Tonel playing for Dinamo Zagreb
|Full name||António Leonel Vilar N. Sousa|
|Date of birth||13 April 1980|
|Place of birth||Lourosa, Portugal|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|2001–2004||→ Académica (loan)||112||(9)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 May 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
António Leonel Vilar Nogueira Sousa (Portuguese pronunciation: [tuˈnɛɫ]; born 13 April 1980), commonly known as Tonel, is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for C.D. Feirense as a central defender.
Over the course of nine seasons he amassed Portuguese first division totals of 211 games and 17 goals, namely representing Sporting with which he won four major titles. He also played three years in Croatia with Dinamo Zagreb.
Porto / Marítimo
Coming through the youth teams of F.C. Porto, Tonel was born in Lourosa, Santa Maria da Feira, and made his professional debut when he was loaned out to Académica de Coimbra during the 2000–01 season, helping the club promote to the top division in his second year. Despite earning a good reputation for himself during the three-season spell, he was deemed surplus to requirements by his parent club and was released, moving to C.S. Marítimo during the summer of 2004 as part of an exchange deal with Porto which saw Pepe arrive at the Estádio do Dragão.
Tonel enjoyed a hugely successful season for the Madeira team, picking up some European experience during the club's UEFA Cup tie against Rangers. He formed a fomidable partnership with Dutch Mitchell van der Gaag in defence and became one of the team's leading figures, playing 28 league games and scoring once, in a 2–1 home win over Boavista F.C. on 25 September 2004.
On 23 July 2005, after an impressive season, Tonel signed a three-year deal with Sporting Clube de Portugal for €500,000. The second stint with another side of the Big Three was much more successful this time, as he was an everpresent figure at Sporting's back four since his arrival alongside Brazilian international Ânderson Polga, also scoring the occasional goal on set pieces.
Shortly after furthering his link with the Lions until 2011, he scored five goals overall during 2007–08, including one in a 2–1 win at FC Dynamo Kyiv for the season's UEFA Champions League (incidentally, Polga netted the other).
In late October 2008, after an injury in a draw at F.C. Paços de Ferreira, Tonel lost his place to youth graduate Daniel Carriço, and never regained it again during the season, although he himself took Polga's place midway through the following campaign.
On 27 August 2010, after falling out of favour with new manager Paulo Sérgio, 30-year-old Tonel signed for Croatian club GNK Dinamo Zagreb. He made his official debut in an Eternal derby match against HNK Hajduk Split on 11 September; he was awarded No. 13 shirt in domestic competition, but played with No. 28 in European fixtures, as Dario Šimić had been registered with the former number at the start of the 2010–11 season, before retiring in August 2010.
Tonel was released by Dinamo at the end of his contract, in December 2012.
Tonel made his debut with Portugal in a UEFA Euro 2008 qualifier against Kazakhstan in Coimbra, playing 77 minutes in a 3–0 win on 15 November 2006. His second cap came more than three years after (on 3 March 2010), as he was called as a last-minute replacement for injured Ricardo Carvalho for a friendly with China, played in the same venue (2–0 win).
- Portuguese Cup: 2006–07, 2007–08
- Portuguese Supercup: 2007, 2008
- Portuguese League Cup: Runner-up 2007–08, 2008–09
- Dinamo Zagreb
- As of 20 August 2011
- Tonel earns Sporting chance; UEFA.com, 23 July 2005
- Sporting give Tonel better terms; UEFA.com, 12 April 2007
- Polga strikes downs Dynamo
- Novo super pojačanje: Tonel u Dinamu! (New super signing: Tonel for Dinamo!); Dinamo Zagreb's website, 27 August 2010 (Croatian)
- Bez pobjednika u derbiju; Sportnet, 12 September 2010 (Croatian)
- Tonel: «Estou motivado e quero ser útil» (Tonel: «I am motivated and i want to be useful»); Record, 7 January 2013 (Portuguese)
- "Tonel". Soccerway. Retrieved 7 April 2014.