Marco Caneira

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This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Simões and the second or paternal family name is Caneira.
Marco Caneira
Personal information
Full name Marco António Simões Caneira
Date of birth (1979-02-09) 9 February 1979 (age 38)
Place of birth Negrais, Portugal
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1990–1997 Sporting CP
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–2000 Sporting CP 1 (0)
1996–1997 Lourinhanense (loan)
1998 Salgueiros (loan) 1 (0)
1998–1999 Beira-Mar (loan) 12 (0)
1999–2000 Alverca (loan) 17 (0)
2000–2003 Inter Milan 0 (0)
2000–2001 Reggina (loan) 22 (0)
2001–2002 Benfica (loan) 27 (0)
2002–2003 Bordeaux (loan) 30 (0)
2003–2005 Bordeaux 35 (0)
2004–2005 Valencia (loan) 22 (1)
2005–2008 Valencia 24 (0)
2006–2007 Sporting CP (loan) 40 (1)
2008–2011 Sporting CP 28 (0)
2011–2015 Videoton 67 (1)
Total 326 (3)
National team
1999–2001 Portugal U21 17 (0)
2002–2008 Portugal 25 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Marco António Simões Caneira (born 9 February 1979) is a retired Portuguese professional footballer. He played preferably as a central defender, but was equally at ease on the right or the left flank.

A youth graduate at Sporting, he started his career at the club, also appearing briefly for Benfica in his country, and represented Valencia in La Liga for a couple of years before returning to Sporting. Over the course of ten seasons, he amassed Primeira Liga totals of 126 games and one goal; he retired in 2015, after a four-year stint with Videoton.

Internationally, Caneira appeared for Portugal at two World Cups and gained 25 caps in six years.

Club career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Born in the village of Negrais in Sintra, Lisbon, Caneira began his career at the Sporting Clube de Portugal youth system, eventually graduating to the senior squad and making his first-team debuts while still only a junior (aged 17). After signing a professional contract, he immediately went on loan to fellow Primeira Liga club S.C. Beira-Mar.

Caneira, along with fellow Sporting players Paulo Costa and Vasco Faísca, was then involved in a somewhat complicated 2000 transfer between F.C. Alverca, who had gained 50% of their rights, and F.C. Internazionale Milano. He was immediately sent to Reggina Calcio, in a co-ownership bid.[1][2] After a season he was bought back from Reggina[3] and sent to S.L. Benfica, on a two-year-long loan.

Bordeaux / Valencia[edit]

In the 2001 summer Caneira left for another loan spell, this time with FC Girondins de Bordeaux. At the end of the campaign, the French signed him to a four-year contract.[4]

After his second season Caneira was loaned out again, this time to Valencia CF, which had faced Bordeaux twice in the 2003–04 edition of the UEFA Champions League.[5] The move was made permanent on 13 June 2005.[6]

Sporting[edit]

After one 1/2 seasons at Valencia, Caneira returned to Portugal and Sporting in January 2006,[7] where he displayed consistent defensive performances, also scoring a rare goal against former owners Inter Milan in the following season's Champions League, in a 12 September home win (1–0).[8] In August 2007, although he had reached an agreement for a further five-year loan with the Lions,[9] he returned to the Quique Sánchez Flores-led team.

After appearing rarely on the second Valencia stint, Caneira returned for a third one with Sporting, for 3.5 million, signing a four-year deal on 25 June 2008.[10] He appeared in 32 official games in his first season (21 in the league, helping his team to the second place), but fell out of favour in the following years, inclusively not being given a jersey for the 2010–11 campaign, and he left the club in June 2011.

Late career[edit]

In the very last day of the 2011 summer transfer window, 32-year-old Caneira signed with Videoton FC in Hungary, sharing teams with three compatriots, including former international teammate Paulo Sousa, who acted as the club's manager. On 25 October 2012 he scored only his fourth goal as a professional, netting from close range after a corner kick in an eventual 2–1 home win against FC Basel for the UEFA Europa League's group stage.[11]

International career[edit]

A Portuguese international since 2002, Caneira was selected for the squad that appeared in that year's FIFA World Cup, but did not play in the tournament held in Japan and South Korea. He made his debut on 27 March, in a 1–4 friendly loss to Finland in Porto.[12]

Left out of the squad for UEFA Euro 2004, Caneira returned for the 2006 World Cup, playing in Portugal's last group stage match against Mexico (2–1 win).

Personal life[edit]

On 16 January 2005, Caneira's 8-month daughter was victim of sudden death, shortly before Valencia's La Liga match against CA Osasuna. The two teams finally decided on playing the game, which ended 0–0.[13]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

[14][15]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Portugal League Taça de Portugal Taça da Liga Europe Total
1995–96 Sporting Primeira Liga 1 0
1996–97 0 0
1997–98 Salgueiros Primeira Liga 1 0
1998–99 Beira-Mar Primeira Liga 12 0 0 16 0
1999–2000 Alverca Primeira Liga 17 0
Italy League Coppa Italia League Cup Europe Total
2000–01 Reggina Serie A 22 0
Portugal League Taça de Portugal Taça da Liga Europe Total
2001–02 Benfica Primeira Liga 27 0 2 0 29 0
France League Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue Europe Total
2002–03 Bordeaux Ligue 1 30 0 4 0 34 0
2003–04 35 0 5 0 40 0
Spain League Copa del Rey Copa de la Liga Europe Total
2004–05 Valencia La Liga 22 1 1 0 6 0 29 1
2005–06 5 0 3 0 8 0
Portugal League Taça de Portugal Taça da Liga Europe Total
2005–06 Sporting Primeira Liga 15 1 4 0 19 1
2006–07 25 0 5 0 5 1 35 1
Spain League Copa del Rey Copa de la Liga Europe Total
2007–08 Valencia La Liga 19 0 6 0 4 0 29 0
Portugal League Taça de Portugal Taça da Liga Europe Total
2008–09 Sporting Primeira Liga 21 0 1 0 3 0 6 0 31 0
2009–10 7 0 1 0 4 0 12 0
2010–11
Hungary League Hungarian Cup League Cup Europe Total
2011–12 Videoton Nemzeti Bajnokság I 21 0 5 0 6 0 0 0 32 0
2012–13 20 1 4 0 5 0 11 1 40 2
2013–14 23 0 2 0 10 0 1 0 36 0
2014–15 3 0 7 0 0 0 10 0
Country Portugal 126 1 8 0 3 0 16 1 153 2
Italy 22 0 22 0
France 65 0 9 0 74 0
Spain 46 1 7 0 13 0 66 1
Hungary 67 1 11 1 28 0 12 1 118 3
Total 326 3 26 1 31 0 50 2 433 6

International[edit]

[16]

Portugal
Year Apps Goals
2002 2 0
2003 2 0
2004 1 0
2005 6 0
2006 6 0
2007 5 0
2008 2 0
Total 24 0

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Sporting
Beira-Mar
Valencia
Videoton

International[edit]

Portugal Under-16

Orders[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Joint contracts: Kallon and Zanetti back to Inter". Inter Milan. 28 June 2001. Retrieved 10 August 2009. 
  2. ^ "Tre giovani Portoghesi in prestito" [Three Portuguese youngsters on loan] (in Italian). Inter Milan. 21 June 2000. Retrieved 14 December 2009. 
  3. ^ "Jugovic al Monaco, ripresi Paulo Costa e Caneira: ma potrebbero andare al Benfica" [Jugovic to Monaco, Paulo Costa and Caneira rebought: could go to Benfica] (in Italian). Inter Milan. 24 July 2001. Retrieved 15 July 2010. 
  4. ^ "Bordeaux backing Portuguese duo". UEFA.com. 4 July 2003. Retrieved 10 June 2008. 
  5. ^ "Valencia secure Caneira loan". UEFA.com. 27 July 2004. Retrieved 10 June 2008. 
  6. ^ "Mora increases Valencia options". UEFA.com. 13 June 2005. Retrieved 10 June 2008. 
  7. ^ "Caneira heads home to Sporting". UEFA.com. 3 January 2006. Retrieved 10 June 2008. 
  8. ^ Caneira strike sends Inter crashing; UEFA.com, 12 September 2006
  9. ^ Sporting extend Caneira stay; UEFA.com, 29 July 2006
  10. ^ Lisbon giants move to strengthen; UEFA.com, 25 June 2008
  11. ^ Clinical Videoton pick off Basel; UEFA.com, 25 October 2012
  12. ^ "Portugal frente à Finlândia: Com a leveza da camisola nova" [Portugal against Finland: As light as the new shirt] (in Portuguese). Record. 28 March 2002. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  13. ^ "First division, day 19". Soccer Spain. 17 January 2005. Retrieved 6 March 2011. 
  14. ^ "Marco Caneira". Soccerway. Retrieved 8 May 2014. 
  15. ^ "Marco Caneira". Footballdatabase. Retrieved 20 March 2015. 
  16. ^ "Marco Caneira". European Football. Retrieved 3 February 2016. 
  17. ^ "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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