Liédson

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Liédson
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Liédson playing for Sporting in 2007
Personal information
Full name Liédson da Silva Muniz
Date of birth (1977-12-17) 17 December 1977 (age 37)
Place of birth Cairu, Brazil
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Free agent
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–1999 Poções
2000 Prudentópolis 15 (5)
2001–2002 Coritiba 9 (5)
2002–2003 Flamengo 24 (14)
2003 Corinthians 18 (10)
2003–2011 Sporting CP 214 (116)
2011–2012 Corinthians 34 (13)
2012–2013 Flamengo 17 (4)
2013 Porto (loan) 6 (0)
National team
2009–2010 Portugal 15 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 May 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).

Liédson da Silva Muniz (born 17 December 1977), simply known as Liédson, is a professional footballer who plays as a striker.

Nicknamed Levezinho ("Slender one") due to his light frame (only 63 kg[1]), he spent the bulk of his career in Portugal representing Sporting, scoring nearly 200 goals in more than 300 official games, winning four major titles with the club and helping it to four Champions League participations.

Born in Brazil, Liédson became a Portuguese citizen in 2009 and appeared with the national team at the 2010 World Cup, already in his 30s.

Club career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Born in Cairu, Bahia, Liédson started his professional career at Coritiba Foot Ball Club, aged 22. Before that he played amateur football on weekends, working at a supermarket during the week.[1]

Liédson continued his career at Clube de Regatas do Flamengo and Sport Club Corinthians Paulista, traditional big clubs at Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo respectively, with relative individual success.

Sporting CP[edit]

Liédson was signed by Sporting Clube de Portugal for 2 million in the 2003 off-season,[2] being crowned top scorer in the Portuguese league in his second season, scoring 25 goals.[1] The following year he finished second in the scoring race, netting 15 goals in 31 games (28 of which he played the full 90 minutes) with an impressive mark of 2,899 minutes played; he was topscorer again in 2006–07, but the Lions only conquered one domestic cup during that timeframe.

Considered by many as one of the greatest strikers in Sporting history since the early performances of Fernando Peyroteo, Héctor Yazalde (who scored 46 goals in 1973–74), Manuel Fernandes, Rui Jordão, Fernando Gomes, Alberto Acosta and Mário Jardel, Liédson is also regarded as the club's top trademark player, since the departures of Luís Figo, Cristiano Ronaldo, Nani and Ricardo Quaresma. He also ranked the club's topscorer in the UEFA Champions League, after scoring the lonely goal in the 2008–09 group stage contest against FC Shakhtar Donetsk, on 22 October 2008.[3] In the last group stage match, he also found the net – in a 2–5 home loss to FC Barcelona – for the 19th time in European competition, another club best;[4] on 1 November he appeared in his 150th league match with the green-and-white striped jersey, 213 overall.

On 18 January 2010, after having missed one month due to injury, Liédson came from the bench to score twice, helping Sporting overcome C.D. Nacional 3–2, at home. On 7 March he scored all the game's goals as his team beat last-placed C.F. Os Belenenses 4–0, away.[5]

On 21 October 2010, Liédson entered Sporting's history books as he scored the club's 200th goal in European competitions, netting twice in a 5–1 home win against K.A.A. Gent for the season's UEFA Europa League.

Return to Brazil[edit]

On 31 January 2011, after having appeared in 310 official games with Sporting, scoring 174 goals, 33-year-old Liédson returned to his homeland, signing with former club Corinthians.[6] He was still allowed to play with the Lions the following Friday, starting and scoring twice against Associação Naval 1º de Maio, in a 3–3 home draw.[7]

Liédson contributed with ten games in the 2012 Copa Libertadores campaign, scoring once in the 6–0 group stage home win against Deportivo Táchira of Venezuela (immediately after missing a penalty kick)[8] as the Timão won the continental competition for the first time in its history. On 31 July he left Corinthians, after both club and player decided not to renew his contract.[9]

On 2 August 2012 Liédson agreed on a return to Flamengo, signing until December of the following year.[10] In late January of the following year he came back to Portugal, joining F.C. Porto on a loan until the end of the season.[11] Four months were enough for Liedson to win his first ever domestic league title, something he never achieved in all his years playing for Sporting.

International career[edit]

Liédson expressed interest in playing for the Portuguese national team despite being Brazilian-born. He stated: "If one day I was called up to play, I wouldn’t hesitate for a second, as I feel right at home in Portugal." After the retirement of striker Pauleta, Liédson was one of the main candidates in line for succession, especially after countrymen Deco and Pepe's previous switches. Liédson's naturalization process created some controversy, as the Portuguese Football Players' Union (SJPF) in August 2009 publicly objected Portuguese Football Federation's (FPF) plans of expediting his citizenship.[12]

After six years of residence in the country, Liédson received Portuguese nationality, being eligible to play for the country.[13] On 26 August 2009, he was called up by national coach Carlos Queiroz for the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Denmark and Hungary, and made his debut against the former on 5 September, coming on as a substitute for Tiago at half-time; after having been booked, he scored the final 1–1 in the 85th minute, with a header from a corner.[14]

Liédson started the first game in the final stages in South Africa, a 0–0 against Côte d'Ivoire. He lost his place to Hugo Almeida for the following match, but both found the net in the 7–0 routing of North Korea on 21 June 2010, in Cape Town.[6][15]

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 5 September 2009 Parken Stadium, Copenhagen, Denmark  Denmark 1–1 1–1 2010 World Cup qualification
2 10 October 2009 Estádio da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal  Hungary 2–0 3–0 2010 World Cup qualification
3 3 March 2010 Estádio Cidade de Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal  China PR 2–0 2–0 Friendly
4 21 June 2010 Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town, South Africa  North Korea 5–0 7–0 2010 FIFA World Cup

Honours[edit]

Team[edit]

Corinthians
Sporting
Porto

Individual[edit]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 1 November 2012
Club Season League State Championship Cup League Cup / State Cup SuperCup Continental Friendly Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Prudentópolis 2000 0 0 15 5 0 0 15 5
Total 0 0 15 5 0 0 15 5
Coritiba 2001 9 5 0 0 9 5
2002 3 1 2 0 15 14 0 0 20 15
Total 9 5 3 1 2 0 15 14 0 0 29 20
Flamengo 2002 24 14 0 0 24 14
Total 24 14 0 0 24 14
Corinthians 2003 14 10 11 6 8 6 0 0 33 22
Total 14 10 11 6 8 6 0 0 33 22
Sporting 2003–04 30 15 2 1 4 3 0 0 36 19
2004–05 31 25 2 1 14 9 0 0 47 35
2005–06 31 15 5 2 2 0 0 0 38 17
2006–07 28 15 6 6 5 0 0 0 39 21
2007–08 26 11 4 3 5 4 1 0 11 6 0 0 47 24
2008–09 26 17 2 2 3 4 4 2 0 0 35 25
2009–10 28 13 3 3 2 2 13 4 0 0 46 22
2010–11 14 5 3 2 2 1 6 2 0 0 25 10
Total 214 116 27 20 12 11 1 0 59 26 0 0 313 173
Corinthians 2011 28 12 16 11 0 0 44 23
2012 6 1 11 2 11 1 1 1 29 5
Total 34 13 27 13 11 1 1 1 73 28
Flamengo 2012 17 4 0 0 0 0 17 4
Career total 312 162 53 25 29 20 27 25 1 0 78 33 1 1 504 266

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Liedson, cameras, action!; UEFA.com, 17 May 2005
  2. ^ Sporting snare Liedson; UEFA.com, 31 August 2003
  3. ^ Liedson lauds Sporting spirit; UEFA.com, 23 October 2008
  4. ^ Liedson happy to settle at Sporting; UEFA.com, 10 July 2009
  5. ^ Liedson hits four for Sporting; Benfica go three points clear at table top; PortuGOAL, 7 March 2010
  6. ^ a b "Sporting striker Liedson returns to Corinthians". The Guardian. 31 January 2011. Retrieved 10 February 2011. 
  7. ^ "Liedson until the bitter end". PortuGOAL. 4 February 2011. Retrieved 10 February 2011. 
  8. ^ "Após erro, Liedson conclui: "Não sei bater pênalti mesmo"" [After mistake, Liedson concludes: "I'm hopeless at penalties"] (in Portuguese). Gazeta Esportiva. 19 April 2012. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  9. ^ "Obrigado, Liédson!" [Thanks, Liédson!] (in Portuguese). Corinthians' official website. 31 July 2012. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 
  10. ^ "Flamengo acerta a contratação de Liédson até o fim de 2013" [Flamengo signs Liédson until the end of 2013] (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. 2 August 2012. Retrieved 2 August 2012. 
  11. ^ "Liedson completes FC Porto move". PortuGOAL. 24 January 2013. Retrieved 25 January 2013. 
  12. ^ Eduardo Santos Lourenço (28 August 2009). "Football Union contest Liedson's naturalisation". Smashing English. Retrieved 4 October 2009. 
  13. ^ "FIFA Status (2009 Edition): Regulations governing the application of the statutes Article 17". Retrieved 24 August 2009. 
  14. ^ Liedson pulls Portugal from brink; UEFA.com, 5 September 2009
  15. ^ "Portugal pours it on in second half". The New York Times. 21 June 2010. Retrieved 9 November 2012. 

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