Fábio Ferreira (Portuguese footballer)
Ferreira playing for Central Coast Mariners in 2016
|Full name||Fábio Miguel Lourenço Ferreira|
|Date of birth||3 May 1989|
|Place of birth||Barreiro, Portugal|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Central Coast Mariners|
|2009||→ Oldham Athletic (loan)||1||(0)|
|2015–||Central Coast Mariners||30||(10)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 April 2016.
Fábio Miguel Lourenço Ferreira (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈfaˈbio fɨˈʁɐjɾɐ]; born 3 May 1989) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Australian club Central Coast Mariners FC as a right winger.
Registered at Sporting and Chelsea as a teenager, he only played lower-league football in both England and Portugal. In 2012, he moved to Australia, where he represented Adelaide United and Central Coast Mariners.
Early years / Chelsea
Born in Barreiro, Setúbal, Ferreira joined Sporting Club de Portugal's youth system in 2002, aged 13. On 6 January 2005, it was reported that the Lisbon club had made a complaint to FIFA regarding him and two other players who had trained with Chelsea without any authorisation. However, in the summer, he still made a move to the English club.
On 20 January 2009, Ferreira was loaned out to League One side Oldham Athletic on a one-month loan deal, before it was extended for another month on 23 March. The day after the loan extension, he made his professional debut in a 1–1 draw against Cheltenham Town at Whaddon Road, coming on as a substitute for Deane Smalley in the 66th minute: a few minutes after coming onto the pitch he nearly scored, putting a header wide of the goal.
In February 2012, Ferreira signed for Dulwich Hill FC in Australia. He scored twice on his National Premier Leagues NSW 2 debut, on 24 March.
After becoming one of his team's key players, Ferreira went on trial with A-League club Adelaide United FC, being subsequently offered a contract. On 6 August 2012 it was announced that he would sign, and he penned a one-year contract late into that month.
Ferreira scored his debut league goal on 23 November, a 2–1 away win over Sydney FC – he opened the scoring in the 20th minute with a sharp drive into the left corner of the net, shooting from the right-hand corner of the box. Two weeks later he assisted the first goal and scored Adelaide United's second in a 4–2 rivalry derby win against Melbourne Victory FC at Hindmarsh Stadium.
On 14 December 2012, Ferreira signed a two-year extension with Adelaide United.
Central Coast Mariners
On 27 January 2015, Adelaide United announced that it had agreed to terminate Ferreira's contract effective immediately. The very same day, he joined fellow league club Central Coast Mariners FC for two-and-a-half years. He made his debut for the latter on 13 February, starting in a 0–2 home loss to Brisbane Roar FC, and scored his first goal a week later against Sydney, helping the team come from a goal behind to lead but in an eventual 2–4 loss at the Sydney Football Stadium. He ended his first season in Gosford with three goals from nine games, the other being on 7 March when he finished Isaka Cernak's free kick for the only goal at home against Melbourne City FC.
Ferreira scored twice in Central Coast's first game of the 2015–16 campaign, inspiring them to a 3–2 home win over Perth Glory FC on 10 October. On 21 February, he was sent off in a 1–4 loss at Melbourne City.
- Adelaide United
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- "Melbourne City heap misery on Central Coast after Storm Roux horror injury". The Guardian. 21 February 2016. Retrieved 13 March 2016.