Luís Carlos Novo Neto
Neto in 2013
|Full name||Luís Carlos Novo Neto|
|Date of birth||26 May 1988|
|Place of birth||Póvoa de Varzim, Portugal|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|Current club||Zenit St. Petersburg|
|2013–||Zenit St. Petersburg||24||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 December 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Born in Póvoa de Varzim, Neto joined hometown Varzim SC's youth ranks at the age of ten. With the club he played exclusively in the second division, being a backup or third-choice in four of his five seasons; his official debut came on 10 February 2007 in a 2–1 home win against S.L. Benfica for the campaign's Portuguese Cup (two minutes played).
In July 2011, Neto signed with top level outfit C.D. Nacional on a free transfer. He immediately made an impact for his new team, attracting interest from the likes of F.C. Porto and Arsenal during the following off-season; however, Italian side A.C. Siena eventually won the bid to sign the player, for €1.7 million.
Neto was an undisputed starter during the first half of the season, scoring his first goal in Serie A in a 1–3 home defeat against A.S. Roma. On 1 February 2013, however, he moved teams and countries again, joining compatriots Bruno Alves and Danny at FC Zenit Saint Petersburg in Russia. He scored his first goal for his new club on 19 May, netting his team's first in an eventual 3–1 home win over FC Volga Nizhny Novgorod.
On 4 October 2012 Neto was called up for the first time to the full team, for 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Russia and Northern Ireland. He only made his debut on 6 February of the following year, however, partnering Zenit teammate Alves in a 2–3 friendly loss with Ecuador in Guimarães.
Correct as 5 October 2012
- CD Nacional rattled as Arsenal come in for Luis Neto; at Yahoo! Sports New Zealand, 6 April 2012
- Nacional rejeitou três milhões por alvo do FC Porto (Nacional rejected three million for FC Porto target); Diário de Notícias, 4 May 2012 (Portuguese)
- Neto è un giocatore del Siena, ha scelto la maglia numero 13 (Neto is a Siena player, has chosen shirt number 13); Siena's official website, 17 August 2012 (Italian)
- Luis Neto transferred from Nacional Funchal to Siena for the sum of 1 700 000 euros; Soccerfame
- Destro double haunts Siena; ESPN FC, 2 December 2012
- Bento calls up Luís Neto; PortuGOAL, 4 October 2012
- Seleção made to pay for defensive frailties; PortuGOAL, 6 February 2013
- Stats and profile at Zerozero
- Stats at ForaDeJogo
- Transfermarkt profile
- Varzim SC squad (Portuguese)