Wílton Figueiredo

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Wílton Figueiredo
23-jan-2010 Wilton Figueiredo MFF.jpg
Figueiredo with Malmö FF in 2010
Personal information
Full name Wílton Aguiar Figueiredo
Date of birth (1982-03-17) 17 March 1982 (age 32)
Place of birth São Paulo, Brazil
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Midfielder/Forward
Club information
Current team
free agent
Youth career
1994–1996 Palmeiras
1999–2002 São Paulo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003 São Paulo 0 (0)
2004 Ceará 0 (0)
2005 GAIS 28 (15)
2006–2007 AIK 39 (17)
2007–2009 Al Rayyan (12)
2008–2009 Al Kharaitiyat (loan) 12 (3)
2009–2012 Malmö FF 97 (19)
2013 Gaziantepspor 3 (1)
2013–2014 Viborg FF 9 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 April 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Wílton Aguiar Figueiredo (Brazilian Portuguese: [ˈviwtõⁿ fiɡejˈɾedu]; born 17 March 1982 in São Paulo) is a Brazilian footballer who plays as a midfielder and forward for Viborg FF.

After a season with Swedish side, GAIS, he was brought to the Swedish capital and the club AIK after both GAIS and AIK were promoted to the Swedish top flight, the Allsvenskan in 2005. He was later sold to Qatar club Al Rayyan where he played until 2009 when he returned to Sweden and Malmö FF.

Club career[edit]

Ceará and GAIS[edit]

A native of São Paulo, Brazil, Figueiredo has played with such talents as AC Milan's Kaká and Inter Milan's Adriano at youth level. Figueiredo himself has never played at the top flight in Brazil. After a season with second division side Ceará FC he went to Sweden for a try-out session with AIK. After 40 days he was rejected and went to try out with GAIS. AIK had just been relegated from the top level and were not willing to take any economic risk, and thus did not offer the free agent a contract. Instead upon hearing of this news, GAIS acted quickly and signed Figueiredo for three years.

AIK[edit]

After having scored only two goals during the second half of the Superettan campaign he still garnered the interest of AIK who moved for a swoop during the pre-season of 2006. GAIS willingly agreed. Figueiredo enjoyed massive success in 2006, starting all but two games and scoring eleven goals for his new club in his debut season. The team finished as second in the Premier League, missing the title with only one single point.

Al Rayyan[edit]

A capable striker with a drilling shot and a strong ability to keep the ball at his feet while at the same time being able to find the through passes, Figueiredo was considered one of the best strikers in the Swedish league and attracted the interest from international clubs. In September 2007 he signed a 5-year long deal with Qatar side Al Rayyan. However, he moved on loan to Al Kharaitiyat in August 2008.

Malmö FF[edit]

In April 2009 Figueiredo moved to Malmö FF in Sweden.[1] Intended as the replacement of PSV Eindhoven-bound Ola Toivonen, Figueiredo was considered one of the most expensive purchases of a Swedish club ever. He was given the number 9 shirt and there were big expectations for the 2009 season, However Figueiredo scored only four goals in 24 games and was considered a disappointment by some.[2] In his second season with Malmö, Figueiredo was moved down to the central midfield, where he had much greater success, being a key player in Malmö's resurgence during the spring of 2010, scoring quite a few spectacular goals from long range as well. He formed a strong and balanced midfield in the 2010 season together with teammate Ivo Pekalski where Figueiredo worked the offence and Pekalski the defence. At the end of the season Figueiredo won his first title ever with Malmö being at the top of the table. Still playing as central midfielder, Figueiredo managed to score five goals for the 2011 season as well. Figueiredo played slightly less for the 2012 season and produced the same amount of goals as the last season. On 5 November 2012 after the last league fixture of the season it was announced that Figueiredo would leave Malmö FF when his contract ends on 1 January 2013.[3]

Gaziantepspor[edit]

On 8 January 2013 it was official that Wilton Figueiredo had joined Gaziantepspor in the Turkish Süper Lig on a free transfer.[4][5]

Viborg FF[edit]

On 14 October 2013, Wilton Figueiredo joined Viborg FF in the Danish Superliga.[6]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 22 November 2013.[7]
Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sweden League Svenska Cupen Europe Total
2005 GAIS Superettan 28 15 28 15
2006 AIK Allsvenskan 26 11 26 11
2007 13 6 13 6
Qatar League Emir of Qatar Cup Asia Total
2007–08 Al Rayyan Stars League 12 12
2008–09
2008–09 Al Kharaitiyat 12 3 12 3
Sweden League Svenska Cupen Europe Total
2009 Malmö FF Allsvenskan 24 4 1 0 25 4
2010 27 5 2 0 29 5
2011 24 5 2 0 11 2 37 7
2012 22 5 1 1 23 6
Turkey League Turkish Cup Europe Total
2012–13 Gaziantepspor Süper Lig 3 1 3 1
Denmark League Danish Cup Europe Total
2013–14 Viborg FF Danish Superliga 2 0 2 0
Total Sweden 164 51 6 1 11 2 181 54
Qatar 12 15 0 0 0 0 12 15
Turkey 3 1 0 0 0 0 3 1
Denmark 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Career total 181 67 6 1 11 2 198 70

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Malmö FF

References[edit]

  1. ^ Experts unite to tip Elfsborg in Sweden
  2. ^ Disappointment in Allsvenskan
  3. ^ "Tack för allt, Wilton!" (in Swedish). mff.se. 5 November 2012. Retrieved 6 November 2012. 
  4. ^ "WILTON Figueiredo in GAZİANTEPSPOR" (in Turkish). Gaziantepspor Official Website. 8 January 2013. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "Passed from Wilton Figueiredo Health Check" (in Turkish). Gaziantepspor Official Website. 8 January 2013. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "Wilton Figueiredo Viborg FF" (in Danish). Viborg Official Website. 14 October 2013. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  7. ^ "WÍLTON FIGUEIREDO:CAREER". Soccerway. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 

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