Daniel Candeias

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This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Santos and the second or paternal family name is Candeias.
Daniel Candeias
Personal information
Full name Daniel João Santos Candeias
Date of birth (1988-02-25) 25 February 1988 (age 29)
Place of birth Fornos de Algodres, Portugal
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
(on loan from Benfica)
Number 23
Youth career
1997–2002 Fornos Algodres
2002–2007 Porto
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2010 Porto 4 (0)
2007–2008 Varzim (loan) 27 (2)
2009 Rio Ave (loan) 5 (0)
2009–2010 Recreativo (loan) 10 (0)
2010 Paços Ferreira (loan) 13 (1)
2010–2014 Nacional 85 (13)
2010–2011 Portimonense (loan) 28 (1)
2014– Benfica 0 (0)
2014–2015 1. FC Nürnberg (loan) 16 (2)
2015 Granada (loan) 11 (0)
2015–2016 Metz (loan) 28 (2)
2016– Alanyaspor (loan) 14 (2)
National team
2003–2004 Portugal U16 5 (4)
2004–2005 Portugal U17 16 (11)
2006 Portugal U18 6 (0)
2006–2007 Portugal U19 15 (3)
2008 Portugal U20 8 (2)
2008–2010 Portugal U21 15 (1)
2011 Portugal U23 2 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 December 2016.

Daniel João Santos Candeias (born 25 February 1988) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a winger for Turkish club Alanyaspor, on loan from Benfica.

Club career[edit]

Born in Fornos de Algodres, Guarda District, Candeias started his professional career with FC Porto in the 2008–09 season, after emerging through the club's youth ranks and having served a loan at Varzim S.C. in the second division. He made his official debut for the former in late August, in the 0–2 defeat to Sporting Clube de Portugal for the Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira.[1]

After having appeared scarcely throughout his first year (also playing ten minutes in the 0–4 loss against Arsenal in the season's UEFA Champions League),[2] Candeias was loaned in late January to league strugglers Rio Ave FC, until the end of the campaign. For 2009–10 another loan ensued, as he moved to Recreativo de Huelva in the Spanish second level.[3]

However, after a few months of irregular use, Candeias returned to his country in late January 2010, in the same predicament, joining F.C. Paços de Ferreira. His first match for his new club was a 1–2 home loss against G.D. Chaves, for the quarter-finals of the Taça de Portugal; his maiden appearance in the Primeira Liga occurred on 7 February, as he featured 12 minutes in a 2–1 win at Vitória de Guimarães.

Candeias was released by Porto in June 2010, signing shortly after with fellow league side C.D. Nacional. He was immediately loaned to Portimonense SC, appearing regularly as a starter but suffering top flight relegation.

On 3 July 2014, Candeias signed for Portuguese champions S.L. Benfica, promising to "give everything" for the club.[4] He failed to appear in any competitive games, however, being successively loaned to 1. FC Nürnberg in Germany,[5] Granada CF in Spain,[6][7] FC Metz in France[8] and Alanyaspor in Turkey.[9]

International career[edit]

After having made his Porto debut in 2008, Candeias was soon called up to the Portuguese under-21 team. He gained his first cap on 5 September of that year, coming on as a 58th-minute substitute for Vieirinha in a 0–2 away loss to England for the 2009 UEFA European Championship qualifiers.[10]




  1. ^ Djaló double steers Sporting success; UEFA.com, 16 August 2008
  2. ^ Awesome Arsenal power past Porto; UEFA.com, 1 October 2008
  3. ^ El Recre obtiene la cesión de Daniel Candeias (Recre gets Daniel Candeias loan); Marca, 14 July 2009 (Spanish)
  4. ^ Candeias: "I will give everything for Benfica"; S.L. Benfica, 3 July 2014
  5. ^ Club leiht Daniel Candeias von Benfica aus (Club gets Candeias on a Benfica loan); 1. FC Nürnberg, 24 August 2014 (German)
  6. ^ "Sexto refuerzo rojiblanco: Daniel Candeias" [Sixth red-and-white addition: Daniel Candeias] (in Spanish). Granada CF. 29 January 2015. Retrieved 30 January 2015. 
  7. ^ "Daniel Candeias wechselt zum FC Granada" [Daniel Candeias moves to Granada CF] (in German). 1. FC Nürnberg. 29 January 2015. Retrieved 30 January 2015. 
  8. ^ "Un ailier prêté par Benfica!" [A winger loaned by Benfica!] (in French). FC Metz. 31 August 2015. Retrieved 1 January 2016. 
  9. ^ "Candeias ruma à Turquia" [Candeias heads to Turkey] (in Portuguese). A Bola. 1 July 2016. Retrieved 1 July 2016. 
  10. ^ "Agbonlahor confirms top spot for England". UEFA.com. 5 September 2008. Retrieved 1 January 2016. 

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