Rúben Micael

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This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Freitas and the second or paternal family name is Ressureição.
Rúben Micael
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Micael playing for Porto
Personal information
Full name Rúben Micael Freitas da Ressureição
Date of birth (1986-08-19) 19 August 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth Câmara de Lobos, Portugal
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Braga
Number 14
Youth career
1996–1997 Estreito
1997–2004 União Madeira
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2008 União Madeira 94 (5)
2008–2010 Nacional 42 (6)
2010–2011 Porto 30 (0)
2011–2013 Atlético Madrid 0 (0)
2011–2012 Zaragoza (loan) 33 (0)
2012–2013 Braga (loan) 19 (4)
2013– Braga 21 (1)
National team
2009 Portugal B 1 (0)
2011– Portugal 16 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 June 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 October 2013

Rúben Micael Freitas da Ressureição (born 19 August 1986), known as Micael, is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for S.C. Braga as a midfielder.

Club career[edit]

Early years / Nacional[edit]

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).[1]

Porto[edit]

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.[2] 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.[3]

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.

Atlético Madrid[edit]

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,[4] although Porto later confirmed that he didn't generate any revenue.[5] The midfielder was immediately loaned to fellow La Liga outfit Real Zaragoza.[6][7]

Micael was loaned to S.C. Braga for 2012–13,[8] 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[9] 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.[10]

Micael continued his strong displays in the Champions League group stage, scoring the first goal in an eventual 2–0 away success over Galatasaray SK in the second round.[11]

International career[edit]

On 29 March 2011, even though he disposed of very few minutes at Porto, Micael made his debut for Portugal, starting and scoring twice in a 2–0 friendly win with Finland in Aveiro.[12]

Rúben Micael: International goals
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
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

Honours[edit]

Porto
Braga

Club statistics[edit]

As of 13 May 2012[13]
Club Season League Cup League Cup UEFA Total
Games Goals Games Goals Games Goals Games Goals Games Goals
União Madeira 2003/04 6 0 0 0 - - 0 0 6 0
2004/05 22 0 1 0 - - 0 0 23 0
2005/06 5 0 0 0 - - 0 0 5 0
2006/07 25 0 3 1 - - 0 0 28 1
2007/08 36 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 37 5
Nacional 2008/09 26 4 5 0 4 1 0 0 35 5
2009/10 14 1 2 1 0 0 8 7 22 9
Porto 2009/10 10 0 3 2 3 0 2 0 18 2
2010/11 19 0 6 0 3 1 8 3 36 4
Zaragoza 2011/12 33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 33 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Zenit 1–1 Nacional Mad". ESPN Soccernet. 27 August 2009. Retrieved 29 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "Comunicado da FC Porto – Futebol, SAD" [FC Porto – Futebol, SAD announcement] (in Portuguese). FC Porto. 18 January 2010. Retrieved 19 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "Porto hit form to shatter Nacional". PortuGOAL. 30 January 2010. Retrieved 17 October 2012. 
  4. ^ "Comunicado" [Announcement] (in Portuguese). CMVM. 18 August 2011. Retrieved 19 August 2011. 
  5. ^ "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. 
  6. ^ "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. 
  7. ^ "Ruben Micael Moves to Atletico, then to Zaragoza". Portugal Football. 24 August 2011. Retrieved 29 August 2012. 
  8. ^ "Ruben Micael looking to get back into the limelight at Braga". Goal.com. 28 July 2012. Retrieved 29 August 2012. 
  9. ^ "Slick Porto put Guimarães to the sword". PortuGOAL. 25 August 2012. Retrieved 29 August 2012. 
  10. ^ "Micael the hero as Braga oust Udinese in shoot-out". UEFA.com. 28 August 2012. Retrieved 29 August 2012. 
  11. ^ "Peseiro's brave Braga prosper in Istanbul". UEFA.com. 2 October 2012. Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  12. ^ "Germany beaten, France and England held". UEFA.com. 29 March 2011. Retrieved 30 March 2011. 
  13. ^ "Rúben Micael". Soccerway. Retrieved 7 March 2014. 

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