Helton Arruda

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Helton
Valais Cup 2013 - OM-FC Porto 13-07-2013 - Helton.jpg
Helton with Porto in 2013
Personal information
Full name Helton da Silva Arruda
Date of birth (1978-05-18) 18 May 1978 (age 36)
Place of birth São Gonçalo, Brazil
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 12 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Porto
Number 1
Youth career
1995–1999 Vasco da Gama
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2002 Vasco da Gama 52 (0)
2002–2005 União Leiria 67 (0)
2005– Porto 224 (0)
National team
2000 Brazil U23 6 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 March 2015.
† Appearances (Goals).

Helton da Silva Arruda (born 18 May 1978), known as simply Helton, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays for Portuguese club F.C. Porto as a goalkeeper.

After starting out at Vasco da Gama he went on to spend his professional career in Portugal, representing União de Leiria and Porto and winning 18 major titles for the latter.

Helton appeared for Brazil at the 2007 Copa América.

Club career[edit]

Vasco[edit]

Born in São Gonçalo, Rio de Janeiro, Helton emerged through CR Vasco da Gama's youth system. He first attracted attention after winning the Brazilian League and the Mercosur Cup with the club in 2000.

União de Leiria[edit]

In 2002, Helton's contract with Vasco expired and he signed with Portuguese club U.D. Leiria. He made his official debut on 9 March 2003 in a 3–1 home win against Académica de Coimbra for the domestic cup, and backed up Paulo Costinha in his first season.

At the end of the 2004–05 campaign, after being first-choice in his last two years, Helton signed with F.C. Porto.

Porto[edit]

It seemed that Helton was destined to spend a long time bench-warming, as Porto legend Vítor Baía barred his way into the first team. However, he got his chance sooner than expected when Dutch coach Co Adriaanse summarily dropped Baía after a mistake against C.F. Estrela da Amadora cost the team a goal and a 1–2 away defeat, on 15 January 2006.

Helton with Porto against Rapid Wien in the 2010–11 Europa League

After initial criticism, Helton gained the number one spot with several solid performances. He celebrated his first season at the club with the domestic double (league and cup).[1][2]

Helton continued to be an undisputed starter for Porto in the following years, as Porto won four consecutive league championships. In 2008–09's Portuguese Cup, however, he stayed on the bench as Nuno Espírito Santo was the starter for the eventual winners.

Helton was again first-choice in the following two seasons, appearing in 49 league games combined as his team won six major titles. On 18 May 2011 he celebrated his 33rd birthday by keeping a clean sheet in the UEFA Europa League final, in a 1–0 win against fellow league side S.C. Braga;[3] following the departure of Lucho González for Olympique de Marseille in the 2009 summer, he was also appointed team captain.[4]

Helton played 30 league contests in the 2012–13 campaign, for his seventh league conquest. On 16 March 2014, however, the 35-year-old suffered an Achilles tendon injury to his right leg during a 0–1 loss at Sporting Clube de Portugal, being sidelined for several months.[5]

On 17 February 2014, Helton was condemned to pay a €60,000 fine for beating two stewards at the Estádio da Luz, following a tunnel brawl during the 0–1 away league loss against S.L. Benfica on 20 December 2009.[6][7][8]

International career[edit]

After competing at the 1997 FIFA World Youth Championship, Helton was a member of the Brazilian team at the 2000 Summer Olympics. He appeared in all four matches, before the nation was eliminated in the quarter-finals by Cameroon.

Helton received his first callup to the main side in October 2006, starting in an unofficial exhibition game against Kuwait club Al Kuwait Kaifan on 7 October 2006. His official debut came on 15 November of the same year, starting in a friendly with Switzerland.

Helton was a member of the national squad who won the 2007 Copa América, although he did not play a single match in the whole tournament as he was second-choice to A.S. Roma's Doni.

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Vasco
Porto

Country[edit]

Individual[edit]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 3 January 2014[9]
Club Season League Cup Europe Total
App Goals

Against

App Goals

Against

App Goals

Against

App Goals

Against

Vasco da Gama 1999 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 11
2000 0 0 0 0 0 0 77 83
2001 0 0 0 0 0 0 56 70
2002 0 0 0 0 0 0 37 56
Total 0 0 0 0 178 220
União Leiria 2002–03 9 10 1 1 0 0 10 11
2003–04 28 33 1 1 4 5 33 39
2004–05 30 31 0 0 6 4 36 35
Total 67 74 2 2 10 9 79 85
Porto 2005–06 11 2 2 0 0 0 13 2
2006–07 30 22 1 0 8 7 39 29
2007–08 25 12 2 1 7 7 34 20
2008–09 26 12 2 3 9 12 37 27
2009–10 24 20 2 1 7 8 33 29
2010–11 25 10 3 2 16 14 44 26
2011–12 29 17 1 1 9 15 39 33
2012–13 30 14 2 2 8 6 40 22
2013–14 14 9 1 0 6 7 21 16
Total 214 118 16 10 70 76 300 204
Career total 333 199 18 12 80 85 609 509

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