Hélder Postiga

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Hélder Postiga
Helder Postiga.JPG
Postiga as a Porto player in 2007
Personal information
Full name Hélder Manuel Marques Postiga
Date of birth (1982-08-02) 2 August 1982 (age 31)
Place of birth Vila do Conde, Portugal
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Lazio (loan from Valencia)
Number 46
Youth career
1993–1996 Varzim
1996–2000 Porto
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2001 Porto B 35 (10)
2001–2003 Porto 58 (22)
2003–2004 Tottenham Hotspur 19 (1)
2004–2008 Porto 56 (14)
2006 Saint-Étienne (loan) 16 (2)
2008 Panathinaikos (loan) 14 (2)
2008–2011 Sporting CP 68 (12)
2011–2013 Zaragoza 70 (23)
2013– Valencia 15 (3)
2014 Lazio (loan) 3 (0)
National team
2002–2003 Portugal U21 16 (12)
2003– Portugal 66 (27)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:00, 8 April 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 00:00, 16 November 2013 (UTC)

Hélder Manuel Marques Postiga (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈɛɫðeʁ puʃˈtiɣɐ]; born 2 August 1982) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for S.S. Lazio on loan from Valencia CF, as a striker.

After starting professionally at Porto, Postiga went on to have spells in England (one season with Tottenham Hotspur), France and Greece (five months apiece), before returning to his country with Sporting.

A Portuguese international on more than 70 occasions, Postiga represented the country in one World Cup and three European Championships, helping the national team reach the final at Euro 2004.

Club career[edit]

FC Porto[edit]

Born in Vila do Conde, Postiga started his career at northern side Varzim SC. In 1998 he joined F.C. Porto's youth teams, and continued to progress until he reached the reserve squad. At the time, coach Octávio Machado picked him for the first team on some occasions and the player performed well.

After José Mourinho was hired as Porto manager, Postiga became a first-team regular. The 20-year-old scored 13 goals in the 2002–03 season, playing up front alongside Derlei. He had also earned a permanent selection for the Portuguese under-21 team by this time – Porto won the league title and that year's UEFA Cup, but he was not in the squad for the final itself.[1]

Tottenham[edit]

After winning the 2003 national championship, Postiga moved to Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur for £6.25 million (9 million), a fee that could rise to £8.36 million (€12 million).[2]

He failed to adapt to the English style of football, only managing to score two goals, one in the league against Liverpool[3] and one in the League Cup against Manchester City.[4] As a result, his reputation as an upcoming star drastically decreased.

Porto return[edit]

Postiga then returned to Porto in a deal that sent Pedro Mendes to Tottenham in exchange, with the striker being valued at €7.5 million.[5] New coach Víctor Fernández included him in the team for the 2004–05 campaign, but he had another disappointing season; however, following José Couceiro's appointment as manager, he managed to score three goals before the end of the season.

In 2005, after a promising pre-season, Postiga was demoted to the club's B-team, because new coach Co Adriaanse was not happy with his performances. In January of the following year, trying to confirm his position in the Portuguese team for the 2006 World Cup, he moved, on loan, to AS Saint-Étienne, where he netted two Ligue 1 goals against FC Metz and Le Mans Union Club 72, both resulting in 1–0 away victories.

Postiga then returned to Porto for 2006–07 where, due to the managerial changes at the club, he found himself back in the first team. Postiga's first few games were a huge improvement from his form the previous campaign. A regular starter for the team, he nonetheless fell out of favour towards the end of the season, losing his place to Brazilian Adriano; however, he still managed to score ten league goals.

In mid-January 2008, after having again fallen out of favour, Postiga moved to Panathinaikos F.C. for a six-month loan period.[6] His first goal for the club came in the Athens derby against AEK Athens, in which he equalised (1–1).

Sporting[edit]

On 1 June 2008, it was announced that Postiga had made a shock move to Portuguese rivals Sporting Clube de Portugal, signing a three-year contract for a reported transfer fee of €2.5 million, with the Lisbon side acquiring 50% of the player's rights.[7] On 1 September he scored his first official goal for his new club, the only in a victory at Sporting de Braga.

Postiga's second season as a Lion was disastrous, both collectively – Sporting finished fourth – and individually (he failed to score in any official competition until 19 April 2010, when he netted the 2–1 home winner against Vitória de Setúbal after just one minute on the pitch); although he began as a starter, he soon lost his job to youth graduate Carlos Saleiro.

Zaragoza[edit]

Postiga (kneeling) celebrating a goal against Athletic Bilbao.

On 31 August 2011, the very last day of the summer transfer window, Postiga left Sporting, signing for Real Zaragoza in La Liga for €1 million.[8][9] At the Spanish side, he reunited with countrymen Fernando Meira and Rúben Micael.

After three disallowed goals in as many matches, Postiga opened his scoring account for Zaragoza on 16 October 2011, netting twice in a 2–0 home win against Real Sociedad – this included a bicycle kick in the 11th minute of the game.[10] He finished the season as club top scorer, in an eventual narrow escape from relegation.

On 10 November 2012, Postiga scored a brace to help the Aragonese to a 5–3 defeat of ten-men Deportivo de La Coruña.[11] He netted a career-best 14 goals during the campaign, but his team were relegated.

Valencia[edit]

On 8 August 2013, Postiga joined Valencia CF for a fee of £2.6 million, replacing Tottenham-bound Roberto Soldado.[12] On 1 September, in only the third match of the season, he netted twice late into the first half of the game against FC Barcelona at the Mestalla Stadium, but in an eventual 2–3 home loss.[13]

International career[edit]

"Hélder is one of the most promising youngsters I've seen in Europe."

 Luiz Felipe Scolari, June 2003[14]
Postiga playing against Argentina in 2011.

Postiga made his debut for the Portuguese national team debut on 12 February 2003 in a friendly match with Italy, where he came on as a substitute for Tiago Mendes in the 70th minute – this game was also Luiz Felipe Scolari's debut as Portugal manager.[15][16] He was handed his first start on 10 June in a 4–0 win over Bolivia, where he scored his first two international goals.[17][18]

Even though he had a poor year with Tottenham, Postiga was selected for UEFA Euro 2004.[19][20] In the tournament he managed to save his team from defeat against England during the quarter-finals, netting an 83rd minute 1–1 equaliser as Portugal would prevail in the penalty shootout 6–5 after a 2–2 draw. He successfully converted his attempt with a "Panenka-style" shot.[21][22]

Postiga was subsequently summoned for the 2006 FIFA World Cup side, starting against Mexico in a 2–1 group stage win. In Euro 2008, also mainly used from the bench, he scored a late goal against Germany, although Portugal lost 2–3 in the quarter-finals.

After more than two years of absence from the national team setup, Postiga was called up for two Euro 2012 qualifiers against Denmark and Iceland, in October 2010. On 12 October, against the latter, he netted in a 3–1 away win;[23] on 17 November, he put two past world champions Spain in a 4–0 friendly win in Lisbon.[24]

On 4 June 2011, Postiga scored the only goal in a Euro 2012 qualifier against Norway played at Estádio da Luz, which made him the tenth highest scorer in Portugal's history.[25] Selected by Paulo Bento to the finals in Poland and Ukraine as first-choice striker, he netted in the second group stage against Denmark, scoring the second in an eventual 3–2 win.[26] He injured his right thigh in the first half of the national side's 1–0 quarter-final victory over the Czech Republic, which also forced him out of the next match and the rest of the tournament.[27]

International goals[edit]

Hélder Postiga: International goals
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 13 June 2003 Estádio Nacional, Lisbon, Portugal  Bolivia 3–0 4–0 Friendly
2 13 June 2003 Estádio Nacional, Lisbon, Portugal  Bolivia 4–0 4–0 Friendly
3 5 June 2004 Estádio do Bonfim, Setúbal, Portugal  Lithuania 4–1 4–1 Friendly
4 24 June 2004 Estádio da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal  England 1–1 2–2 UEFA Euro 2004
5 8 September 2004 Estádio Dr. Magalhães Pessoa, Leiria, Portugal  Estonia 2–0 4–0 2006 World Cup qualification
6 8 September 2004 Estádio Dr. Magalhães Pessoa, Leiria, Portugal  Estonia 4–0 4–0 2006 World Cup qualification
7 26 March 2005 Estádio Cidade de Barcelos, Barcelos, Portugal, Portugal  Canada 3–0 4–1 Friendly
8 30 March 2005 Tehelné pole, Bratislava, Slovakia  Slovakia 1–1 1–1 2006 World Cup qualification
9 17 August 2005 Estádio de São Miguel (Ponta Delgada), Ponta Delgada, Portugal  Egypt 2–0 2–0 Friendly
10 2 June 2007 Koning Boudewijn Stadion, Brussels, Belgium  Belgium 1–2 1–2 Euro 2008 qualifying
11 19 June 2008 St. Jakob Park, Basel, Switzerland  Germany 2–3 2–3 UEFA Euro 2008
12 12 October 2010 Laugardalsvollur Stadium, Reykjavik, Iceland  Iceland 1–3 1–3 Euro 2012 qualifying
13 17 November 2010 Estádio da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal  Spain 2–0 4–0 Friendly
14 17 November 2010 Estádio da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal  Spain 3–0 4–0 Friendly
15 4 June 2011 Estádio da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal  Norway 1–0 1–0 Euro 2012 qualifying
16 10 August 2011 Estádio Algarve, Faro/Loulé, Portugal  Luxembourg 1–0 5–0 Friendly
17 7 October 2011 Estádio do Dragão, Porto, Portugal  Iceland 3–0 5–3 Euro 2012 qualifying
18 15 November 2011 Estádio da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal  Bosnia and Herzegovina 4–2 6–2 Euro 2012 qualifying
19 15 November 2011 Estádio da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal  Bosnia and Herzegovina 6–2 6–2 Euro 2012 qualifying
20 13 June 2012 Arena Lviv, Lviv, Ukraine  Denmark 0–2 2–3 UEFA Euro 2012
21 7 September 2012 Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg, Luxembourg  Luxembourg 1–2 1–2 2014 World Cup qualification
22 11 September 2012 Estádio Municipal de Braga, Braga, Portugal  Azerbaijan 2–0 3–0 2014 World Cup qualification
23 16 October 2012 Estádio do Dragão, Porto, Portugal  Northern Ireland 1–1 1–1 2014 World Cup qualification
24 6 February 2013 Estádio D. Afonso Henriques, Guimarães, Portugal  Ecuador 2–1 2–3 Friendly
25 22 March 2013 Ramat Gan Stadium, Ramat Gan, Israel  Israel 3–2 3–3 2014 World Cup qualification
26 7 June 2013 Estádio da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal  Russia 1–0 1–0 2014 World Cup qualification
27 15 October 2013 Estádio Cidade de Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal  Luxembourg 3–0 3–0 2014 World Cup qualification

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Porto
Sporting

Country[edit]

Orders[edit]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 16 April 2014[29][30]
Club League Season League Cup League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Porto Primeira Liga 2001–02 27 9 0 0 11 1 38 10
2002–03 31 13 1 0 12 6 44 19
Total 58 22 1 0 23 7 82 29
Tottenham Premier League 2003–04 19 1 5 0 0 0 24 1
Total 19 1 5 0 0 0 24 1
Porto Primeira Liga 2004–05 24 3 2 0 7 0 33 1 3
2005–06 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total 26 3 2 0 7 0 35 3
Saint-Étienne Ligue 1 2005–06 16 2 1 0 0 0 17 2
Total 16 2 1 0 0 0 17 2
Porto Primeira Liga 2006–07 24 10 0 0 7 1 31 11
2007–08 6 1 2 1 0 0 4 0 12 2
Total 30 11 2 1 0 0 11 1 43 13
Panathinaikos Superleague Greece 2007–08 11 2 0 0 2 0 13 2
Total 11 2 0 0 2 0 13 2
Sporting Primeira Liga 2008–09 21 5 1 0 3 0 5 0 30 2 5
2009–10 22 1 0 0 2 0 7 0 31 1
2010–11 25 6 3 1 3 1 12 4 43 12
2011–12 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 5 0
Total 71 12 4 1 8 1 26 4 109 18
Zaragoza La Liga 2011–12 33 9 1 0 34 9
2012–13 37 14 4 0 41 14
Total 70 23 5 0 75 23
Valencia La Liga 2013–14 15 3 0 0 0 0 15 3
Total 15 3 0 0 - 0 0 15 3
Lazio Serie A 2013–14 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Total 4 0 0 0 - 0 0 4 0

1 includes one match in the Portuguese Supercup.
2 includes one match in the Portuguese Supercup.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Celtic 2–3 FC Porto; ESPN Soccernet, 21 May 2003
  2. ^ Tottenham turn to Postiga; UEFA.com, 25 June 2003
  3. ^ "Tottenham 2–1 Liverpool". BBC Sport. 17 January 2004. Retrieved 27 August 2009. 
  4. ^ "Postiga sends Spurs through". BBC Sport. 3 December 2003. Retrieved 27 August 2009. 
  5. ^ Postiga back at Porto; UEFA.com, 9 July 2004
  6. ^ Panathinaikos take on Porto's Postiga; UEFA.com, 15 January 2008
  7. ^ Postiga leaves Porto for Sporting; UEFA.com, 1 June 2008
  8. ^ "Comunicado" [Announcement] (in Portuguese). CMVM. 31 August 2011. Retrieved 24 October 2011. 
  9. ^ "Sporting sell Postiga and Yannick". PortuGOAL. 31 August 2011. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  10. ^ "Postiga double downs Sociedad". ESPN Soccernet. 16 October 2011. Retrieved 16 October 2011. 
  11. ^ "Zaragoza edge eight goal thriller". ESPN FC. 10 November 2012. Retrieved 11 November 2012. 
  12. ^ "Valencia bring in Postiga from Zaragoza". UEFA.com. 8 August 2013. Retrieved 9 August 2013. 
  13. ^ "Messi magic earns Barca win". ESPN FC. 1 September 2013. Retrieved 11 September 2013. 
  14. ^ "Spur Hélder Postiga elogiado por Scolari" [Scolari praises Spur Hélder Postiga] (in Portuguese). Record. 26 June 2003. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  15. ^ "Trio surpreendido com convocatória" [Trio surprised with callup] (in Portuguese). Record. 7 February 2003. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  16. ^ "Itália-Portugal, 1–0 (Corradi 62')" [Italy-Portugal, 1–0 (Corradi 62')] (in Portuguese). Record. 12 February 2003. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  17. ^ "Primeiros golos de Postiga" [First Postiga goals] (in Portuguese). Record. 11 June 2003. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  18. ^ "Scolari: "No próximo encontro vou cobrar dos atletas"" [Scolari: "Next match I will ask players some tough questions"] (in Portuguese). Record. 11 June 2003. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  19. ^ "Postiga: "Uma imensa felicidade"" [Postiga: "An immense happiness"] (in Portuguese). Record. 18 May 2004. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  20. ^ "Hélder Postiga não se considera terceira opção no ataque" [Hélder Postiga does not see himself as third-choice striker] (in Portuguese). Record. 26 May 2004. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  21. ^ Portugal break England hearts; BBC Sport, 24 June 2004
  22. ^ "Carta de Panenka" [Letter from Panenka] (in Portuguese). Record. 25 June 2004. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  23. ^ "Portugal revival goes on in Iceland". UEFA.com. 13 October 2010. Retrieved 9 June 2011. 
  24. ^ "Portugal 4–0 Spain". ESPN Star. 18 November 2010. Retrieved 9 June 2011. 
  25. ^ "Postiga downs Norway to lift Portugal". UEFA.com. 4 June 2011. Retrieved 9 June 2011. 
  26. ^ Last-gasp Varela revives Portugal's hopes; UEFA.com, 13 June 2012
  27. ^ Helder Postiga sidelined by injury; ESPN FC, 22 June 2012
  28. ^ "Selecção distinguida pelo Duque de Bragança" [National team honoured by Duke of Bragança] (in Portuguese). Cristiano Ronaldo News. 30 August 2006. Retrieved 30 August 2006. 
  29. ^ "Hélder Postiga". Soccerway. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 
  30. ^ "Hélder Postiga – Club matches". Worldfootball. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 

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