Mateus Galiano da Costa

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Personal information
Full name Mateus Galiano da Costa
Date of birth (1984-06-19) 19 June 1984 (age 32)
Place of birth Luanda, Angola
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Number 12
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2003 Desportivo Beja
2003–2004 Sporting B 23 (9)
2004–2005 Casa Pia 35 (13)
2005 Lixa 10 (3)
2006–2007 Gil Vicente 16 (7)
2007–2008 Boavista 25 (2)
2008–2013 Nacional 117 (28)
2014–2016 1º Agosto 44 (13)
2016– Arouca 14 (4)
National team
2006– Angola 46 (7)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 May 2016.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 29 March 2016

Mateus Galiano da Costa (born 19 June 1984 in Luanda), known simply as Mateus, is an Angolan professional footballer who plays for Portuguese club F.C. Arouca as a forward.

Club career[edit]

After playing in his first professional for modest Portuguese squads (he had a stint with Sporting Clube de Portugal, but never moved past its B-side) Mateus signed, in January 2006, with Gil Vicente F.C. in the Primeira Liga. He scored in his debut on 5 February, in a 5–0 home win against Vitória de Setúbal.[1]

However, Mateus was at the centre of a judicial controversy that erupted in Portuguese football, known as Caso Mateus (Mateus Affair), after a supposedly illegal registration by the Barcelos team. Following a lengthy judicial battle between Gil and C.F. Os Belenenses, the former were relegated.[2][3]

After an uneventful season with Gil Vicente in the second division, greatly delayed by the legal consequences,[4] Mateus joined Boavista F.C. for the 2007–08 campaign, with his new team also eventually being relegated for irregularities.[5]

In 2008–09 Mateus moved to Madeira's C.D. Nacional, being an important offensive element – whether as starter or from the bench – as the club eventually qualified for the UEFA Europa League. He continued to be regularly played for the better part of the following years, notably netting nine goals in 24 games in the 2011–12 season.

International career[edit]

An Angolan international since 2006, Mateus was called up to that year's FIFA World Cup, playing in all three group stage matches including the entire 0–1 loss against Portugal.[6]

He also added three substitute appearances in the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations, as the Palancas Negras reached the quarterfinals.

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Result Competition
1 29 April 2006 Setsoto, Maseru, Lesotho  Mauritius
2006 COSAFA Cup
2 30 April 2006 Setsoto, Maseru, Lesotho  Lesotho
2006 COSAFA Cup
3 8 October 2006 Cidadela, Luanda, Angola  Kenya
2008 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
4 12 August 2009 Restelo, Lisbon, Portugal  Togo
5 8 October 2011 24 de Setembro, Bissau, Guinea-Bissau  Guinea-Bissau
2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
6 14 January 2012 Chiazi, Cabinda, Angola  Sierra Leone
7 22 January 2012 Nuevo Estadio, Malabo, Equatorial Guinea  Burkina Faso
2012 Africa Cup of Nations


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