Hugo Porfírio

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Hugo Porfírio
Personal information
Full name Hugo Cardoso Porfírio
Date of birth (1973-09-28) 28 September 1973 (age 46)
Place of birth Lisbon, Portugal
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Winger
Youth career
1985–1992 Sporting CP
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1997 Sporting CP 12 (0)
1994–1995Tirsense (loan) 19 (0)
1995–1996União Leiria (loan) 28 (9)
1996–1997West Ham United (loan) 23 (2)
1997–1998 Racing Santander 20 (1)
1998–2000 Benfica 6 (0)
1999Nottingham Forest (loan) 9 (1)
2000–2001 Marítimo 17 (1)
2001–2002 Benfica 4 (0)
2002–2004 Benfica B
2004–2006 1º Dezembro
2006–2007 Oriental
2007–2008 Al Nassr
Total 138 (14)
National team
1993 Portugal U20 4 (0)
1994–1995 Portugal U21 10 (2)
1996 Portugal 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Hugo Cardoso Porfírio (born 28 September 1973) is a retired Portuguese footballer who played mostly as a winger.

He amassed Primeira Liga totals of 86 games and ten goals over the course of nine seasons, representing five different clubs. He also competed professionally in England, Spain and Saudi Arabia.

Porfírio appeared for Portugal at Euro 1996.

Club career[edit]

Born in Lisbon, Porfírio graduated from Sporting Clube de Portugal's prolific youth academy, joining the professionals for the 1992–93 season alongside Emílio Peixe. After some appearances as a substitute, he had loan spells with fellow first division clubs F.C. Tirsense and U.D. Leiria.

Porfírio returned to Sporting for 1996–97, but soon moved on loan to England's West Ham United. There, he scored four goals in all competitions: against Nottingham Forest in the League Cup,[1] Wrexham in the campaign's FA Cup[2] and Blackburn Rovers[3] and Chelsea in the Premier League.[4] Released by Sporting in June 1997, he spent one season with La Liga's Racing de Santander: netting once during the campaign in a 2–2 draw at CD Tenerife, he was also sent off twice as his team went on to rank in 14th position.

In 1998–99 Porfírio joined Sporting neighbours S.L. Benfica, being loaned in the January transfer window to Nottingham Forest where he appeared sparingly and scored once, against Sheffield Wednesday.[5] He returned to Benfica in July, terminating his contract for unpaid salaries, joining C.S. Marítimo in August on a free transfer[6] but returning to the former at the end of the season after reaching amicable terms;[7] After a brief spell in the first team, he was soon demoted to Benfica B where he would spend almost two years, terminating his link in February 2004.[8]

Subsequently, Porfírio had short spells, playing with modest Portuguese teams (S.U. 1º de Dezembro and Clube Oriental de Lisboa) and retiring in 2008 after a season in Saudi Arabia with Al-Nassr FC. In February 2012, he was named by manager Ricardo Sá Pinto as part of his backroom team at Sporting.[9] He left his post in the club's scouting department in April 2013.[10]

International career[edit]

After impressive displays with Leiria, Porfírio earned an international callup to the Portuguese national team. After making his debut on 29 May 1996 in a 1–0 win over Ireland, in Dublin, he made the nation's squad-of-22 for UEFA Euro 1996, playing 15 minutes in the 1–0 group stage win against Turkey.

Some months later, Porfírio was also in the roster at the 1996 Olympic Games, where Portugal finished fourth, its best result ever in the competition.[11] On 9 November he received his last cap for the full side, a 1–0 home success over Ukraine for the 1998 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.


  1. ^ "Changed United go through". London: The Independent. 23 October 1996. Retrieved 23 November 2009.
  2. ^ Shaw, Phil (4 January 1997). "Redknapp is walking on thin ice". London: The Independent. Retrieved 23 November 2009.
  3. ^ "Battling Blackburn show signs of life". The Independent. 28 October 1996. Retrieved 23 November 2009.
  4. ^ "Hughes' spark ignites blue flame". The Independent. 22 December 1996. Retrieved 23 November 2009.
  5. ^ Culley, Jon (1 May 1999). "Alas, Porfirio, too late". London: The Independent. Retrieved 23 November 2009.
  6. ^ "Porfírio reforça Marítimo" [Porfírio strengthens Marítimo] (in Portuguese). Record. 11 August 2000. Archived from the original on 16 July 2015. Retrieved 13 April 2015.
  7. ^ "Hugo Porfírio: "Vou servir o Benfica de alma e coração"" [Hugo Porfírio: "I will serve Benfica heart and soul"] (in Portuguese). Record. 11 July 2001. Retrieved 13 April 2015.
  8. ^ "Porfírio rescinde" [Porfírio rescinds] (in Portuguese). Record. 14 February 2004. Retrieved 13 April 2015.
  9. ^ "Sporting: Porfírio e Jorge Castelo reforçam equipa de Sá Pinto" [Sporting: Porfirio and Jorge Castelo bolster Sá Pinto's team] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 17 February 2012. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  10. ^ "Manuel Fernandes, Vidigal e Porfírio de saída" [Manuel Fernandes, Vidigal and Porfírio leaving]. Record (in Portuguese). 12 April 2013. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  11. ^ Hugo PorfírioFIFA competition record

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