Michel Souza da Silva
|Full name||Michel Souza da Silva|
|Date of birth||August 22, 1986|
|Place of birth||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Height||1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|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 moved to Portugal initially as a futsal player, but he switched to association football shortly after because of his physical strength and powerful shots. 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. 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.
On May 31, 2012 Michel moved to Benfica, alongside Paços teammate Luisinho. On August 31, however, he joined fellow league club Braga on loan, in a deal that saw Lima go in the opposite direction.
In January 2013 Braga terminated Michel's loan early, and he returned to Benfica. In August he went on loan again, now to Qatar's Al-Wakrah. On 1 September 2014, Michel returned to Portugal, and has not played since.
- "Olho Clinico-Michel" [Clinical eye-Michel]. A Outra Visão. April 27, 2012. Retrieved August 4, 2012.
- "Michel reforça Paços" [Michel strengthens Paços] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. July 19, 2011. Retrieved August 4, 2012.
- "Sporting come back from the dead to earn first Liga win". PortuGOAL. September 10, 2011. Retrieved August 7, 2012.
- "Benfica sprint ahead at table top". PortuGOAL. October 1, 2011. Retrieved August 7, 2012.
- "Michel e Luisinho na Luz: talentos adiados na segunda" [Michel and Luisinho at the Luz: wasted years in Second Division] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. May 31, 2012. Retrieved August 7, 2012.
- "Benfica buy Braga's Lima". UEFA.com. September 1, 2012. Retrieved September 19, 2012.
- "Lima no Benfica e Michel no Braga" [Lima in Benfica and Michel in Braga] (in Portuguese). Diário de Notícias. August 31, 2012. Retrieved August 31, 2012.
- "Braga vai devolver Michel ao Benfica" [Braga will return Michel to Benfica] (in Portuguese). SAPO Desporto. January 27, 2013. Retrieved August 7, 2013.
- "Benfica: Michel vai jogar no Al-Wakrah" [Benfica: Michel will play in Al-Wakrah] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. August 7, 2013. Retrieved August 7, 2013.
- "Michel regressa a Portugal para "voltar a jogar"" [Michel returns do Portugal for "return to play"]. rr.sapo.pt (in Portuguese). Rádio Renascença. 1 September 2014. Retrieved 28 January 2015.