Jose Miguel da Rocha Fonte ComM (born 22 December 1983) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a central defender for English club Southampton and the Portugal national team.
Born in Penafiel, Fonte finished his football education (after already having played there from ages 10–13) at Sporting Clube de Portugal, but only appeared with the reserves as a senior, in the third division. In 2004 he signed with S.C. Salgueiros, but the club was in severe financial difficulties and was liquidated shortly thereafter; as a result he terminated his contract and transferred to F.C. Felgueiras, in the Segunda Liga.
In the 2005 off-season, Fonte made his Primeira Liga debut with Vitória de Setúbal, where his performances attracted the eye of S.L. Benfica, who signed him in January 2006, immediately loaning him out to fellow league side F.C. Paços de Ferreira; he finished the season with 26 league appearances and one goal, as both Paços and Setúbal managed to maintain their division status.
Fonte spent the 2006–07 season on loan to C.F. Estrela da Amadora, still in the top division, only missing five league games as the Lisbon-based club finished in ninth position.
In 2007, Fonte moved on loan to Crystal Palace in England, being introduced in the side’s starting XI after a run of injuries. The move was made permanent at the end of the season, as Palace finished fifth and qualified to the promotion play-offs.
Fonte continued to feature regularly with the London-based club in the following Football League Championship seasons, even appearing as a makeshift striker when required.
Fonte signed for Southampton on 9 January 2010 for a fee believed to be around the region of £1.2 million, signing a three-and-a-half-year contract. He made his debut one week later alongside two other recent signings, Jon Otsemobor and Danny Seaborne, in a 1–1 draw at Millwall; his first goal for the Saints came on 28 August 2010, in a 4–0 away win against Bristol Rovers.
After scoring seven league goals and helping Southampton gain promotion to the second level, Fonte was named in the League One Team of the Year for the 2010–11 season. He was also voted Southampton’s Player of Year, achieving 64% of the overall vote, with Adam Lallana coming second with 18% and Dan Harding finishing third (7%).
On 8 August 2014, Fonte penned a new three-year deal with Southampton running until 2017, and was also named team captain.
Fonte made his 250th league appearance for the club on 16 October 2016, in the Premier League against Burnley.
A Portuguese international since age 30, Fonte was part of the squad at Euro 2016, winning the tournament.