Vieirinha

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This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Vieira and the second or paternal family name is De Freitas.
Vieirinha
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Vieirinha playing for PAOK in 2010
Personal information
Full name Adelino André Vieira de Freitas
Date of birth (1986-01-24) 24 January 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth Guimarães, Portugal
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
VfL Wolfsburg
Number 8
Youth career
1995–1996 Torcatense
1996–2002 Vitória Guimarães
2002–2004 Porto
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2005 Porto B 38 (12)
2005–2009 Porto 8 (0)
2006 Marco (loan) 13 (4)
2007–2008 Leixões (loan) 22 (1)
2008–2009 PAOK (loan) 21 (1)
2009–2011 PAOK 78 (18)
2012– VfL Wolfsburg 54 (3)
National team
2001 Portugal U16 6 (2)
2002–2003 Portugal U17 24 (10)
2003–2005 Portugal U19 24 (13)
2005–2006 Portugal U20 12 (1)
2007–2009 Portugal U21 17 (2)
2009 Portugal U23 4 (0)
2013– Portugal 12 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 October 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 October 2014

Adelino André Vieira de Freitas (born 24 January 1986), commonly known as Vieirinha, is a Portuguese footballer who plays for VfL Wolfsburg in Germany as a winger.

Ambidextrous, he started playing for Porto, but spent most of his professional career in Greece with PAOK.

Vieirinha made his debut with the Portuguese national team in 2013, and was part of the squad at the 2014 World Cup.

Club career[edit]

Porto[edit]

Formed in the youth ranks of local Vitória Sport Clube, Guimarães-born Vieirinha caught the interest of F.C. Porto and eventually finished his football grooming there. After a six-month loan at the second division's Futebol Clube do Marco he joined the first team in the 2006–07 season, being given a four-year professional contract.[1]

Vieirinha played his first official game for Porto on 11 August 2006, in the Portuguese Supercup against Vitória de Setúbal, coming on as a substitute in the 70th minute and scoring the game's last goal in the 89th, in a 3–0 final result.[2]

Alongside teammates Diogo Valente and Paulo Machado, Vieirinha was loaned to top flight promotees Leixões S.C. for the 2007–08 campaign. All proved instrumental as the Matosinhos side retained its league status at the season's close.

PAOK[edit]

Vieirinha then returned to Porto, being immediately loaned to PAOK F.C. of Greece, which had expressed interest in the player as his compatriot Fernando Santos was at the club's helm at the time. A season-long loan was eventually arranged, as the player teamed up with compatriot Sérgio Conceição. After only a few games, he picked up a serious injury (torn ankle ligament[3] in a derby against Aris Thessaloniki FC, caused by Vitolo, a player who would join PAOK in the following year; he returned to training during the January 2009 winter break, coming on as a substitute in a home game against OFI Crete.

In mid-July 2009, PAOK came to terms with Porto to make the move permanent for roughly 1 million, following Vieirinha's wish to continue playing under coach Santos.[4] Late in the year he renewed his link until June 2013, with a €15 million buyout clause.

On 4 November 2010 diminutive Vieirinha scored with his head in a 1–0 home win against Villarreal CF of Spain, for the season's UEFA Europa League.[5] He was also named the league's most valuable player, the second individual accolade in a row whilst at PAOK,[6][7] helping the team finish in third position and qualify to the Europa League.

Despite considerable transfer market speculation owing to his increased potential,[8] Vieirinha started 2011–12 with PAOK, helping his side progress to the Europa League group stage; overall, he played in 126 official matches for the club, scoring 28 goals and making 21 assists.

Wolfsburg[edit]

With a short statement on 3 January 2012, PAOK announced the club had come to terms regarding the transfer of Vieirinha to German side VfL Wolfsburg. The player signed until June 2015 for approximately €4 million,[9][10] and made his Bundesliga debut on the 21st, playing 45 minutes in a 1–0 home win against 1. FC Köln.[11]

Vieirinha scored his first official goal for the Wolves on 9 March 2013, contributing to a 5–2 success at SC Freiburg with a volley from outside the box.[12] In September, during a German Cup game against VfR Aalen, he ruptured his knee ligaments, going on to be sidelined until April of the following year.[13]

International career[edit]

Vieirinha featured for every youth level of the Portuguese national team, from under-16 to under-21, earning a total of 83 caps and scoring 28 goals in the process. In November 2011 he received his first callup to the main squad, replacing injured Danny for the UEFA Euro 2012 playoffs against Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Vieirinha finally made his debut for Portugal on 22 March 2013, playing the last 30 minutes in a 3–3 away draw with Israel for the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.[14] On 19 May of the following year he was named in the final 23-man squad for the finals in Brazil[15] and, on 11 June, scored his first international goal, netting his team's fourth in a 5–1 friendly win over the Republic of Ireland in the United States, four minutes after replacing Silvestre Varela.[16]

Vieirinha featured once in the final stages, playing 21 minutes in the 2–1 group stage triumph against Ghana as Portugal went out on goal difference.[17]

International goals[edit]

Vieirinha: International goals
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition


1 10 June 2014 Metlife Stadium, New Jersey, United States  Republic of Ireland 4–1 5–1 Friendly

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Country[edit]

Individual[edit]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 10 May 2014[18]
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists
Marco 2005–06 13 4 - 0 0 0 - 13 4 -
Porto 2006–07 8 0 - 1 1 0 0 0 0 9 1 0
Leixões 2007–08 22 1 - 0 0 0 - 22 1 -
PAOK 2008–09 21 1 1 0 0 0 - 21 1 1
2009–10 34 7 5 2 0 0 2 0 1 38 7 6
2010–11 31 6 7 4 1 0 12 4 2 47 11 9
2011–12 13 5 4 0 0 0 9 4 1 22 9 5
Wolfsburg 2011–12 9 0 1 0 0 0 - 9 0 1
2012–13 27 1 5 5 0 0 - 32 1 5
2013–14 11 1 1 3 0 1 - 14 1 2
Portugal Total 43 5 - 1 1 - 0 0 0 44 6 -
Greece Total 99 19 17 6 1 0 23 8 4 128 28 21
Germany Total 47 2 7 8 0 1 0 0 0 55 2 8
Career total 189 27 24 15 2 1 23 8 4 227 36 30

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Porto pair go out on loan". UEFA.com. 28 December 2006. Retrieved 14 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "Primeiro jogo, golo e... título" [First game, goal and... title] (in Portuguese). Record. 21 August 2006. Retrieved 21 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "Vieirinha performs well for PAOK Saloniki v Xanthi". IM Scouting. 1 March 2010. Archived from the original on 14 December 2013. Retrieved 14 February 2013. 
  4. ^ "Mercado: Porto coloca jogadores" [Market: Porto places players] (in Portuguese). Zerozero. 11 July 2009. Archived from the original on 14 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "Vieirinha heads PAOK past Villarreal". UEFA.com. 4 November 2010. Retrieved 14 February 2013. 
  6. ^ "Vieirinha wins PAOK supporters’ award". PortuGOAL. 17 May 2010. Retrieved 14 February 2013. 
  7. ^ "MVP του ΠΑΟΚ για τη φετινή χρονιά 2010–2011, ο Adelino André Vieirinha-Vieira" [Vieirinha named PAOK 2010–2011 MVP] (in Greek). PAOK's official website. 26 May 2011. Archived from the original on 14 December 2013. 
  8. ^ "PAOK’s Vieirinha ignores transfer speculation after another wonder goal". PortuGOAL. 17 January 2011. Retrieved 14 February 2013. 
  9. ^ "Ολοκληρώθηκε του Vieirinha" (in Greek). PAOK's official website. 3 January 2012. [dead link]
  10. ^ "Vieirinha no Wolfsburgo: "Portugal? Não guardo mágoa"" [Vieirinha in Wolfsburg: "Portugal? No hard feelings"] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 3 January 2012. Retrieved 14 February 2013. 
  11. ^ "VfL Wolfsburg 1–0 FC Cologne". ESPN Soccernet. 21 January 2012. Retrieved 14 February 2013. 
  12. ^ "SC Freiburg 2–5 VfL Wolfsburg". MSN Sport. 9 March 2013. Retrieved 16 March 2013. 
  13. ^ "Wolfsburg's Vieirinha ruptures knee ligaments". FIFA.com. 25 September 2013. Retrieved 29 June 2014. 
  14. ^ "Coentrão comes to Portugal's rescue in Israel". UEFA.com. 22 March 2013. Retrieved 22 March 2013. 
  15. ^ "Paulo Bento announces Portugal's 23-man World Cup squad". PortuGOAL. 19 May 2014. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  16. ^ "Ronaldo returns as Portugal end World Cup preparations on a high". PortuGOAL. 11 June 2014. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  17. ^ "Ronaldo downs Ghana but Portugal crash out". FIFA.com. 26 June 2014. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  18. ^ "Vieirinha". Soccerway. Retrieved 21 April 2014. 

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