations League: 2018–19
- FIFA Confederations Cup third place: 2017
- PFA Team of the Year: 2010–11 League One
- Southampton Player of the Season: 2010–11, 2014–15
- Commander of the Order of Merit: 2016
Jose Fonte Net Worth
The range of Jose Fonte’s net worth or income is thought to be between $21 Million. However, his major occupation as a soccer player has brought him a significant amount of wealth.
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Jose Fonte FIFA 22 Stats
In FIFA 22, Jose Fonte has an overall rating of 80 and his potential is also 80.
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He is currently 40 years old (as of 2023).
He is 191 cm tall.
He plays as a defender.
After his transfer to Lille, his net worth is $21 Million (as of 2023).