|Full name||Daniel João Santos Candeias|
|Date of birth||25 February 1988|
|Place of birth||Fornos de Algodres, Portugal|
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|2007–2008||→ Varzim (loan)||27||(2)|
|2009||→ Rio Ave (loan)||5||(0)|
|2009–2010||→ Recreativo (loan)||10||(0)|
|2010||→ Paços Ferreira (loan)||13||(1)|
|2010–2011||→ Portimonense (loan)||28||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 May 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Born in Fornos de Algodres, Guarda, Candeias started his professional career with F.C. Porto in the 2008–09 season, after emerging through the club's youth ranks and having served a loan at Varzim Sport Club in the second division. He made his official debut in late August, in the 0–2 Portuguese Supercup defeat to Sporting Clube de Portugal.
After having appeared scarcely throughout his first year (also playing ten minutes in the 0–4 loss against Arsenal in the season's UEFA Champions League), Candeias was loaned in late January to league strugglers Rio Ave FC, until the end of the campaign. For 2009–10 another loan ensued, as he moved to Recreativo de Huelva in the Spanish second level.
However, after a few months of irregular use, Candeias returned to his country in late January 2010, in the same predicament, joining F.C. Paços de Ferreira: his first match for his new club was a 1–2 home loss against G.D. Chaves, for the quarterfinals of the domestic cup.
Candeias was released by Porto in June 2010, signing shortly after with fellow top-divisioner C.D. Nacional. He was immediately loaned to Portimonense SC, appearing regularly as a starter but suffering top flight relegation.
After having made his Porto debut in 2008, Candeias was soon called up to the Portuguese under-21s.
- Djaló double steers Sporting success; UEFA.com, 16 August 2008
- Awesome Arsenal power past Porto; UEFA.com, 1 October 2008
- El Recre obtiene la cesión de Daniel Candeias (Recre gets Daniel Candeias loan); Marca, 14 July 2009 (Spanish)