Discussion points | Trincao: From Camp Nou to Molineux
Despite his young age, the 21-year-old will bring a lot of experience in the West Midlands, while also reuniting with several of his old teammates in old gold, and wolves.co.uk has developed four talking points from Trincao’s career to this day. , who saw him move from Portugal to England via Spain.
# 1 Grow with Neto
One of the many familiar faces Trincao will encounter on his first day of Wolves training at Compton Park is that of Pedro Neto. The two wingers – who were born just three months apart – both grew up in the Portuguese town of Viana do Castelo, before playing together for their local club, SC Vianense, during the 2008/09 season. Although Trincao had only been with Neto for a year when he moved to the academy in Porto, he soon returned to Vianense. The pair were reunited again in 2013 while featured for the Braga youth squad, and it was here that the pair completed their development before embarking on a professional career with “Arsenalistas”.
Despite their similar backgrounds – which also fit at the international junior level, the duo having represented Portugal at all ages – Trincao and Neto have somehow never played a professional match together in Braga, the latter having only played four. time for the club before spending two years on loan at Lazio and his permanent stint at Wolves. At that time, Trincao was a regular at Braga B’s attack and was later transferred to the first team for 2018/19.
Francisco Trincão and Pedro Neto – reunited with Wolves after their (many) young days at SC Vianense! Both born in the same city, Viana do Castelo – my local city in Portugal too! ❤️ #WWFC pic.twitter.com/wffdaSYAfv
– Alex Gonçalves (@Aljeeves) July 4, 2021
# 2 A European first in Molineux
While at Braga during the 2019/20 season, Trincao got to know European football for the first time in his career, and his first Europa League appearance just happened in what will be his new home. The winger was a second-half substitute at Molineux as Braga won 1-0 in Group K’s opener thanks to a goal from Ricardo Horta. His first goal at Braga also had implications for his future club, such as scoring and assisting in the final group game victory over Slovan Bratislava, who secured Braga’s place at the top of the group, while relegating the Wolves in second place.
Although primarily a replacement for the first half of this season, it was after Christmas under new manager Ruben Amorim that Trincao began to show what he could do on the big stage. His first domestic league goal came in a 7-1 demolition of Belenenses SAD, before a streak of six goals and four assists in eight games propelled Braga into the La Liga NOS standings and closed the gap with Benfica and Porto in the first three places. His positive run towards the end of the season also saw Trincao advance to the Portuguese League Cup final, in the second half as Braga took the win over Porto to lift the trophy.
# 3 A lot of money is moving to Barça
Just under 18 months ago, in the midst of his superb run of goals and assists for Braga, Trincao fulfilled the dream of many young footballers by signing a contract with football giants Barcelona, while he was announced he would join the club in the summer of 2020. Following the end of the Portuguese season, he moved to Spain, making his La Liga debut at Camp Nou in September when he appeared on the bench as Barca beat 4-0 against Villarreal, before his first start came a month later in Hungarian side Ferencvaros’ 5-1 home defeat in the Champions League group stage.
His appearances in Barca’s blue and red stripes last season came mainly from the bench, as he played the role of replacement for French right-winger Antoine Greizmann. Yet in his first La Liga start for the club, and the only time he played a full 90 minutes in the league, Trincao was the man of the moment as he scored a brace to help Barca claim a 5 victory. -1 over Deportivo Alaves, a week after his first league goal, a narrow victory over Real Betis – a side he will soon be reunited with, having been heralded as one of Wolves’ five pre-season opponents ahead the start of the Premier League season. However, he found more luck in the Copa Del Rey, as Trincao played an important role in the opening rounds to help secure Barcelona’s place in the semi-finals, before the team won the title in the final. ‘a complete victory over Athletic Bilbao.
# 4 International awards
In the months following his move to Barcelona, Trincao learned he was going to join the Portugal national team for the first time. He joined his new Wolves team-mates Rui Patricio, Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho by being announced in the squad for the Nations League matches against Croatia and Sweden last September. Trincao was one of two Barca men named by Fernando Santos to this squad – coincidentally, the other being Nelson Semedo, who himself moved to Molineux a few weeks later.
The six senior selections he has won since have all come to reward his exploits with Portugal at the junior level, in which he represented his country in all age categories, but above all his exploits at the European Under-18 Championships. 19-year-old 2018. Finishing the competition on the top scorer, Trincao started the campaign in great shape, scoring twice in a 3-1 win over a Norwegian side that knocked out England, before another brace followed. in a 5-0 semi-final against Ukraine. His fifth and final goal of the tournament brought the final with Italy in overtime, before Portugal ultimately lost 4-3.