João Vilela

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João Vilela
Personal information
Full name João Pedro Ferreira Vilela
Date of birth (1985-09-09) 9 September 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth Lisbon, Portugal
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Gil Vicente
Number 77
Youth career
1991–1992 Damaiense
1992–2004 Benfica
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2006 Benfica B
2006 Gil Vicente (loan) 7 (1)
2006–2009 Gil Vicente 72 (10)
2009–2010 Fátima 21 (3)
2010–2012 Gil Vicente 35 (6)
2012–2013 Tractor Sazi 8 (0)
2013– Gil Vicente 32 (5)
National team
2001–2002 Portugal U17 8 (2)
2002–2003 Portugal U18 7 (0)
2003 Portugal U19 1 (0)
2004–2006 Portugal U20 8 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 July 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

João Pedro Ferreira Vilela (born 9 September 1985 in Lisbon) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Gil Vicente F.C. as an attacking midfielder.

Club career[edit]

A youth product of hometown's S.L. Benfica, joining the club at the age of seven, Vilela was promoted to the main squad for the 2004–05 season, but only appeared in preseason for the club, joining Gil Vicente F.C. on loan in January 2006. On 26 March he scored in a 1–1 home draw against Vitória de Guimarães, in his fifth first division appearance.

With the Barcelos side now in the second level, the move was made permanent in the summer, and Vilela amassed 74 official appearances in three full campaigns, netting eleven goals. In 2009 he moved to another team in the category, C.D. Fátima, returning to Gil Vicente in the following year and contributing with three goals in 25 games (15 starts) in his second season as the team returned to the top flight after five years.

On 25 June 2012 Vilela joined Iran Pro League side Tractor Sazi F.C. on a two-year contract, along with compatriot Anselmo Cardoso. In the following transfer window, however, he returned to his previous club.

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