Fernando Nélson

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This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Vieira and the second or paternal family name is Alves.
Fernando Nélson
Personal information
Full name Fernando Nélson Jesus Vieira Alves
Date of birth (1971-11-05) 5 November 1971 (age 45)
Place of birth Porto, Portugal
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Right back
Youth career
1983–1986 Porto
1987 Rio Tinto
1987–1990 Salgueiros
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1991 Salgueiros 23 (0)
1991–1996 Sporting CP 115 (2)
1996–1998 Aston Villa 60 (0)
1998–2002 Porto 32 (0)
1999–2002 Porto B 13 (1)
2002–2004 Vitória Setúbal 32 (1)
2004–2006 Rio Tinto
Total 275 (4)
National team
1991 Portugal U20 4 (0)
1992–1994 Portugal U21 22 (0)
1995–2001 Portugal 10 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Fernando Nélson Jesus Vieira Alves (born 5 November 1971), known as Nélson, is a Portuguese retired footballer who played as a right back.

Best known for his spell at Sporting, he also played for Porto in his country, having a two-year stint at Aston Villa in England as well.

Over the course of ten seasons, Nélson amassed Primeira Liga totals of 202 games and three goals.

Football career[edit]

Nélson was born in Porto. After starting professionally at local S.C. Salgueiros, he moved to fellow Primeira Liga club Sporting Clube de Portugal immediately after having helped the Portugal under-20s win the 1991 FIFA World Youth Championship, played in the country.[1]

At the Lisbon-based side, Nélson won the 1995 Taça de Portugal. After producing three final solid seasons, where he amassed nearly 100 league appearances and scored two goals, he joined Aston Villa in the 1996 summer, under manager Brian Little.

After two productive Premier League campaigns in the Midlands and 75 games across all competitions, in July 1998 Nélson signed with FC Porto – his first youth club – winning his first national championship in his debut season. During the following three years, he would be used irregularly (playing as much as 20 matches and as little as none), and moved in 2002 to Vitória F.C. also in the top division.

Nélson retired after two seasons with amateurs S.C. Rio Tinto, later becoming its president.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Nélson's twin brother, Albertino, was also a footballer and a defender. He too started his career – which spanned more than two decades, with teams in all levels of Portuguese football – with Porto (youth) and Salgueiros, and amassed top division totals of 204 games and one goal, mainly with C.S. Marítimo (seven seasons, 169/1).[2]

Nélson was a member of Opus Dei.[2]


  1. ^ "Geração de ouro faz 20 anos" [Golden generation celebrates 20th birthday]. Diário de Notícias (in Portuguese). 20 August 2011. Retrieved 3 August 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c "Nélson: um faz-tudo na gestão de espaços desportivos" [Nélson: factotum in management of sporting facilities] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 1 April 2016. Retrieved 3 August 2016. 

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