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 40)
Place of birth Lisbon, Portugal
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Youth career
1990–1992 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)
1998–2004 Benfica 10 (0)
1999 Nottingham Forest (loan) 9 (1)
2000–2001 Marítimo (loan) 17 (1)
2002–2004 Benfica B ? (?)
2004–2006 1º Dezembro ? (?)
2006–2007 Oriental ? (?)
2007–2008 Al Nassr ? (?)
Total 138+ (13+)
National team
1993 Portugal U20 1 (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]

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

After impressive displays with the latter, Porfírio earned an international callup. After making his debut on 29 May 1996 in a 1–0 win over Ireland, in Dublin, Porfírio 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, he 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 A-side, a 1–0 home success against 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 season'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 side 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 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, being loaned the following season to C.S. Marítimo and demoted to (soon extinct) Benfica B during two entire seasons.

Subsequently, Porfírio had short spells, playing with modest Portuguese outfits (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. 

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