Carlos Chaínho

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Carlos Chaínho
Personal information
Full name Carlos Narciso Chaínho
Date of birth (1974-07-10) 10 July 1974 (age 42)
Place of birth Luanda, Angola
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1987–1990 Carcavelos
1990–1993 Casa Pia
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1994 Casa Pia
1994–1998 Estrela Amadora 109 (5)
1998–2001 Porto 73 (5)
2001–2002 Zaragoza 20 (1)
2002–2003 Panathinaikos 6 (0)
2003–2005 Marítimo 62 (2)
2005–2007 Nacional 55 (2)
2007–2008 Alki Larnaca 30 (2)
2009 Shahin Bushehr
Total 355 (17)
National team
1995 Portugal U21 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Carlos Narciso Chaínho (born 10 July 1974 in Luanda, Portuguese Angola) is a Portuguese retired footballer who played as a defensive midfielder.

Club career[edit]

After having played for modest clubs in the Lisbon area while growing up, Chaínho started playing professionally with C.F. Estrela da Amadora, moving in 1998 to the Primeira Liga with FC Porto. His best season at the latter side was in 1999–2000 when he started in 25 of the 28 league matches he appeared in and scored twice, but they lost the championship to Sporting Clube de Portugal.

In 2001, Chaínho had his first overseas experience, playing in Spain with Real Zaragoza and travelling to Greece the next season to work with Fernando Santos (a coach he knew well from his Porto days) at Panathinaikos FC.[1] After a very poor season overall – the team failed to win any silverware and he only appeared six times in the Superleague – he returned to Portugal in 2003, playing four years in Madeira, two with C.S. Marítimo and two more with C.D. Nacional; the latter released him in July 2007, and the 33-year-old subsequently signed for Alki Larnaca F.C. of Cyprus.

After one season in Larnaca, Chaínho spent the first half of the 2008–09 campaign as a free agent, signing in February 2009 with Iran's Shahin Bushehr FC. He retired in the summer, having amassed Portuguese top flight totals of 299 games and 14 goals.

International career[edit]

Chaínho represented Portugal at under-21 level. In 2006, he received a call-up from the Angola national team, but FIFA confirmed that he was not eligible to represent teams other than Portugal.[2]




  1. ^ Old ties take Chaínho to Athens;, 5 August 2002
  2. ^ Angola plea to FIFA; BBC Sport, 1 May 2006

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