Miguelito (footballer)

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Miguelito
Personal information
Full name José Miguel Organista Simões Aguiar
Date of birth (1981-02-04) 4 February 1981 (age 37)
Place of birth Póvoa de Varzim, Portugal
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Playing position Wingback
Youth career
1991–1999 Rio Ave
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2005 Rio Ave 146 (6)
2005–2006 Nacional 34 (1)
2006–2008 Benfica 7 (0)
2008 Braga (loan) 10 (0)
2008–2011 Marítimo 30 (0)
2010 Belenenses (loan) 12 (2)
2010–2011 Vitória Setúbal (loan) 29 (0)
2011–2012 Vitória Setúbal 27 (1)
2012–2013 Apollon Limassol 19 (0)
2013–2014 Moreirense 5 (1)
2014–2015 Chaves 13 (0)
2015–2016 Tirsense 10 (1)
Total 342 (12)
National team
2001–2002 Portugal U20 13 (3)
2002–2004 Portugal U21 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

José Miguel Organista Simões Aguiar (born 4 February 1981), known as Miguelito, is a retired Portuguese footballer. A speedy player, he could operate as defender or midfielder on the left side of the pitch.

He amassed Primeira Liga totals of 220 games and seven goals over the course of ten seasons, representing in the competition Rio Ave, Nacional, Benfica, Braga, Marítimo, Belenenses and Vitória de Setúbal. He also competed professionally in Cyprus, in a 17-year career.[1]

Club career[edit]

Born in Póvoa de Varzim, Miguelito joined neighbouring Rio Ave FC's youth at the age of 10. He broke into the first team eight years later, contributing with 26 games in the 2002–03 campaign as the club returned to the Primeira Liga after a three-year absence, as champions.

Transferred to Madeira's C.D. Nacional in the 2005 summer, Miguelito went on to be considered of one of the best left wingers in the Portuguese top division. After an impressive season, in which he did not miss one match as the Madeira side qualified to the UEFA Cup (notably scoring against his former team, in a 2–0 away win), he was bought by S.L. Benfica on 22 August 2006,[2] having previously been voted the league's best defender by newspaper Record.

Midway through 2007–08, after having managed just three appearances in Portuguese League Cup, being barred by former Brazilian international Léo, Miguelito joined S.C. Braga in January, on loan.[3] In August, he was released by Benfica and joined C.S. Marítimo, which had just qualified to the UEFA Cup.

After a good first season, Miguelito fell out of favour and was inclusively demoted to the B-team. In late January 2010, he moved on loan to C.F. Os Belenenses.

Personal life[edit]

Miguelito's younger brother, Sérgio Organista, was also a footballer. A youth product of FC Porto, he went on to represent, among others, Pontevedra CF.[4]

Honours[edit]

Rio Ave
Moreirense

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ele jogou nas quatro equipas da final four da Taça da Liga. Ele é José Miguel Organista Simões Aguiar (quem?)" [He played for the four teams in the League Cup final four. He is José Miguel Organista Simões Aguiar (who?)]. Expresso (in Portuguese). 25 January 2017. Retrieved 18 September 2017. 
  2. ^ "Miguelito adds to Benfica armoury". UEFA.com. 23 August 2006. Retrieved 3 January 2008. 
  3. ^ "Miguelito makes Braga move". UEFA.com. 2 January 2008. Retrieved 3 January 2008. 
  4. ^ "Irmão de Miguelito não acredita em insultos racistas a Carrillo" [Miguelito's brother does not believe in racist insults to Carrillo] (in Portuguese). Relvado. 6 March 2012. Retrieved 18 September 2017. 

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