Luís Aurélio

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Luís Aurélio
Personal information
Full name Luís Miguel Coimbra Aurélio
Date of birth (1988-08-17) 17 August 1988 (age 31)
Place of birth Beja, Portugal
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
CFR Cluj
Number 6
Youth career
1996–2002 Desportivo Beja
2002–2007 Despertar
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2008 Castrense
2008–2009 Santana 30 (3)
2009–2010 Moreirense 29 (1)
2010–2011 Atlético Reguengos 4 (0)
2011–2013 Tondela 53 (9)
2013–2014 Moreirense 24 (2)
2015–2016 Nacional 46 (5)
2016–2018 Feirense 54 (0)
2018–2019 Gaz Metan Mediaș 36 (1)
2019– CFR Cluj 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 June 2019

Luís Miguel Coimbra Aurélio (born 17 August 1988) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Romanian club CFR Cluj as a midfielder.

Club career[edit]

Born in Beja, Aurélio played his early years as a senior in the lower leagues, starting with F.C. Castrense in the regional championships then representing, in quick succession, U.D. Santana, Moreirense FC, Atlético S.C. and C.D. Tondela in the third division. In the 2011–12 season, with the latter club, he contributed with 23 games and one goal as it promoted to the second level for the first time ever.

Aurélio made his professional debut on 12 August 2012, playing the first half of a 2–2 home draw against FC Porto B.[1] He scored a career-best eight goals in that campaign, helping the team easily retain their newly acquired status – highlights included a hat-trick in the 3–0 away victory over S.C. Braga B, on 3 February 2013.[2]

In the 2013 off-season, Aurélio returned to Moreirense who now competed in division two. He netted twice[3][4] in 19 starts in his first year, in a return to the Primeira Liga after a one-year absence.[5]

Aurélio's maiden appearance in the Portuguese top tier took place on 21 September 2014, when he came as a 68th-minute substitute in a 1–3 away loss to S.L. Benfica.[6] It was to be one of only two competitive matches for the Guimarães-based side, as in January 2015 he left to sign with C.D. Nacional.[7]

In his first full season in Madeira, Aurélio scored three times[8][9][10] from 28 games, helping to an 11th-place finish. In the following summer, the free agent joined C.D. Feirense also in the top division.[11]

Aurélio spent the following years in the Romanian Liga I, with CS Gaz Metan Mediaș[12] and CFR Cluj.[13]

International career[edit]

In April 2009, whilst at Santana, Aurélio was called to the Portuguese under-21 side by manager Rui Caçador.[14] He never won any caps at any level, however.

Personal life[edit]

Aurélio's twin brother, João, was also a footballer and a midfielder. He played most of his career with Nacional, where they shared teams.[15][16]


  1. ^ "Tondela-FC Porto B, 2–2: Dellatorre evita derrota dos dragões" [Tondela-FC Porto B, 2–2: Dellatorre prevents dragon loss]. Record (in Portuguese). 12 August 2012. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  2. ^ ""Hat-trick" de Luís Aurélio garante vitória "contundente"" [Luís Aurélio hat-trick confirms “powerful” win] (in Portuguese). SAPO. 3 February 2013. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Moreirense-Ac. Viseu, 2–0: Luís Aurélio e Pires no triunfo" [Moreirense-Ac. Viseu, 2–0: Luís Aurélio and Pires for the win] (in Portuguese). Sábado. 10 August 2013. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Futebol/Liga 2: Beira-Mar sem argumentos para Moreirense de primeira" [Football/League 2: Beira-Mar could not counter top-notch Moreirense] (in Portuguese). Notícias de Aveiro. 2 March 2014. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  5. ^ ""Sonhamos com isto desde miúdos"" [«We've been dreaming of this since we were kids»]. Record (in Portuguese). 23 June 2014. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Benfica-Moreirense: resistência derrotada à bomba" [Benfica-Moreirense: bomb-defeated resistance] (in Portuguese). Relvado. 21 September 2014. Retrieved 19 July 2016.
  7. ^ "Luís Aurélio junta-se irmão gémeo nos insulares" [Luís Aurélio joins twin brother at islanders]. Record (in Portuguese). 28 December 2014. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  8. ^ "Nacional empata com Arouca com golo no último minuto dos descontos" [Nacional draw with Arouca with goal in last minute of injury time]. Público (in Portuguese). 2 January 2016. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  9. ^ "Nacional esteve duas vezes a vencer mas consentiu o empate" [Nacional led twice but allowed draw]. Público (in Portuguese). 6 January 2016. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  10. ^ "Nacional 3–0 P. Ferreira" (in Portuguese). SAPO. 26 February 2016. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  11. ^ "Feirense: Luís Aurélio é o terceiro reforço" [Feirense: Luís Aurélio is addition number three] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 29 June 2016. Retrieved 19 July 2016.
  12. ^ "Încă un străin transferat de Gaz Metan! Luis Aurelio a ajuns la Mediaş" [Another foreigner signed by Gaz Metan! Luis Aurelio joined Mediaş] (in Romanian). Telekom TV. 24 July 2018. Retrieved 17 June 2019.
  13. ^ "CFR Cluj, primele două transferuri pentru Liga Campionilor: Mario Rondon și Luis Aurelio de la Gaz Metan!" [CFR Cluj, first two transfers for Champions League: Mario Rondon and Luis Aurelio from Gaz Metan!]. Gazeta Sporturilor (in Romanian). 27 May 2019. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
  14. ^ "Sub-21: Luís Aurélio surpreendido com convocatória" [Under-21: Luís Aurélio surprised with selection]. Record (in Portuguese). 16 April 2009. Retrieved 2 February 2013.
  15. ^ "Sub-21: Os De Boer de Beja" [Under-21: Beja's De Boers]. Record (in Portuguese). 18 April 2009. Retrieved 3 July 2016.
  16. ^ "Irmãos João e Luís Aurélio vão deixar o Nacional" [Brothers João e Luís Aurélio will leave Nacional] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 20 May 2016. Retrieved 27 April 2018.

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