Michel Souza da Silva

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Personal information
Full name Michel Souza da Silva
Date of birth (1986-08-22) 22 August 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2011 Penafiel 83 (34)
2011–2012 Paços Ferreira 28 (9)
2012– Benfica 0 (0)
2012–2013 Braga (loan) 3 (0)
2013–2014 Al-Wakrah (loan) 23 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 April 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Michel Souza da Silva (born 22 August 1986), known simply as Michel, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Portuguese club Benfica.

Club career[edit]

Michel moved to Portugal initially as a futsal player, but he switched to association football shortly after because of his physical strength and powerful shots.[1] He started his career with Penafiel in the third division, scoring 13 goals in 32 games in his first season, which ended in promotion.

In mid-July 2011, after two more years with the club in the second level, Michel joined Paços de Ferreira in the top flight.[2] During his only season with the club, he ranked as team top scorer as it retained its division status, notably netting against Sporting (twice) and Benfica in two defeats.[3][4]

On 31 May 2012 Michel moved to Benfica, alongside Paços teammate Luisinho.[5] On 31 August, however, he joined fellow league club Braga on loan, in a deal that saw Lima go in the opposite direction.[6][7]

In January 2013 Braga terminated Michel's loan early, and he returned to Benfica.[8] In August he went on loan again, now to Qatar's Al-Wakrah.[9]


  1. ^ "Olho Clinico-Michel" [Clinical eye-Michel]. A Outra Visão. 27 April 2012. Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "Michel reforça Paços" [Michel strengthens Paços] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 19 July 2011. Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Sporting come back from the dead to earn first Liga win". PortuGOAL. 10 September 2011. Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Benfica sprint ahead at table top". PortuGOAL. 1 October 2011. Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "Michel e Luisinho na Luz: talentos adiados na segunda" [Michel and Luisinho at the Luz: wasted years in Second Division] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 31 May 2012. Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "Benfica buy Braga's Lima". UEFA.com. 1 September 2012. Retrieved 19 September 2012. 
  7. ^ "Lima no Benfica e Michel no Braga" [Lima in Benfica and Michel in Braga] (in Portuguese). Diário de Notícias. 31 August 2012. Retrieved 31 August 2012. 
  8. ^ "Braga vai devolver Michel ao Benfica" [Braga will return Michel to Benfica] (in Portuguese). SAPO Desporto. 27 January 2013. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  9. ^ "Benfica: Michel vai jogar no Al-Wakrah" [Benfica: Michel will play in Al-Wakrah] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 7 August 2013. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 

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