Carlos Saleiro

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This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Mondim and the second or paternal family name is Saleiro.
Carlos Saleiro
Personal information
Full name Carlos Miguel Mondim Saleiro
Date of birth (1986-02-25) 25 February 1986 (age 30)
Place of birth Lisbon, Portugal
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
1994–2005 Sporting CP
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2004 Sporting B 35 (3)
2005–2011 Sporting CP 43 (3)
2005–2007 Olivais e Moscavide (loan) 26 (4)
2007–2008 Fátima (loan) 26 (9)
2008 Vitória Setúbal (loan) 5 (0)
2009 Académica (loan) 13 (4)
2011–2012 Servette 7 (0)
2012–2013 Académica 7 (0)
2014–2016 Oriental 31 (7)
2016 Port Vale 0 (0)
National team
2002–2003 Portugal U17 18 (7)
2004 Portugal U18 2 (0)
2005 Portugal U19 8 (1)
2007 Portugal U20 3 (0)
2007–2008 Portugal U21 6 (2)
2009–2010 Portugal U23 4 (1)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:00, 1 July 2016 (UTC).


Carlos Miguel Mondim Saleiro (born 25 February 1986) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a forward; he was released by English League One club Port Vale in August 2016.

The first baby in Portugal to be born through in vitro fertilisation treatment (IVF), he began his career at Sporting CP. He played for Sporting B in the 2003–04 season, and won caps at every level of Portuguese international football from under-17 to under-23. He helped his country to win the UEFA European Under-17 Championship in 2003 and the International Challenge Trophy in 2009–11. He was loaned out to Olivais e Moscavide from 2005 to 2007, and helped the club to win promotion out of the Segunda Divisão in 2005–06. He spent the 2007–08 season on loan at Fátima, and was loaned out to Primeira Liga clubs Vitória Setúbal and Académica in the 2008–09 campaign.

He made his first team debut for Sporting CP in August 2009, and went on to make 67 first team appearances in two seasons before he moved to Swiss Super League side Servette in July 2011. He signed with Académica in June 2012, and then after a year out of the game joined Oriental in July 2014. He signed with English club Port Vale in July 2016, but left after just six weeks.

Club career[edit]

Sporting CP[edit]

Carlos Miguel Mondim Saleiro was born in Lisbon on 25 February 1986, and was the first baby in Portugal to be born through in vitro fertilisation treatment (IVF).[1] He spent his youth at Sporting CP's youth academy, and spent the 2003–04 season with Sporting B, scoring three goals in 35 Segunda Divisão – Zona Sul (third tier) matches as they were relegated into the Terceira Divisão (fourth tier).

He spent the latter half of the 2005–06 campaign on loan at Olivais e Moscavide in Segunda Divisão Série D, and though injuries limited him to just two league appearances, he managed to feature in the play-offs as the club secured promotion into the Liga de Honra (second tier).[2] He returned to the club for the 2006–07 campaign, and scored four goals in 26 games as they were relegated in 15th place. He returned to the Liga de Honra for the 2007–08 campaign on loan at newly promoted Fátima, who were coached by Rui Vitória.[3] He scored 11 goals in 32 league and cup appearances despite Fátima sufferering relegation in last place. Despite their league form, Fátima did manage to pull off one of the biggest shock victories of their history by eliminating Porto out of the Taça da Liga on penalties.[4] He was later voted as the second best player of the tournament, behind Cláudio Pitbull, having scored against Santa Clara, converted in the shoot-out against Porto, and scored in the club's fourth round defeat to his parent club Sporting CP.[5] He signed a new four-year contract with Sporting CP in April 2008.[6] He stated that he aimed to win a first team place and was "tired of loans".[7]

He was given Primeira Liga (first tier) experience for the 2008–09 season after securing a loan move to Vitória de Setúbal. However he featured just five times in the league under coach Daúto Faquirá, leading Saleiro to complain to the press about his lack of first team opportunities.[8] He spent the second half of the campaign on loan at Académica, and finished the season as the club's joint-second highest scorer (tied with Modou Sougou) with four goals in 13 games to help the club secure a seventh-place finish in the Primeira Liga.[9]

Saleiro made his first team debut for the "Lions" under Paulo Bento on 26 August 2009, playing 30 minutes in a 1–1 draw with Fiorentina at the Stadio Artemio Franchi for the last qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League.[10] Four days later he made his league debut for the club, in a 1–0 win at former side Académica.[11] He made a total of 28 appearances in the 2009–10 season, scoring five goals, mostly under the stewardship of new head coach Carlos Carvalhal. He made 39 appearances in the 2010–11 season, scoring two goals, as Sporting CP finished in third place, some distance behind 'Big Three' rivals Porto and Benfica.[12] However, much to his frustration, he was frequently used a late substitute by coach Paulo Sérgio and so had limited game time at the Estádio José Alvalade.[13][14] He chose to leave Sporting CP a year before the end of his contract to search for first team football elsewhere, despite reports that new head coach Domingos Paciência's rated him highly.[15][16]

Servette to Oriental[edit]

Saleiro signed a two-year contract with Servette in July 2011, who were managed by Portuguese head coach João Alves and director of football Costinha.[17][18][14] He hoped the move would allow him a chance to win himself a place in the Portugal squad for UEFA Euro 2012.[14] However he struggled with injuries and played only seven Swiss Super League matches in the 2011–12 season.[19] He signed with Pedro Emanuel's Académica in June 2012.[20] He missed pre-season with an Achilles tendon injury however, and after returning to fitness in November featured in just seven Primeira Liga and five cup games.[21][22] He was without a club for the 2013–14 season.[22] He signed with Segunda Liga club Clube Oriental de Lisboa in July 2014.[23] He finished the 2014–15 season with five goals in 20 appearances and signed a one-year contract extension in June 2015.[24] The 2015–16 season proved to be disastrous however, as Oriental were relegated and serious but unproven allegations were made of match fixing against some of the players – though Saleiro himself was not implicated.[25]

Port Vale[edit]

Saleiro signed a two-year contract with English League One club Port Vale, managed by Portuguese coach Bruno Ribeiro, in July 2016.[26] He made his debut for the "Valiants" on 9 August, coming on as a 73rd minute substitute for Christopher Mbamba in a 2–1 defeat to Carlisle United in the EFL Cup.[27] However his contract was terminated by mutual consent on 16 August 2016, with a club statement revealing that he "found it difficult to adjust to life in the country".[28]

International career[edit]

Saleiro represented Portugal at the 2003 UEFA European Under-17 Championship. He scored against England in the semi-finals, a 2–2 draw at the Estádio do Fontelo; he went on convert his penalty in the shoot-out to help Portugal progress into the final.[29] He also played in the final, where two goals from Márcio Sousa gave Portugal a 2–1 win over Spain to win his country a fifth UEFA European Under-17 Championship title.[30] He also travelled to Finland for the 2003 FIFA U-17 World Championship, where Spain exacted their revenge by eliminating Portugal at the quarter-final stage.[31] In total he scored seven goals in 18 under-17 games, and then won two caps at under-18 level in 2004.[32] The following year he scored one goal in eight appearances for the under-19 team.[32] He travelled with the Portugal under-20 squad for the 2007 Toulon Tournament, and featured in three games.[32]

He was called up to the Portugal under-21 team and appeared in qualification games for the 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Championship, scoring in a 2–0 win over Bulgaria at the Estádio D. Afonso Henriques on 26 March 2008.[33] He was called up to the Portugal under-23 squad for the 2009–11 International Challenge Trophy, and played in the final where Portugal defeated England 1–0 at Sixfields Stadium.[34]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 17 August 2016.
Club Season Division League National Cup[a] League Cup[b] Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sporting B 2003–04[32] Segunda Divisão – Zona Sul 35 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 35 3
Olivais e Moscavide (loan) 2005–06[32] Segunda Divisão Série D 2 0 0 0 0 0 1[c] 0 3 0
Olivais e Moscavide (loan) 2006–07[32] Liga de Honra 24 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 26 4
Fátima (loan) 2007–08[32] Liga de Honra 26 9 1 0 5 2 0 0 32 11
Vitória Setúbal (loan) 2008–09[32] Primeira Liga 5 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Académica (loan) 2008–09[35] Primeira Liga 13 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 4
Sporting CP 2009–10[35] Primeira Liga 16 2 2 1 3 1 7[d] 1[d] 28 5
2010–11[35] Primeira Liga 27 1 2 0 1 0 9[d] 1[d] 39 2
Total 43 3 4 1 4 1 16 2 67 7
Servette 2011–12[35] Swiss Super League 7 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
Académica 2012–13[35] Primeira Liga 7 0 2 0 3 1 0 0 12 1
Oriental 2014–15[35] Segunda Liga 16 2 1 0 3 3 0 0 20 5
2015–16[35] LigaPro 15 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 5
Total 31 7 1 0 3 3 0 0 35 10
Port Vale 2016–17[36] League One 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Career total 193 30 13 1 16 7 17 2 239 40
  1. ^ Appearances and goals in the Taça de Portugal, Swiss Cup, and FA Cup.
  2. ^ Appearances and goals in the Taça da Liga and EFL Cup.
  3. ^ Appearance in the play-offs.
  4. ^ a b c d Appearance/s and goal/s in the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League.

Honours[edit]

Olivais e Moscavide
Portugal U17
Portugal U23

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b "II Divisão - 1/2Final". foradejogo.net. Retrieved 6 July 2016. 
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  5. ^ "Carlsberg Cup: mais um prémio para Pitbull, Saleiro no segundo lugar". Mais Futebol (in Portuguese). 24 March 2008. Retrieved 6 July 2016. 
  6. ^ "Sporting: Carlos Saleiro renova contrato por quatro épocas". Mais Futebol (in Portuguese). 29 April 2008. Retrieved 6 July 2016. 
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  16. ^ "Saleiro deve sair no final da época". Correio de manha (in Portuguese). 16 April 2011. Retrieved 6 July 2016. 
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  18. ^ "Servette formalizes Carlos Saleiro". Record (in Portuguese). 22 July 2011. Retrieved 6 July 2016. 
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  20. ^ "Carlos Saleiro reforça a Académica". Correio de manha (in Portuguese). 26 June 2012. Retrieved 6 July 2016. 
  21. ^ "Académica: Saleiro estreia-se nos convocados para o Dragão". Mais Futebol (in Portuguese). 10 November 2012. Retrieved 6 July 2016. 
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  27. ^ "Carlisle United 2-1 Port Vale". BBC Sport. 9 August 2016. Retrieved 17 August 2016. 
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  30. ^ a b "Campeonato da Europa de Sub-17 - Final". foradejogo.net. Retrieved 5 July 2016. 
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  34. ^ a b "Amigáveis Sub-23". foradejogo.net. Retrieved 5 July 2016. 
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