Fábio Faria

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Fábio Faria
Personal information
Full name Fábio do Passo Faria
Date of birth (1989-04-24) 24 April 1989 (age 28)
Place of birth Vila do Conde, Portugal
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Centre back
Youth career
2001–2004 Porto
2004–2007 Rio Ave
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2010 Rio Ave 29 (1)
2010–2013 Benfica 0 (0)
2011 Valladolid (loan) 4 (0)
2011–2012 Paços Ferreira (loan) 7 (0)
2012 Rio Ave (loan) 0 (0)
Total 40 (1)
National team
2007–2008 Portugal U19 4 (0)
2009–2010 Portugal U21 10 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Fábio do Passo Faria (born 24 April 1989) is a retired Portuguese footballer who played as a central defender.

Club career[edit]

Born in Vila do Conde, Faria finished his football formation at hometown's Rio Ave FC, having arrived aged 15 from FC Porto. In 2007, with the side in the second division, he was promoted to the first team, appearing in two games as they returned to the Primeira Liga.

After almost no official appearances in the 2008–09 season, Faria became an undisputed starter in the following campaign – 27 matches, one goal, partnering veteran Gaspar as the club maintained its league status – and was also first summoned to the Portuguese under-21s. In December 2009, his solid performances earned him a transfer to S.L. Benfica on a four-year contract, with a transfer fee of around €2 million effective for 2010–11.[1]

In January 2011, after only having appeared once officially for Benfica (45 minutes in a 2–0 home win against C.S. Marítimo for the League Cup, where he played as a left back[2]), Faria was loaned to Real Valladolid in the Spanish second level, until June.[3]

Still owned by Benfica, Faria split the 2011–12 season with F.C. Paços de Ferreira and former club Rio Ave. With the latter, after a game against Moreirense F.C. for the League Cup, he felt indisposed and had to be taken to hospital with a heart condition,[4] which put his career on hold for several months; his retirement was completed in March 2013, at the age of only 23.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Faria's father, Francisco Chico Faria (born 22 October 1964), was also a footballer. A striker, he also started his career at Rio Ave, and went on to play professionally for 13 years in representation of seven teams (notably C.F. Os Belenenses), amassing top division totals of 193 games and 58 goals.[6]




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