Liédson playing for Sporting in 2007
|Full name||Liédson da Silva Muniz|
|Date of birth||17 December 1977|
|Place of birth||Cairu, Brazil|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|2013||→ Porto (loan)||6||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Nicknamed Levezinho ("Slender one") due to his light frame (63 kg), he spent the bulk of his professional career in Portugal representing Sporting, scoring nearly 200 goals in more than 300 competitive matches, winning four major titles with the club and helping it to four Champions League participations.
Liédson was signed by Sporting Clube de Portugal for €2 million on 31 August 2003, giving manager Fernando Santos a new option following injuries and sales. On his debut, the "S" in his name was printed in reverse, which he took as a good omen and maintained it like that for the rest of his career.
Liédson was crowned top scorer in the Primeira Liga in his second season, scoring 25 goals while also netting nine in 14 games as his team reached the final of the UEFA Cup – this included a hat-trick in a 4–0 win at FC Dinamo Tbilisi in the group stage. The following year he finished second in the scoring race, scoring 15 times from 31 appearances (28 of which he played the full 90 minutes) with an impressive mark of 2,899 minutes played; he was top scorer again in 2006–07, but the Lions only conquered one domestic cup during that timeframe.
Considered by many as one of the greatest strikers in Sporting history since the early performances of Fernando Peyroteo, Héctor Yazalde, Manuel Fernandes, Rui Jordão, Fernando Gomes, Alberto Acosta and Mário Jardel, Liédson was also regarded as the club's top trademark player since the departures of Luís Figo, Cristiano Ronaldo, Nani and Ricardo Quaresma. He also ranked team top scorer in the UEFA Champions League, after scoring the lonely goal in the 2008–09 group stage contest against FC Shakhtar Donetsk on 22 October 2008. In the last group stage match, he also found the net – in a 2–5 home loss to FC Barcelona – for the 19th time in European competition, another club best; on 1 November he appeared in his 150th league match with the green-and-white striped jersey, 213 overall.
On 17 January 2010, after having missed one month due to injury, Liédson came from the bench to score twice, helping Sporting overcome C.D. Nacional 3–2 at home. On 7 March, all of the game's goals were his as his team beat last-placed C.F. Os Belenenses 4–0 away.
Return to Brazil
On 31 January 2011, after having appeared in 310 official matches with Sporting, scoring 174 goals, 33-year-old Liédson returned to his homeland, signing with former club Corinthians. He was still allowed to play with the Lions the following Friday, starting and scoring twice against Associação Naval 1º de Maio, in a 3–3 home draw.
Liédson contributed with ten games in the 2012 Copa Libertadores campaign, scoring once in the 6–0 group stage home win against Deportivo Táchira of Venezuela (immediately after missing a penalty kick) as the Timão won the continental competition for the first time in its history. On 31 July, he left Corinthians after both club and player decided not to renew his contract.
On 2 August 2012, Liédson agreed on a return to Flamengo, signing until December of the following year. In late January of the following year he came back to Portugal, joining FC Porto on a loan until the end of the season.
Liédson expressed interest in playing for the Portuguese national team despite being Brazilian-born. He stated: "If one day I was called up to play, I wouldn’t hesitate for a second, as I feel right at home in Portugal." After the retirement of striker Pauleta, Liédson was one of the main candidates in line for succession, especially after countrymen Deco and Pepe's previous switches. Liédson's naturalization process created some controversy, as the Portuguese Football Players' Union in August 2009 publicly objected Portuguese Football Federation's (FPF) plans of expediting his citizenship.
After six years of residence in the country, Liédson received Portuguese nationality, being eligible to play for the country. On 26 August 2009, he was called up by national coach Carlos Queiroz for the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Denmark and Hungary, and made his debut against the former on 5 September, coming on as a substitute for Tiago at half-time: after having been booked, he scored the final 1–1 in the 85th minute with a header from a corner.
Liédson started the first game in the final stages in South Africa, a 0–0 against Ivory Coast. He lost his place to Hugo Almeida for the following match, but both found the net in the 7–0 routing of North Korea on 21 June 2010, in Cape Town.
|Club||Season||League||State Championship||Cup||League Cup / State Cup||SuperCup||Continental||Friendly||Total|
|1||5 September 2009||Parken Stadium, Copenhagen, Denmark||Denmark||1–1||1–1||2010 World Cup qualification|
|2||10 October 2009||Estádio da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal||Hungary||2–0||3–0||2010 World Cup qualification|
|3||3 March 2010||Estádio Cidade de Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal||China PR||2–0||2–0||Friendly|
|4||21 June 2010||Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town, South Africa||North Korea||5–0||7–0||2010 FIFA World Cup|
- Taça de Portugal: 2006–07, 2007–08
- Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira: 2007, 2008
- Taça da Liga: Runner-up 2007–08, 2008–09
- UEFA Cup: Runner-up 2004–05
- Copa Sul-Minas: Top scorer 2002
- Campeonato Paulista: Top scorer 2011
- Primeira Liga: Top scorer 2004–05, 2006–07
- Primeira Liga: Player of the Month January 2006, April 2007, January 2009, April 2009, March 2010 (record)
- Liedson, cameras, action!; UEFA, 17 May 2005
- Sporting snare Liedson; UEFA, 31 August 2003
- "Liedson com nome bem escrito na camisola" [Liedson with name spelt correctly on his shirt]. Diário de Notícias (in Portuguese). 5 September 2009. Archived from the original on 26 June 2015. Retrieved 25 June 2015.
- Ravdin, Eugene (25 November 2004). "Liedson leads Sporting rout". UEFA. Retrieved 5 June 2015.
- Liedson lauds Sporting spirit; UEFA, 23 October 2008
- Liedson happy to settle at Sporting; UEFA, 10 July 2009
- "Liedson bisa no regresso" [Liedson grabs brace in return] (in Portuguese). Rádio e Televisão de Portugal. 17 January 2010. Retrieved 19 July 2017.
- Liedson hits four for Sporting; Benfica go three points clear at table top Archived 19 March 2013 at the Wayback Machine.; PortuGOAL, 7 March 2010
- "Sporting goleia Gent por 5–1 e fica com um 'pé' na fase seguinte" [Sporting rout Gent 5–1 and is all but qualified to next stage] (in Portuguese). DNotícias. 21 October 2010. Retrieved 19 July 2017.
- "Sporting striker Liedson returns to Corinthians". The Guardian. 31 January 2011. Retrieved 10 February 2011.
- "Liedson until the bitter end". PortuGOAL. 4 February 2011. Retrieved 10 February 2011.
- "Após erro, Liedson conclui: "Não sei bater pênalti mesmo"" [After mistake, Liedson concludes: "I'm hopeless at penalties"] (in Portuguese). Gazeta Esportiva. 19 April 2012. Retrieved 5 July 2012.
- "Obrigado, Liédson!" [Thanks, Liédson] (in Portuguese). SC Corinthians. 31 July 2012. Retrieved 31 July 2012.
- "Flamengo acerta a contratação de Liédson até o fim de 2013" [Flamengo complete signing of Liédson until the end of 2013] (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. 2 August 2012. Retrieved 2 August 2012.
- "Liedson completes FC Porto move". PortuGOAL. 24 January 2013. Retrieved 25 January 2013.
- Santos Lourenço, Eduardo (28 August 2009). "Football Union contest Liedson's naturalisation". Smashing English. Retrieved 4 October 2009.
- "FIFA Status (2009 Edition): Regulations governing the application of the statutes Article 17" (PDF). FIFA. Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 August 2009. Retrieved 24 August 2009.
- Liedson pulls Portugal from brink; UEFA, 5 September 2009
- "Ivory Coast outplays Portugal, but earns scoreless draw in opener". ESPN Soccernet. 15 June 2010. Retrieved 19 July 2017.
- "Portugal pours it on in second half". The New York Times. 21 June 2010. Retrieved 9 November 2012.
- Liédson at ForaDeJogo
- "Liédson". Soccerway. Retrieved 27 December 2014.