Tobias Figueiredo

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Tobias Figueiredo
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Figueiredo with Portugal at the 2016 Olympics
Personal information
Full name Tobias Pereira Figueiredo [1]
Date of birth (1994-02-02) 2 February 1994 (age 29) [2]
Place of birth Sátão, Portugal
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) [2]
Position(s) Centre-back
Team information
Current team
Number 3
Youth career
2004–2006 Penalva
2006–2013 Sporting CP
Senior career*
2012–2016 Sporting CP B 49 (1)
2014–2018 Sporting CP 15 (2)
2014Reus (loan) 13 (1)
2016–2017Nacional (loan) 22 (1)
2018Nottingham Forest (loan) 12 (0)
2018–2022 Nottingham Forest 101 (3)
2022–2023 Hull City 22 (0)
2023– Fortaleza 1 (0)
International career
2009 Portugal U15 2 (0)
2009–2011 Portugal U17 23 (3)
2012 Portugal U18 5 (1)
2012–2013 Portugal U19 10 (1)
2013–2014 Portugal U20 6 (0)
2014–2017 Portugal U21 16 (1)
2016 Portugal U23 4 (1)
Medal record
Men's football
Representing Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal
UEFA European Under-21 Championship
Runner-up 2015 Czech Republic
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 04:19, 23 August 2023 (UTC)

Tobias Pereira Figueiredo (born 2 February 1994) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a central defender for Campeonato Brasileiro Série A club Fortaleza.


Formed at Sporting CP, where he made 30 first-team appearances, he had loans in Spain, Portugal and England before signing permanently for Nottingham Forest, where he played over 100 EFL Championship games.

Figueiredo earned 66 caps for Portugal at youth level, scoring seven goals. He was part of their team at the 2016 Olympics.

Club career

Sporting CP

Born in Sátão, Viseu District, Figueiredo joined Sporting CP's youth setup in 2006 at the age of 12, after starting out at S.C. Penalva do Castelo. He was promoted to the reserves in the summer of 2012, and made his professional debut on 11 August by starting in a 1–0 away loss against U.D. Oliveirense in the Segunda Liga. [3]

On 29 January 2014, Figueiredo was loaned to Spanish club CF Reus Deportiu until June, alongside Sporting teammate Alexandre Guedes. [4] An undisputed starter during his time in the Segunda División B, [5] he returned to the Lions in June 2014 and was promoted to the main squad in January of the following year. [6]

Figueiredo made his Primeira Liga debut on 18 January 2015, playing the full 90 minutes in a 4–2 home win against Rio Ave FC. [7] He scored his first goal in the competition on 1 February, closing the 3–1 victory at F.C. Arouca. [8] A month later, he added another in the first leg of the semi-finals of the Taça de Portugal against C.D. Nacional, [9] as the latter tournament was eventually won with him as an unused substitute.

On 30 April 2015, Figueiredo extended his contract with Sporting until 2021. [10] On 28 June of the following year, deemed surplus to requirements by manager Jorge Jesus, he was loaned to fellow top-division Nacional. [11] He scored his only goal in a 1–3 home loss to S.L. Benfica, [12] as the season ended in relegation in last place.

Nottingham Forest

On 30 January 2018, completely ostracised by manager Jorge Jesus, [13] Figueiredo signed on loan with English Championship side Nottingham Forest until the end of the campaign. [14] He made his debut on 17 February, playing the entire 0–0 away draw against Burton Albion. [15]

On 20 April 2018, it was announced that Figueiredo would join Forest on a permanent four-year deal on 1 July, for an undisclosed fee. [16] He was sent off on 28 November in a 5–5 draw at Aston Villa, for a bad foul on John McGinn while winning 4–3. [17] The day before the anniversary of that match, he scored his first goal in English football to open a 4–0 victory away to Queens Park Rangers from Joe Lolley's corner kick. [18]

In January 2022, Figueiredo was tracked for a transfer to Vitória de Guimarães, first as a loan and later as a free transfer pending the termination of his Forest contract. The deal collapsed as the City Ground club did not submit the documentation on time. [19] He did not feature in May's playoffs as the Reds ended their 23-year absence from the Premier League with a 1–0 final win over Huddersfield Town. [20] [21]

Figueiredo left on 30 June 2022 as his contract expired. [22]

Hull City

On 28 June 2022, Figueiredo signed a two-year contract with Hull City, with the club holding an option for an extra year. [23] He made his debut on 30 July, starting in the 2–1 home win against Bristol City. [24] On 17 September he made mistakes that led to two goals in a 3–0 loss at Swansea City; [25] he took no part from January onwards as new manager Liam Rosenior preferred Alfie Jones and Sean McLoughlin in central defence. [26]


On 11 July 2023, Figueiredo signed a three-year contract with Fortaleza Esporte Clube; the Brazilian club acquired 70% of his economic rights for an undisclosed fee. [27]

International career

Figueiredo participated in two UEFA European Under-21 Championship editions with Portugal, [28] [29] playing twice in 2015 for the runners-up. [30] [31] He won his first cap at that level on 13 November 2014, in a 3–1 friendly defeat to England at Turf Moor. [32]

Figueiredo was also picked by manager Rui Jorge for his squad that appeared at the 2016 Summer Olympics. [33] He featured in all the matches in Rio de Janeiro, in an eventual quarter-final exit. [34] [35] [36] [37]

Personal life

Figueiredo's older brother, Cristiano, was also a footballer. He played his youth football with S.C. Braga. [38]

Career statistics

As of 7 January 2023. [39]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
ClubSeasonLeagueNational CupLeague CupOtherTotal
Sporting CP B 2012–13 Segunda Liga 180180
2013–14 7070
2014–15 171171
2015–16 Segunda Liga5050
2017–18 2020
Sporting CP 2014–15 Primeira Liga 14221202 [lower-alpha 1] 0203
2015–16 1010004 [lower-alpha 1] 161
2017–18 0020101 [lower-alpha 2] 040
Reus (loan) 2013–14 Segunda División B 13100131
Nacional (loan) 2016–17 Primeira Liga2210010231
Nottingham Forest (loan) 2017–18 EFL Championship 120120
Nottingham Forest 2018–19 EFL Championship1300010140
2019–20 3031030343
2020–21 3201010340
2021–22 2601010280
Hull City 2022–23 EFL Championship2201010240
Career total2348911107126110
  1. 1 2 Appearances in the Europa League
  2. Appearance in the Champions League


Sporting CP

Nottingham Forest

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