Emílio da Silva

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Personal information
Full name Emilio Ribeiro Neves da Silva[1]
Date of birth (1982-04-05) 5 April 1982 (age 32)
Place of birth Dili, Timor Timur, Indonesia
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Ad. Dili Oeste
Number 10[citation needed]
Youth career
2000–2002 FC Zebra[citation needed]
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2004 FC Zebra[citation needed] 38 (20)
2004–2010 AD Esperança[citation needed] 193 (121)
2010– Ad. Dili Oeste[2]
National team
2003– Timor-Leste 14 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:28, 3 January 2010 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Emilio Ribeiro Neves da Silva, known simply as Emílio da Silva; born 5 April 1982 in Dili, Timor Timur, Indonesia, is a footballer from East Timor who has represented AD Esperança since 2004. Prior to this, da Silva played for FC Zebra for two years, having spent the entirety of his youth career (2000–2002) there also. A prolific striker at club level, he has also notched 10 goals in 25 caps for the Timor-Leste national football team since 2003, and is their all time top scorer and appearance holder, both by a considerable margin. Da Silva is considered to be the best East Timorese footballer of all time. In 2011, Emilio was the highest paid athlete from East Timor, making $20,000 (USD).[3]

International career[edit]

Da Silva scored two goals during Timor-Leste's unsuccessful 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign,[4] both against Hong Kong.