Hélio Pinto

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Hélio Pinto
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Pinto playing for APOEL in the Champions League
Personal information
Full name Hélio José Ribeiro Pinto
Date of birth (1984-02-29) 29 February 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth Portimão, Portugal
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Legia Warsaw
Number 23
Youth career
1997–1999 Portimonense
1999–2002 Benfica
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2004 Benfica B
2003–2004 Benfica 2 (0)
2004–2006 Sevilla B 18 (0)
2005–2006 Apollon Limassol (loan) 25 (2)
2006–2013 APOEL 190 (16)
2013– Legia Warsaw 18 (5)
National team
2001–2003 Portugal U19 13 (0)
2004 Portugal U20 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 February 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Hélio José Ribeiro Pinto (born 29 February 1984) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Legia Warsaw in Poland, as a central midfielder.

A youth product of Benfica, he spent most of his career with APOEL in Cyprus, appearing in nearly 250 official games and winning eight major titles.

Club career[edit]

Pinto was born in Portimão, Algarve. A product of S.L. Benfica's youth system, he could never break into the first team, only managing a couple of preseason appearances under José Antonio Camacho; his next stop was in Spain with Sevilla FC, where he incidentally also only played with the reserves.

Still owned by Sevilla, Pinto played the 2005–06 season in Cyprus with Apollon Limassol. Being released in the following summer his career settled with another side in the country, APOEL FC.

During his spell with APOEL, Pinto was an important member as the side won the Cypriot First Division on four occasions, adding amongst other trophies the domestic cup in 2007–08. He also appeared in all six group stage games of the club, in its first UEFA Champions League participation.

Pinto played in eight matches in the 2011–12 Champions League, as the Nicosia-based outfit surprisingly reached the quarter-finals of the competition. On 5 June 2013 he signed a three-year contract extension with APOEL[1] but, late into the month, announced he was leaving the club after seven successful years.[2]

On 21 June 2013, Pinto signed a two-year contract (with an option for another season) with Legia Warsaw from Poland.[3]

International career[edit]

On 27 July 2012 Pinto gained Cypriot nationality, and the Cyprus Football Association subsequently waited for FIFA approval on whether could play for the national team.[4] The governing body eventually ruled he could not represent his adopted nation after having appeared for Portugal at under-19 and under-20 levels.

Honours[edit]

Apollon
APOEL

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pinto Δεκαετίας!" (in Greek). APOEL FC. 5 June 2013. Retrieved 5 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "Helio Pinto Σ’ ευχαριστούμε" [Helio Pinto thank you] (in Greek). APOEL FC. 20 June 2013. Retrieved 20 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "Helio Pinto i Łukasz Broź w Legii" (in Polish). Legia Warsaw. 21 June 2013. Retrieved 21 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "Κύπριοι υπήκοοι οι Πίντο, Τζούνιορ και Λαμπάν" (in Greek). CFA. 27 July 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2012. 

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