Michel Souza da Silva

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Personal information
Full name Michel Souza da Silva
Date of birth (1986-08-22) August 22, 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2011 Penafiel 83 (34)
2011–2012 Paços Ferreira 28 (9)
2012–2015 Benfica 0 (0)
2012–2013 Braga (loan) 3 (0)
2013–2014 Al-Wakrah (loan) 23 (7)
2015– Penafiel 1 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 March 2015.

† Appearances (Goals).

Michel Souza da Silva (born August 22, 1986), known simply as Michel, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Portuguese club Penafiel.

Club career[edit]

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.[1] He started his career with 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 second level, Michel joined Paços de Ferreira in the top flight.[2] During his only season with the club, he ranked as team top scorer as it retained its division status, notably netting against Sporting (twice) and Benfica in two defeats.[3][4]

On May 31, 2012 Michel moved to Benfica, alongside Paços teammate Luisinho.[5] On August 31, however, he joined fellow league club Braga on loan, in a deal that saw Lima go in the opposite direction.[6][7]

In January 2013 Braga terminated Michel's loan early, and he returned to Benfica.[8] In August he went on loan again, now to Qatar's Al-Wakrah.[9] On 1 September 2014, Michel returned to Portugal,[10] and has not played since.

On February 2, 2015, without playing since May 2014, Michel returned to Penafiel of Primeira Liga.[11][12]


  1. ^ "Olho Clinico-Michel" [Clinical eye-Michel]. A Outra Visão. April 27, 2012. Retrieved August 4, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Michel reforça Paços" [Michel strengthens Paços] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. July 19, 2011. Retrieved August 4, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Sporting come back from the dead to earn first Liga win". PortuGOAL. September 10, 2011. Retrieved August 7, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Benfica sprint ahead at table top". PortuGOAL. October 1, 2011. Retrieved August 7, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Michel e Luisinho na Luz: talentos adiados na segunda" [Michel and Luisinho at the Luz: wasted years in Second Division] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. May 31, 2012. Retrieved August 7, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Benfica buy Braga's Lima". UEFA.com. September 1, 2012. Retrieved September 19, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Lima no Benfica e Michel no Braga" [Lima in Benfica and Michel in Braga] (in Portuguese). Diário de Notícias. August 31, 2012. Retrieved August 31, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Braga vai devolver Michel ao Benfica" [Braga will return Michel to Benfica] (in Portuguese). SAPO Desporto. January 27, 2013. Retrieved August 7, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Benfica: Michel vai jogar no Al-Wakrah" [Benfica: Michel will play in Al-Wakrah] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. August 7, 2013. Retrieved August 7, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Michel regressa a Portugal para "voltar a jogar"" [Michel returns do Portugal for "return to play"]. rr.sapo.pt (in Portuguese). Rádio Renascença. 1 September 2014. Retrieved 28 January 2015. 
  11. ^ Braz, Alexandre (2 February 2015). "Penafiel acerta retorno de Michel, atacante brasileiro que pertencia ao Benfica" [Penafiel makes Michel's return, Brazilian forward that belonged to Benfica]. LANCE!Net. Retrieved 2 February 2015. 
  12. ^ "Liga Portugal" (PDF) (in Portuguese). LPFP. 2 February 2015. Retrieved 3 February 2015. 

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