Almami Moreira

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Almami Moreira
Almami Moreira Cacak.jpg
Moreira after a game with Partizan in 2010
Personal information
Full name Almami Samori da Silva Moreira
Date of birth (1978-06-16) 16 June 1978 (age 39)
Place of birth Bissau, Guinea-Bissau
Height 1.67 m (5 ft 6 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1991–1994 Sacavenense
1994–1997 Boavista
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–2001 Boavista 17 (1)
1997–1998 Gondomar (loan) 21 (4)
1998–1999 Gil Vicente (loan) 33 (9)
2001–2006 Standard Liège 114 (18)
2004–2005 Hamburger SV (loan) 22 (3)
2006 Dynamo Moscow 1 (0)
2007 Aves 8 (3)
2007–2011 Partizan 88 (23)
2011 Dalian Aerbin 22 (4)
2012 Vojvodina 22 (1)
2013 Salamanca 15 (4)
2014 Atlético 11 (3)
Total 374 (73)
National team
1998–1999 Portugal U21 12 (5)
2002 Portugal B 2 (0)
2010–2011 Guinea-Bissau 6 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Almami Samori da Silva Moreira (born 16 June 1978) is a Guinea-Bissauan retired footballer who played as a midfielder. He also held Portuguese citizenship.

After starting out at Boavista he went on to represent mainly Standard Liège and Partizan, also playing professionally in four other countries during his career.

Club career[edit]

Boavista[edit]

Born in Bissau, Guinea-Bissau, Moreira reached Boavista FC's youth ranks in 1994, but started out professionally with northern neighbours Gondomar S.C. and Gil Vicente FC, on loan.

He returned in 1999 and went on to have relative impact in the first team, being mainly used as a substitute and being part of the squad as the club won the Primeira Liga in his last year, although he did not appear in any matches whatsoever.

Belgium / Russia[edit]

With the start of the new millennium Moreira moved to Standard Liège,[1] where he quickly became a fan favourite, going on to spend five years in Belgium, a loan to Hamburger SV in 2004–05 notwithstanding.[2]

In August 2006, he joined Russia's FC Dynamo Moscow, a club that was signing a large number of Portuguese and Portugal-based players at the time. Unsettled as the vast majority of those, he returned to his country of adoption in January, as lowly C.D. Aves battled to avoid relegation from the top level, which eventually did not happen.

Partizan Belgrade[edit]

On 5 July 2007, Moreira signed a two-year contract with FK Partizan in Serbia, being handed the #10 shirt whilst also becoming the first Portuguese player to represent the club.[3] He made his competitive debut on 19 July in a game against HŠK Zrinjski Mostar, and scored his first official goal on 2 August in a UEFA Cup game against the same club.

On 29 September 2007, Moreira scored against city rivals Red Star in a 2–2 draw – this made him the first ever Portuguese to score in a Belgrade derby. In his first season at the club he appeared 28 times and netted seven goals, as Partizan won the league title; to this he added the domestic cup.

In a UEFA Cup match at Sevilla FC, on 3 December 2008, Moreira collapsed early into the game, being immediately taken into observation,[4] and fully recovering. On 10 April 2009 he agreed to sign a new three-year contract, which would keep him with Partizan until 2012.[5]

Following impressive and consistent performances, Moreira was named in the 2008–09 SuperLiga Team of the Year, alongside seven teammates, as the double was again conquered. On 5 August 2009, grieving the loss of his mother a day earlier, he decided to play in the second leg of Partizan's UEFA Champions League qualifier against APOEL FC: he scored the opener in the third minute, but the Cypriots eventually progressed 2–1 on aggregate.

On 27 February 2010, Moreira made his 100th competitive match for Partizan, coming on as an 55th-minute substitute for Saša Ilić against FK Borac Čačak.

Later years[edit]

Moreira split the following years with Dalian Aerbin F.C. in China and another team in Serbia, FK Vojvodina.[6] In late 2012 the 34-year-old moved clubs and countries again, joining Spain's UD Salamanca.[7]

Moreira retired in 2013 at the age of 35, being named Atlético Clube de Portugal's director of football. He came out of retirement in January of the following year, after being convinced by newly appointed coach Neca.[8]

International career[edit]

Moreira played for Portugal under-21s on 12 occasions in the late 90's, and in 2002 he was part of the national B-team that won the Vale do Tejo summer tournament.[9]

In 2010, with the increasing development and professionalization of football in Guinea-Bissau, he decided to represent the land of his ancestors at full level, earning his first cap in October of that year, at the age of 32.

Club statistics[edit]

As of 19 May 2013[10]
Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Portugal League Taça de Portugal Europe Total
1999–00 Boavista Primeira Liga 17 1 3 0 2 1 22 2
2000–01 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Belgium League Belgian Cup Europe Total
2001–02 Standard Liège Belgian Pro League 26 6 1 1 5 2 32 9
2002–03 32 6 4 0 0 0 36 6
2003–04 27 4 1 0 0 0 28 4
2004–05 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Germany League DFB-Pokal Europe Total
2004–05 Hamburger SV Bundesliga 22 3 0 0 0 0 22 3
Belgium League Belgian Cup Europe Total
2005–06 Standard Liège Belgian Pro League 26 2 4 0 0 0 30 2
Russia League Russian Cup Europe Total
2006 Dynamo Moscow Russian Premier League 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
Portugal League Taça de Portugal Europe Total
2006–07 Aves Primeira Liga 8 3 0 0 0 0 8 3
Serbia League Serbian Cup Europe Total
2007–08 Partizan Serbian SuperLiga 28 7 3 0 2 1 33 8
2008–09 27 9 5 2 9 0 41 11
2009–10 25 3 4 1 11 1 40 5
2010–11 8 4 2 1 8 1 18 6
China League FA Cup Asia Total
2011 Dalian Aerbin China League One 22 4 0 0 0 0 22 4
Serbia League Serbian Cup Europe Total
2011–12 Vojvodina Serbian SuperLiga 9 0 2 0 0 0 11 0
2012–13 13 1 3 0 4 1 20 2
Spain League Copa del Rey Europe Total
2012–13 Salamanca Segunda División B 15 4 0 0 0 0 15 4
Total Portugal 25 4 3 0 2 1 30 5
Belgium 114 18 10 1 5 2 129 21
Germany 22 3 0 0 0 0 22 3
Russia 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
Serbia 110 24 19 4 34 4 163 32
China 22 4 0 0 0 0 22 4
Spain 15 4 0 0 0 0 15 4
Career total 299 57 33 5 41 7 373 69

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Boavista
Partizan
Dalian Aerbin

Individual[edit]

  • Man of the Season – Most regular Standard player of the season (through voting in official website): 2001–02; Runner-up 2002–03, 2003–04; Third 2005–06
  • Trophy Scharlaken UGH – Standard player of the season (presented by Les Rouches de Flandres fanclub in cooperation with the official website): 2001–02, 2002–03

References[edit]

  1. ^ "European preview: Portugal". BBC Sport. 15 August 2001. Retrieved 8 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "Léonard returns to Standard". UEFA.com. 30 August 2004. Retrieved 14 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "Potpisao i Moreira!" [Partizan signs Moreira!] (in Serbian). FK Partizan. 5 July 2007. Retrieved 8 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "Sevilla get back in the groove". UEFA.com. 3 December 2008. Retrieved 14 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "'Dr Mo' keeps Partizan in peak condition". UEFA.com. 11 May 2009. Retrieved 8 August 2014. 
  6. ^ "Moreira napustio Vojvodinu" [Moreira leaves Vojvodina] (in Serbian). Sportal. 3 December 2012. Retrieved 4 December 2012. 
  7. ^ "La UDS ficha de una tacada a dos jugadores" [UDS signs two players in one go]. La Gaceta de Salamanca (in Spanish). 18 December 2012. Retrieved 18 December 2012. 
  8. ^ "Almani Moreira troca gabinete pelo relvado" [Almani Moreira leaves office for pitch]. Record (in Portuguese). 31 December 2013. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  9. ^ Garin, Erik; Nunes, João (14 February 2008). "Torneio do Vale do Tejo". RSSSF. Retrieved 14 September 2012. 
  10. ^ "Almani Moreira". Soccerway. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 

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