Steven Vitória

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Steven Vitória
Personal information
Full name Steven de Sousa Vitória
Date of birth (1987-01-11) 11 January 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth Toronto, Canada
Height 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Benfica
Number 3
Youth career
2004–2005 Woodbridge Strikers
2005–2006 Porto
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2010 Porto 0 (0)
2006–2007 Tourizense (loan) 11 (2)
2007–2009 Olhanense (loan) 35 (1)
2009–2010 Covilhã (loan) 24 (1)
2010–2013 Estoril 79 (19)
2013– Benfica B 7 (3)
2013– Benfica 1 (0)
National team
2006 Portugal U19 5 (0)
2006–2007 Portugal U20 6 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 May 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Steven de Sousa Vitória (born 11 January 1987) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a central defender for S.L. Benfica.

Club career[edit]

Born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to Portuguese immigrants from the Azores,[1][2] Vitória was signed by F.C. Porto at the age of 18.[3] In the following years he began a series of loans, starting out at G.D. Tourizense in the third division then joining S.C. Olhanense for two years,[4] and helping the Algarve side promote to the top level in his second season by appearing in 18 games, 15 as a starter.[5][6]

In the 2009–10 season Vitória continued on loan from Porto, this time with S.C. Covilhã in division two.[7] He played his first official match for his new club on 2 August 2009, in a 1–0 away win against A.D. Carregado for the Portuguese League Cup.[8]

Vitória cut all ties with Porto in July 2010,[9] signing with G.D. Estoril Praia in the second division. In his first campaign in the top flight, 2012–13, he scored an astonishing 11 goals – eight from the penalty spot – to help his team finish fifth and qualify for the UEFA Europa League.[10][11]

Free agent Vitória joined S.L. Benfica on 16 June 2013, signing a four-year contract.[12]

International career[edit]

Vitória represented Portugal at the 2006 Lusophony Games in Macau, the 2006 UEFA European Under-19 Championship in Poland[13] and the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup in his birth nation, Canada.[14]

Honours[edit]

Olhanense
Estoril
Benfica

References[edit]

  1. ^ Portuguese star happy to play at home; The Star, 29 June 2007
  2. ^ "Steven Vitoria reconsiders Canada option". Sportsnet. 6 September 2012. Retrieved 24 April 2014. 
  3. ^ FC Porto B: Steve Vitória, defesa central (FC Porto B: Steve Vitória, central defender); Esperança Portista, 23 June 2005 (Portuguese)
  4. ^ "Paulo Ribeiro e Steven Vitória cedidos ao Olhanense" [Paulo Ribeiro and Steven Vitória loaned to Olhanense] (in Portuguese). Record. 24 July 2007. Retrieved 24 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "Portimonense-Olhanense, 2–3: Vitória ao cair do pano" [Portimonense-Olhanense, 2–3: Vitória ("win" in Portuguese) in the last breath] (in Portuguese). Record. 1 November 2008. Retrieved 24 April 2014. 
  6. ^ "Boavista-Olhanense, 1–4: Goleada de olho na subida" [Boavista-Olhanense, 1–4: Routing to eye promotion] (in Portuguese). Record. 1 March 2009. Retrieved 24 April 2014. 
  7. ^ "Josué e Steven por empréstimo" [Josué and Steven on loan] (in Portuguese). Record. 28 June 2009. Retrieved 24 April 2014. 
  8. ^ "Serranos aproveitam inexperiência ribatejana" [Serranos take advantage of ribatejana inexperience] (in Portuguese). Record. 2 August 2009. Retrieved 24 April 2014. 
  9. ^ "Steven Vitória já rescindiu contrato" [Steven Vitória has already rescinded contract] (in Portuguese). Record. 30 July 2010. Retrieved 24 April 2014. 
  10. ^ Estoril vs. FCP. Steven Vitória, Moutinho empate (Estoril vs. FCP. Steven Vitória, Moutinho draw); IOnline, 31 December 2012 (Portuguese)
  11. ^ Steven Vitória em duelo de goleadores com Jackson Martínez (Steven Vitória in scoring duel with Jackson Martínez); A Bola, 7 March 2013 (Portuguese)
  12. ^ Steven Vitória assina contrato com o Benfica por quatro temporadas (Steven Vitória signs contract with Benfica for four seasons); Benfica Ao Vivo, 16 June 2013 (Portuguese)
  13. ^ "Sub-19: Carlos Dinis escolhe 24 jogadores" [Under-19: Carlos Dinis chooses 24 players] (in Portuguese). Record. 29 June 2006. Retrieved 24 April 2014. 
  14. ^ Steven VitóriaFIFA competition record
  15. ^ "Spot-on Sevilla leave Benfica dreams in tatters". UEFA.com. 14 May 2014. Retrieved 15 May 2014. 

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