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The Story So Far: Tobias Figueiredo

28 June 2022

An in-depth look at the career of our first signing of the summer, Tobias Figueiredo…

Born in Sátão, Portugal, Figueiredo began his professional career at Sporting Lisbon, spending over 10 years with the Lions, before more recently featuring in the Championship with Nottingham Forest.  

Having joined Sporting in 2006, when he was just 12 years old following a short spell at SC Penalva do Castelo, the 28-year-old centre-back featured regularly for the club’s B side before being loaned out to CF Reus Deportiu to gain experience in June 2014.  

Figueiredo got a taste for international football later that year as he made his debut for Portugal Under-21s, before going on to feature in two UEFA European Under-21 Championships.

Around six months after his return from his loan spell in Spain, Figueiredo made the step up to the first team and was handed his Primeira Liga debut in January 2015 against Rio Ave. He went on to score his first goal in the competition a month later against FC Arouca.  

Sporting ended the 2014/15 campaign by winning the Taça de Portugal, with Figueiredo playing a key role in the semi-finals as he found the back of the net against Nacional.  

He was rewarded with a new long-term contract in April 2015, and went on to pick up more first-team experience with Sporting in the Portuguese top flight, as well as featuring in the Europa League and Champions League.  

He was also selected by Rui Jorge to be part of Portugal’s squad that appeared at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

However, having fallen out of favour a year after signing his new contract, Figueiredo was sent on loan to fellow Primeira Liga outfit Nacional during the 2016/17 campaign.

He made 22 league appearances before making his first move to England by joining Nottingham Forest on loan for the remainder of the season in January 2018.  

Figueiredo impressed in the heart of defence for the Reds under the management of Aitor Karanka, making 12 appearances in the second half of the 2017/18 season.  

Given his performances on loan at the City Ground, Forest made his move to Nottingham a permanent one in July 2018 for an undisclosed fee as he signed a four-year contract.  

Figueiredo was a regular feature for the Reds at the start of 2018/19 under Karanka, making 14 appearances before picking up a serious injury in December which virtually ruled him out for the remainder of the season.  

The former Portugal Under-21 international made another 34 appearances in 2019/20 as the Reds narrowly missed out on the Championship play-offs under Sabri Lamouchi.

Figueiredo’s three goals for Forest all came during that season, with the first coming in a 4-0 win against Queens Park Rangers, before he also netted against Wigan Athletic and Stoke City.  

Forest finished 17th in the Championship the following season, with Figueiredo making another 34 appearances in all competitions.  

Most recently in 2021/22, Figueiredo featured 28 times as he helped Forest secure a play-off place and subsequently end their 23-year absence from the Premier League.  

Figueiredo made a total of 122 appearances for the Reds during a four-and-a-half-year spell at the City Ground, and will now be hoping to make a similar impact at the MKM Stadium.  

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