Danny (footballer)

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Danny
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Danny in action for Zenit in 2010
Personal information
Full name Daniel Miguel Alves Gomes
Date of birth (1983-08-07) 7 August 1983 (age 30)
Place of birth Caracas, Venezuela
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Zenit St. Petersburg
Number 35
Youth career
1999–2001 Marítimo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2002 Marítimo 20 (5)
2002–2005 Sporting CP 10 (0)
2003–2004 Marítimo (loan) 29 (1)
2005–2008 Dynamo Moscow 97 (16)
2008– Zenit St. Petersburg 111 (39)
National team
2003–2005 Portugal U21 17 (0)
2008– Portugal 26 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 May 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 August 2013
This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Alves and the second or paternal family name is Gomes.

Daniel Miguel Alves Gomes (born 7 August 1983), commonly known as Danny, is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for FC Zenit Saint Petersburg in the Russian Premier League, as an attacking midfielder.

He spent most of his career in Russia, to where he arrived at the age of 21 from Sporting.

Danny represented Portugal at the 2010 World Cup.

Club career[edit]

Marítimo / Sporting[edit]

Born to Portuguese parents in Caracas, Venezuela, Danny moved to the island of Madeira at a young age.[1] There, he developed his football skills in the youth teams of C.S. Marítimo,[2] making his professional debut in a 2–1 league home win against Gil Vicente F.C. on 1 October 2001.[3] A few months later he scored his first goal in a 1–2 loss at S.C. Salgueiros, also being sent off in the 60th minute;[4] he finished his first season with five goals in 20 games.

Having signed to national powerhouse Sporting Clube de Portugal for 2.1 million after that sole season, Danny was immediately loaned back to Marítimo, returning in June 2004 and going on to appear in 12 official matches for the Lions.

Dynamo Moscow[edit]

Danny playing against Rubin Kazan in 2007.

In February 2005 Danny joined Russia's FC Dynamo Moscow in a deal worth €2million.[5] The club was also involved in other transfer deals of Portuguese and Portugal-based players at the time, namely Maniche and Derlei.

Danny would eventually be the one with the most success in the country, being awarded the "Player of the Year" award and leading the team to a second-place finish in 2008.[6] His last appearance for Dynamo came on 23 August 2008, in a 1–1 away draw against FC Spartak Moscow.[7]

Zenit[edit]

Danny in Champions League action against Real Madrid.

On 24 August 2008 Danny was bought by FC Zenit St. Petersburg for a fee of €30 million, which made him the most expensive player of the Russian Premier League.[7][8] Upon his arrival manager Dick Advocaat hailed him as "the best midfielder in Russia",[6] and he made his club debut in the 2008 UEFA Super Cup game against Manchester United, where he scored the winning goal, later being named Man of the match in a 2–1 final win;[9] as Zenit finished the season in fifth place the player contributed with ten league goals, the competition's joint second-best.

On 14 June 2011 Danny signed a contract extension with Zenit, prolonging his stay in Saint Petersburg by a further four years.[10] He played in all six group stage games in the 2011–12 edition of the UEFA Champions League, scoring in a 3–1 home win against F.C. Porto[11] as Zenit eventually finished second in its group, level on points with winners APOEL FC – the match also happened to be the player's 100th appearance in a Zenit jersey;[12] on 6 February 2012, however, he suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury to his right knee, being sidelined for the following eight months.[13]

Danny returned to training in August 2012, and played in his first match since the injury in September.[14][15] Shortly after Igor Denisov was sent to the youth team for improper conduct, he was appointed club captain.[16]

Down 0–2 at home to Málaga CF on 21 November for the Champions League group stage, Danny exchanged passes with Tomáš Hubočan before scoring Zenit's first goal. With three minutes left in the game, he missed from less than a meter out before the ball was rebounded to Victor Fayzulin, who managed to find the net for the final 2–2 draw.[17] On 4 December, against A.C. Milan, he netted the game's only goal as his team won at the San Siro in the last contest; the result was in vain though, as the Russians finished third and were relegated to the UEFA Europa League.[18]

In Zenit's home match against FC Anzhi Makhachkala on 10 December 2012, played behind closed doors because of injuries sustained by Dynamo's Anton Shunin when he was struck with flares by Zenit supporters on 17 November,[19] Danny picked up a red card for dissent in a 1–1 draw, which left his team in third place.[20] On 3 August of the following year, he scored a hat-trick as his team defeated FC Volga Nizhny Novgorod 3–1 in a league match.[21]

International career[edit]

Danny and Christian Poulsen challenge for the ball during Portugal's 2–3 defeat to Denmark on 10 September 2008.

On 20 August 2008 Danny made his debut for Portugal in a friendly against the Faroe Islands, a 5–0 home win.[6] On 19 November he scored his first goal for the national side, opening the score against Brazil; however, it turned out to be a sour one, as the hosts came from behind to take it 6–2.[22]

After having appeared with Portugal at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, in an eventual group stage exit,[23] while also playing regularly with the under-21s, Danny was picked in the squad that appeared at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.[24] He played three games in the tournament in an eventual round-of-16 exit, including the full 90 minutes in the 0–0 group stage draw against Brazil.[25]

Danny was regularly used by managers Carlos Queiroz and Paulo Bento during the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying campaign. On 3 September 2010 he netted in a 4–4 draw against minnows Cyprus at the Estádio D. Afonso Henriques in Guimarães, after the national team led 4–2.[26] He missed the finals in Poland and Ukraine however, due to a serious injury.[13]

International goals[edit]

Danny: International goals
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 20 November 2008 Bezerrão, Gama, Brazil  Brazil 0–1 6–2 Friendly
2 8 June 2010 Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa  Mozambique 1–0 3–0 Friendly
3 3 September 2010 Estádio D. Afonso Henriques, Guimarães, Portugal  Cyprus 3–2 4–4 Euro 2012 qualifying
4 2 September 2011 GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus  Cyprus 0–4 0–4 Euro 2012 qualifying

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Zenit

Individual[edit]

  • Russian League: Player of the Year 2010
  • List of 33 top players of the Russian league: 2013/14 (best left winger).

Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 15 May 2014[27][28]
Club Season League Cup Europe Other[29] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Marítimo 2001–02 20 5 0 0 20 5
Total 20 5 0 0 20 5
Sporting 2002–03 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Marítimo 2003–04 29 1 0 0 29 1
Total 29 1 0 0 29 1
Sporting 2004–05 9 0 0 0 3 0 12 0
Total 9 0 0 0 3 0 12 0
Dynamo Moscow 2005 27 4 4 2 31 6
2006 24 2 5 1 29 3
2007 28 5 6 1 34 6
2008 18 5 1 0 19 5
Total 97 16 16 4 113 20
Zenit 2008 10 5 0 0 10 2 1 1 21 8
2009 8 0 3 0 0 0 11 0
2010 27 10 3 1 12 2 42 13
2011–12 27 9 1 1 2 1 1 0 31 11
2012–13 12 2 2 0 7 2 21 4
2013–14 25 13 0 0 4 3 1 0 30 16
Total 110 39 9 2 35 10 3 1 142 49
Career total 256 59 25 6 38 10 3 1 316 78

International[edit]

As of 14 August 2013