Orlando Sá

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Orlando Sá
Personal information
Full name Orlando Carlos Braga Sá
Date of birth (1988-05-26) 26 May 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth Barcelos, Portugal
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Legia Warsaw
Number 70
Youth career
2000–2002 Esposende
2002–2007 Braga
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2009 Braga 11 (2)
2007–2008 Maria Fonte (loan) 26 (6)
2009–2011 Porto 2 (0)
2010–2011 Nacional (loan) 16 (3)
2011–2012 Fulham 7 (1)
2012–2014 AEL Limassol 39 (18)
2014– Legia Warsaw 4 (1)
National team
2008 Portugal U20 9 (3)
2008–2010 Portugal U21 6 (7)
2009 Portugal 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 May 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Orlando Carlos Braga de Sá (born 26 May 1988) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Legia Warsaw in Poland, as a striker.

Club career[edit]

Braga[edit]

Born in Barcelos, Sá started his career in the youth ranks of S.C. Braga, and was promoted to the first team for the 2007–08 season only to be loaned immediately to lowly SC Maria da Fonte (third division), finishing his first professional year with six goals.

He returned to Braga in 2008, making his top flight debut on 5 January 2009 by playing one minute in a 2–0 home win over C.F. Os Belenenses. On 7 March Sá scored his first goal in the competition, as a late substitute in a 2–2 draw at C.F. Estrela da Amadora.

Porto[edit]

On 1 June Sá moved to league champions F.C. Porto, for an estimated fee of 3 million. Braga retained 20% economic rights on the future transfer fee received by Porto,[1] with an additional 20% being held by unknown parties.[2] Having arrived still injured from his previous club, he only made his Porto debut on 2 January 2010, starting in a 2–0 win at U.D. Oliveirense for the campaign's Portuguese Cup.[3]

Sá spent the 2010–11 season on loan to C.D. Nacional,[4] appearing sparingly due to injury and technical decisions. His highlight was scoring the winner in a 2–1 home win against S.L. Benfica on 21 August 2010,[5] and he finished the campaign with six official goals, plus one for the Portuguese under-23.

Fulham[edit]

At the end of the 2011 transfer window, Sá joined Premier League club Fulham on a free transfer,[6] with Porto retaining 25% of his economic rights.[2] He made his official debut for his new team in a Football League Cup tie against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on 21 September (penalty shootout loss), and first appeared in the Premier League against West Bromwich Albion three days later, playing the full 90 minutes in a 0–0 away draw.[7]

Sá scored his first goal for Fulham on 31 December 2011, putting the visitors ahead in the seventh minute of the tie against Norwich City, in an eventual 1–1 draw.[8] Early into the season, he struggled with the pace of the English game, but went on to adapt physically after a few months in England, also stating he was improving his English language.[9]

Before the 2012–13 season started, Sá said he was going to improve at Fulham and told the club's official website: "I feel that this is a really important pre-season for me, I want to be really prepared ahead of the new campaign because I want this year to be my year. I hope that I can score more goals like the one I got against Norwich. That was a good moment for me and I hope I will have many more moments like the one I experienced at Carrow Road".[9] On 30 June 2012, however, his contract was terminated by mutual agreement.[10]

AEL Limassol[edit]

On 30 July 2012, Sá signed a three-year contract with Cypriot First Division club AEL Limassol.[11] Sá made a good start to his career when he scored on his debut on the opening game of the season, as Limassol beat Doxa Katokopias 3-1.

Sá scored his first European goal in the last match day of the Europa League group-stage on 6 December 2012, in a 3-0 win over Marseille.[12] Later in the 2012-13 season, Sá scored only five goals. But in the 2013-14 season, Sá started to make improvements when he scored thirteen goals in nineteen appearance, including scoring five goals in three games twice during the season. One includes scoring against Ethnikos Achna, APOEL Nicosia and Enosis Neon Paralimni at the start of the season.[13][14] Coincidentally, Sá scored against the three team once again, which he played at the start of the season.[15][16]

While at the club, Sá wore number 21 shirt.[17]

Legia Warsaw[edit]

On 14 February 2014, Sá left AEL Limassol to move to Poland by joining Ekstraklasa club Legia Warsaw on 3.5 year contract.[18] The day before, Sá arrived in Warsaw to check the medical, in order to sign for Legia Warsaw.[19]

Sá made his debut for the club on 22 February 2014, just weeks after signing for the club, in a 3-0 win over Górnik Zabrze.[20] After making a struggle at his Warsaw's career, Sá scored his first goal on 12 April 2014, in the last game of the regular season, as they beat Zagłębie Lubin.[21] Despite this, Sá struggled to score again, though he helped the club win the Ekstraklasa for the tenth time.

International career[edit]

On 18 November 2008, in one of his first under-21 caps, Sá scored a hat-trick against Spain, in a 4–1 friendly home win.[22]

Only three months later, he was surprisingly called up to the senior squad by coach Carlos Queiroz for a friendly with Finland, and replaced Hugo Almeida at the hour mark in an eventual 1–0 home win.

Club statistics[edit]

As of 9 May 2014[23][24]
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Braga 2007–08 Primeira Liga 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - - 0 0
2008–09 Primeira Liga 10 2 0 0 0 0 5 0 - - 15 2
Total 10 2 0 0 0 0 5 0 - - 15 2
Maria Fonte 2007–08 Segunda Divisão 26 6 2 0 - - - - - - 28 6
Total 26 6 2 0 - - - - - - 28 6
Porto 2009–10 Primeira Liga 2 0 3 0 5 1 0 0 - - 10 1
Total 2 0 3 0 5 1 0 0 - - 10 1
Nacional 2010–11 Primeira Liga 16 3 0 0 2 0 - - - - 18 3
Total 16 3 0 0 2 0 - - - - 18 3
Fulham 2011–12 Premier League 7 1 0 0 1 0 4 0 - - 12 1
Total 7 1 0 0 1 0 4 0 - - 12 1
AEL Limassol 2012–13 First Division 20 5 6 1 - - 5 1 1 0 32 7
2013–14 First Division 19 13 0 0 - - - - - - 19 13
Total 39 18 6 1 - - 5 1 1 0 51 20
Legia Warsaw 2013–14 Ekstraklasa 4 1 - - - - - - - - 4 1
Total 4 1 - - - - - - - - 4 1
Career total 104 31 11 1 8 1 14 1 1 0 138 34

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SC Braga – Futebol, SAD relatórios e contas 2010–11" [SC Braga (football section) financial report and finance 2010–11] (in Portuguese). Braga's official website. 11 October 2011. Retrieved 22 March 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Relatório e contas consolidado 1º semestre 2011/2012" [Report and finance 1st semester 2011/2012] (in Portuguese). Porto's official website. 29 February 2012. Archived from the original on 23 May 2012. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  3. ^ Orlando Sa makes his debut for Porto; Portugal Football, 3 January 2010
  4. ^ "Nacional secure Orlando Sa loan". PortuGOAL. 9 July 2010. Retrieved 24 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "Benfica fall again, while Braga slip". PortuGOAL. 21 August 2010. Retrieved 24 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "FFC Sign Orlando Sa". Fulham FC. 31 August 2011. Archived from the original on 4 August 2012. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  7. ^ Stalemate at the Hawthorns; ESPN Soccernet, 24 September 2011
  8. ^ Jackson rescues Canaries; ESPN Soccernet, 31 December 2011
  9. ^ a b Kohnert, Alex (22 June 2012). "Fulham striker Sa: I want this to be my year". Goal.com. Retrieved 23 June 2012. 
  10. ^ "Player departures". Fulham's official website. 30 June 2012. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  11. ^ "Έπεσαν... οι υπογραφές (Επιβεβαίωση)" (in Greek). kerkida.net. 30 July 2012. Retrieved 14 June 2014. 
  12. ^ "AEL beat Marseille to finish on a high". UEFA.com. 6 December 2012. Retrieved 14 June 2014. 
  13. ^ "Orlando Sa... on fire" [Orlando Sa... on fire] (in Greek). kerkida.net. 2 September 2013. Retrieved 14 June 2014. 
  14. ^ ""Great Victory"" ["Σπουδαία νίκη"] (in Greek). kerkida.net. 15 September 2013. Retrieved 14 June 2014. 
  15. ^ "Cyprus: Orlando Sá puts AEL leadership" [Chipre: Orlando Sá coloca AEL na liderança] (in Portuguese). Journal Record. 22 December 2013. Retrieved 14 June 2014. 
  16. ^ "Orlando Sá: "Only Cristiano Ronaldo has better average'" [Orlando Sá: «Só Cristiano Ronaldo tem melhor média»] (in Portuguese). Journal Record. 14 January 2014. Retrieved 14 June 2014. 
  17. ^ "Who goes Scotland and England" [Ποιοι πάνε Σκωτία και Αγγλία] (in Greek). kerkida.net. 23 July 2013. Retrieved 14 June 2014. 
  18. ^ "Orlando Sa player of the Legion! (HD)" [Orlando Sa zawodnikiem Legii!] (in Polish). Legia Warsaw. 14 February 2014. Retrieved 14 June 2014. 
  19. ^ "Orlando Sa already in Warsaw!" [Orlando Sa już w Warszawie] (in Polish). Legia Warsaw. 13 February 2014. Retrieved 14 June 2014. 
  20. ^ "Legia smashed Miner!" [Legia rozbiła Górnika!] (in Polish). Legia Warsaw. 22 February 2014. Retrieved 14 June 2014. 
  21. ^ "Legion wins Lubin!" [Legia zwycięża w Lubinie!] (in Polish). Legia Warsaw. 12 April 2014. Retrieved 14 June 2014. 
  22. ^ Portugal plunder Iberian bragging rights; UEFA.com, 18 November 2008
  23. ^ "Orlando Sá". ForaDeJogo. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  24. ^ "Orlando Sá". Soccerway. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 

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