Danny at Zenit in 2015
|Full name||Daniel Miguel Alves Gomes|
|Date of birth||7 August 1983|
|Place of birth||Caracas, Venezuela|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder|
|Zenit St. Petersburg|
|2003–2004||→ Marítimo (loan)||29||(1)|
|2008–||Zenit St. Petersburg||165||(48)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 April 2016.
Daniel Miguel Alves Gomes (born 7 August 1983), known as Danny, is a is a Venezuelan-born Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Russian club FC Zenit Saint Petersburg as an attacking midfielder.
He spent most of his career in Russia in service of Dynamo Moscow and Zenit, after arriving at the age of 21 from Sporting. He won six items of silverware with Zenit, including three Russian Premier League titles.
Marítimo / Sporting
Born to Portuguese parents in Caracas, Venezuela, Danny moved to the island of Madeira at a young age. There, he developed his football skills in the youth teams of C.S. Marítimo, making his professional debut in a 2–1 Primeira Liga home win against Gil Vicente F.C. on 1 October 2001. A few months later he scored his first goal in a 1–2 loss at S.C. Salgueiros, also being sent off in the 60th minute; he finished his first season with five goals in 20 games.
Having signed to Sporting Clube de Portugal for €2.1 million after that sole season, Danny was immediately loaned back to Marítimo, returning in June 2004 and going on to appear in 12 official matches for the Lions.
In February 2005 Danny joined Russia's FC Dynamo Moscow in a deal worth €2 million. The club was also involved in other transfer deals of Portuguese and Portugal-based players at the time, namely Maniche and Derlei.
Danny would eventually be the one with the most success in the country, being awarded the "Player of the Year" award and leading the team to a second-place finish in 2008. His last appearance for Dynamo came on 23 August 2008, in a 1–1 away draw against FC Spartak Moscow.
On 24 August 2008 Danny was bought by FC Zenit St. Petersburg for a fee of €30 million, which made him the most expensive player of the Russian Premier League. Upon his arrival manager Dick Advocaat hailed him as "the best midfielder in Russia", and he made his club debut in the 2008 UEFA Super Cup game against Manchester United, where he scored the winning goal, later being named Man of the match in a 2–1 final win; as Zenit finished the season in fifth place the player contributed with ten league goals, the competition's joint second-best.
On 14 June 2011 Danny signed a contract extension with Zenit, prolonging his stay in Saint Petersburg by a further four years. He played in all six group stage games in the 2011–12 edition of the UEFA Champions League, scoring in a 3–1 home win against F.C. Porto as Zenit eventually finished second in its group, level on points with winners APOEL FC – the match also happened to be the player's 100th appearance in a Zenit jersey; on 6 February 2012, however, he suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury to his right knee, being sidelined for the following eight months.
Danny returned to training in August 2012, and played in his first match since the injury in September. Shortly after Igor Denisov was sent to the youth team for improper conduct, he was appointed club captain.
Down 0–2 at home to Málaga CF on 21 November for the Champions League group stage, Danny exchanged passes with Tomáš Hubočan before scoring Zenit's first goal. With three minutes left in the game, he missed from less than a meter out before the ball was rebounded to Victor Fayzulin, who managed to find the net for the final 2–2 draw. On 4 December, against A.C. Milan, he netted the game's only goal as his team won at the San Siro in the last contest; the result was in vain though, as the Russians finished third and were relegated to the UEFA Europa League.
In Zenit's home match against FC Anzhi Makhachkala on 10 December 2012, Danny picked up a red card for dissent in a 1–1 draw, which left his team in third place. On 3 August of the following year, he scored a hat-trick as his team defeated FC Volga Nizhny Novgorod 3–1 in a league match.
On 26 November 2014, Danny kept Zenit in contention for a Champions League knockout place by scoring the only goal in a home victory over S.L. Benfica. For the 2014–15 season, he contributed with 28 games and three goals as the club won its second national championship in four years.
On 20 August 2008 Danny made his debut for Portugal in a friendly against the Faroe Islands, a 5–0 home win. On 19 November he scored his first goal for the national side, opening the score against Brazil; however, it turned out to be a sour one, as the hosts came from behind to take it 6–2.
After having appeared with Portugal at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, in an eventual group stage exit, while also playing regularly with the under-21s, Danny was picked in the squad that appeared at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. He played three games in the tournament in an eventual round-of-16 exit, including the full 90 minutes in the 0–0 group stage draw against Brazil.
Danny was regularly used by managers Carlos Queiroz and Paulo Bento during the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying campaign. On 3 September 2010 he netted in a 4–4 draw against minnows Cyprus at the Estádio D. Afonso Henriques in Guimarães, after the national team led 4–2. He missed the finals in Poland and Ukraine however, due to a serious injury.
|1||20 November 2008||Bezerrão, Gama, Brazil||Brazil||0–1||6–2||Friendly|
|2||8 June 2010||Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa||Mozambique||1–0||3–0||Friendly|
|3||3 September 2010||Estádio D. Afonso Henriques, Guimarães, Portugal||Cyprus||3–2||4–4||Euro 2012 qualifying|
|4||2 September 2011||GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus||Cyprus||0–4||0–4||Euro 2012 qualifying|
- As of 29 March 2016
- Russian Football Premier League: 2010, 2011–12, 2014–15
- Russian Cup: 2009–10, 2015–16
- Russian Super Cup: 2011
- UEFA Super Cup: 2008
- Russian Football Premier League: Player of the Year 2010
- List of 33 top players of the Russian league: 2013–14 (best left winger)
- "Danny Miguel Alves Gomes se siente muy venezolano. Su acento caraqueño lo delata." [Danny Miguel Alves Gomes feels very Venezuelan. His caraqueño accent gives him away.] (in Spanish). Gustavo Pierral. 30 June 2010. Retrieved 29 July 2015.
- "10 Miguel Danny – Personal data". FC Zenit. Retrieved 12 December 2012.
- "Danny propelling Zenit challenge". FIFA.com. 16 August 2010.
- "Danny empenhado em chegar longe" [Danny keen to get far] (in Portuguese). Record. 3 October 2001. Retrieved 2 October 2011.
- "Salgueiros-Marítimo, 2–1: Defesas ajudam fracos ataques" [Salgueiros-Marítimo, 2–1: Defenders help weak attacks] (in Portuguese). Record. 16 December 2001. Retrieved 2 October 2011.
- Данни для "Динамо" [Danny for "Dynamo"] (in Russian). UEFA.com. 7 January 2005. Retrieved 28 August 2013.
- "Player Profile:Danny". PortuGOAL. 26 September 2008. Retrieved 13 December 2012.
- "Zenit break Russian transfer record to sign Portuguese star Danny". Ria Novosti. 25 August 2008. Retrieved 13 December 2012.
- "Danny leaves Dynamo" (in Russian). Dynamo Moscow. 24 August 2008.
- Danny dazzles on debut to remember
- "Danny prolongs Zenit contract". FC Zenit. 14 June 2011. Retrieved 12 December 2012.
- Shirokov-inspired Zenit defeat ten-man Porto; UEFA.com, 28 September 2011
- "Miguel Danny played his 100th match for Zenit". YouTube. 29 September 2011. Retrieved 12 December 2012.
- Zenit's Danny fated to miss EURO; UEFA.com, 6 February 2012
- "Miguel Danny is training with the main group". FC Zenit. 22 August 2012. Retrieved 8 December 2012.
- "Danny: "I hope to return on September 15th"". FC Zenit. 29 August 2012. Retrieved 5 December 2012.
- Данни: «Горжусь тем, что являюсь капитаном „Зенита“» [Danny: "I am proud to be Zenit's captain] (in Russian). FC Zenit. 1 December 2012. Retrieved 12 December 2012.
- "Málaga seal top spot and end Zenit hopes". UEFA.com. 21 November 2012. Retrieved 13 December 2012.
- "Bittersweet win leaves Zenit's Danny downbeat". UEFA.com. 4 December 2012. Retrieved 5 December 2012.
- "Soccer-Anzhi hold Zenit to 1–1 draw behind closed doors". Yahoo! Sports. 10 December 2012. Retrieved 12 December 2012.
- "Volga 1:3 Zenit" (in Russian). RFPL. 3 August 2013. Retrieved 19 November 2013.
- "Danny delights Zenit and knocks out Benfica". UEFA.com. 26 November 2014. Retrieved 27 November 2014.
- Данни: «В субботу я сыграю мой последний матч в футболке „Зенита”» (in Russian). FC Zenit Saint Petersburg. 28 May 2015.
- «Зенит» продлил контракт с Данни (in Russian). FC Zenit Saint Petersburg. 5 June 2015.
- "Fabiano smashes treble". ESPN FC. 19 November 2008. Retrieved 12 December 2012.
- Danny – FIFA competition record
- "World Cup 2010: Official Portugal Squad - Ze Castro Dropped From Seleccao". Goal.com. 1 June 2010. Retrieved 12 December 2012.
- Portugal 0–0 Brazil; BBC Sport, 25 June 2010
- "Cyprus stun Portugal in 4–4 draw as Spain, Holland and Germany win". The Guardian. 3 September 2010. Retrieved 13 December 2012.
- "Danny". European Football. Retrieved 16 December 2015.
- "Danny". ForaDeJogo. Retrieved 25 February 2014.
- "Danny". Soccerway. Retrieved 25 February 2014.
- Includes other competitive competitions, including the Russian Super Cup, UEFA Super Cup
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