Daniel da Cruz Carvalho
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Dani in 2011
|Full name||Daniel da Cruz Carvalho|
|Date of birth||2 November 1976|
|Place of birth||Lisbon, Portugal|
|Height||1.82 m (5 ft 11 1⁄2 in)|
|1996||→ West Ham (loan)||9||(2)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
A skilled offensive player whose career was cut short by poor professional judgment, Dani began his career with local club Sporting Clube de Portugal, making his first team debuts in 1994–95, aged just 17, in a team which also included Luís Figo, Ricardo Sá Pinto and Bulgarian Krassimir Balakov, and helped the capital side to the season's Portuguese Cup.
In January 1996 he served a small stint in the Premier League with West Ham United, scoring two goals (at Tottenham Hotspur and at home against Manchester City). Despite playing a decent role in his nine-game career, his season ended when he was sacked by manager Harry Redknapp, when he missed training after being spotted in a nightclub. Subsequently, he represented AFC Ajax, appearing regularly for the Amsterdam club, but almost never as an undisputed starter (although he scored an important goal in the 1996–97 UEFA Champions League quarterfinal clash against Atlético Madrid, in a 3–2 away win (4–3 aggregate).
In January 2001, after a brief spell with S.L. Benfica, Dani signed for Atlético Madrid, in the Spanish second division, teaming up with compatriot Hugo Leal. After the Colchoneros returned to La Liga, he was pretty much absent for the majority of the 2002–03 campaign and, after failing to find a new team, definitely retired from football in early 2004, at only 27.
Previously, he appeared for the nation at the 1995 FIFA World Youth Championship in Qatar, being awarded the second place in both the Golden Boot and Golden Ball awards, while also competing at the 1996 Summer Olympics, where Portugal reached a final fourth place.
- Portuguese Cup: 1994–95
- Atlético Madrid
- Moore, Glen (12 February 1996). "Dani buoys West Ham on debut". The Independent. Retrieved 23 November 2009.
- Jones, Ken (23 March 1996). "City refuse to employ crisis tactics". The Independent. Retrieved 23 November 2009.
- Dani – FIFA competition record
- Football's best ever quotes; The Sun, 18 September 2007
- Stats and profile at Zerozero
- Stats at ForaDeJogo
- Dani career stats at Soccerbase
- Beijen profile (Dutch)
- BDFutbol profile
- Dani at National-Football-Teams.com
- Zanziball profile (Italian)