Flávio Meireles

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Flávio Meireles
Personal information
Full name Flávio Miguel Magalhães Sousa Meireles
Date of birth (1976-10-03) 3 October 1976 (age 40)
Place of birth Ribeira de Pena, Portugal
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Youth career
1989–1992 Ribeira de Pena
1992–1995 Vitória Guimarães
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1996 Vitória Guimarães 0 (0)
1996–1997 Moreirense 4 (0)
1997–1999 Fafe 22 (0)
1999–2000 Fafe 27 (2)
2000 Vitória Guimarães 2 (0)
2000–2003 Moreirense 90 (7)
2003–2011 Vitória Guimarães 182 (7)
Total 327 (16)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Flávio Miguel Magalhães Sousa Meireles (born 3 October 1976) is a Portuguese retired footballer who played as a defensive midfielder.

Most of his 16-year professional career was associated with Vitória de Guimarães, which he represented in three different spells, appearing in nearly 250 official games.

Football career[edit]

Born in Ribeira de Pena, Vila Real, Meireles began his professional career with Vitória de Guimarães, having no impact whatsoever at the club in his first spell and moving to the lower leagues in 1996, first with Moreirense FC (where he also appeared very rarely, in the second division) then A.D. Fafe.

In 1999, he returned to Vitória, meeting the same fate, and quickly moved again to Fafe. The following season, he switched to another former club, Moreirense, being instrumental as the club – also based in Guimarães – promoted from the third level to the Primeira Liga in only two years, under manager Manuel Machado.

For the 2003–04 campaign Meireles re-joined Vitória de Guimarães,[1] for a third spell: his first game came on 18 August 2003, playing the entire 1–0 home win over U.D. Leiria. At the Minho side, he was now an automatic first-choice and team captain from the start, helping it achieve promotion in 2007 and qualifying to the UEFA Champions League in the following season, with the player appearing in all but two games and scoring three goals; in two different stints with the club, he was again coached by Machado.

On 22 May 2011, after appearing in the Portuguese Cup final against FC Porto, 34-year-old Meireles announced his immediate retirement from football.[2] Shortly after, he was appointed as a coach at the club.[3]

In May 2012, still with Vitória, Meireles was appointed new director of football.[4]


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