Mário Silva (footballer)

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Mário Silva
Personal information
Full name Mário Fernando Magalhães da Silva
Date of birth (1977-04-24) 24 April 1977 (age 40)
Place of birth Porto, Portugal
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Left back
Youth career
1986–1988 Bom Pastor
1988–1995 Boavista
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–2000 Boavista 88 (2)
2000–2001 Nantes 20 (0)
2001–2004 Porto 34 (0)
2004–2005 Recreativo 23 (0)
2005–2006 Cádiz 7 (0)
2006–2008 Boavista 27 (0)
2009 Doxa 3 (1)
Total 202 (3)
National team
1998–1999 Portugal U21 13 (1)
2002 Portugal 1 (0)
Teams managed
2011 Boavista
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Mário Fernando Magalhães da Silva (born 24 April 1977; Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈmaɾiu ˈsiɫvɐ]) is a Portuguese retired footballer who played as a left back, and a manager.

Playing career[edit]

Silva was born in Porto. Having grown through the ranks of local Boavista F.C.[1] he went on to represent FC Nantes, FC Porto, Recreativo de Huelva and Cádiz CF,[2] returning to Boavista in July 2006 and leaving after two seasons due to unpaid wages, in a litigation that would only be solved in March 2010.[3]

Silva enjoyed his best years while with Porto, playing second fiddle to Nuno Valente on a side that won the 2002–03 UEFA Cup and the following year's UEFA Champions League, while also adding back-to-back national titles under José Mourinho. Also at the club, on 27 March 2002, he earned his sole cap for the Portugal national team, appearing in a 1–4 friendly home defeat to Finland.[4]

Midway through the 2008–09 campaign, Silva moved countries again and joined Cyprus' Doxa Katokopias F.C. of the first division.[5] However, he was released after only a couple of months, and retired in the summer after not being able to find a new team.

Coaching career[edit]

In 2010, Silva began working as a manager, acting as both youth and assistant coach in Boavista (the latter already in the main squad). In June of the following year, with the team still in the third level, he was appointed as Filipe Gouveia's successor.[6]

Silva resigned from his position just five months into the season, citing lack of payment as the reason for his departure.[7]




  1. ^ "Mário Silva chegou a pensar poder ir ao Mundial..." [Mário Silva thought about going to World Cup...]. Record (in Portuguese). 12 May 2002. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Casquero, Esteban y Silva inician una nueva etapa" [Casquero, Esteban and Silva's new lease of life]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 8 July 2005. Retrieved 24 April 2017. 
  3. ^ "Boavista chega a acordo com Mário Silva" [Boavista reach settlement with Mário Silva]. Record (in Portuguese). 22 March 2010. Retrieved 17 December 2012. 
  4. ^ "Portugal frente à Finlândia: Com a leveza da camisola nova" [Portugal against Finland: As light as the new shirt]. Record (in Portuguese). 28 March 2002. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  5. ^ "Mário Silva assina pelo Doxa" [Mário Silva signs for Doxa]. Record (in Portuguese). 19 February 2009. Retrieved 17 December 2012. 
  6. ^ "Boavista: Mário Silva é o novo treinador" [Boavista: Mário Silva is the new manager]. Record (in Portuguese). 9 November 2011. Retrieved 17 December 2012. 
  7. ^ "Mário Silva demite-se do Boavista" [Mário Silva resigns at Boavista]. Record (in Portuguese). 9 November 2011. Retrieved 17 December 2012. 

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