Orlando Sá

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This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Braga and the second or paternal family name is .
Orlando Sá
Personal information
Full name Orlando Carlos Braga de 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
1999–2004 Esposende
2004–2007 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 14 (7)
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 17 October 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

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

Club career[edit]

Braga[edit]

Sá was born in Barcelos. He 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).

Sá returned to Braga in 2008, making his top flight debut on 5 January 2009 by playing one minute in a 2–0 home win against C.F. Os Belenenses. On 7 March he 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 2010–11 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 over S.L. Benfica on 21 August 2010,[5] and he finished the season 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 the country, also stating he was improving his English language.[9]

Before the 2012–13 campaign 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] He scored his first goal in European competition on 6 December, helping to a 3–0 home win against Olympique de Marseille for the group stage of the UEFA Europa League.[12]

Sá kickstarted the 2013–14 campaign by netting five times in only three matches.[13][14] Coincidentally, the three opponents that suffered his accuracy in the first round of matches, Ethnikos Achna FC, APOEL FC and Enosis Neon Paralimni FC, met the same fate in the second.[15][16]

Legia Warsaw[edit]

On 14 February 2014, Sá moved to Poland by joining Legia Warsaw on a three and a half-year contract.[17] He had arrived in Warsaw to undergo a medical the previous day.[18]

Sá made his Ekstraklasa debut on 22 February 2014, in a 3–0 win over Górnik Zabrze.[19] He scored his first goal on the last day of the regular season and contributed to a 3–1 success at Zagłębie Lubin,[20] as the Legionaires eventually won their tenth national championship.

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.[21]

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[22][23]
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). S.C. Braga. 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). F.C. Porto. 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 F.C. 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 F.C. 30 June 2012. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  11. ^ "Έπεσαν... οι υπογραφές (Επιβεβαίωση)" (in Greek). Kerkida. 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" (in Greek). Kerkida. 2 September 2013. Retrieved 14 June 2014. 
  14. ^ "Σπουδαία νίκη" [Great win] (in Greek). Kerkida. 15 September 2013. Retrieved 14 June 2014. 
  15. ^ "Chipre: Orlando Sá coloca AEL na liderança" [Cyprus: Orlando Sá puts AEL in first place] (in Portuguese). Record. 22 December 2013. Retrieved 14 June 2014. 
  16. ^ "Orlando Sá: "Só Cristiano Ronaldo tem melhor média"" [Orlando Sá: "Only Cristiano Ronaldo has better average"] (in Portuguese). Record. 14 January 2014. Retrieved 14 June 2014. 
  17. ^ "Orlando Sa zawodnikiem Legii!" [Orlando Sa a Legia player! (HD)] (in Polish). Legia Warsaw. 14 February 2014. Retrieved 14 June 2014. 
  18. ^ "Orlando Sa już w Warszawie" [Orlando Sa already in Warsaw!] (in Polish). Legia Warsaw. 13 February 2014. Retrieved 14 June 2014. 
  19. ^ "Legia rozbiła Górnika!" [Legia smashed Górnik!] (in Polish). Legia Warsaw. 22 February 2014. Retrieved 14 June 2014. 
  20. ^ "Legia zwycięża w Lubinie!" [Legia defeats Lubin!] (in Polish). Legia Warsaw. 12 April 2014. Retrieved 14 June 2014. 
  21. ^ Portugal plunder Iberian bragging rights; UEFA.com, 18 November 2008
  22. ^ "Orlando Sá". ForaDeJogo. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  23. ^ "Orlando Sá". Soccerway. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 

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