Delfim Teixeira

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Full name Delfim José Fernandes Rola Teixeira
Date of birth (1977-02-05) 5 February 1977 (age 41)
Place of birth Amarante, Portugal
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Youth career
1987–1992 Amarante
1992–1996 Boavista
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–1998 Boavista 16 (1)
1996–1997Aves (loan) 29 (3)
1998–2001 Sporting CP 58 (7)
2001–2006 Marseille 32 (0)
2005Moreirense (loan) 7 (0)
2006 Young Boys 10 (0)
2007–2008 Naval 32 (1)
2008–2009 Trofense 20 (0)
Total 204 (12)
National team
1996–1998 Portugal U20 14 (4)
1997–1999 Portugal U21 15 (4)
2000 Portugal 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Delfim José Fernandes Rola Teixeira (born 5 February 1977), known simply as Delfim, is a Portuguese retired footballer who played as a defensive midfielder.

In a career marred by injury problems, he amassed Primeira Liga totals of 133 games and nine goals during as many seasons, in representation of five clubs. The owner of a powerful shot, he also competed professionally in France and Switzerland.[1]

Club career[edit]

Delfim was born in Amarante. After emerging as a 20-year-old in the Primeira Liga with Boavista F.C. he signed with Sporting Clube de Portugal, being an essential midfield element alongside Aldo Duscher in the latter club's 1999–2000 league conquest, after an 18-year drought.[2]

In 2001, Delfim moved to Olympique de Marseille in France, but also began an excruciating battle with injuries,[3][4][2] appearing very rarely with the Ligue 1 side and almost retiring from football. In January 2002 he was reunited with former Sporting teammate Dimas and, after an unassuming stint with BSC Young Boys,[5] eventually returned to Portugal.[2]

Delfim was able to revive his career in the 2007–08 season, being very important as Associação Naval 1º de Maio retained its top division status. For the following campaign he joined top level newcomer C.D. Trofense,[6][7] retiring at the age of 32 after his team suffered relegation.[2]

International career[edit]

Delfim earned his first and only full cap for Portugal on 15 November 2000, playing the entire 2–1 friendly win over Israel in Braga.[2]


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