Daniel da Silva Soares

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This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Silva and the second or paternal family name is Soares.
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Personal information
Full name Daniel Ricardo da Silva Soares
Date of birth (1982-01-30) 30 January 1982 (age 35)
Place of birth Felgueiras, Portugal
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 66
Youth career
1992–2001 Vizela
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2006 Vizela 114 (1)
2006 Paços Ferreira 14 (0)
2007–2010 CFR Cluj 94 (2)
2010–2011 Iraklis 24 (2)
2011–2013 Skoda Xanthi 46 (0)
2013–2016 Vitória Setúbal 83 (0)
2016– Vizela 9 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 December 2016.

Daniel Ricardo da Silva Soares (born 30 January 1982), commonly known as Dani, is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for F.C. Vizela as a midfielder.

Club career[edit]


Dani started playing football for F.C. Vizela, located near his birthcity of Felgueiras. He remained 14 years with the club his youth spell accounted for, playing his first four seasons as a senior in the third division, the latter ending in league conquest and promotion to the second level.

For the 2006–07 campaign, Dani moved to the Primeira Liga with F.C. Paços de Ferreira, making his debut in the competition on 26 August 2007 in a 1–2 away loss against S.C. Braga (90 minutes played). He started in all his league appearances during his short tenure.


During the 2007 winter transfer window, Dani signed for CFR Cluj in Romania for a fee of 600,000. He scored his first Liga I goal in a 1–1 draw at FC Unirea Urziceni.

Dani finished his first full season with 29 games as the team won the national championship, going on to be an important midfield unit in the conquest of seven major titles, including three consecutive Romanian Cups.[1][2]


On 31 August 2010, Dani signed a two-year contract with Iraklis Thessaloniki F.C. from the Superleague Greece.[3] He made his official debut for his new club on 11 September, in a 1–1 away draw against Atromitos FC.[4]

Dani scored his first league goal for Iraklis in the nineteenth round of the season, opening the score against AEK Athens F.C. in an eventual 2–0 win for the hosts.[5][6]

In late July 2011, Dani joined fellow league side Skoda Xanthi FC.[7]


CFR Cluj


  1. ^ "Cupa României rămâne la Cluj-Napoca!" [Cluj-Napoca renews Cup title!] (in Romanian). CFR Cluj. 13 June 2009. Archived from the original on 16 June 2009. Retrieved 14 June 2009. 
  2. ^ "CFR Cluj câştigat Supercupa României" [CFR Cluj conquers Romanian Supercup] (in Romanian). Gândul. 27 July 2009. Retrieved 13 February 2011. 
  3. ^ "Ο ΗΡΑΚΛΗΣ απέκτησε τον Dani" [Iraklis acquired Dani] (in Greek). Iraklis F.C. 31 August 2010. Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 14 February 2011. 
  4. ^ "Super League: Ατρόμητος – ΗΡΑΚΛΗΣ 1–1" [Super League: Atromitos – Iraklis 1–1] (in Greek). Iraklis F.C. 11 September 2010. Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 14 February 2011. 
  5. ^ "Super League: ΗΡΑΚΛΗΣ – Α.Ε.Κ. 2–0" [Super League: Iraklis – A.E.K. 2–0] (in Greek). Iraklis F.C. 19 December 2010. Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 14 February 2011. 
  6. ^ Ηρακλής–ΑΕΚ 2–0 [Iraklis–ΑΕΚ 2–0] (in Greek). Contra. 19 December 2010. Retrieved 14 February 2011. 
  7. ^ Ανακοίνωση (Announcement); Skoda Xanthi, 27 July 2011 (Greek)

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