Antunes with Dynamo Kyiv in 2015
|Full name||Vitorino Gabriel Pacheco Antunes|
|Date of birth||1 April 1987|
|Place of birth||Freamunde, Portugal|
|Height||1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Playing position||Left back|
|2007–2008||→ Roma (loan)||5||(0)|
|2008–2009||→ Lecce (loan)||10||(0)|
|2010||→ Leixões (loan)||11||(0)|
|2011||→ Livorno (loan)||6||(0)|
|2012||→ Panionios (loan)||10||(1)|
|2013||→ Málaga (loan)||11||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 April 2015.
† Appearances (Goals).
Early years / Paços
Born in Freamunde, Antunes joined top division club F.C. Paços de Ferreira for the 2006–07 season for an undisclosed fee from third level side S.C. Freamunde, where he began his professional football career.
After a season of excellent displays, Antunes was linked with moves to Porto, S.L. Benfica, Sporting Clube de Portugal, Atlético Madrid, AJ Auxerre, Aston Villa and R.S.C. Anderlecht. On 29 August 2007, just two days before the close of the transfer window, Italian club A.S. Roma obtained the player on a loan deal, for €0.3 million, with the option to buy him permanently open until 15 April 2008. He signed a 1+3-year-contract for €0.195 million in the first season – in gross, bonus excluded – gradually increased to €0.321 million in the last year.
Antunes made his official Roma debut on 12 December 2007, during the season's UEFA Champions League game against Manchester United. He was chosen as Man of the match in a poll conducted by the club's website.
On 20 January 2008 Antunes played his first Serie A match, coming on as a substitute in a 2–0 home win over Calcio Catania. He also started against the same opponent in an Italian Cup semi-final match in April, which ended with another home success (1–0), but was, however, virtually absent in the league, being barred by Italian internationals Marco Cassetti and Max Tonetto and totalling only 65 minutes of action.
On 2 April 2008 Roma exercised their right to full ownership, paying Paços de Ferreira the sum of €1.2 million, whilst the player signed a five-year contract. After signing, he was immediately loaned to newly promoted U.S. Lecce in a season-long move, for €200,000.
After appearing rarely for Lecce and not at all for Roma from August to December 2009, Antunes returned to Portugal the following month, being loaned to struggling Leixões S.C. until the end of the season, which ended in top flight relegation for the club.
On 5 February 2010, the FIFA Dispute Resolution Chamber ruled Freamunde eligible to receive €45,000 for Solidarity Contribution. On 31 January 2011, Antunes was signed by A.S. Livorno Calcio along with team-mate Marco D'Alessandro, on loan, with Roma paying the player an incentive of €270,000 in order to compensate the wage difference between the two clubs.
Paços return / Málaga
On 28 June 2012, after spending five months loaned to Panionios G.S.S. in Greece, Antunes was released by Roma and signed a three-year contract with former club Paços de Ferreira, replacing Benfica-bound Luisinho. Late into the following winter transfer window, however, he was loaned to Málaga CF as a replacement for Arsenal-bound Nacho Monreal. He made his La Liga debut on 9 February, playing the full 90 minutes in a 2–1 away win against Levante UD, and participated in 15 official games during the season, including four in the Champions League.
On 2 February 2015, Antunes made a deadline day move to Ukrainian Premier League club FC Dynamo Kyiv for a reported fee of around €6 million, signing a four-and-a-half-year contract. He made his debut on the 19th, playing the full 90 minutes in a 1–2 away loss to EA Guingamp for the Europa League where his new team played with nine men for 45 minutes, and scored his first goal on 15 March, helping to a 5–0 home victory over FC Illichivets Mariupol; his second came four days later, as he struck a powerful shot from 30 yards in a 5–2 win against Everton that qualified for the quarter-finals of the Europa League 6–4 on aggregate.
On 5 June 2007, aged 20, he gained his first cap for the senior team, appearing in a 1–1 draw away against Kuwait after replacing Paulo Ferreira for the last half hour of the match. He passed five years and four days between his third cap and his next in September 2013.
- "Decision of dispute resolution chamber 210170" (PDF). FIFA.com. 5 February 2010. Retrieved 18 February 2011.
- Antunes chase
- «La Roma ha riscattato Antunes» («Roma rescues Antunes»); Corriere dello Sport (Italian)[dead link]
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- "Galabinov, D´Alessandro e Antunes al Livorno" [Galabinov, D'Alessandro and Antunes to Livorno] (in Italian). Livorno's official website. 31 January 2011. Retrieved 7 August 2011.
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- "El Málaga ficha a Antunes para suplir a Monreal" [Málaga signs Antunes to replace Monreal] (in Spanish). Diario Sur. 31 January 2013. Retrieved 13 June 2013.
- "Isco at the double". ESPN FC. 9 February 2013. Retrieved 13 June 2013.
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- "Vitorino Antunes – FC Dynamo Kyiv player!". Dynamo Kyiv. 2 February 2015. Retrieved 2 February 2015.
- "Guingamp punish nine-man Dynamo Kyiv". UEFA.com. 19 February 2015. Retrieved 19 March 2015.
- "Dynamo K 5:0 Illichivets". Dynamo Kyiv. 15 March 2015. Retrieved 19 March 2015.
- "Delicious Dynamo pull the plug on Everton". UEFA.com. 19 March 2015. Retrieved 19 March 2015.
- Vitorino Antunes – FIFA competition record
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- Vitorino Antunes at footballzz.co.uk
- Vitorino Antunes profile at ForaDeJogo
- BDFutbol profile
- Vitorino Antunes at National-Football-Teams.com