Viana playing for Braga in 2012
|Full name||Hugo Miguel Ferreira Gomes Viana|
|Date of birth||15 January 1983|
|Place of birth||Barcelos, Portugal|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|2004–2005||→ Sporting CP (loan)||32||(6)|
|2007–2008||→ Osasuna (loan)||9||(1)|
|2009–2010||→ Braga (loan)||28||(4)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
His main assets were good set pieces and passing skills. After starting out at Sporting he moved abroad at the age of 19, going on to have unassuming spells in England (Newcastle United) and Spain (Valencia) before settling back in his country with Braga. He amassed Primeira Liga totals of 165 games and 23 goals, over the course of six seasons.
Born in Barcelos, Viana started his professional career at Sporting Clube de Portugal. There, he won the Young European Footballer of the Year award after an excellent debut season in the Primeira Liga.
On 20 June 2002, 19-year-old Viana was signed by Newcastle United from the Premier League for €12 million (£8.5 million), his transfer fee becoming a record for the English club for a teenager by surpassing the £5 million paid to Nottingham Forest for England under-21 international Jermaine Jenas. The transfer was also a record for a player of his age, breaking the 1999 record held by Robbie Keane; Newcastle invested heavily in young players in that year, and chairman Freddie Shepherd reasoned by claiming consensus that he was the best young player in the world of football.
Viana joined former Sporting manager Bobby Robson at his new team, and was mentored by veteran Gary Speed. He scored four goals across all competitions during his spell at St James' Park, against FK Željezničar Sarajevo and Feyenoord in the UEFA Champions League and Birmingham City and West Bromwich Albion in the league.
Return to Sporting
However, Viana was unable to cement a starting XI position at Newcastle United, and returned to Sporting on loan. In his return he found his old form and enjoyed a successful spell, even helping the Lions to the campaign's UEFA Cup final.
At the start of 2005–06, Viana moved to Valencia CF, again on loan. In March 2006, reports stated that he had been signed him on a permanent deal for £1.5 million. During his first season he struggled to claim a first-team spot, facing tough competition from the likes of David Albelda and Rubén Baraja, manager Quique Sánchez Flores' preferred duo; still, he featured in 19 league games, and displayed some flashes of talent that allowed him to preserve his place in the Portugal national squad.
In a bid to secure first-team football, Viana decided to join fellow La Liga side CA Osasuna on loan, on 13 July 2007. However, a serious injury during pre-season forced him out for four months. After recovering, he still featured in all of the last three matches, helping to a narrow escape from relegation.
On 31 July 2009, Viana was loaned to S.C. Braga for one season, thus returning to Portugal after three years. As the Minho club led the league in its early stages, he scored his first goals upon returning to his country, hitting twice in a 3–1 home win against C.F. Os Belenenses on 30 August. On 31 October, he again found the net, from a stunning free kick against S.L. Benfica in a 2–0 home triumph where he received Man of the match accolades) – Braga eventually finished in a best-ever second place, losing the title to precisely this team, in the last matchday, with the player appearing in 28 matches (14 as a reserve – he lost his importance after the return of Uruguayan Luis Aguiar, on loan).
In the 2010–11 season, under the same manager, Domingos Paciência, Viana regained his starting position over Aguiar, whom eventually left the club. On 6 March 2011, again from a direct free kick and against Benfica, he equalized for the hosts, in an eventual 2–1 home win; he also appeared in nine games (all starts) in Braga's UEFA Europa League runner-up run.
Al Ahli / Al-Wasl
On 5 June 2013, Al Ahli Club from Dubai announced the signing of Viana effective as of 1 July, when his contract with Braga expired. He made his debut on 30 August in the year's Arabian Gulf Super Cup at the Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium, a penalty shootout victory after a goalless draw against Al Ain FC; his performance was described as "quiet" by The National, who attributed it to his unfamiliarity with the heat of the Middle Eastern summer. He totalled 39 appearances and three goals across his first season, helping the team conquer a domestic treble after adding the UAE Arabian Gulf League and the UAE League Cup.
Viana agreed to a deal with Al-Wasl F.C. of the same city and league, but the transfer was one of several declared void by the UAE Football Association for missing 3 October 2014 deadline. It was completed the following 19 January. After leaving the club, he retired at age 33 on 13 October 2016, being appointed director of football at Belenenses in May 2017 but leaving his post six months later.
Viana made his debut with Portugal on 14 November 2001, in a 5–1 friendly win over Angola. Replacing suspended Daniel Kenedy in the last minute, he was an unused member at the 2002 FIFA World Cup and played for his country at the 2004 Summer Olympics.
Viana returned to the national side after UEFA Euro 2004, and appeared in two matches (as a substitute) at the 2006 World Cup. He was called as a last-minute replacement for injured Carlos Martins to the Euro 2012 squad, with the team already in training camp.
|1||12 October 2005||Estádio do Dragão, Porto, Portugal||Latvia||3–0||3–0||2006 World Cup qualification|
- Al Ahli
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- Newcastle close on Viana; UEFA, 20 June 2002
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- "The sporting read: Hugo Viana on Gary Speed, Newcastle and finding peace in Dubai". The National. 22 December 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2016.
- "Magpies join Europe's elite". BBC Sport. 28 August 2002. Retrieved 23 November 2009.
- "Newcastle go through". BBC Sport. 13 November 2002. Retrieved 23 November 2009.
- "Newcastle reach Champions League". BBC Sport. 3 May 2003. Retrieved 23 November 2009.
- "Baggies go out on a high". BBC Sport. 11 May 2003. Retrieved 23 November 2009.
- Hugo Viana heads home; UEFA, 21 July 2004
- "Hugo Viana: «Imagino taça com Barbosa»" [Hugo Viana: «I picture cup with Barbosa»]. Record (in Portuguese). 26 April 2005. Retrieved 22 November 2017.
- It's off Hugo as Viana joins Valencia Archived 12 February 2009 at the Wayback Machine.; Newcastle United, March 2006
- "Quique se verá obligado a improvisar un doble pivote" [Quique will be forced to improvise holding midfielder duo]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 28 January 2006. Retrieved 2 May 2016.
- "Hugo Viana se marcha cedido a Osasuna" [Hugo Viana goes to Osasuna on loan]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 13 July 2007. Retrieved 2 May 2016.
- "Hugo Viana se lesiona de nuevo, pero en dos días estará recuperado" [Hugo Viana suffers another injury, but he will be fit in two days]. Marca (in Spanish). 15 October 2007. Retrieved 2 May 2016.
- "Hugo Viana culpa a Ziganda de la mala temporada de Osasuna" [Hugo Viana blames Osasuna's poor season on Ziganda] (in Spanish). Navarra Sport. 8 June 2008. Retrieved 2 May 2016.
- "Los descartes de Unai Emery" [Unwanted by Unai Emery] (in Spanish). Merca Fútbol. 30 August 2008. Retrieved 2 May 2016.
- Hugo Viana é reforço por uma temporada (Hugo Viana is a one-season addition) Archived 3 August 2009 at the Wayback Machine.; S.C. Braga, 31 July 2009 (in Portuguese)
- Lawrence, Amy (24 May 2012). "Hugo Viana's Portugal recall reignites debate of purists v realists". The Guardian. Retrieved 4 June 2012.
- "Também não foi o Belenenses a parar o Braga" [Belenenses did not stop Braga either]. Público (in Portuguese). 30 August 2009. Retrieved 22 November 2017.
- Brilliant Braga see off Benfica; PortuGOAL, 31 October 2009
- "Braga 2–1 Benfica" (in Portuguese). Rádio e Televisão de Portugal. 7 March 2011. Retrieved 22 November 2017.
- "Hugo Viana chocado com morte de Gary Speed" [Hugo Viana shocked with Gary Speed's death] (in Portuguese). Diário Digital. 27 November 2011. Retrieved 27 November 2011.
- "Al Ahli present Viana, Abbas and Dhahi". AG League. 22 July 2013. Retrieved 15 May 2014.
- "Al Ahli-Al Ain Super Cup lived up to the top billing". The National. 30 August 2013. Retrieved 2 May 2016.
- "Wait is finally over as Hugo Viana completes Al Wasl move". Sport 360. 19 January 2015. Retrieved 2 May 2016.
- "Hugo Viana termina carreira" [Hugo Viana finishes career] (in Portuguese). Rádio e Televisão de Portugal. 13 October 2016. Retrieved 17 October 2016.
- "Hugo Viana deixa o Restelo" [Hugo Viana leaves the Restelo]. A Bola (in Portuguese). 22 November 2017. Retrieved 22 November 2017.
- "Hugo Viana repete história com dez anos" [Hugo Viana repeats ten-year-old story]. Correio da Manhã (in Portuguese). 23 May 2012. Retrieved 13 October 2017.
- "Second Portugal player fails drugs test". The Guardian. 22 May 2002. Retrieved 27 May 2015.
- "Angola 0–1 Portugal". BBC Sport. 11 June 2006. Retrieved 13 October 2017.
- "England 0–0 Portugal". BBC Sport. 1 July 2006. Retrieved 13 October 2017.
- Portugal replace Martins with Viana; FIFA, 23 May 2012
- "Letónia. O opositor das melhores memórias para uma geração" [Latvia. The opponent of one generation's best memories]. i (in Portuguese). 11 November 2016. Retrieved 13 October 2017.
- "Hugo Viana". Soccerway. Retrieved 14 February 2014.
- "Selecção distinguida pelo Duque de Bragança" [National team honoured by Duke of Bragança] (in Portuguese). Cristiano Ronaldo News. 30 August 2006. Retrieved 30 August 2006.
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