Anthony da Silva
- For other people named Toni Silva/Antonio Silva, See Antonio da Silva (disambiguation).
Tony playing for CFR Cluj in 2009
|Full name||Anthony da Silva|
|Date of birth||20 December 1980|
|Place of birth||Le Creusot, France|
|Height||1.74 m (5 ft 8 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Right back|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
The son of a Portuguese couple, Silva was born in Le Creusot, Saône-et-Loire. He returned to his parents' hometown of Chaves in his teens, making his debuts in professional football at the age of 20 with G.D. Chaves in the second division and remaining four years with the club in that level.
In the 2005–06 season, Silva made his Primeira Liga debuts, only missing two games as C.F. Estrela da Amadora easily retained its league status. In January 2007 he moved abroad, signing with CFR Cluj in Romania.
During his spell at Cluj, Silva quickly became a fan favourite for his strong work ethic and dedication, also eventually gaining team captaincy. During his stint he won six major titles, including two Liga I championships, contributing with 50 games and one goal combined in 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 team win the domestic cup for the second time in their history.
On 5 May 2013, Tony scored his first goal in the Portuguese top flight, netting through a rare header to help his team defeat Sporting Clube de Portugal 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.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Anthony da Silva.|
- "Cupa României ramâne la Cluj-Napoca!" [Cluj-Napoca renews Cup title] (in Romanian). CFR Cluj. 13 June 2009. Retrieved 14 June 2009.[dead link]
- "Paços vence Sporting (1–0) e aproxima-se do sonho" [Paços beats Sporting (1–0) and comes closer to dream] (in Portuguese). F.C. Paços Ferreira. 5 May 2013. Retrieved 30 May 2013.
- "CFR Cluj câştigat Supercupa României" [CFR Cluj wins Romanian Supercup] (in Romanian). Gandul. 27 July 2009. Retrieved 27 July 2009.