Carlos Xavier

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Carlos Xavier
Personal information
Full name Carlos Jorge Marques Caldas Xavier
Date of birth (1962-01-26) 26 January 1962 (age 53)
Place of birth Lourenço Marques, Mozambique
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1978–1980 Sporting CP
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980–1991 Sporting CP 212 (8)
1986–1987 Académica (loan) 26 (1)
1991–1994 Real Sociedad 96 (13)
1994–1996 Sporting CP 36 (6)
Total 370 (28)
National team
1981–1983 Portugal U21 16 (1)
1981–1993 Portugal 10 (0)
Teams managed
2004–2005 Estoril (assistant)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Carlos Jorge Marques Caldas Xavier (born 26 January 1962) is a Portuguese retired footballer who played as a midfielder.

Football career[edit]

Born in Lourenço Marques, Portuguese Mozambique, Xavier began his professional career with Lisbon-based Sporting Clube de Portugal, already being a regular first-team fixture at age 19. He played 23 league games as the Lions won the title in the 1981–82 season, which would be the last until 2000.

In 1991, after more than 250 competitive appearances, Xavier moved, alongside compatriot and teammate Oceano, to Spain's Real Sociedad, where the pair was equally influential, having been reunited with former Sporting boss John Toshack at the La Liga side.

In 1994 Xavier and Oceano returned to Sporting, and the former played two more years before retiring at the age of 34. In the 2004–05 campaign he had a brief spell at coaching, assisting at another club from the capital and the top division, G.D. Estoril Praia.

Xavier gained ten caps for Portugal, then switched successfully to its beach soccer team.

Personal life[edit]

Xavier's twin brother, Pedro, was also a footballer. A forward, he represented several teams in the country (coinciding with Carlos at Académica) in an 18-year professional career.


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