Daniel da Cruz Carvalho

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This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Da Cruz and the second or paternal family name is Carvalho.
Dani in 2011
Personal information
Full name Daniel da Cruz Carvalho
Date of birth (1976-11-02) 2 November 1976 (age 37)
Place of birth Lisbon, Portugal
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
1990–1994 Sporting CP
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1996 Sporting CP 10 (0)
1996 West Ham (loan) 9 (2)
1996–2000 Ajax 72 (12)
2000 Benfica 5 (0)
2001–2003 Atlético Madrid 64 (10)
Total 160 (24)
National team
1995 Portugal U20 6 (4)
1995–1998 Portugal U21 15 (8)
1995–2000 Portugal 9 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
For other people named "Dani", See Dani.
For other "Daniel Carvalho", See Daniel da Silva Carvalho.

Daniel da Cruz Carvalho (born 2 November 1976 in Lisbon), aka Dani, is a Portuguese retired footballer who played mainly as a forward.

Club career[edit]

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[1] and at home against Manchester City).[2] 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.

International career[edit]

Dani had nine caps for Portugal, the first coming on 12 December 1995 in a 1–1 friendly with England, and the last on 29 March 2000 in a 2–1 success against Denmark (also friendly).

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.[3]



Atlético Madrid


Personal life[edit]

Already during his footballing days, Dani worked regularly as a model. After retiring, he also worked on TV, in sporting and non-sporting situations.


"Dani is so good-looking I don't know whether to play him or fuck him" – Harry Redknapp, former West Ham manager[4]


  1. ^ Moore, Glen (12 February 1996). "Dani buoys West Ham on debut". The Independent. Retrieved 23 November 2009. 
  2. ^ Jones, Ken (23 March 1996). "City refuse to employ crisis tactics". The Independent. Retrieved 23 November 2009. 
  3. ^ DaniFIFA competition record
  4. ^ Football's best ever quotes; The Sun, 18 September 2007

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