Duda (Portuguese footballer)

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This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Barbosa and the second or paternal family name is Valente.
Personal information
Full name Sérgio Paulo Barbosa Valente
Date of birth (1980-06-27) 27 June 1980 (age 34)
Place of birth Porto, Portugal
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Number 17
Youth career
1990–1991 Bairro do Falcão
1991–1992 Boavista
1992–1995 Bairro do Falcão
1995–1996 CD Portugal
1996–1999 Vitória Guimarães
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2001 Cádiz 44 (15)
2001–2006 Málaga 93 (11)
2002–2003 Levante (loan) 19 (3)
2006–2009 Sevilla 28 (0)
2008–2009 Málaga (loan) 35 (5)
2009– Málaga 119 (14)
National team
2001 Portugal U21 3 (1)
2007–2010 Portugal 18 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 May 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Sérgio Paulo Barbosa Valente (born 27 June 1980), commonly known as Duda (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈduðɐ]), is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Málaga CF as a left winger.

He is mostly known for his set pieces and crossing ability, and spent his entire professional career in Spain, collecting more than 300 official appearances for four clubs. He represented mainly Málaga and Sevilla.

The recipient of 18 caps, Duda appeared for Portugal at the 2010 World Cup.

Club career[edit]

Having grown through the ranks of Vitória de Guimarães, Porto-born Duda had not yet played one single competitive senior game when he was sold to Cádiz CF in the third-tier of Spanish football. For the 2001–02 season he switched to La Liga with Málaga CF and, after a loan move to Segunda División with Levante UD, was everpresent in a team that achieved two consecutive 10th league places, also appearing in the UEFA Cup via the Intertoto.

In the 2005–06 campaign, involved in a bitter contract dispute, Duda featured scarcely as Málaga was relegated and, during the summer, he joined Andalusia neighbours Sevilla FC.[1] Incidentally, his arrival coincided with the emergence of another left-footed player, Antonio Puerta (whom played as either left back or midfielder); after Puerta's demise the following season Duda also played backup, to Diego Capel.

With Capel firmly established as first-choice, Duda was loaned for 2008–09 to an old acquaintance, Málaga, in August 2008.[2] During the season he was an instrumental offensive element as the club narrowly missed on Europa League qualification, with countryman Eliseu often playing in the other wing.

In late August 2009, after intense negotiations, Duda moved permanently to Málaga on a four-year contract, with Sevilla benefitting from a percentage of any future sale.[3] In his first season in his second spell he was an instrumental figure as Málaga narrowly avoided relegation, leading the team in goals; May 2010 was a particular active period for the player as he netted in 1–1 draws, at Athletic Bilbao from a direct corner kick[4] and in the season's closer at home against Real Madrid, in which he was also sent off after elbowing Xabi Alonso.[5]

After suffering an injury during the 2010 World Cup, Duda underwent surgery to fix his pubalgia ailment, and missed the beginning of the new season.[6] In his return to action, on 21 November 2010, he played the first 60 minutes of a 0–3 away defeat against Deportivo de La Coruña;[7] on 29 January 2011 he celebrated his 200th Spanish top flight match by scoring against Real Zaragoza, but in a 1–2 home defeat.[8]

In the 2011–12 campaign, following the summer signings of Santi Cazorla and Joaquín and the ostracism to which Manuel Pellegrini voted Apoño after the first matchday, Duda was often used as a central midfielder. His first goal of the season came on 22 March 2012 – with his first touch – from a long-range shot in an eventual 4–2 home win over Rayo Vallecano.[9]

On 31 March Duda made his 200th league appearance for Málaga, in a 0–2 home defeat against Real Betis. He started the following season as an habitual substitute but, on 4 December, in a rare start, against R.S.C. Anderlecht for the UEFA Champions League group stage, netted both of his team's goals in a 2–2 home draw.[10]

On 1 July 2013, 33-year-old Duda signed a two-year extension to his contract with the option to a third, keeping him with Málaga until 2015.[11] On 1 February of the following year he scored his first goals of the new campaign, netting a brace to help defeat former club Sevilla 3–2 at La Rosaleda Stadium.[12]

International career[edit]

In 2007 Duda made his debut with Portugal, as the winger position in the national side was packed with talent (Nani, Ricardo Quaresma, Cristiano Ronaldo, Simão Sabrosa). On 20 August 2008, in a 5–0 friendly win over Faroe Islands, he scored his first national team goal after coming on as a second-half replacement.

During the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifiers Duda was often used as an emergency left back, by national coach Carlos Queiroz. He was included in the squad-of-23 for the final stages in South Africa, where he appeared twice in the group stage: playing 20 minutes against North Korea, he assisted to Liédson who took the score to 5–0 in an eventual 7–0 routing;[13] he then started against Brazil, in a 0–0 draw.

Duda: International goals
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 20 August 2008 Estádio Municipal de Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal,  Faroe Islands 3–0 5–0 Friendly






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