Hugo Porfírio

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This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Cardoso and the second or paternal family name is Porfírio.
Hugo Porfírio
Personal information
Full name Hugo Cardoso Porfírio
Date of birth (1973-09-28) 28 September 1973 (age 41)
Place of birth Lisbon, Portugal
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Winger
Youth career
1985–1992 Sporting CP
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1997 Sporting CP 12 (0)
1994–1995 Tirsense (loan) 19 (0)
1995–1996 União Leiria (loan) 28 (8)
1996–1997 West Ham (loan) 23 (2)
1997–1998 Racing Santander 20 (1)
1998–2000 Benfica 10 (0)
1999 Nottingham Forest (loan) 9 (1)
2000–2001 Benfica 6 (0)
2001–2005 Marítimo 17 (1)
2002–2004 Benfica B 4 (0)
2004–2006 1º de Dezembro
2006–2007 Oriental
2007–2008 Al Nassr
National team
1993 Portugal U20 4 (0)
1994–1995 Portugal U21 10 (2)
1996 Portugal 3 (0)
Teams managed
2012 Sporting CP (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Hugo Cardoso Porfírio (born 28 September 1973) is a Portuguese retired footballer who played mostly as a winger.

Football career[edit]

Born in Lisbon, Porfírio graduated from Sporting Clube de Portugal's prolific youth academy, joining the professionals for the 1992–93 season alongside Emílio Peixe. After some appearances as a substitute, he had loan spells with fellow first division clubs F.C. Tirsense and U.D. Leiria.

After impressive displays with the latter, Porfírio earned an international callup to the Portuguese national team. After making his debut on 29 May 1996 in a 1–0 win over Ireland, in Dublin, he made the nation's squad-of-22 for UEFA Euro 1996, playing 15 minutes in the 1–0 group stage win against Turkey.

Some months later, Porfírio was also in the roster at the 1996 Olympic Games, where Portugal finished fourth, its best result ever in the competition.[1] On 9 November he received his last cap for the full side, a 1–0 home success over Ukraine for the 1998 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

Porfírio returned to Sporting for 1996–97, but soon moved on loan to England's West Ham United. There, he scored four goals in all competitions: against Nottingham Forest in the League Cup,[2] Wrexham in the campaign's FA Cup[3] and Blackburn Rovers[4] and Chelsea in the Premier League.[5] Released by Sporting in June 1997, he spent one season with La Liga's Racing de Santander: netting once during the campaign in a 2–2 draw at CD Tenerife, he was also sent off twice as his team went on to rank in 14th position.

In 1998–99 Porfírio joined Sporting neighbours S.L. Benfica, being loaned in the January transfer window to Nottingham Forest where he appeared sparingly and scored once, against Sheffield Wednesday.[6] He returned to Benfica in July, terminating his contract for unpaid salaries, joining C.S. Marítimo in August on a free transfer.[7] At the end of the season, he settled with Benfica, and agreed to rejoin them in July 2001.[8] After a brief spell in the first team, he was soon demoted to Benfica B where he would spent almost two complete seasons, terminating his contract in February 2004.[9]

Subsequently Porfírio had short spells, playing with modest Portuguese teams (Sociedade União 1º Dezembro and Clube Oriental de Lisboa) and retiring in 2008 after a season in Saudi Arabia with Al Nassr FC.


  1. ^ Hugo PorfírioFIFA competition record
  2. ^ "Changed United go through". London: The Independent. 23 October 1996. Retrieved 23 November 2009. 
  3. ^ Shaw, Phil (4 January 1997). "Redknapp is walking on thin ice". London: The Independent. Retrieved 23 November 2009. 
  4. ^ "Battling Blackburn show signs of life". The Independent. 28 October 1996. Retrieved 23 November 2009. 
  5. ^ "Hughes' spark ignites blue flame". The Independent. 22 December 1996. Retrieved 23 November 2009. 
  6. ^ Culley, Jon (1 May 1999). "Alas, Porfirio, too late". London: The Independent. Retrieved 23 November 2009. 
  7. ^ "Porfírio reforça Marítimo". Record. 11 August 2000. 
  8. ^ "Hugo Porfírio: «Vou servir o Benfica de alma e coração»". Record. 11 July 2001. 
  9. ^ "Porfírio rescinde". Record. 14 February 2004. 

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