Miguel in action for Valencia in 2006
|Full name||Luís Miguel Brito Garcia Monteiro|
|Date of birth||4 January 1980|
|Place of birth||Lisbon, Portugal|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
He played the vast majority of his professional career with Benfica (five seasons) and Valencia (seven), appearing in the vicinity of 200 official games with both clubs and winning a total of four major titles.
Early years / Benfica
Born in Lisbon, Miguel started his career with local C.F. Estrela da Amadora as a winger. On 30 April 1999 he made his first-team debut, playing 17 minutes in a 1–2 away loss against Boavista FC, then added 28 league appearances in his only full season as the capital club retained its top division status.
In the 2000 summer Miguel moved to S.L. Benfica, making the transition to right midfielder and then right back (by the hand of former Benfica player Fernando Chalana, in his only game as a transition coach) – the position that ultimately brought him international recognition. In the 2004–05 campaign he contributed with 22 games and two goals, as the Reds won the national championship after an 11-year wait.
Miguel joined Valencia CF in August 2005 for a €7.5 million fee. Fully established as first-choice, he signed a new five-year contract with the team in September 2007, and helped the Che win the Copa del Rey the following year, playing in the final 3–1 win against Getafe CF.
In May 2012, Miguel's contract expired and he was released. In 2014 he started practising with the SJPF (syndicate of professional football players) alongside other unemployed players, to regain fitness.
A Portuguese international since making his debut against Italy on 12 February 2003, Miguel first played for his country in UEFA Euro 2004, where Portugal were defeated in the final by Greece, being subsequently selected for the 2006 FIFA World Cup squad. In Euro 2008 he backed up José Bosingwa, and only appeared in the 0–2 group stage loss against hosts Switzerland.
Picked for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa – in spite of an irregular season at Valencia – Miguel was one of three right backs used during Portugal's four matches in the competition, appearing in the group stage 7–0 win against North Korea. On 9 September 2010, the 30-year-old announced his retirement from international duty.
|1||11 October 2003||Estádio do Restelo, Lisbon, Portugal||Albania||5–3||5–3||Friendly|
|Estrela da Amadora||Primeira Liga||1998–99||4||0||?||?||–||–||?||?|
?Information not available
- Miguel makes switch to Mestalla; UEFA.com, 19 August 2005
- Miguel extends Mestalla stay; UEFA.com, 20 September 2007
- "Dealbert, Bruno and others leaving Valencia CF". Club Valencia CF Blogspot. 14 May 2012. Retrieved 6 August 2014.
- ""Tenho propostas para voltar a jogar"" ["I have offers to play again"]. SAPO. 5 August 2014. Retrieved 6 August 2014.
- "Portugal pours it on in second half". The New York Times. 21 June 2010. Retrieved 1 July 2013.
- "Selecção distinguida pelo Duque de Bragança" [National team honoured by Duke of Bragança] (in Portuguese). Cristiano Ronaldo News. 30 August 2006. Retrieved 30 August 2006.
- "Miguel". Soccerway. Retrieved 26 November 2014.
- Stats and profile at Zerozero
- Stats at ForaDeJogo
- PortuGOAL profile
- BDFutbol profile
- Miguel Monteiro at National-Football-Teams.com
- Miguel Monteiro – FIFA competition record
- 2010 FIFA World Cup profile
- CiberChe stats and bio (Spanish)