Philippe Coutinho Correia (born 12 June 1992), known as Philippe Coutinho or simply Coutinho, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays for Premier League club Liverpool and the Brazil national team as an attacking midfielder or winger.
At the age of 18, Coutinho made his senior international debut for Brazil in 2010. He represented the nation at the 2015 Copa América and the Copa América Centenario.
The third and youngest son of architect José Carlos, Coutinho was born in Rio de Janeiro, and raised in its northern Rocha district, in between an old shanty town and industrial warehouses. He followed his elder brothers Cristiano and Leandro to a local concrete football pitch, where he first began playing futsal. With space restricted and the need for skill and improvisation heightened, the diminutive Coutinho thrived. After joining a local football academy on the insistence of his grandmother, his father was later approached at a tournament by youth coaches at Vasco da Gama, where he attended a trial and joined their youth system.
Coutinho flourished in Vasco da Gama’s youth system, and was soon called up to the Brazil national under-14 football team. In July 2008, at the age of 17 he was bought by Italian Serie A giantsInternazionale for €4 million. Coutinho stayed at Vasco on loan for two years, becoming a first team player for the Brazilian side despite his young age. In 2009 he helped Vasco win the Série B titleand achieve promotion. In 2010 he made 31 appearances and scored 5 goals in all competitions as he established himself as a key first team player.
Coutinho’s move to Internazionale became effective on July 2010, after he turned 18, with new head coach Rafael Benítez and Chairman Massimo Moratti being quoted saying that “Coutinho is the future of Inter”.
On 27 August 2010, he made his official debut for Inter coming on as a substitute during the Nerazzurri’s 2–0 defeat at the hands of Atlético Madrid in the 2010 UEFA Super Cup. After dropping out of selection in the starting lineup, he returned to play in the crucial 3–2 win over Bayern Munich in Germany; a game which Inter would go on to win and progress to the quarter-finals of the Champions League on the away goals rule.
During the 2011–12 season he struggled to establish himself in the Inter first team and was loaned out to La Liga’s RCD Espanyol in Spain.
On 30 January 2012, Coutinho joined Espanyol on loan until the end of the 2011–12 season. On 4 February 2012, Coutinho made his first appearance for Espanyol in a 3–3 draw with Athletic Club. He scored his first goal for the Catalan side in the ninth minute of a game held on 11 March in a 5–1 victory against Rayo Vallecano. On 18 May 2012, Coutinho made his return to Inter and began training immediately upon arrival to the Angelo Moratti Training Facility.
On 26 January 2013, Liverpool reportedly agreed a £8.5 million fee with Internazionale for Coutinho, pending a medical exam and a work permit from the Home Office as he did not have enough international appearances to qualify automatically. Southampton had also expressed an interest in Coutinho, who had played under Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino at Espanyol, but Coutinho said he would prefer to join Liverpool. On 30 January, Liverpool confirmed the signing of Coutinho on a long-term contract after he was successful in his work permit application, and was given the number 10 shirt.

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