Anthony da Silva

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Tony
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Tony playing for CFR Cluj
Personal information
Full name Anthony da Silva
Date of birth (1980-12-20) 20 December 1980 (age 33)
Place of birth Le Creusot, France
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Playing position Right back
Club information
Current team
Penafiel
Number 2
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2001 Dragões Sandinenses 53 (3)
2001–2005 Chaves 100 (1)
2005–2006 Estrela Amadora 45 (0)
2007–2010 CFR Cluj 95 (1)
2011–2012 Vitória Guimarães 2 (0)
2012–2014 Paços Ferreira 46 (1)
2014– Penafiel 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 August 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Anthony da Silva (born 20 December 1980), commonly known as Tony, is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for F.C. Penafiel as a right back.

Football career[edit]

The son of a Portuguese couple, Silva was born in Le Creusot, Saône-et-Loire. He returned to his parents' hometown of Chaves in his teens, making his debuts in professional football at the age of 20 with G.D. Chaves in the second division and remaining four years with the club in that level.

In the 2005–06 season Silva made his top flight debuts, only missing two games as C.F. Estrela da Amadora easily retained its division status. In January 2007 he moved abroad, signing with CFR Cluj in Romania.

During his spell at Cluj, Silva quickly became a fan favourite for his strong work ethic and dedication, also eventually gaining team captaincy. During his stint with the team he won six major titles, including two Liga I championships, contributing with 50 games and one goal combined in those conquests (32 matches in 2007–08); in the following campaign he suffered a knee ligament injury which sidelined him for several weeks, but he still recovered in time to help the club win the domestic cup for the second time in its history.[1]

In January 2011, aged 30, Silva returned to his country and signed with Vitória de Guimarães. In the following year, in the same transfer window, he joined fellow top-divisioner F.C. Paços de Ferreira.

On 5 May 2013 Tony scored his first goal in the Portuguese top flight, netting through a rare header to help his team defeat Sporting Clube de Portugal 1–0 at home and cling on to a best-ever third position in the league, with the subsequent qualification to the UEFA Champions League.[2]

Honours[edit]

Cluj

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cupa României ramâne la Cluj-Napoca!" [Cluj-Napoca renews Cup title] (in Romanian). CFR Cluj. 13 June 2009. Archived from the original on 16 June 2009. Retrieved 14 June 2009. 
  2. ^ "Paços vence Sporting (1–0) e aproxima-se do sonho" [Paços beats Sporting (1–0) and comes closer to dream] (in Portuguese). Paços' official website. 5 May 2013. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "CFR Cluj câştigat Supercupa României" [CFR Cluj wins Romanian Supercup] (in Romanian). Gandul. 27 July 2009. Retrieved 27 July 2009. 

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