Moreno (Portuguese footballer)

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Personal information
Full name João Miguel da Cunha Teixeira
Date of birth (1981-08-19) 19 August 1981 (age 35)
Place of birth Urgezes, Portugal
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Vitória Guimarães
Number 6
Youth career
1991–1996 Vitória Guimarães
1996–1999 Amigos Urgeses
1999–2000 Vitória Guimarães
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2001 Felgueiras 0 (0)
2001–2002 Macedo Cavaleiros
2002–2004 Caçadores Taipas 65 (4)
2004–2010 Vitória Guimarães 116 (3)
2010–2012 Leicester City 3 (0)
2012–2013 Nacional 39 (3)
2013– Vitória Guimarães 41 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 December 2016.

João Miguel da Cunha Teixeira (born 19 August 1981), known as Moreno, is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Vitória S.C. mainly as a defensive midfielder.

Football career[edit]


Born in Urgezes, Guimarães, Moreno began playing professionally with F.C. Felgueirassecond division, not collecting one single league appearance – then moved to the lower leagues with FC Macedo de Cavaleiros and Clube Caçadores das Taipas. In the 2004–05 season, he joined Vitória de Guimarães in the Primeira Liga.

Moreno contributed with 14 matches as Vitória moved straight from the second level into a third-place in 2007–08 (although mainly as a substitute). He spent most of the following campaign as a central defender, due to the serious knee condition of teammate Henrique Sereno.

Moreno appeared in 23 games in 2009–10 as the Minho side finished in sixth position, narrowly missing on qualification to the UEFA Europa League.


On 6 August 2010, Moreno signed a two-year contract with Football League Championship club Leicester City,[1] joining compatriots Miguel Vítor and Paulo Sousa (manager).[2] Four days later he made his debut for his new team, in a 4–3 win over Macclesfield Town for the first round of the League Cup.[3]

In August 2011, after only six official appearances in 2010–11, Moreno was told he was free to look for a new club, and was not given a squad number for the upcoming season.[4] His contract was cancelled on 13 January 2012[5] and he returned to his country, joining C.D. Nacional in Madeira.


  1. ^ "Leicester City sign Portuguese midfielder Moreno". BBC Sport. 6 August 2010. Retrieved 25 December 2010. 
  2. ^ "Leicester sign Moreno for an undisclosed fee". Sky Sports. 5 August 2010. Retrieved 5 August 2010. 
  3. ^ "Leicester 4–3 Macclesfield". BBC Sport. 10 August 2010. Retrieved 25 December 2010. 
  4. ^ "Leicester City duo Yann Kermogant and Moreno set to leave". BBC Sport. 15 August 2011. Retrieved 19 August 2011. 
  5. ^ "Moreno on the move". Leicester City F.C. 13 January 2012. Retrieved 13 January 2012. 

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