Abel Ferreira

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Personal information
Full name Abel Fernando Moreira Ferreira
Date of birth (1978-12-22) 22 December 1978 (age 36)
Place of birth Penafiel, Portugal
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Right back
Club information
Current team
Braga B (coach)
Youth career
1989–1997 Penafiel
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–2000 Penafiel 63 (4)
2000–2004 Vitória Guimarães 80 (1)
2004–2005 Braga 43 (0)
2006–2011 Sporting CP 111 (2)
Teams managed
2011–2013 Sporting CP (juniors)
2013–2014 Sporting B
2015– Braga B
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Abel Fernando Moreira Ferreira, known as simply Abel (born 22 December 1978 in Penafiel), is a Portuguese retired footballer who played as a right back, and the current manager of S.C. Braga B.

Football career[edit]

After emerging through hometown club F.C. Penafiel's youth ranks, Abel developed while at Vitória de Guimarães where he made his top level debuts, then switched to another Minho side for the 2004–05 season, S.C. Braga.

In January 2006 Abel transferred to Sporting Clube de Portugal, in a two-way loan deal involving Wender, a Brazilian who already had represented the northerners.[1] The move was made permanent before the 2006–07 campaign.

On 27 November 2007 Abel scored a spectacular goal against Manchester United, in a UEFA Champions League group stage 1–2 away loss.[2] During that season he was also called up for the Portuguese national team, but did not make his debut.

From 2008–09 onwards, Abel began having stiff competition from Brazilian Pedro Silva, a situation which was aggravated with the January 2010 purchase of Braga's João Pereira.

Veteran Abel was still relatively used by Sporting in the following seasons, as Pereira featured regularly as a midfielder. On 24 October 2010 he netted his first league goal for the Lisbon team, scoring in the 90th minute to defeat Rio Ave F.C. at home (1–0);[3] he retired at the end of the 2010–11 campaign at the age of 32, amassing top division totals of 234 games and three goals.





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