Helton with Porto in 2013
|Full name||Helton da Silva Arruda|
|Date of birth||18 May 1978|
|Place of birth||São Gonçalo, Brazil|
|Height||1.89 m (6 ft 2 1⁄2 in)|
|1997||Vasco da Gama|
|1998–2002||Vasco da Gama||52||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:00, 20 May 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
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
In 2002, Helton's contract with Vasco expired and he signed with Portuguese club União de Leiria. He made his official debut on 9 March 2003 in a 3–1 home win against Académica de Coimbra for the season's domestic cup, and backedup Paulo Costinha in his first season.
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 Porto a goal and away defeat, on 15 January 2006 (1–2).
Initial criticism for what was seen as excessively harsh treatment meted out to the popular Baía by the coach was soon dissipated as a string of assured performances proved Helton was worthy of the number one spot. He celebrated his first year at the club with the domestic double (league and cup).
Helton continued to be an undisputed starter for Porto in the subsequent seasons, as the club 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 for Porto 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; following the departure of Lucho González for Olympique de Marseille in the 2009 summer, he was also appointed team captain.
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 Brazil was eliminated in the quarter-finals by Cameroon.
Helton received his first callup to the main national 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.
- Brazilian League: 2000
- Mercosur Cup: 2000
- Guanabara Cup: 2000
- Rio Cup: 2001
- Rio de Janeiro State League: 1998
- UEFA Europa League: 2010–11
- Portuguese League: 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13
- Portuguese Cup: 2005–06, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11
- Portuguese Supercup: 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
- UEFA Super Cup: Runner-up 2011
- Portuguese League Cup: Runner-up 2012–13
|Vasco da Gama||1999||0||0||0||0||0||0||8||11|
Last update: 3 January 2014
- Falcao heads Porto to Europa League glory; UEFA.com, 18 May 2011
- Helton at footballzz.co.uk
- Stats at ForaDeJogo
- PortuGOAL profile
- Helton at National-Football-Teams.com