Michel Souza da Silva
|Full name||Michel Souza da Silva|
|Date of birth||22 August 1986|
|Place of birth||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Height||1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|2012–2013||→ Braga (loan)||3||(0)|
|2013–2014||→ Al-Wakrah (loan)||23||(7)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 May 2016.
Born in Rio de Janeiro, Michel moved to Portugal initially as a futsal player, but he switched to association football shortly after because of his physical strength and powerful shots. He started his career with F.C. Penafiel in the third division, scoring 13 goals in 32 games in his first season, which ended in promotion.
In mid-July 2011, after two more years with the club in the Segunda Liga, Michel signed for F.C. Paços de Ferreira in the Primeira Liga. During his only season, he ranked as team top scorer as they retained their division status, notably netting against Sporting Clube de Portugal (twice) and S.L. Benfica in two defeats.
On 31 May 2012, Michel moved to Benfica alongside Paços teammate Luisinho. On 31 August, however, he joined fellow league side S.C. Braga on loan, in a deal that saw Lima go in the opposite direction.
- "Olho Clinico-Michel" [Clinical eye-Michel] (in Portuguese). A Outra Visão. 27 April 2012. Retrieved 4 August 2012.
- "Michel reforça Paços" [Michel strengthens Paços] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 19 July 2011. Retrieved 4 August 2012.
- "Sporting come back from the dead to earn first Liga win". PortuGOAL. 10 September 2011. Retrieved 7 August 2012.
- "Benfica sprint ahead at table top". PortuGOAL. 1 October 2011. Retrieved 7 August 2012.
- "Michel e Luisinho na Luz: talentos adiados na segunda" [Michel and Luisinho at the Luz: wasted years in the second] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 31 May 2012. Retrieved 7 August 2012.
- "Benfica buy Braga's Lima". UEFA.com. 1 September 2012. Retrieved 19 September 2012.
- "Lima no Benfica e Michel no Braga" [Lima in Benfica and Michel in Braga] (in Portuguese). Diário de Notícias. 31 August 2012. Retrieved 31 August 2012.
- "Braga vai devolver Michel ao Benfica" [Braga will return Michel to Benfica] (in Portuguese). SAPO. 27 January 2013. Retrieved 7 August 2013.
- "Benfica: Michel vai jogar no Al-Wakrah" [Benfica: Michel will play in Al-Wakrah] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 7 August 2013. Retrieved 7 August 2013.
- "Michel regressa a Portugal para "voltar a jogar"" [Michel returns to Portugal to "play again"] (in Portuguese). Rádio Renascença. 1 September 2014. Retrieved 28 January 2015.
- Braz, Alexandre (2 February 2015). "Penafiel acerta retorno de Michel, atacante brasileiro que pertencia ao Benfica" [Penafiel agrees on return of Michel, Brazilian forward that belonged to Benfica] (in Portuguese). Lance Net. Retrieved 2 February 2015.
- "Contratos de trabalho desportivo e contratos de formação desportiva recepcionados na Liga Portugal dia 02 de Fevereiro de 2015" [Sporting work contracts and sporting training contracts registered at Liga Portugal on 02 February 2015] (PDF) (in Portuguese). Liga Portuguesa de Futebol Profissional. 2 February 2015. Retrieved 3 February 2015.