Armando Sá

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Armando Sá
Personal information
Full name Armando Miguel Correia de Sá
Date of birth (1975-09-16) 16 September 1975 (age 44)
Place of birth Maputo, Mozambique
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Right back
Youth career
1989–1990 São Brás
1990–1991 Damaiense
1991–1994 Belenenses
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1996 Vilafranquense 29 (1)
1996–1997 Bragança
1997–1998 Vila Real 32 (4)
1998–2001 Rio Ave 82 (4)
2001 Braga 16 (0)
2002–2004 Benfica 48 (1)
2004–2005 Villarreal 20 (0)
2005–2007 Espanyol 20 (1)
2007Leeds United (loan) 11 (0)
2007–2008 Foolad 16 (0)
2008–2009 Sepahan 35 (1)
Total 309 (12)
National team
1999–2010 Mozambique 6 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Armando Miguel Correia de Sá (born 16 September 1975) is a Mozambican retired footballer who played mainly as a right back.

He also held a Portuguese passport, and played professionally in four countries in a 16-year professional career: Portugal (six teams, including a two-and-a-half-year spell with Benfica), Spain, England (five months with Leeds United) and Iran.

Club career[edit]

Sá was born in Maputo. After playing for most of his early career with modest Portuguese clubs he joined Rio Ave F.C. for the 1998–99 season, and his performances there attracted attention from S.C. Braga.

In December 2001, after having played with the Minho side for only four months he, alongside teammates Ricardo Rocha and Tiago, left for the Primeira Liga with S.L. Benfica. Though not an undisputed starter at the latter team, he still managed to appear in a good number of games.

Sá subsequently moved to La Liga with Villarreal CF in 2004–05, helping to a third-place finish after which he signed with fellow Spaniards RCD Espanyol.[1] He finished 2006–07 on loan at Football League Championship's Leeds United,[2] which eventually ranked last. He made his debut for the Yorkshire-based team as a substitute in a 1–3 away loss against West Bromwich Albion for the campaign's FA Cup,[3] and ended up playing in several positions: right back, left back and also in midfield.

In July 2007, Sá signed for Foolad FC, who competed in Iran's second level and were led by Portuguese coach Augusto Inácio, his father-in-law. After achieving promotion in his first season he switched to another club in the country, Sepahan FC.[4]

International career[edit]

Sá was capped six times for the Mozambique national team.[5]

Honours[edit]

Benfica

Villarreal

Espanyol

Sepahan

References[edit]

  1. ^ Espanyol sign Mozambique's Sa; BBC Sport, 19 August 2005
  2. ^ Wise signs former team-mate Flo; BBC Sport, 3 January 2007
  3. ^ West Brom 3–1 Leeds; BBC Sport, 6 January 2007
  4. ^ Simões de Abreu, Alexandra (22 December 2018). ""Ser genro do Inácio foi um trauma porque as pessoas deixaram de olhar para o meu valor e passaram a ver-me só como o genro dele"" ["Being Inácio's son-in-law was a trauma because people stopped looking at what I was worth and started seeing me as nothing more than his son-in-law"]. Expresso (in Portuguese). Retrieved 28 April 2019.
  5. ^ Mambas prepare for Cosafa Cup; BBC Sport, 25 May 2004

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