Paíto

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Paíto
Personal information
Full name Martinho Martins Mukana
Date of birth (1982-07-05) 5 July 1982 (age 32)
Place of birth Maputo, Mozambique
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Left back
Youth career
Sporting CP
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2003 Sporting B 52 (2)
2003–2006 Sporting CP 24 (0)
2006 Vitória Guimarães (loan) 16 (1)
2006–2007 Mallorca 0 (0)
2006–2007 Braga (loan) 4 (0)
2007–2010 Sion 77 (3)
2010–2012 Neuchâtel Xamax 41 (1)
2012 Vaslui 13 (1)
2013–2014 Skoda Xanthi 30 (0)
National team
2002– Mozambique 38 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 31 March 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16 June 2012

Martinho Martins Mukana (born 5 July 1982), commonly known as Paíto, is a Mozambican professional footballer who plays for Greek club Skoda Xanthi as a left back.

Club career[edit]

Born in Maputo, Paíto began his professional career at Sporting Clube de Portugal, in the 2002–03 season. He became a regular in his third year and, on 26 January 2005, scored his only goal for the Lions, in a 3–3 Portuguese Cup draw against Sport Lisboa e Benfica (penalty shootout loss), in a solo effort.[1]

After the arrival in January 2006, on loan from Valencia CF, of Portuguese international Marco Caneira, Paíto was deemed surplus to requirements and left, also loaned, to Vitória de Guimarães where he was an undisputed starter as the Minho side eventually dropped down a level.

Purchased by La Liga side RCD Mallorca, Paíto immediately returned to Portugal, being loaned to Sporting de Braga for the campaign's duration.[2] Released by the Balearic Islands without making any official appearances, he joined FC Sion.

After three solid seasons in the Swiss Super League Paíto stayed in Switzerland, signing with fellow league side Neuchâtel Xamax. After the latter went bankrupt in January 2012 he joined FC Vaslui in Romania, reuniting with former Sporting coach Augusto Inácio.[3]

Paíto spent the first half of the following campaign without a club, signing in early January 2013 with Skoda Xanthi F.C. in Greece. He made his Superleague debut on the 27th, playing the full 90 minutes in a 1–0 away win against PAOK FC.[4]

International career[edit]

Paíto started representing Mozambique at age 20. He was recalled in April for the 2002 COSAFA Cup, nearly two years after his last international.[5] Additionally, he took part in the 2003 COSAFA Cup,[6] the 2006 FIFA World Cup 2006 World Cup qualification, the 2004 COSAFA Cup,[7] 2008 Africa Cup of Nations qualification and the 2010 World Cup qualifiers.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Paíto...o golo da sua vida! (Paíto...a goal of a lifetime!); at Zerozero
  2. ^ Paíto in pact with Braga; UEFA.com, 3 July 2006
  3. ^ Verteidiger Paito wechselt zu Vaslui (Defender Paito moves to Vaslui); 20 Min, 7 February 2012 (Portuguese)
  4. ^ PAOK – Skoda Xanthi 0–1; Skoda Xanthi's official website, 27 January 2013 (Greek)
  5. ^ "Mozambique shaken up". BBC Sport. 4 April 2002. Retrieved 1 October 2009. 
  6. ^ "Mozambique take no chances". BBC Sport. 18 March 2003. Retrieved 1 October 2009. 
  7. ^ "Mozambique triumph over Malawi". BBC Sport. 13 June 2004. Retrieved 1 October 2009. 

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