Fernando Aguiar

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Fernando Aguiar
Personal information
Full name Fernando João Lobo Aguiar
Date of birth (1972-03-18) 18 March 1972 (age 45)
Place of birth Chaves, Portugal
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Youth career
1981–1986 Scarborough Blizzard
1987 Wexford
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1993 Toronto Blizzard 22 (9)
1994–1995 Marítimo 7 (0)
1995–1997 Nacional 39 (4)
1997–1999 Maia 54 (9)
1999–2001 Beira-Mar 75 (10)
2002–2004 Benfica 38 (3)
2002–2003 União Leiria (loan) 28 (4)
2004 Landskrona BoIS 1 (0)
2004–2005 Penafiel 21 (3)
2005–2009 Gondomar 93 (10)
2013–2014 Pedrouços 17 (5)
Total 395 (57)
National team
1992 Canada U23 4 (0)
1995–1999 Canada 13 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Fernando João Lobo Aguiar (born 18 March 1972) is a retired Canadian footballer who played as a defensive midfielder.

He was arguably Canada's second most successful player to have competed in Portugal, after Alex Bunbury, and is one of about a dozen Portuguese Canadians to have played football in the country.

Aguiar amassed Primeira Liga totals of 138 games and 13 goals over the course of six seasons, representing in the competition Marítimo, Beira-Mar, Benfica, União de Leiria and Penafiel. He added 195/25 in the Segunda Liga.

Club career[edit]

Born in Chaves, Aguiar moved to Canada at an early age, beginning his career in the Canadian Soccer League where he represented hometown's Toronto Blizzard. Although the league disbanded in 1992, he remained with the team for its only season in the American Professional Soccer League.

Dubbed RoboCop due to his powerful frame,[1][2] Aguiar started competing in Europe in 1994, with Portuguese first division side C.S. Marítimo. However, he had trouble making the first-team lineups and subsequently dropped down to the second level where he spent four of the next five years, playing for C.D. Nacional, F.C. Maia and S.C. Beira-Mar, helping the latter achieve promotion in 2000 and subsequently stay in the top flight.

Aguiar's good form was noticed by S.L. Benfica, for whom he signed a six-month contract in December 2001,[3] going on to play a somewhat important defensive role. On 25 January 2004 he scored the only goal in a 1–0 away win against Vitória de Guimarães (in the 90th minute), assisted by Miklós Fehér who would die in the hospital just hours later;[4] he also helped the Lisbon-side capture the 2004 Portuguese Cup.

After his cup-winning exploits, Aguiar transferred to Swedish club Landskrona BoIS. However, an injury and his high wages ruined the move, and he left after only a few months for F.C. Penafiel.[5] In August 2005 he joined division two's Gondomar SC, representing it for four years and suffering relegation in the last, after which he was released at age 37, retiring shortly after.

On 13 November 2013, more than four years after his last match, Aguiar came out of retirement, moving to Pedrouços A.C. in the Porto regional divisions.[6][7]

International career[edit]

Aguiar possessed both Portuguese and Canadian citizenship but, having grown up in Canada, he eventually featured for its national team. Ironically, he made his debut in a January 1995 SkyDome Cup match against Portugal,[8] and went on to earn a total of 13 caps, scoring no goals.

Aguiar represented Canada in four FIFA World Cup qualification matches.[9] His final international appearance was in July 1999, with Saudi Arabia.

Honours[edit]

Benfica

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