Silas (Portuguese footballer)

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This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Rebelo and the second or paternal family name is Fernandes.
Personal information
Full name Jorge Manuel Rebelo Fernandes
Date of birth (1976-09-01) 1 September 1976 (age 38)
Place of birth Lisbon, Portugal
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 10
Youth career
1986–1987 Domingos Sávio
1987–1989 Sporting CP
1989–1995 Atlético
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1998 Atlético 33 (2)
1998–2001 Ceuta 65 (20)
1999–2000 Elche (loan) 35 (1)
2001–2003 União Leiria 64 (13)
2003–2006 Wolverhampton Wanderers 9 (0)
2004–2005 Marítimo (loan) 17 (2)
2005–2006 Belenenses (loan) 28 (4)
2006–2009 Belenenses 86 (7)
2009–2011 União Leiria 41 (3)
2011–2012 AEL Limassol 43 (2)
2012–2013 AEP 16 (3)
2013–2014 Ethnikos Achna 46 (3)
2014– Atlético 36 (8)
National team
2003 Portugal 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:00, 6 April 2015 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Jorge Manuel Rebelo Fernandes, commonly known as Silas (born 1 September 1976), is a Portuguese footballer who plays for Atlético Clube de Portugal as a midfielder.

He amassed Primeira Liga totals of 236 games and 30 goals over the course of nine seasons, representing in the competition União de Leiria, Marítimo and Belenenses. He also played professionally in three other countries, mainly Spain and Cyprus.

Football career[edit]

Silas was born in Lisbon. After making his professional debut with local club Atlético Clube de Portugal he emigrated to Spain, representing lowly AD Ceuta who also loaned him for one season to Elche CF in the second division.

Silas first made his name at U.D. Leiria, with whom he achieved a couple of top six top level finishes, also making the domestic cup final in 2003. During the 2001–02 campaign he was managed by up-and-coming José Mourinho and, the following year, made his first appearance for the Portuguese national team, in a 1–0 friendly win over Macedonia on 3 April 2003;[1] he later played against Paraguay and Bolivia.

Silas signed for newly promoted Premier League club Wolverhampton Wanderers in July 2003, for an initial fee of £1 million.[2][3] However, he endured a frustrating time in England, failing to settle in the country and establish himself in the Wolves squad. During their doomed season he made a mere nine league appearances, totalling 14 overall.

In the 2004 summer Silas returned to his homeland, joining top-divisioner C.S. Marítimo on a season-long loan. The following campaign, still not featuring in the Wolves manager's plans (now Glenn Hoddle) he was loaned out to another side in the country and category, this time C.F. Os Belenenses.

At the end of the season, having made 28 appearances with four goals, Silas decided to make his move permanent, joining on a free transfer as his contract at Wolverhampton had expired. He continued to be an undisputed starter from 2006 to 2009, after which he was released and returned to Leiria, freshly returned to the main division.


  1. ^ Scolari looks to youth;, 6 February 2003
  2. ^ "Silas heads to Wolves". BBC Sport. 9 July 2003. Retrieved 13 February 2011. 
  3. ^ "Jones hails Silas signing". 9 July 2003. 

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