Michel Souza da Silva
|Full name||Michel Souza da Silva|
|Date of birth||22 August 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)||0||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 August 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Michel Souza da Silva, simply known as Michel (born 22 August 1986 in Rio de Janeiro), is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays for Al-Wakrah Sport Club on loan from S.L. Benfica, as a striker.
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 F.C. 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 F.C. 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 Clube de Portugal (twice) and S.L. Benfica in two defeats.
On 31 May 2012 Michel moved to Benfica, alongside Paços teammate Luisinho. On 31 August, however, he joined fellow league club S.C. Braga on loan, in a deal that saw Lima go in the opposite direction.
- "Olho Clinico-Michel" [Clinical eye-Michel]. A Outra Visão. 27 April 2012. Retrieved 4 August 2012.
- "Michel reforça Paços" [Michel strengthens Paços] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 19 July 2011. Retrieved 4 August 2012.
- "Sporting come back from the dead to earn first Liga win". PortuGOAL. 10 September 2011. Retrieved 7 August 2012.
- "Benfica sprint ahead at table top". PortuGOAL. 1 October 2011. Retrieved 7 August 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. 31 May 2012. Retrieved 7 August 2012.
- "Benfica buy Braga's Lima". UEFA.com. 1 September 2012. Retrieved 19 September 2012.
- "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.
- "Braga vai devolver Michel ao Benfica" [Braga will return Michel to Benfica] (in Portuguese). SAPO Desporto. 27 January 2013. Retrieved 7 August 2013.
- "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.