José Nunes

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For Brazilian pilot, see José Martins Ribeiro Nunes.
This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is De Araújo and the second or paternal family name is Nunes.
José Nunes
Jose Nunes 2011.jpg
Nunes in action for Mallorca in 2011
Personal information
Full name José Carlos de Araújo Nunes
Date of birth (1977-03-07) 7 March 1977 (age 39)
Place of birth Castelo de Paiva, Portugal
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Centre back
Youth career
1988–1989 Sporting Paivense
1989–1994 Cinfães
1994–1996 Sporting Paivense
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–1997 Ovarense 26 (1)
1997 Braga 0 (0)
1998–2001 Maia 104 (3)
2001–2002 Salgueiros 20 (0)
2002–2004 Gil Vicente 61 (1)
2004–2005 Braga 48 (1)
2006–2014 Mallorca 243 (13)
Total 502 (19)
National team
1996 Portugal U20 5 (0)
1998 Portugal U21 1 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.


José Carlos de Araújo Nunes (born 7 March 1977) is a Portuguese retired footballer who played as a central defender.

He amassed Primeira Liga totals of 129 games and two goals over the course of five seasons, representing Salgueiros, Gil Vicente and Braga. He spent most of his professional career, however, with Mallorca in Spain, signing in 2006 and appearing in 258 official matches in eight La Liga campaigns.

Football career[edit]

Born in Castelo de Paiva, Aveiro, Nunes began his professional career with modest clubs in the second and third divisions. He made his Primeira Liga debuts in the 2001–02 season, with soon-to-be-extinct S.C. Salgueiros.

After two solid seasons with Gil Vicente FC, Nunes signed with fellow league side S.C. Braga in July 2004, moving in January 2006 to Spain's La Liga with RCD Mallorca.[1] He made his debut for his new team on the 29th, starting in a 0–3 home loss to FC Barcelona[2] and adding four league goals in his first full campaign in the Balearic Islands.

An undisputed starter from his arrival – he was also awarded club captaincy early on[3][4]– Nunes continued to figure prominently in 2009–10 as Mallorca won its first ten home league games of the season, with the player scoring twice, although one of those was an away fixture, a 2–4 defeat at Barcelona;[5] eventually he netted four goals in 33 matches, helping the team to a fifth-place finish (fourth until the last minute of the last round).

In mid-August 2011, Nunes suffered a serious knee injury during a friendly with S.S.C. Napoli, initially being sidelined for seven months[6] but recovering in less than four.[7] He still contributed with two goals[8][9] in 14 appearances during the campaign, to help Mallorca finish eighth.

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