Cristiano Moraes de Oliveira

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Full name Cristiano Moraes de Oliveira
Date of birth (1983-09-28) 28 September 1983 (age 35)
Place of birth Manaus, Brazil
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2005 Nacional-AM
2005São Raimundo (loan)
2005–2009 Paços Ferreira 98 (13)
2009–2011 PAOK 15 (0)
2011 Sporting CP 4 (0)
2011 Beira-Mar 10 (2)
2012 Criciúma 1 (0)
2012–2013 Vitória Setúbal 23 (2)
2013 Nacional-AM 2 (0)
2014 Manaus
Total 153 (17)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Cristiano Moraes de Oliveira (born 28 September 1983), known simply as Cristiano, is a Brazilian retired footballer who played as an attacking midfielder.

He spent most of his professional career in Portugal, amassing Primeira Liga totals of 135 games and 17 goals over the course of eight seasons, almost exclusively with Paços de Ferreira.

Football career[edit]

Born in Manaus, Amazonas, Cristiano started playing football with two local clubs, Nacional Futebol Clube and São Raimundo Esporte Clube (AM), representing the latter on loan. In August 2005 he moved to Portugal and joined F.C. Paços de Ferreira,[1] being rarely used in his debut season in the Primeira Liga (eight games, all as a substitute).

In the 2006–07 campaign, Cristiano contributed with 26 matches – two goals, one of them in a 1–1 home draw against Sporting Clube de Portugal on 17 February 2007 – as Paços finished in sixth position, qualifying to the UEFA Cup for the first time in the club's history. He continued to feature regularly for the northerners in the following years, scoring a career-best seven goals in 2008–09.

On 6 November 2009, Cristiano netted twice as Paços won 3–0 at C.F. Belenenses. Shortly after, in the following January transfer window, he moved to PAOK FC in Greece, signing a two-and-a-half-year contract; after only a few games he suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury, being sidelined for about six months.[2]

In late January 2011, Cristiano returned to Portugal, joining Sporting as a free agent and reuniting with former Paços de Ferreira manager Paulo Sérgio.[3] In June, after only five official appearances, he was released from his contract and signed a two-year deal with S.C. Beira-Mar in the following month.[4]


  1. ^ "Relatório de transferências internacionais 2005" [2005 international transfers report] (in Portuguese). CBF. Archived from the original on 1 August 2008. Retrieved 8 September 2009.
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  3. ^ "Cristiano vai ser reforço do Sporting" [Cristiano to add to Sporting]. A Bola (in Portuguese). 29 January 2011. Retrieved 29 January 2011.
  4. ^ "Cristiano é reforço por duas épocas" [Cristiano an addition for two seasons]. A Bola (in Portuguese). 5 July 2011. Retrieved 5 July 2011.

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