Hugo Viana

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This article is about the football player. For the mixed martial artist, see Hugo Viana (fighter).
This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Gomes and the second or paternal family name is Viana.
Hugo Viana
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Viana playing for Braga
Personal information
Full name Hugo Miguel Ferreira Gomes Viana
Date of birth (1983-01-15) 15 January 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth Barcelos, Portugal
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Al-Ahli
Number 45
Youth career
1990–1995 Gil Vicente
1995–1996 Sporting CP
1996–1997 Gil Vicente
1997–2001 Sporting CP
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2002 Sporting CP 26 (1)
2002–2005 Newcastle United 39 (2)
2004–2005 Sporting CP (loan) 32 (6)
2005–2010 Valencia 44 (2)
2007–2008 Osasuna (loan) 9 (1)
2009–2010 Braga (loan) 28 (4)
2010–2013 Braga 79 (12)
2013– Al-Ahli 24 (3)
National team
2001–2004 Portugal U21 22 (3)
2001–2012 Portugal 29 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 07:09, 15 May 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Hugo Miguel Ferreira Gomes Viana (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈuɡu viˈɐnɐ]; born 15 January 1983) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Al Ahli Club (Dubai) in the United Arab Emirates, as a central midfielder.

His main assets are good set pieces and passing skills. After starting out at Sporting he moved abroad at the age of 19, going on to have unassuming spells in England (Newcastle United) and Spain (Valencia) before settling back in his country with Braga. He amassed Primeira Liga totals of 165 games and 23 goals over the course of six seasons.

Viana represented Portugal in two World Cups and Euro 2012, also appearing with the under-23s at the 2004 Summer Olympics.

Club career[edit]

Sporting / Newcastle[edit]

Born in Barcelos, Viana started his professional career at Sporting Clube de Portugal where he won the Young European Footballer of the Year award, after an excellent debut season in the top division and, aged 19, was signed by Premier League's Newcastle United for 12 million.[1] He played there for two seasons, scoring four times, against FK Željezničar Sarajevo[2] and Feyenoord[3] in the UEFA Champions League and Birmingham City[4] and West Bromwich Albion in the league.[5]

However, Viana was unable to cement a starting XI position, and returned to Sporting on loan.[6] In his return he found his old form and enjoyed a successful spell, even helping the Lions to the season's UEFA Cup final.

Valencia[edit]

At the start of the 2005–06 season Viana moved to Valencia CF, again on loan. In March 2006, reports stated that Valencia had signed him on a permanent deal for £1.5m.[7] During his first season he struggled to claim a first-team spot, facing tough competition from the likes of David Albelda and Rubén Baraja, manager Quique Flores' preferred duo; still, he featured in 19 league games and displayed some flashes of talent that allowed him to preserve his place in the national squad.

In a bid to secure first team football, Viana decided to join fellow La Liga team CA Osasuna on loan, on August 2007. Unfortunately, a serious injury during pre-season forced him out for four months. As he recovered, he failed to make the breakthrough in an already established team, but would feature in all of the side's final three matches, as Osasuna barely avoided relegation. After the loan (nine matches, one goal, in a 3–1 home win against RCD Mallorca, in which he played one minute), he returned to Valencia.[8]

In 2008–09, Viana took absolutely no part in coach Unai Emery's plans, being restricted to four UEFA Cup matches and two Copa del Rey appearances.

Braga[edit]

On 31 July 2009 Viana was loaned to Sporting de Braga for one season, thus returning to Portugal after three years.[9][10] As the Minho club led the league in its early stages, he scored his first goals upon returning to his country, hitting twice in a 3–1 home win against C.F. Os Belenenses, on 30 August. On 31 October, he again found the net, from a stunning free kick against S.L. Benfica, in a 2–0 home triumph where he received Man of the match accolades[11]) – Braga eventually finished in a best-ever second place, losing the title to precisely this team, in the last matchday, with the player appearing in 28 matches (14 as a reserve – he lost his importance after the return of Uruguayan Luis Aguiar, on loan).

In the 2010–11 season, under the same manager, Domingos Paciência, Viana regained his starting position over Aguiar, whom eventually left the club. On 6 March 2011, again from a direct free kick and against Benfica, he equalized for the hosts, in an eventual 2–1 home win; he also appeared in nine games (all starts) in Braga's UEFA Europa League runner-up run.

On 27 November 2011, in a game against F.C. Porto, Viana displayed a white t-shirt with the words 'Gary – Rest In Peace', in a tribute to his former Newcastle teammate Gary Speed who committed suicide earlier that day.[12]

Al Ahli[edit]

On 5 June 2013 Al Ahli Club (Dubai) announced the signing of Viana effective as of 1 July, when his contract with Braga expired.[13]

International career[edit]

Viana made his debut in the national team on 14 November 2001, in a 5–1 friendly win over Angola. Replacing suspended Daniel Kenedy in the last minute, he was a non-playing squad member for Portugal at the 2002 FIFA World Cup and played for his country at the 2004 Olympics.

Viana returned to the national squad after UEFA Euro 2004, and appeared in two matches (as a substitute) at the 2006 World Cup. He was called as a last-minute replacement for injured Carlos Martins to the Euro 2012 squad, with the team already in training camp.[14]

Hugo Viana: International goals
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 12 October 2005 Estádio do Dragão, Porto, Portugal  Latvia 3–0 3–0 2006 World Cup qualification

Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 15 May 2014[15]
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sporting 2001–02 26 1 0 0 3 0 29 1
Total 26 1 0 0 3 0 29 1
Newcastle 2002–03 23 2 0 0 8 1 31 2
2003–04 16 0 0 0 9 0 25 0
Total 39 2 0 0 17 1 56 2
Sporting 2004–05 32 6 0 0 10 2 42 6
Total 32 6 0 0 10 2 42 6
Valencia 2005–06 19 0 0 0 0 0 19 0
2006-07 24 2 0 0 7 0 31 2
2008–09 0 0 2 0 4 0 6 0
Total 43 2 2 0 11 0 56 2
Osasuna 2007–08 9 1 2 0 0 0 11 1
Total 9 1 2 0 0 0 11 1
Braga 2009–10 28 4 5 0 0 0 33 4
2010–11 23 2 4 0 12 0 39 2
2011–12 27 2 6 3 10 0 43 5
2012–13 28 7 5 2 8 0 41 9
Total 106 15 20 5 22 0 156 20
Al-Ahli 2013–14 24 3 9 0 6 0 39 3
Total 24 3 9 0 6 0 39 3
Total 379 30 34 5 62 3 477 38

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Sporting
Braga
Al Ahli

Orders[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Newcastle close on Viana; UEFA.com, 20 June 2002
  2. ^ "Magpies join Europe's elite". BBC Sport. 28 August 2002. Retrieved 23 November 2009. 
  3. ^ "Newcastle go through". BBC Sport. 13 November 2002. Retrieved 23 November 2009. 
  4. ^ "Newcastle reach Champions League". BBC Sport. 3 May 2003. Retrieved 23 November 2009. 
  5. ^ "Baggies go out on a high". BBC Sport. 11 May 2003. Retrieved 23 November 2009. 
  6. ^ Hugo Viana heads home; UEFA.com, 21 July 2004
  7. ^ It's off Hugo as Viana joins Valencia
  8. ^ "Hugo Viana returned to Camp de Mestalla" (in Spanish). Valencia's official website. 27 April 2008. Retrieved 16 July 2008. [dead link]
  9. ^ Hugo Viana é reforço por uma temporada (Hugo Viana strengthens squad for one season); Braga's official website, 31 July 2009 (Portuguese)
  10. ^ Lawrence, Amy (24 May 2012). "Hugo Viana's Portugal recall reignites debate of purists v realists". The Guardian. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 
  11. ^ Brilliant Braga see off Benfica; PortuGOAL, 31 October 2009
  12. ^ "Hugo Viana chocado com morte de Gary Speed" [Hugo Viana shocked with Gary Speed's death] (in Portuguese). Diário Digital. 27 November 2011. Retrieved 27 November 2011. 
  13. ^ "Al Ahli present Viana, Abbas and Dhahi". AG League. 22 July 2013. Retrieved 15 May 2014. 
  14. ^ Portugal replace Martins with Viana; FIFA.com, 23 May 2012
  15. ^ "Hugo Viana". Soccerway. Retrieved 14 February 2014. 
  16. ^ "Selecção distinguida pelo Duque de Bragança" [National team honoured by Duke of Bragança] (in Portuguese). Cristiano Ronaldo News. 30 August 2006. Retrieved 30 August 2006. 

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