Micael playing for Porto
|Full name||Rúben Micael Freitas da Ressureição|
|Date of birth||19 August 1986|
|Place of birth||Câmara de Lobos, Portugal|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|2011–2012||→ Zaragoza (loan)||33||(0)|
|2012–2013||→ Braga (loan)||19||(4)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 June 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Early years / Nacional
Born in Câmara de Lobos, Madeira, Micael started his career with local União da Madeira, making his professional debuts at the age of 17. For the 2008–09 season, he moved across the island to sign with top flight outfit C.D. Nacional.
In that first campaign, in which Nacional qualified for the UEFA Europa League, Micael, almost never an undisputed starter, featured heavily, scoring notably in a 3–1 home win over Sport Lisboa e Benfica on 2 May 2009. The previous month he played for Portugal B, in a 2–0 win against Romania.
Micael started 2009–10 established in the starting XI, notably netting twice against FC Zenit St. Petersburg in the Europa League's last qualifying round (once in the 4–3 home triumph, adding a last-minute effort in Russia for the 1–1 and the aggregate win).
In mid-January 2010 F.C. Porto hired Micael for €3 million and four 1/2 years, acquiring 60% of the player's rights and setting a release clause of €30 million. His first league game for his new club was on the 30th, and he started in the place of suspended Raul Meireles in a 4–0 away success against his former team.
Micael was sparingly used by new Porto manager André Villas-Boas in the 2010–11 national championship, but he still appeared in 36 official matches and totalled 871 minutes of action (four goals, three in the Europa League campaign) as the team won the treble.
On 18 August 2011, Micael and Porto teammate Radamel Falcao were purchased by Atlético Madrid in Spain, for €45 million – the former for €5 million, although Porto later confirmed that he didn't generate any revenue. The midfielder was immediately loaned to fellow La Liga outfit Real Zaragoza.
Micael was loaned to S.C. Braga for 2012–13, and he started the season in impressive fashion: in two games separated by only three days in late August he scored three goals, starting with a brace in a 3–1 home win against S.C. Beira-Mar then netting the 1–1 equalizer at Udinese Calcio for the UEFA Champions League's last qualifying round; in the latter match, he rounded up his performance by converting the decisive penalty in the shootout to help his team reach the group stage for the second time in its history.
|1||29 March 2011||Estádio Municipal, Aveiro, Portugal||Finland||1–0||2–0||Friendly|
|2||29 March 2011||Estádio Municipal, Aveiro, Portugal||Finland||2–0||2–0||Friendly|
- UEFA Europa League: 2010–11
- Portuguese League: 2010–11, 2011–12
- Portuguese Cup: 2009–10, 2010–11
- Portuguese Supercup: 2010, 2011
- As of 13 May 2012
- "Zenit 1–1 Nacional Mad". ESPN Soccernet. 27 August 2009. Retrieved 29 August 2012.
- "Comunicado da FC Porto – Futebol, SAD" [FC Porto – Futebol, SAD announcement] (in Portuguese). FC Porto. 18 January 2010. Retrieved 19 January 2010.
- "Porto hit form to shatter Nacional". PortuGOAL. 30 January 2010. Retrieved 17 October 2012.
- "Comunicado" [Announcement] (in Portuguese). CMVM. 18 August 2011. Retrieved 19 August 2011.
- "F.C. Porto: tudo sobre a venda de Falcao e a compra de Danilo" [F.C. Porto: everything about the sale of Falcao and the purchase of Danilo] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 12 December 2011. Retrieved 25 January 2012.
- "El Atlético ficha a Falcao y Micael por 45 millones" [Atlético signs Falcao and Micael for 45 millions] (in Spanish). Marca. 18 August 2011. Retrieved 19 August 2011.
- "Ruben Micael Moves to Atletico, then to Zaragoza". Portugal Football. 24 August 2011. Retrieved 29 August 2012.
- "Ruben Micael looking to get back into the limelight at Braga". Goal.com. 28 July 2012. Retrieved 29 August 2012.
- "Slick Porto put Guimarães to the sword". PortuGOAL. 25 August 2012. Retrieved 29 August 2012.
- "Micael the hero as Braga oust Udinese in shoot-out". UEFA.com. 28 August 2012. Retrieved 29 August 2012.
- "Peseiro's brave Braga prosper in Istanbul". UEFA.com. 2 October 2012. Retrieved 3 October 2012.
- "Germany beaten, France and England held". UEFA.com. 29 March 2011. Retrieved 30 March 2011.
- "Rúben Micael". Soccerway. Retrieved 7 March 2014.
- Stats and profile at Zerozero
- Stats at ForaDeJogo
- Rúben Micael at National-Football-Teams.com
- Rúben Micael – FIFA competition record