|Full name||Abel Fernando Moreira Ferreira|
|Date of birth||22 December 1978|
|Place of birth||Penafiel, Portugal|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Playing position||Right back|
|2011–2013||Sporting CP (juniors)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
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. 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. During that season he was also called up for the Portuguese national team, but did not make his debut.
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); 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.
- Loan signings strengthen Sporting; UEFA.com, 30 December 2005
- Ronaldo underlines United authority; UEFA.com, 27 November 2007
- Last-gasp Abel snatches win for Sporting; Benfica edge past Portimonense; PortuGOAL, 24 October 2010