Weligton Oliveira

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Weligton
Weligton Robson de Oliveira.jpg
Personal information
Full name Weligton Robson Pena Oliveira
Date of birth (1979-08-26) 26 August 1979 (age 35)
Place of birth Fernandópolis, Brazil
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Málaga
Number 3
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–1998 FC Olimpia
1998–2000 Campinense
2000–2001 Jalesense
2001–2002 Barretos
2002–2003 Paraná 9 (0)
2003–2006 Penafiel 73 (0)
2006–2008 Grasshoppers 30 (1)
2007–2008 Málaga (loan) 38 (0)
2008– Málaga 186 (9)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 May 2015.
† Appearances (Goals).

Weligton Robson Pena de Oliveira (born 26 August 1979), simply known as Weligton, is a Brazilian footballer who plays for Spanish club Málaga CF as a central defender.

He started playing professional football already well in his 20s, and spent the vast majority of his career with Málaga. He also competed in Portugal and Switzerland.

Football career[edit]

Weligton in action for Málaga in 2012

Born in Fernandópolis, São Paulo, Weligton started his professional career with Paraná Clube at the age of already 23, joining Portugal's F.C. Penafiel on 13 August 2003 with the club in the second division.[1] After helping it achieve top flight promotion he was an automatic first-choice for a further two seasons, with relegation befalling in 2006.

Subsequently, Weligton signed with Grasshopper Club Zürich. After just one season in Switzerland he was loaned to Spanish second level side Málaga CF, and was an essential defensive unit in another career promotion, only missing four league games out of 42; on 18 June 2008 the move was made permanent as he agreed to a four-year contract, and he scored his first goal for the Andalusians on 17 May of the following year against Sporting de Gijón, in a 1–2 away loss.[2]

An undisputed starter again in 2009–10, Weligton suffered a serious ankle injury on 14 March 2010 in a 0–1 loss at UD Almería, going on to miss the rest of the campaign.[3] He made his 100th league appearance for the club on 16 October, alongside teammate Apoño, in a 1–4 home defeat against Real Madrid.[4]

After the summer signing of Joris Mathijsen, Weligton found himself more often than not as a substitute. His first league appearance in 2011–12 was on 11 December 2011, in a 1−1 home draw against CA Osasuna.

In the 2013 pre-season, Weligton broke his collarbone in a friendly with Aston Villa after a shoulder barge from opposing player Christian Benteke. He was sidelined for several weeks[5][6] and, on 8 October, extended his contract for a further two years until June 2015.[7]

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