Hélder Cristóvão

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This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Rodrigues and the second or paternal family name is Cristóvão.
Hélder Cristóvão
Personal information
Full name Hélder Marino Rodrigues Cristóvão
Date of birth (1971-03-21) 21 March 1971 (age 44)
Place of birth Luanda, Angola
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Benfica B (coach)
Youth career
1988–1989 Estoril
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1992 Estoril 81 (5)
1992–1996 Benfica 125 (9)
1997–2002 Deportivo La Coruña 67 (1)
1999–2000 Newcastle (loan) 8 (1)
2002–2004 Benfica 41 (2)
2004–2005 Paris Saint-Germain 16 (1)
2005–2006 AEL 1964 9 (0)
Total 347 (19)
National team
1991–1992 Portugal U21 6 (2)
1992–2001 Portugal 35 (3)
Teams managed
2009 Estoril
2011 Portimonense (assistant)
2013– Benfica B
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Hélder Marino Rodrigues Cristóvão (born 21 March 1971), commonly known as Hélder, is a Portuguese retired footballer who played as a central defender, and the current coach of Benfica B.

Club career[edit]

Born in Luanda, Portuguese Angola, Hélder first attracted attention as a G.D. Estoril Praia player, moving to S.L. Benfica for the 1992–93 season where he would stay the following four 1/2 years, mainly as a starter. In December 1996 he signed for Deportivo de La Coruña, playing 22 La Liga matches in only six months as the club finished in third position.

In November 1999 Hélder joined Newcastle United in the Premier League on loan, making 12 official appearances and scoring once, against rivals Sunderland.[1][2] In that season the Galicians went on to conquer their first league title, with the player failing to contribute in that competition; subsequently he returned to Depor, appearing very rarely in his last year, which ended in conquest of the Copa del Rey.

For the 2002–03 campaign, aged 31, Hélder returned to Benfica, playing there for two more years (being used in average of 20 league matches and winning one Portuguese Cup) and joining Paris Saint-Germain F.C. the following season, where he teamed up with compatriot Pauleta. He played his last year for Greece's AEL 1964 FC in 2005–06, appearing rarely in the top division and retiring at the end of the season.

In the 2009 summer Cristóvão began a coaching career, precisely with his first club Estoril (in the second division). On 28 September, merely two months after being appointed, he was fired.[3]

International career[edit]

Hélder appeared 35 times for the Portuguese national team, scoring three goals. His first game was on 12 February 1992 in a 2–0 win over the Netherlands in a friendly match, and his last a 0–4 loss to France in Paris on 25 April 2001, in another friendly.

Hélder represented the nation at UEFA Euro 1996, appearing in all four matches for the quarterfinalists as he started alongside Fernando Couto.

Hélder Cristóvão: International goals
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 2 September 1992 Linzer Stadion, Linz, Austria  Austria 1–1 1–1 Friendly
2 15 November 1995 Estádio da Luz (1954), Lisboa, Portugal  Republic of Ireland 2–0 3–0 Euro 1996 qualifying
3 9 October 1996 Qemal Stafa Stadium, Tirana, Albania  Albania 0–2 0–3 1998 World Cup qualification




  1. ^ "Sunderland 2–2 Newcastle United". 4TheGame. 5 February 2000. Retrieved 23 November 2009. 
  2. ^ "Phillips brace earns derby draw". BBC News Online. 6 February 2000. Retrieved 30 December 2014. 
  3. ^ Hélder Cristóvão deixa o cargo de treinador (Hélder Cristóvão no longer coach) (Portuguese)

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