Striker Gonçalo Paciência has arrived from Portuguese champions Porto, signing a four-year deal until 2022. He’ll finalise the move in Frankfurt and won’t join up with the squad in the USA.

Gonçalo Paciência is the first Portuguese national to play for the Eintracht Frankfurt first team.
Gonçalo Paciência is the first Portuguese national to play for the Eintracht Frankfurt first team.

The son of Porto legend Domingos Paciência, Gonçalo rose through the ranks of the Portuguese giants as well as all the national youth teams. He was part of the Portugal U21 side that were runners-up at the 2015 European Championship and also took part in the 2016 Olympics in Rio. The 23-year-old made his debut for the senior team in a friendly last year. “We’re getting a proper centre-forward who gives our squad a different dimension,” said board member Fredi Bobic. “Gonçalo is an agile player who can also hold the ball up.”

Following in his father’s footsteps

Paciência inherited the talent of his father, Porto legend Domingos Paciência. While his father moved into coaching after hanging up his boots, his two sons, Gonçalo and Vasco, started their football careers at Porto. Gonçalo joined FCP at the age of just eight and came all the way through the club’s renowned youth system. After that, he joined the reserve team before making the step up to the first team. During that time, the right-footed striker also proved his quality for the Portugal U21 side, scoring six goals in 17 appearances.

Champions League experience

Paciência spent the first half of last season on loan at Vitória Setúbal, helping them to reach the final of the Portuguese League Cup where they lost on penalties to Sporting Lisbon. The 1.84-metre striker scored in both the semi-final and final. He scored ten goals in all competitions before returning to his parent club, with whom he was able to celebrate the league title at the end of the campaign. He made 12 appearances for Porto from the end of January, including two in Champions League games against eventual runners-up Liverpool.