Daniel Kenedy

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Daniel Kenedy
Personal information
Full name Daniel Kenedy Pimentel Mateus dos Santos
Date of birth (1974-02-18) 18 February 1974 (age 43)
Place of birth Bissau, Guinea
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Wingback
Club information
Current team
Leixões (coach)
Youth career
1984–1985 CAC Pontinha
1985–1993 Benfica
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1996 Benfica 59 (3)
1996–1997 Paris Saint-Germain 29 (0)
1997–1998 Porto 9 (0)
1998–2001 Estrela Amadora 60 (4)
1998 Albacete (loan) 3 (0)
2001–2003 Marítimo 37 (5)
2004 Braga 17 (0)
2005 Académica 16 (1)
2005–2006 APOEL 10 (0)
2006–2009 Ergotelis 63 (2)
2007 Kallithea (loan) 8 (2)
2009–2011 Aias Salamina 31 (7)
2011–2012 Peramaikos
Total 342 (24)
National team
1994–1995 Portugal U21 11 (1)
Teams managed
2015 Pinhalnovense
2015 Vitória Sernache
2016 Coruchense
2016 Almancilense
2016– Leixões
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Daniel Kenedy Pimentel Mateus dos Santos (born 18 February 1974), known as Kenedy, is a retired Portuguese professional footballer. A midfielder or defender, he played on the left side of the pitch.

He appeared in 198 Primeira Liga games over the course of 11 seasons (13 goals), mainly in representation of Benfica and Estrela da Amadora.

Club career[edit]

Kenedy was born in Bissau, Portuguese Guinea. During his extensive career, he represented in his country S.L. Benfica – making his Primeira Liga debut at only 19 – FC Porto, C.F. Estrela da Amadora, C.S. Marítimo, S.C. Braga (January to December 2004) and Académica de Coimbra.

In 1996, Kenedy had his first abroad stint, with Paris Saint-Germain F.C. in France, starting regularly for the capital club as it finished second in Ligue 1. Subsequently, he represented Albacete Balompié – only three matches for the Spanish second division side – APOEL FC, Ergotelis FC, Kallithea FC, Aias Salamina F.C. and Peramaikos FC.

In Greece, Kenedy managed to appear in all three major levels of football. Overall, he played professional football in five countries.

On 17 March 2015, Kenedy was handed his first managerial post at C.D. Pinhalnovense,[1] eventually helping avoid relegation from the third division. He was hired by second level strugglers Leixões S.C. on 2 November 2016,[2] taking the team to the quarter-finals of the Taça de Portugal[3] where they were eliminated by his former club Benfica after a 2–6 away loss.[4]

International career[edit]

Kenedy represented Portugal at the 1996 Summer Olympics, helping the nation finish fourth in Atlanta, Georgia.[5] He was called up to the 2002 FIFA World Cup squad while still uncapped on the senior level, but was dismissed from the team prior to the start of the tournament, after failing a drugs test.[6][7]

Personal life[edit]

Kenedy was named after American president John F. Kennedy (note the difference in spelling).[8]



See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Kenedy assume comando do Pinhalnovense" [Kenedy assumes command of Pinhalnovense]. Record (in Portuguese). 17 March 2015. Retrieved 18 January 2017. 
  2. ^ "Kenedy é o novo treinador do Leixões" [Kenedy is the new manager of Leixões]. Diário de Notícias (in Portuguese). 2 November 2016. Retrieved 18 January 2017. 
  3. ^ "Leixões de Kenedy é tomba gigantes ao eliminar Tondela (2–1)" [Kenedy's Leixões is giant killer after ousting Tondela (2–1)]. Diário de Notícias (in Portuguese). 14 December 2016. Retrieved 19 January 2017. 
  4. ^ "Benfica goleia Leixões e segue na Taça de Portugal" [Benfica rout Leixões and go through in Portuguese Cup]. Jornal de Notícias (in Portuguese). 18 January 2017. Retrieved 19 January 2017. 
  5. ^ Daniel KenedyFIFA competition record
  6. ^ Kenedy thrown out; BBC Sport, 22 May 2002
  7. ^ Kenedy suspended; BBC Sport, 31 May 2002
  8. ^ "Presidentes históricos na Madeira" [Historical presidents in Madeira]. Record (in Portuguese). 9 September 2002. Retrieved 27 May 2015. 

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