Gustavo Manduca

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Gustavo Manduca
Personal information
Full name Gustavo Manduca
Date of birth (1980-06-08) 8 June 1980 (age 34)
Place of birth Urussanga, Brazil
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Winger / Forward
Club information
Current team
Number 21
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997 Grêmio
1998–1999 HJK 2 (0)
1998 Atlantis (loan) 10 (2)
1999 Felgueiras 14 (2)
2000 Esposende 18 (7)
2000–2003 Chaves 69 (22)
2003–2004 Paços Ferreira 29 (3)
2004–2005 Marítimo 46 (11)
2006–2007 Benfica 16 (1)
2006–2007 AEK Athens (loan) 23 (5)
2007–2010 AEK Athens 82 (13)
2010– APOEL 125 (45)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 December 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Gustavo Manduca (born 8 June 1980) is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays for APOEL FC in Cyprus, mainly as a left winger.

He also holds an Italian passport, and played professionally in five different countries, mainly in Portugal – where he represented six teams in as seven years, including a very brief spell with Benfica.

In 2010 Manduca signed with APOEL, going on to remain several years with the club and win six major titles.

Club career

Manduca was born in Urussanga, Criciúma. After a brief spell with Grêmio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense he moved in 1998 to Finland with HJK Helsinki and, after only two matches, he was loaned to Atlantis FC of the country's second division for the remainder of the season.

Manduca moved to Portugal in 1999, successively representing F.C. Felgueiras, AD Esposende and G.D. Chaves, all in the second level. In the 2003–04 season he made his top flight debuts, joining F.C. Paços de Ferreira.

Manduca blossomed into a top division player with C.S. Marítimo, where he scored in a 2004–05 UEFA Cup first round penalty shootout exit against Rangers, moving to Sport Lisboa e Benfica in January 2006 on a four 1/2-year contract.[1] He appeared in 16 league games in his only season, netting in a 1–3 loss at União de Leiria on 4 February.

In August 2006 Manduca signed a one-year loan deal with the option for a permanent move with AEK Athens FC,[2] as he was deemed surplus to requirements by new Benfica boss Fernando Santos. He made three appearances in the season's UEFA Champions League, and helped the capital club to the second place in the domestic league; on 16 May 2007, he signed a permanent three-year contract.[3]

After three years (his on-loan season notwithstanding) of regular use at AEK, 30-year old Manduca signed a three-year deal with APOEL FC, from neighbouring Cyprus. In his first season with the club he won the national championship (the first in his career), scoring ten goals and providing as many assists.

On 13 September 2011, in a home game against FC Zenit Saint Petersburg for the season's UEFA Champions League, Manduca scored the equaliser in the 73rd minute and, two minutes later, assisted compatriot Aílton for the final 2–1 win, in APOEL's first ever win in that stage of the competition.[4] On 1 November, he netted in the last minute against F.C. Porto (same competition, venue and result).[5] In the round-of-16's second leg against Olympique Lyonnais, on 7 March 2012, he netted the 1–0 at home which levelled the tie, being sent off before the penalty shootout triumph;[6] on 4 April 2012, he scored APOEL's first goal against Real Madrid in an eventual 2–5 quarter-final loss at the Santiago Bernabéu (2–8 on aggregate).[7]

In the 2012–13 season Manduca won his second Cypriot league, starting in all 32 league matches and scoring twelve times. On 31 May 2013, he signed a two-year contract extension with APOEL.[8]

The following campaign Manduca bettered that total to a career-best 13 goals, being an essential offensive unit as his team won conquered the treble of league,[9] Cup[10] and Super Cup.[11]

Manduca appeared in five group stage matches in APOEL's 2014–15 UEFA Champions League campaign[12] and scored the equaliser from the penalty spot in APOEL's 1–1 home draw against Ajax on 30 September 2014.[13]


AEK Athens


  1. ^ Manduca to bolster Benfica attack;, 28 December 2005
  2. ^ AEK make Manduca move;, 4 August 2006
  3. ^ AEK make Manduca move permanent;, 17 May 2007
  4. ^ APOEL recovery leaves Zenit reeling;, 13 September 2011
  5. ^ APOEL's Manduca floors Porto late on;, 1 November 2011
  6. ^ Lyon stunned as APOEL fairy tale continues;, 7 March 2012
  7. ^ Madrid make serene progress past APOEL;, 4 April 2012
  8. ^ "Συνεχίζει ο Gustavo" (in Greek). APOEL FC. 31 May 2013. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  9. ^ "Sheridan strike hands APOEL Cypriot title". 31 May 2014. Retrieved 31 May 2014. 
  10. ^ ΕΡΜΗΣ ΑΡΑΔΙΠΠΟΥ 0–2 ΑΠΟΕΛ (in Greek). APOEL FC. 21 May 2014. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  11. ^ "APOEL FC 1–0 APOLLON". APOEL FC. 17 August 2013. Retrieved 17 August 2013. 
  12. ^ "APOEL FC Squad". UEFA. 12 December 2014. Retrieved 12 December 2014. 
  13. ^ "Ajax pegged back by APOEL". UEFA. 30 September 2014. Retrieved 30 September 2014. 

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