Philippe Coutinho Correia is a Brazilian professional football player of age 23. Born on June 12th 1992 in Rio de Janerio and of 5.7 feet in height, Coutinho plays as an attacking midfielder or winger for the English club Liverpool and the Brazil national time. We know him as Liverpool's playmaker, but what about his career before that? Suyash Kumar Neupane has compiled that info, just for you readers.
Back in his hometown through childhood, Coutinho developed and sharpened his skills playing futsal where limited space and tactics were the key. His grandmother coaxed him to join a local football academy, and his father (an architect) allowed Coutinho to attend a trial to join the Vasco da Gama club upon being approached by the team's youth coaches.
His skills were polished under the club's youth team to an extent of being called to join Brazil's under-14 national team. His local professional career that began in 1999 playing for Vasco da Gama had new feathers added to it 2008 after being bought by the Italian club Inter Milan for 4 million Euro. He did keep playing for Vasco da Gama on loan however, helping the team win the Serie B title in 2009 and making 31 appearances with 5 goals in 2010.
Coutinho debuted for Inter Milan on August 27th 2010, and his first goal came against Fiorentina in a 3-1 win in May 8th 2011. Despite being a fine player, the 2011-2012 season saw him struggle for form and was eventually loaned to the Spanish La Liga team RCD Espanyol in January 30th 2012.
His debut for Espanyol was on Februrary 4th 2012, and his first goal and second goal for the team came against Rayo Vallecano in a 5-1 victory on March 11th. His stint with this team ended through the 2011-2012 season, after which he returned to Inter Milan and began his training. Coutinho later signed to Liverpool on January 26th 2013, making his debut on February 11th 2013 against West Bromwich.
Coutinho was a key player in the Brazilian under-17 team that won the South American U-17 Football Championship in 2009, having already played for Brazil for the under 14 upwards teams. His first game for the senior team came against Iran in a friendly match on October 7th 2010, but was left out of the final national team for the FIFA World Cup in Brazil in 2014. He was called later that year to play for Brazil in friendly matches against Colombia and Ecuador, and was included in the Brazilian squad for the 2015 Copa America. This event saw him score his first international goal in a friendly match against Mexico, where Brazil won 1-0.
Very popular among fans and teammates as Little Magician & The Kid, Coutinho has earned praise for his speed, creativity and dextrity in both feet (although being righty by nature). With a weekly salary close to $118,495, Coutinho's current yearly income through Liverpool FC is around $6.16 million.
His twitter (@Phil_Coutinho) has 960 thousand followers, far lesser than in instagram (phil.coutinho), where his followers are close to 1.4 million. Both these accounts keep updating the Liverpool or Brazil football fans as to what is going on in the player's personal and professional life.