Anthony da Silva

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Tony Silva
Silva playing for CFR Cluj in 2009
Personal information
Full name Anthony da Silva[1]
Date of birth (1980-12-20) 20 December 1980 (age 42)[1]
Place of birth Le Creusot, France[1]
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Position(s) Right-back
Youth career
1988–1999 Paris Saint-Germain
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2001 Sandinenses 53 (3)
2001–2005 Chaves 100 (1)
2005–2006 Estrela Amadora 45 (0)
2007–2010 CFR Cluj 95 (1)
2011 Vitória Guimarães 2 (0)
2012–2014 Paços Ferreira 46 (1)
2014–2015 Penafiel 11 (0)
Total 352 (6)
Managerial career
2015–2016 Académico Viseu (assistant)
2016 Académico Viseu (caretaker)
2016–2017 Freamunde (assistant)
2017 Oliveirense
2017 Bragança
2017–2019 Vilar Perdizes
2019 Chaves (youth)
Medal record
CFR Cluj
Winner Romanian Cup 2008
Winner Romanian Cup 2009
Winner Romanian Cup 2010
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Anthony "Tony" da Silva (born 20 December 1980) is a Portuguese former professional footballer who played as a right-back.

Playing career[edit]

The son of a Portuguese couple, Silva was born in Le Creusot, Saône-et-Loire. After spending a decade in the youth academy of Paris Saint-Germain FC, he returned to his parents' hometown of Chaves in his teens, making his debut in professional football at the age of 20 with G.D. Chaves in the Segunda Liga and remaining four years with the club at that level.[2]

Silva made his Primeira Liga debut in the 2005–06 season, only missing two games as C.F. Estrela da Amadora easily retained their league status. In January 2007 he moved abroad, signing with CFR Cluj in Romania.[3]

During his spell at Cluj, Silva quickly became a fan favourite for his strong work ethic and dedication, eventually gaining team captaincy.[4] During his stint he won six major titles, including two Liga I championships, contributing a total of 50 appearances and one goal to those conquests (32 matches in 2007–08). In the following campaign he suffered a knee ligament injury which sidelined him for several weeks, but he still recovered in time to help the club win the domestic cup for the second time in its history.[5]

Silva returned to his country in January 2011 and signed with Vitória de Guimarães, aged 30.[6] In the same transfer window but the following year, he joined fellow league side F.C. Paços de Ferreira.[7]

On 5 May 2013, Silva scored his only goal in the Portuguese top flight, netting through a rare header to help his team defeat Sporting CP 1–0 at home and cling on to a best-ever third position in the league, with the subsequent qualification to the UEFA Champions League.[8][9] He finished his career in 2015, following a spell with F.C. Penafiel in the same tier.[10]

Coaching career[edit]

After becoming a manager, Silva worked mainly in the lower leagues or amateur football.[11][12] The exception to this was late into the 2015–16 season, when he went from assistant[13] to interim at Académico de Viseu F.C. after Ricardo Chéu was dismissed by the second division club.[14]

In October 2019, Silva left Chaves' youths[15] and joined his compatriot Toni Conceição's staff at the Cameroon national team, as a video analyst.[16]


CFR Cluj


  1. ^ a b c d "Tony" (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. Retrieved 9 March 2020.
  2. ^ "Exclusiv – Profil Tony da Silva / "Legionarul"" [Exclusive – Tony da Silva Profile / "The Legionnaire"] (in Romanian). Sport Magazin. 12 June 2009. Retrieved 9 August 2022.
  3. ^ Costea, Bogdan (20 December 2006). "Tony si Fredy, la CFR Cluj" [Tony and Fredy, to CFR Cluj]. România liberă (in Romanian). Retrieved 3 February 2022.
  4. ^ Aszalos, Cristian (27 January 2011). "Mesaj de adio!** CFR Cluj a oficializat despărțirea de Tony da Silva" [Farewell message! ** CFR Cluj and Tony da Silva have officially parted ways]. ProSport (in Romanian). Retrieved 3 February 2022.
  5. ^ "Cupa României ramâne la Cluj-Napoca!" [Cluj-Napoca renew Cup title!] (in Romanian). CFR Cluj. 13 June 2009. Archived from the original on 16 June 2009. Retrieved 14 June 2009.
  6. ^ Cardoso, Susana (29 January 2011). ""Quero ganhar títulos aqui"" ["I want to win titles here"]. O Jogo (in Portuguese). Retrieved 3 February 2022.
  7. ^ "Tony é reforço para a defesa" [Tony a defensive addition]. Record (in Portuguese). 3 January 2012. Retrieved 3 February 2022.
  8. ^ "Paços vence Sporting (1–0) e aproxima-se do sonho" [Paços beat Sporting (1–0) and come closer to dream] (in Portuguese). F.C. Paços Ferreira. 5 May 2013. Retrieved 30 May 2013.
  9. ^ "Paços defende sonho frente ao Zenit" [Paços defend dream against Zenit] (in Portuguese). UEFA. 14 August 2013. Retrieved 3 February 2022.
  10. ^ Teixeira, Nuno R. (4 July 2014). "Tony deixa Paços para jogar em Penafiel" [Tony leaves Paços to play in Penafiel] (in Portuguese). Relvado. Retrieved 9 March 2020.
  11. ^ Baptista Seixas, João (4 July 2017). "Tony é o novo treinador do Bragança" [Tony is the new manager of Bragança]. Record (in Portuguese). Retrieved 9 March 2020.
  12. ^ Gonçalves, André (7 December 2017). "Tony é o novo treinador do Vilar de Perdizes" [Tony is the new manager of Vilar de Perdizes]. Record (in Portuguese). Retrieved 9 March 2020.
  13. ^ "Ricardo Chéu renova com o Académico de Viseu" [Ricardo Chéu renews with Académico de Viseu] (in Portuguese). SAPO. 17 June 2015. Retrieved 9 March 2020.
  14. ^ "Ac. Viseu-Benfica B, 2–2: Golo de Saponjic foi insuficiente" [Ac. Viseu-Benfica B, 2–2: Goal from Saponjic was not enough]. Record (in Portuguese). 13 February 2016. Retrieved 9 March 2020.
  15. ^ Roçadas, Luís (31 May 2019). "GD Chaves: Tony da Silva é o novo treinador dos juniores" [GD Chaves: Tony da Silva is the new juniors manager] (in Portuguese). Desportivo Transmontano. Retrieved 9 March 2020.
  16. ^ Marcel, Japhet (6 October 2019). "Cameroun: Le nouveau sélectionneur et ses adjoints ont officiellement signé" [Cameroon: The new manager and his assistants have officially signed] (in French). Mondial Sport. Retrieved 29 February 2020.
  17. ^ "CFR Cluj câştigat Supercupa României" [CFR Cluj win Romanian Supercup]. Gândul (in Romanian). 27 July 2009. Retrieved 27 July 2009.

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