Hélio Vaz

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Hélio Vaz
Personal information
Full name Hélio José Vaz
Date of birth (1990-12-19) 19 December 1990 (age 26)
Place of birth Montijo, Portugal
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Number 17
Youth career
2002–2007 Montijo
2007–2008 Olímpico Montijo
2008–2009 Benfica
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2012 Benfica 0 (0)
2009 Mafra (loan) 4 (0)
2010 Tondela (loan) 1 (0)
2011 Casa Pia (loan) 14 (4)
2011–2012 Atlético (loan) 14 (0)
2012–2013 União Leiria 28 (10)
2013 Doxa 0 (0)
2013–2016 União Leiria 54 (12)
2016 Peniche 17 (4)
2016– Torreense 31 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 May 2017.

Hélio José Vaz (born 19 December 1990) is a Portuguese footballer who plays for S.C.U. Torreense as a forward.

Football career[edit]

Born in Montijo, Setúbal District, Vaz started playing with hometown club C.D. Montijo, whose youth system he joined at the age of 12. In 2008, for his last year as a junior, he signed with S.L. Benfica.[1] Upon his arrival, he said that representing the latter was always a dream of his, and that he hoped it would also open the doors of the under-18 national team.[1]

At the end of his youth career, and as Vaz was one of highest goalscorers throughout the season only behind Nélson Oliveira, Benfica decided to offer him a professional contract and loan him.[2] He started out at C.D. Mafra, from whom he played on the opening stages of 2009–10.[3][2] Due to the lack of playing time, he moved to fellow third division team C.D. Tondela for the remainder of the season.[4]

In the following campaign, Vaz was a regular fixture in the early training sessions of Benfica's main squad,[5][6] but in January 2011 he was loaned to Casa Pia A.C. from the third level.[7] For 2011–12, in the same predicament, he joined Segunda Liga's Atlético Clube de Portugal,[2] making his professional debut on 7 August 2011 by coming on as a 72nd-minute substitute in a 1–1 away draw against Portimonense S.C. for the Taça da Liga.[8]

Subsequently, Vaz opted to terminate his contract with Benfica and join division three club U.D. Leiria.[2] He scored a career-best ten goals in his debut season to help to a seventh-place finish.[9] His performances attracted interest abroad, and he signed with Doxa Katokopias F.C. in the Cypriot First Division on a two-year deal,[10] only to return to his previous team three months later.[11]

At the beginning of the 2016 winter transfer window, Vaz moved to GD Peniche still in the third tier.[12]


  1. ^ a b "Hélio Vaz assina contrato com o Benfica" [Hélio Vaz signs contract with Benfica]. Açoreano Oriental (in Portuguese). 11 April 2008. Retrieved 31 March 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Hélio Vaz, 22 anos, natural do Montijo e formado no Olímpico: ‘No plantel com Aimar, Cardozo, Luisão e outros’" [Hélio Vaz, aged 22, born in Montijo and developed in Olímpico: ‘In the squad with Aimar, Cardozo, Luisão and others’]. Diário da Região (in Portuguese). 7 June 2013. Retrieved 31 March 2016. 
  3. ^ "Mafra-União da Madeira: Mafra ganha nos penáltis" [Mafra-União da Madeira: Mafra wins on penalties]. Record (in Portuguese). 22 November 2009. Retrieved 31 March 2016. 
  4. ^ "Abel Pereira (emprestado pelo Benfica) titular na vitória do Tondela; Hélio Vaz não jogou" [Abel Pereira (loaned by Benfica) starts in Tondela win; Hélio Vaz did not play] (in Portuguese). Ser Benfiquista. 25 February 2010. Retrieved 31 March 2016. 
  5. ^ "Portas fechadas no regresso ao trabalho" [Closed doors in return to work]. Record (in Portuguese). 23 August 2010. Retrieved 31 March 2016. 
  6. ^ "Enchente no treino das águias" [Sell-out in eagles practise]. Record (in Portuguese). 5 October 2010. Retrieved 31 March 2016. 
  7. ^ "Madalena empata no campo do Casa Pia" [Madalena draws at Casa Pia] (in Portuguese). Rádio Pico. 13 March 2011. Retrieved 31 March 2016. 
  8. ^ "Portimonense e Atlético empatam" [Portimonense and Atlético draw]. Record (in Portuguese). 7 August 2011. Retrieved 31 March 2016. 
  9. ^ "União de Leiria: Hélio Vaz poderá estar a caminho" [União de Leiria: Hélio Vaz could be on his way back] (in Portuguese). Agente Desportivo. 6 September 2013. Retrieved 31 March 2016. 
  10. ^ "Chipre: Hélio Vaz no Doxa por duas temporadas" [Cyprus: Hélio Vaz in Doxa for two seasons]. Record (in Portuguese). 24 June 2013. Retrieved 31 March 2016. 
  11. ^ "União de Leiria: Emiliano Té e Hélio Vaz são reforços confirmados" [União de Leiria: Emiliano Té and Hélio Vaz are confirmed additions] (in Portuguese). Agente Desportivo. 14 September 2013. Retrieved 31 March 2016. 
  12. ^ "Hélio Vaz reforça Peniche" [Hélio Vaz strengthens Peniche] (in Portuguese). O Derbie. 1 January 2016. Retrieved 31 March 2016. 

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