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This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Pereira and the second or paternal family name is Santos.
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Eliseu playing for Benfica in 2016
Personal information
Full name Eliseu Pereira dos Santos
Date of birth (1983-10-01) 1 October 1983 (age 33)
Place of birth Angra do Heroísmo, Portugal
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Left back / Winger
Club information
Current team
Number 19
Youth career
1994–2001 Marítimo Angra
2001–2002 Belenenses
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2007 Belenenses 52 (3)
2005–2006 Varzim (loan) 16 (3)
2007–2009 Málaga 73 (10)
2009–2010 Lazio 2 (0)
2010 Zaragoza (loan) 21 (2)
2010–2014 Málaga 116 (9)
2014– Benfica 63 (4)
National team
2004 Portugal U20 2 (1)
2004 Portugal U21 2 (0)
2009 Portugal B 1 (1)
2009– Portugal 19 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 February 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 1 September 2016

Eliseu Pereira dos Santos, ComM (born 1 October 1983), known simply as Eliseu (Portuguese pronunciation: [ɛliˈzeu]), is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Benfica and the Portugal national team, either as a left back or left winger. He is known for his powerful strike.

After starting out at Belenenses, he went on to spend most of his career with Málaga after signing in 2007, appearing in 224 official games and scoring 27 goals in two different spells. In 2014 he signed with Benfica, winning three consecutive Primeira Liga titles.

A full international since 2009, Eliseu was part of the Portuguese squad who won Euro 2016.

Early years[edit]

Eliseu was born in Angra do Heroísmo, Azores, to a Cape Verdean mother, Néné Pereira, a restaurant owner, and a Portuguese father, an ambulance driver. The couple divorced when their child was a teenager.[1]

Club career[edit]


Eliseu moved to Portugal's mainland in 2002, moving from Sport Clube Marítimo de Angra do Heroísmo to C.F. Os Belenenses. He gradually broke into the Lisbon-based club's first team, appearing in 19 Primeira Liga games in his second season.

After a loan with Varzim S.C. in the Segunda Liga, Eliseu continued to be a relatively important attacking player for Belenenses, but was used mainly as a substitute.


Eliseu playing for Málaga in 2012

For 2007–08, Eliseu and countrymen Hélder Rosário and Paulo Jorge moved to Málaga CF, helping the Andalusians return to La Liga after a two-year absence, with the trio totalling 108 matches and six goals combined (three from Eliseu).[2] The following campaign he continued to be an automatic first-choice, scoring his first Spanish top flight goal(s) in a 4–0 away win over neighbours Recreativo de Huelva on 5 October 2008.[3] The following month he also netted, in a 3–4 loss at Real Madrid.[4]

On 25 June 2009, Eliseu joined S.S. Lazio in Italy for exactly €1 million.[5] However, after receiving few opportunities, he moved to Real Zaragoza on 7 January of the following year, on loan until the end of the season.[6] He scored in only his second match for the Aragonese, which lost 2–4 at Villarreal CF.[7]

After contributing to Zaragoza avoiding relegation – he also scored in the last match, netting a 35-yard free kick against the same opponents, in a 3–3 home draw[8]– Eliseu returned to Málaga, becoming teammate of compatriot Duda.

Eliseu started 2010–11 firmly established in the starting XI. On 27 September 2010 he scored from 25 meters against Villarreal to open the score. Minutes later, however, he headbutted Carlos Marchena and was sent off, in an eventual 2–3 home loss.[9] As his suspension was lifted he was able to appear in the next fixture, at UD Almería, but he again received his marching orders after elbowing Juan Manuel Ortiz in the 1–1 draw.[10] When available, he was a regular starter, netting in a 4–1 home win against Racing de Santander on 5 December 2010 from a volley, and also providing two assists to Salomón Rondón;[11] following the arrival of Manuel Pellegrini, who replaced sacked Jesualdo Ferreira, Eliseu was mostly used as a left back.[2][12]

After the arrival of Nacho Monreal, Eliseu played in the midfield more often than not.[12] On 3 October 2012 he scored a brace in a 3–0 away win against R.S.C. Anderlecht for the season's UEFA Champions League group stage, the first coming from 20 meters and the second through a lob over the goalkeeper.[13]


On 24 July 2014, Eliseu signed for Portuguese champions S.L. Benfica for an undisclosed fee rumoured to be around €1.5 million, on a two-year deal with the option for a further one.[14] He was reunited at the club with former Belenenses coach Jorge Jesus, who had previously tried to acquire his services.[15]

Eliseu made his official debut for Benfica on 10 August 2014, playing the full 120 minutes as a left back in a penalty shootout win against Rio Ave F.C. for the Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira (0–0 draw).[16] He scored his first goal for his new team with a strike from outside the box, which ended up being the winning goal at Boavista FC's artificial turf.[17] His second came on 21 September also in the league, striking from 30 meters out in a 3–1 home success over Moreirense FC.[18]

On 21 February 2015, Eliseu also netted from long range against Moreirense in the league (3–1 away win).[19] He ended the campaign with 33 games across all competitions, as Benfica won the national championship for the second time in a row.

International career[edit]

Courtesy of his Málaga performances, Eliseu was first called to the Portuguese national team for an exhibition game with Finland on 11 February 2009, but did not leave the bench. He finally made his debut on 10 June, in a 0–0 friendly against Estonia.[20]

Although not part of the provisional 24-player list for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa,[21][22] Eliseu was named in a backup list of six players.[23] He scored his first international goal on 7 October 2011, in a 5–3 home win against Iceland for the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifiers where he featured as a left back and also provided two assists.[24]

Eliseu did not make any appearances for his country in 2012 and 2013. He was selected by manager Fernando Santos for his Euro 2016 squad,[25] featuring against Hungary in the group stage (3–3)[26] and Poland in the quarter-finals (1–1, triumph on penalties)[27] as the tournament ended in conquest.

Career statistics[edit]


As of match played 1 September 2016[28][29]
National team Year Apps Goals
Portugal 2009 2 0
2011 2 1
2014 2 0
2015 7 0
2016 6 0
Total 19 1







  1. ^ Where and when was Eliseu born and who does he play for?; Socqer, 9 October 2011
  2. ^ a b "Eliseu, el diamante creativo del Málaga convertido en roca defensive" [Eliseu, Málaga's creative diamond converted in defensive rock] (in Spanish). Goal.com. 24 October 2012. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "El Málaga destroza al Recreativo" [Málaga destroys Recreativo] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 5 October 2008. Retrieved 16 August 2016. 
  4. ^ Four-star Higuaín and Eto'o turn on the style; UEFA.com, 9 November 2008
  5. ^ "Málaga winger Eliseu signs for Lazio". Goal.com. 25 June 2009. Retrieved 25 June 2009. 
  6. ^ Zaragoza take Lazio midfielder Eliseu on loan; The Guardian
  7. ^ "El Villarreal vence con sufrimiento al Zaragoza" [Villarreal suffers to beat Zaragoza] (in Spanish). ABC. 24 January 2010. Retrieved 16 August 2016. 
  8. ^ "El Villarreal no pasa del empate y frustra sus opciones europeas" [Villarreal can only draw and thwarts European ambitions] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 15 May 2010. Retrieved 16 August 2016. 
  9. ^ First-half thriller; ESPN Soccernet, 27 September 2010
  10. ^ Almeria miss a trick; ESPN Soccernet, 3 October 2010
  11. ^ Malaga move clear; ESPN Soccernet, 5 December 2010
  12. ^ a b "La metamorfosis de Eliseu" [The metamorphosis of Eliseu] (in Spanish). Diario Sur. 5 October 2012. Retrieved 16 August 2016. 
  13. ^ Eliseu double helps Málaga see off Anderlecht; UEFA.com, 3 October 2012
  14. ^ "Málaga CF y SL Benfica alcanzan un acuerdo para el traspaso de Eliseu" [Málaga CF and SL Benfica agree on Eliseu transfer] (in Spanish). Málaga CF. 24 July 2014. Retrieved 24 July 2014. 
  15. ^ "Málaga e Benfica confirmam Eliseu na Luz" [Málaga and Benfica confirm Eliseu at the Luz] (in Portuguese). Diário de Notícias. 24 July 2014. Retrieved 16 August 2016. 
  16. ^ "Benfica vence SuperTaça nos penalties" [Benfica wins SuperCup on penalties] (in Portuguese). UEFA.com. 11 August 2014. Retrieved 16 August 2016. 
  17. ^ "El Benfica gana al Boavista y un 'hat-trick' de Hassan pone líder al Rio Ave" [Benfica beats Boavista and Hassan hat-trick makes Rio Ave the leader] (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 24 August 2014. Retrieved 16 August 2016. 
  18. ^ "Benfica-Moreirense, 3–1 (crónica)" [Benfica-Moreirense, 3–1 (report)] (in Portuguese). Maisfutebol. 21 September 2014. Retrieved 21 September 2014. 
  19. ^ "Benfica. Expulsão roubou GPS ao Moreirense" [Benfica. Sending off robbed Moreirense of GPS] (in Portuguese). Observador. 21 February 2015. Retrieved 16 August 2016. 
  20. ^ "Estónia-Portugal, 0–0" [Estonia-Portugal, 0–0] (in Portuguese). Record. 10 June 2009. Retrieved 16 August 2016. 
  21. ^ "Convocados revelados" [Squad revealed] (in Portuguese). Portuguese Football Federation. 10 May 2010. Archived from the original on 15 June 2011. Retrieved 11 May 2010. 
  22. ^ "Pepe in Portugal squad". FIFA.com. 10 May 2010. Retrieved 11 May 2010. 
  23. ^ Release list of up to 30 players; at FIFA.com
  24. ^ "Portugal outscore Iceland to maintain finals course". UEFA.com. 7 October 2011. Retrieved 2 June 2016. 
  25. ^ "Portugal name Bayern Munich signing Renato Sanches for Euros squad". ESPN FC. 17 May 2016. Retrieved 16 August 2016. 
  26. ^ "Hungary 3–3 Portugal". BBC Sport. 22 June 2016. Retrieved 16 August 2016. 
  27. ^ "Draw specialists Portugal beat Poland on penalties". UEFA.com. 30 June 2016. Retrieved 16 August 2016. 
  28. ^ Eliseu at National-Football-Teams.com
  29. ^ "Eliseu". European Football. Retrieved 16 August 2016. 
  30. ^ a b c Eliseu at Soccerway. Retrieved 20 October 2016. Edit this at Wikidata
  31. ^ Cunha, Pedro Jorge (17 May 2015). "Benfica bicampeão: 28 com as faixas e dois à espera" [Benfica back-to-back champion: 28 with the sashes and two await] (in Portuguese). Maisfutebol. Retrieved 19 May 2015. 
  32. ^ "Portugal 1–0 France". BBC Sport. 10 July 2016. Retrieved 16 August 2016. 

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