Ukra

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This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Alves and the second or paternal family name is Monteiro.
Ukra
Personal information
Full name André Filipe Alves Monteiro
Date of birth (1988-03-16) 16 March 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth Famalicão, Portugal
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Rio Ave
Number 17
Youth career
1999–2001 Famalicão
2001–2007 Porto
2003–2004 Padroense (loan)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2013 Porto 2 (0)
2007–2008 Varzim (loan) 21 (1)
2008–2010 Olhanense (loan) 58 (7)
2011–2012 Braga (loan) 18 (4)
2012–2013 Rio Ave (loan) 26 (1)
2013– Rio Ave 35 (6)
National team
2007 Portugal U19 5 (0)
2008 Portugal U20 2 (0)
2008–2010 Portugal U21 16 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 November 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

André Filipe Alves Monteiro (born 16 March 1988), commonly known as Ukra, is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Rio Ave F.C. mainly as a forward.

Club career[edit]

Born in Vila Nova de Famalicão, Braga, Ukra began playing football for hometown's F.C. Famalicão, moving at age 13 to national powerhouse F.C. Porto to complete his formation. In the 2007–08 campaign he got his first taste of first-team football, spending one season on loan to another northern side, Varzim S.C. in the second division.

In the following two years Ukra continued in the same predicament, now south with S.C. Olhanense: he scored six goals in 30 matches in his debut season, as the Algarve outfit returned to the top flight after 34 years. In November 2009, it was reported that the player was being scouted by Newcastle United of the Football League Championship after an under-21 match against England at Wembley[1] in which he played the full ninety minutes.[2]

In January 2011 Ukra was loaned to S.C. Braga,[3] contributing solidly as the Minho side finished fourth and qualified to the UEFA Europa League by netting twice, notably in a 3–1 home win against Vitória de Guimarães in a local derby. He did not participate in the club's Europa League runner-up campaign, being cup-tied after having appeared in the competition for Porto.

Ukra was again loaned to Braga for 2011–12, spending however the better part of the season on the sidelines due to injury.

International career[edit]

In mid-2009, courtesy of his solid Olhanense displays, Ukra was summoned for the Portuguese under-21s.[4] He represented the nation at the 2007 UEFA European Under-19 Championship,[5] and also took part in the unsuccessful qualifying campaign for the 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship.[6]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 30 January 2012[7]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Varzim 2007–08 21 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 24 2
Total 21 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 24 2
Olhanense 2008–09 30 6 2 1 6 0 0 0 38 7
2009–10 28 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 29 1
Total 58 7 2 1 7 0 0 0 67 8
Porto 2010–11 2 0 3 0 1 0 2 0 8 0
Total 2 0 3 0 1 0 2 0 8 0
Braga 2010–11 12 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 13 2
2011–12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 12 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 13 2
Career total 93 10 8 2 9 0 2 0 112 12

Personal[edit]

Ukra's nickname derives from his youth, when his thin-blond hair led to him being called "Ukrainian" ("Ucraniano" in Portuguese), which was then shortened to "Ukra".[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Newcastle weighing up bid for Portugal Under 21 star Ukra". Mail Online. 15 November 2009. Archived from the original on 19 November 2009. Retrieved 22 November 2009. 
  2. ^ Doyle, Paul (15 November 2009). "Stuart Pearce's shuffle puts young Portugal in the shade". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 18 November 2009. Retrieved 22 November 2009. 
  3. ^ "Ukra and Marco Ramos join Braga as Arsenalistas continue squad overhaul". PortuGOAL. 24 January 2011. Retrieved 27 July 2011. 
  4. ^ "Portugal in Cruz control". UEFA.com. 4 September 2009. Retrieved 27 November 2009. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Portugal hit back to hold Spain". UEFA.com. 18 July 2007. Retrieved 24 November 2009. [dead link]
  6. ^ "Portugal condemn Greece to first loss". UEFA.com. 17 November 2009. Archived from the original on 20 November 2009. Retrieved 24 November 2009. [dead link]
  7. ^ "Ukra". Soccerway. Retrieved 8 July 2014. 
  8. ^ Fábio Lima (30 September 2009). "Entrevista com Ukra" [Interview with Ukra] (in Portuguese). Notícias do Futebol. Retrieved 26 January 2012. 

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