Hélder Barbosa

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Hélder Barbosa
Personal information
Full name Hélder Jorge Leal R. Barbosa
Date of birth (1987-05-25) 25 May 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth Paredes, Portugal
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Almería (on loan from Braga)
Number 11
Youth career
1995–1998 Paredes
1998–2005 Porto
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2006 Porto B 20 (6)
2006–2010 Porto 5 (0)
2006–2008 Académica (loan) 23 (4)
2008–2009 Trofense (loan) 28 (1)
2009–2010 Vitória Setúbal (loan) 26 (2)
2010– Braga 66 (12)
2013–2014 Almería (loan) 28 (1)
National team
2005–2006 Portugal U19 17 (7)
2006 Portugal U20 1 (0)
2006–2008 Portugal U21 13 (1)
2012– Portugal 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 May 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 November 2012

Hélder Jorge Leal Rodrigues Barbosa (born 25 May 1987 in Paredes) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for UD Almería in La Liga on loan from S.C. Braga, as a left winger.

Club career[edit]

Porto[edit]

A product of F.C. Porto's youth ranks, Barbosa made his first division debut in the last day of the 2005–06 season, with the northerners already crowned champions: he played the second half of a 1–1 away derby against Boavista FC, and was sent off in the last minute.

From 2006 to 2008 Barbosa was loaned to fellow league side Académica de Coimbra, but was recalled by Porto in mid-January 2008 to make up for the loss of Tarik Sektioui, who was called up by Morocco to the Africa Cup of Nations. He served another loan in 2008–09 to lowly newcomers C.D. Trofense, notably scoring against S.L. Benfica in an historic 2–0 home win – he only missed two league games during the season, but could not help prevent immediate relegation back.

For the following campaign 22-year-old Barbosa was again loaned, now to Vitória de Setúbal. He scored his first goal for the Sadinos on 31 August 2009, but in a heavy 1–8 loss at Benfica.

Braga[edit]

On 2 July 2010, after helping Setúbal avoid top level relegation, Barbosa was definitely released by Porto, signing a three-year deal with Sporting de Braga.[1] Rarely used in the first months he began gaining more playing time after the January 2011 departure of Matheus, who left for a team in Ukraine, and contributed with four league goals as S.C. Braga eventually finished in fourth position.

In less than one month, starting on 25 August 2011, Barbosa scored in four consecutive games for Braga, including one goal in a 3–1 home win against Gil Vicente FC,[2] and two at Birmingham City for the season's UEFA Europa League, in another 3–1 success.[3]

On 14 February 2012 Barbosa was sent off for a second bookable offense in the 0–2 home loss against Beşiktaş JK, for the Europa League round-of-32, after diving in the penalty area.[4] On 28 August of the following year, he was loaned to La Liga side UD Almería.[5] He netted his first goal for the Andalusians on 11 January 2014, but in a 1–6 away defeat to Athletic Bilbao.[6]

International career[edit]

Barbosa made his debut for Portugal on 14 November 2012 in a friendly with Gabon, playing the last 11 minutes of the 2–2 draw in Libreville after coming on as a substitute for Braga teammate Custódio.[7]

Honours[edit]

Porto
Braga

Club statistics[edit]

As of 1 January 2013[8]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Porto 2005–06 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Académica 2006–07 7 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 2
2007–08 16 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 18 2
Total 23 4 1 0 1 0 0 0 25 4
Porto 2007–08 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Total 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Trofense 2008–09 28 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 31 1
Total 28 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 31 1
Setúbal 2009–10 26 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 28 2
Total 26 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 28 2
Braga 2010–11 17 4 2 0 2 0 8 0 29 4
2011–12 29 6 2 1 4 1 9 4 44 12
2012–13 18 2 2 0 2 0 6 0 28 2
Total 64 12 6 1 8 1 23 4 101 18
Career total 146 19 12 1 11 1 23 4 192 24

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