Hugo Morais

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Hugo Morais
Personal information
Full name Hugo Eduardo dos Santos Morais
Date of birth (1978-02-12) 12 February 1978 (age 39)
Place of birth Lisbon, Portugal
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1989–1994 Benfica
1994–1996 Estrela Amadora
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–1997 Futebol Benfica
1997–1998 Casa Pia 30 (1)
1998 Sintrense 1 (0)
1999 Estrela Vendas Novas
1999–2003 Marítimo B 80 (4)
2000–2004 Marítimo 6 (0)
2001–2002 Camacha (loan) 37 (11)
2003–2004 União Madeira (loan) 29 (2)
2004–2005 Aves 30 (3)
2005–2006 Barreirense 27 (3)
2006–2010 Leixões 115 (14)
2010–2012 Académica 37 (1)
2012–2014 União Madeira 60 (10)
Total 452 (49)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Hugo Eduardo dos Santos Morais (born 12 February 1978 in Lisbon) is a Portuguese retired professional footballer who played as a central midfielder.

Football career[edit]

After finishing his formation at local C.F. Estrela da Amadora's youth system, Morais played for a series of clubs in the lower leagues. In 1999 he joined C.S. Marítimo, but his spell was very unsuccessful as he only appeared in six Primeira Liga games, also being loaned two times and very often demoted to the reserve side, finally being released in June 2004.

Subsequently, Morais played one year for C.D. Aves and F.C. Barreirense in the second division, after which he was left out of work, even having to resort to taking an intensive course for unemployed players arranged by the Portuguese Footballers Association.[1] He was then "rescued" by Leixões SC, scoring three goals in 30 matches as the Matosinhos team returned to the top level after a lengthy absence.

In the 2009–10 season, Morais netted seven times – all through penalty kicks – whilst only missing one league game, but Leixões dropped back to division two. In August 2010, aged 32, he signed with Académica de Coimbra.

In the summer of 2012, Morais returned to former club C.F. União (he had already played there in 2003–04 on loan from Madeiran neighbours Marítimo), moving to the second tier club on a free transfer.

Honours[edit]

Académica de Coimbra

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hugo Morais feliz num clube único" [Hugo Morais happy with one single club]. Jornal de Notícias (in Portuguese). 26 April 2007. Retrieved 17 January 2008. 

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