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Player to watch: Trincão

Many great young players do not have a lot of visibility because they don't yet feature for the biggest clubs in the world. mycujoo will regularly put one of them in the spotlight. Our first prospect: the Portuguese Trincão, who plays for SC Braga.

Trincao, playing for SC Braga

Photo: courtesy of SC Braga

His bio

Name: Francisco António Machado Mota Castro Trincão
Country: Portugal
Date of birth: 29/12/1999
Club: SC Braga
Height: 1,84m
Position: forward, left winger
Achievements: European U-19 Champion, top scorer (5 goals). 30 games, 5 goals and 5 assists with SC Braga reserve team in 2017/2018.

A bit of history

Born in Viana do Castelo (North of Portugal), Trincao’s first club was Sport Clube Vianense. He had a short spell at FC Porto when he was 9, but came back quickly to Vianense. "I was still very young. It was very far, very complicated. My parents thought it was too early to face football in such a professional way", he explained. In 2015, he caught the attention of SC Braga and signed his first professional contract, age 16. He progressed, played 39 games for Braga B in 2016 and last season he played some Europa League games with the senior team. Meanwhile, Trincao became an international at U-18 and U-19 levels, accumulating 18 caps, 10 goals and six assists (per 03/08/2018).

His good sides

Trincao has a great left foot, drives the ball perfectly and can dribble practically whomever he wants in a very silky way. Despite his height (1,84m), he has very quick feet. Possessing good vision, he can see the game which allows him to deliver a number of assists. His ability to play forward is impressive, exemplified by his good finishing thanks to a very precise shot. He's a very complete player, able to shine as a pure number 9, an attacking midfielder or on the wing.

His less good sides

He probably lacks a bit of power for the moment, and could sometimes simplify his way of playing. Due to his young age, he necessarily lacks experience too, and would certainly need to develop his physocal stature to be able to cope with the highest level defenders in future.

What they say about him

"The truth is that he evolved a lot last season. Abel Ferreira told me: ‘Trincão is unrecognizable for the better. With a ball, I already knew what he could do, but without a ball he has evolved a lot, it is impressive’. He grew up a lot and it will be very important for him to be able to impose himself at the highest level"
João Aroso, ex-coach of Trincao at Sporting Braga B

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