Hélio Pinto

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This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Ribeiro and the second or paternal family name is Pinto.
Hélio Pinto
Hélio José Ribeiro Pinto (Hélio Pinto).jpg
Pinto playing for APOEL in 2011
Personal information
Full name Hélio José Ribeiro Pinto
Date of birth (1984-02-29) 29 February 1984 (age 33)
Place of birth Portimão, Portugal
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1994–1999 Portimonense
1999–2002 Benfica
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2004 Benfica B
2003–2004 Benfica 2 (0)
2004–2006 Sevilla B 18 (0)
2005–2006 Apollon Limassol (loan) 25 (2)
2006–2013 APOEL 190 (16)
2013–2015 Legia Warsaw 43 (7)
2015–2016 Al-Mesaimeer 15 (0)
2016 Anorthosis 0 (0)
2016–2017 Kongsvinger 11 (1)
2017 Trikala 3 (0)
National team
2002–2003 Portugal U19 14 (0)
2004 Portugal U20 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26 February 2017.

Hélio José Ribeiro Pinto (born 29 February 1984) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder.

A youth product of Benfica, he spent most of his career with APOEL in Cyprus, appearing in more than 275 official games and winning eight major titles.

Club career[edit]

Pinto was born in Portimão, Algarve. A product of S.L. Benfica's youth system, he could never break into the first team, only managing a couple of preseason appearances under José Antonio Camacho; his next stop was in Spain with Sevilla FC, where he incidentally also only played with the reserves.

Still owned by Sevilla, Pinto played the 2005–06 season in Cyprus with Apollon Limassol. Being released in the following summer his career settled with another club in the country, APOEL FC.

During his spell with APOEL, Pinto was an important member as it won the Cypriot First Division on four occasions, adding amongst other trophies the domestic cup in 2007–08. He also appeared in all six group stage games of the side, in its first UEFA Champions League participation.

Pinto played in eight matches in the 2011–12 Champions League, as the Nicosia-based team surprisingly reached the quarter-finals of the competition. On 5 June 2013 he signed a three-year contract extension with APOEL[1] but, late into the month, announced he was leaving the club after seven successful years.[2]

On 21 June 2013, Pinto signed a two-year contract (with an option for another season) with Legia Warsaw from Poland.[3] He was released two years later,[4] moving to the Qatar Stars League with Al-Mesaimeer Sports Club shortly after.[5]

On 2 February 2016, Pinto returned to Cyprus and joined Anorthosis Famagusta FC.[6] The following 28 January, he signed with Greek club Trikala F.C. from Norway's Kongsvinger IL Toppfotball.[7]

International career[edit]

On 27 July 2012, Pinto gained Cypriot nationality, and the Cyprus Football Association subsequently waited for FIFA approval on whether could play for the national team.[8] The governing body eventually ruled he could not represent his adopted nation after having appeared for Portugal at under-19 and under-20 levels.

Statistics[edit]

As of 2 February 2016
Club Season League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Benfica 2002–03[9] Primeira Liga 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2003–04[9] Primeira Liga 2 0 2 0 1[a] 0 5 0
Total 2 0 2 0 1 0 5 0
Sevilla B 2004–05[9] Segunda División B 18 0 18 0
Apollon (loan) 2005–06[9] Cypriot First Division 25 2 25 2
APOEL 2006–07[9] Cypriot First Division 23 4 8 1 3 0 0 0 34 5
2007–08[9][10] Cypriot First Division 28 2 8 0 2[b] 0 1[c] 1 39 3
2008–09[9][10] Cypriot First Division 27 2 5 1 5[a] 2 1[c] 0 38 5
2009–10[9][10] Cypriot First Division 25 1 7 2 12[b] 0 1[c] 0 45 3
2010–11[9][10] Cypriot First Division 26 1 2 0 6[d] 1 34 2
2011–12[9][10] Cypriot First Division 32 1 3 0 14[b] 0 1[c] 0 50 1
2012–13[9][10] Cypriot First Division 29 5 1 0 6[d] 1 36 6
Total 190 16 34 4 48 4 4 1 276 25
Legia Warsaw 2013–14[10] Ekstraklasa 25 6 2 1 7[e] 0 34 7
2014–15[10] Ekstraklasa 18 1 2 0 2[b] 0 0 0 22 1
Total 43 7 4 1 9 0 0 0 56 8
Al-Mesaimeer 2015–16[10] Qatar Stars League 15 0 15 0
Career total 293 25 40 5 58 4 4 1 395 35
  1. ^ a b Appearance in UEFA Cup
  2. ^ a b c d Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  3. ^ a b c d Appearances in Cypriot Super Cup
  4. ^ a b Appearances in UEFA Europa League
  5. ^ Appearances in UEFA Europa League and UEFA Champions League

Honours[edit]

Apollon
APOEL
Legia Warsaw

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pinto Δεκαετίας!" (in Greek). APOEL FC. 5 June 2013. Archived from the original on 17 May 2014. Retrieved 5 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "Helio Pinto Σ' ευχαριστούμε" [Helio Pinto thank you] (in Greek). APOEL FC. 20 June 2013. Retrieved 20 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "Helio Pinto i Łukasz Broź w Legii" [Helio Pinto and Łukasz Broź to Legia] (in Polish). Legia Warsaw. 21 June 2013. Retrieved 21 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "Helio Pinto odchodzi z Legii" [Helio Pinto leaves Legia] (in Polish). Legia Warsaw. 9 June 2015. Retrieved 9 June 2015. 
  5. ^ "Hélio Pinto apresentado no Al-Mesaimeer do Qatar" [Hélio Pinto presented at Qatar's Al-Mesaimeer] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 22 June 2015. Retrieved 13 July 2015. 
  6. ^ Hajiloizis, Mario (2 February 2016). "Anorthosis Famagusta announce Hélio Pinto signing". Sigma Live. Retrieved 3 February 2016. 
  7. ^ "Πήραν και Έλιο Πίντο τα Τρίκαλα" [And Trikala got Hélio Pinto] (in Greek). Sport 24. 28 January 2017. Retrieved 10 March 2017. 
  8. ^ Κύπριοι υπήκοοι οι Πίντο, Τζούνιορ και Λαμπάν [Pinto, Junior and Laban Cypriot nationals] (in Greek). Cyprus Football Association. 27 July 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2012. 
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Hélio Pinto". ForaDeJogo. Retrieved 12 February 2015. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Helio Pinto". Soccerway. Retrieved 12 February 2015. 

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