Miguel Veloso

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This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Pinto and the second or paternal family name is Veloso.
Miguel Veloso
Personal information
Full name Miguel Luís Pinto Veloso
Date of birth (1986-05-11) 11 May 1986 (age 29)
Place of birth Coimbra, Portugal
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Dynamo Kyiv
Number 4
Youth career
1994–1999 Benfica
1999–2000 CAC Pontinha
2000–2005 Sporting CP
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2010 Sporting CP 98 (4)
2005–2006 Olivais Moscavide (loan) 28 (7)
2010–2012 Genoa 49 (2)
2012– Dynamo Kyiv 60 (4)
National team
2001–2002 Portugal U18 10 (0)
2002–2003 Portugal U17 25 (3)
2004–2005 Portugal U19 9 (2)
2006 Portugal U20 2 (1)
2006–2008 Portugal U21 18 (5)
2007– Portugal 53 (2)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 25 July 2015.
† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 26 June 2014

Miguel Luís Pinto Veloso (Portuguese pronunciation: [miˈɣɛɫ ˈlwiʃ ˈpĩtu vɨˈlozu]; born 11 May 1986) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Ukrainian club FC Dynamo Kyiv and the Portuguese national team. Mainly a defensive midfielder, he can also operate as an attacking left back.

He started his career with Sporting, for which he appeared in 165 games all competitions comprised, and also spent two years with Genoa before joining Dynamo Kyiv in 2012.

A full international since 2007, Veloso earned over 50 caps for Portugal, appearing at two World Cups and as many European Championships.

Club career[edit]

Born in Coimbra, Miguel Veloso started his football career at S.L. Benfica, but was rejected for being slightly overweight at the time, entering Lisbon neighbours Sporting Clube de Portugal's youth system at the age of 13. There, he was promoted to the first team for the 2004–05 pre-season, which took place mainly in England; he started out as a central defender.[1][2]

In order to give him more playing time, Sporting loaned Veloso to C.D. Olivais e Moscavide in the third division, and he helped it promote to the second level with a career-best seven goals. As a result he was recalled by the Lions – though it appeared difficult for him to grab a place in the starting team, because of the presence of players with much more experience such as Ânderson Polga, Tonel, Marco Caneira or Custódio – and ended up playing 23 league matches during the campaign as his team (again) finished second. He was equally impressive in his debut in the UEFA Champions League, a 1–0 home win against Inter Milan where he stopped Patrick Vieira and Luís Figo from playing effectively, earning Man of the match accolades in the process..

In 2007–08 Veloso was ever-present in Sporting's central midfield, alongside fellow youth graduate João Moutinho. The club again lost the league to F.C. Porto, and the same befell in the following season, with the player being involved in some run-ins with manager Paulo Bento;[3] in the previous off-season and following January transfer window, he attracted interest from several Premier League sides, but nothing materialized.[4][5][6]

Veloso helped Sporting reach the last-16 in the 2009–10 UEFA Europa League, after scoring in both legs of the 4–2 aggregate win against Everton;[7][8] the club could only, however, finish fourth in the domestic league.

On 30 July 2010, Veloso was sold to Genoa C.F.C. in Italy.[9] On 4 July 2012 he moved teams and countries again, signing a four-year contract with FC Dynamo Kyiv in the Ukrainian Premier League.[10][11]

International career[edit]

Veloso captained Portugal at the 2003 UEFA European Under-17 Championship, helping the nation emerge victorious on home soil after defeating Spain 2-1 in an Iberian final played in Viseu.[12] He was elected the tournament's Golden Player,[13] and subsequently also helped the team reach the quarter-finals in that year's FIFA World Cup held in Finland.

On 14 August 2007, following impressive performances for Portugal's under-21s in the 2007 UEFA European Championship in June (the captain scored twice in three games, albeit in a group stage exit),[14] Veloso was called up for the full squad for the first time, for a Euro 2008 qualifier against Armenia. He would make his international debut against Azerbaijan, on 13 October.

In the tournament finals' group stage, Veloso appeared in the 2–0 loss against Switzerland on 16 June 2008, a game in which nine out of eleven regular team starters were rested. After a long spell out of the Portugal squad, he was recalled by coach Carlos Queiroz for a vital 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying match in Denmark in September 2009, which ended with a 1–1 draw. He netted his first international goal in the same competition, as the national side defeated Malta 4–0 in Guimarães on 14 October.

Miguel Veloso: International goals
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 14 October 2009 Estádio D. Afonso Henriques, Guimarães, Portugal  Malta 3–0 4–0 2010 World Cup qualification
2 15 November 2011 Estádio da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal  Bosnia and Herzegovina 5–2 6–2 Euro 2012 qualifying play-offs



Olivais e Moscavide
Dynamo Kyiv



Club statistics[edit]

As of 19 May 2014[15][16]
Club Season League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Olivais Moscavide 2005–06 Segunda Divisão 28 7 0 0 28 7
Total 28 7 0 0 28 7
Sporting 2006–07 Primeira Liga 23 0 6 0 5[a] 0 34 0
2007–08 Primeira Liga 29 1 9 0 6[a] 0 1[b] 0 45 1
2008–09 Primeira Liga 21 0 3 0 7[a] 1 1[b] 0 32 1
2009–10 Primeira Liga 25 3 6 5 14[c] 4 45 12
Total 98 4 24 5 32 5 2 0 156 14
Genoa 2010–11 Serie A 20 0 2 0 22 0
2011–12 Serie A 29 2 2 0 31 2
Total 49 2 4 0 53 2
Dynamo Kyiv 2012–13 Ukrainian Premier League 24 2 1 0 12[c] 1 37 3
2013–14 Ukrainian Premier League 20 1 3 0 8[d] 1 32 2
2014–15 Ukrainian Premier League 14 1 5 2 9[d] 3 26 6
Total 60 4 10 2 29 5 100 11
Career total 235 17 38 7 59 10 3 0 337 34
  1. ^ a b c Appearances in the UEFA Champions League
  2. ^ a b Appearances in the Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira
  3. ^ a b Appearances in the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League
  4. ^ a b Appearances in the UEFA Europa League

Personal life[edit]

Veloso's father, António, was also a footballer. A defender, he played 15 professional seasons for Benfica, and was also a longtime Portuguese international.[3][17]


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