Nélson Oliveira

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This article is about the footballer. For the cyclist, see Nelson Oliveira.
This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Castro and the second or paternal family name is Oliveira.
Nélson Oliveira
Nelson Oliveira - Croatia vs. Portugal, 10th June 2013 (crop).jpg
Oliveira with Portugal in 2013
Personal information
Full name Nélson Miguel Castro Oliveira
Date of birth (1991-08-08) 8 August 1991 (age 25)
Place of birth Barcelos, Portugal
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)[1]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Norwich City
Number 9
Youth career
1999–2002 Santa Maria
2003–2006 Braga
2003–2004 → Bairro Misericórdia (loan)
2006–2009 Benfica
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2016 Benfica 12 (0)
2010 Rio Ave (loan) 10 (0)
2010–2011 Paços Ferreira (loan) 23 (4)
2012–2013 Deportivo La Coruña (loan) 30 (4)
2013–2014 Rennes (loan) 30 (8)
2015 Swansea City (loan) 10 (1)
2015–2016 Nottingham Forest (loan) 28 (9)
2016– Norwich City 15 (7)
National team
2006–2007 Portugal U16 9 (3)
2007–2008 Portugal U17 11 (3)
2009–2010 Portugal U19 27 (9)
2010–2011 Portugal U20 19 (8)
2011–2013 Portugal U21 4 (2)
2012– Portugal 16 (1)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 January 2017.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 6 July 2016

Nélson Miguel Castro Oliveira, CavIH (born 8 August 1991) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a striker for English club Norwich City in the EFL Championship.

He began his career at Benfica, spending most of his tenure out on loan at various clubs in five countries.

Oliveira earned 70 caps for Portugal across all youth levels combined. He made his debut for the senior side in 2012, and later that year was part of the Portuguese squad which reached the semi-finals of UEFA Euro 2012.

Club career[edit]

Born in Barcelos,[2] Oliveira finished his youth career at Benfica having arrived at age 15 from Braga, and was a prolific scorer for both clubs. He made his first-team debut in a 2008–09 pre-season friendly against Estoril, courtesy of manager Quique Flores, and was even called to a UEFA Cup match against Napoli, but eventually returned to the juniors.

Loans in Portugal[edit]

The same happened to Oliveira in 2009–10. However, in January 2010, he made his professional – and first division – debuts, being loaned until June to Rio Ave; his first game came on 7 February, as he played the last 10 minutes of the 2–0 home win against Leixões.

Oliveira's loan was initially extended for the entirety of the 2010–11 season but, on 12 August 2010, he moved to Paços de Ferreira, in the same predicament.[3] He scored on his debut on 12 September, a 1–1 draw at Marítimo and, the following month, helped Paços come from behind at Naval (2–1) by netting the winning goal from a direct free kick.

Oliveira playing for Benfica against Zenit in the Champions League, 2012

On 14 October 2011, Oliveira made his official debut for Benfica, playing 45 minutes in a 2–0 away win against Portimonense for the season's Portuguese Cup.[4] On 18 January of the following year, he played the entire game against Santa Clara for the League Cup group stage, and scored in a 2–0 home win;[5] the following month, for the same competition – the Portuguese Football Federation ruled that, for the tournament, at least two national players would have to appear in a game for 45 minutes – he opened the score against Marítimo (3–0, home).[6]

On 6 March 2012, Oliveira made his Champions League debut, playing only ten minutes but scoring the final goal in a 2–0 home win against Zenit Saint Petersburg, with Benfica qualifying to the last-eight 4–3 on aggregate.[7]

Deportivo La Coruña (loan)[edit]

Oliveira being presented at Deportivo in July 2012

On 31 July, he moved to Deportivo de La Coruña in Spain in a season-long loan, alongside several compatriots.[8]

On 20 August, in the La Liga opener against Osasuna, Oliveira scored his first goal for the Galicians, netting from a counter-attack in the 90th minute to make it 2–0 for the hosts.[9] On 19 May 2013, he found himself in controversy after shushing the Ultras after his goal against Espanyol. He later apologized for his actions.[10] During his spell, he acted as backup to veteran Riki.

Stade Rennais (loan)[edit]

On 26 July 2013, Oliveira was loaned to Ligue 1 club Stade Rennais on a season-long move, with the French having the option to make the deal permanent afterwards.[11] He scored his first goal in only his second appearance, but in a 1–2 loss at Nice.[12]

Oliveira netted a brace for Rennes on 24 August 2013, as they recorded a 2–1 away win against Evian.[13] He again netted a brace, this time against Toulouse in a 5–0 win on 26 October 2013.[14] A week later he scored his seventh goal of the season in a 1–1 draw away to Marseille.[15] After a four month goal drought, he found the net again against Toulouse in a 3–2 lost on 15 March 2014.[16] He took part of the 2014 Coupe de France Final as he entered as a substitute in Rennes 2–0 loss to Guingamp.[17]

Swansea City (loan)[edit]

After receiving rarely any playing time, on 23 December 2014, Benfica announced that they had loaned Oliveira to Premier League side Swansea City until the end of the season.[18] He was brought in to replace Wilfried Bony, who was due to miss all of Swansea's January matches due to commitments with the Ivory Coast national team at the Africa Cup of Nations.[19] He made his debut on 10 January, replacing Gylfi Sigurðsson for the last 16 minutes of a 1–1 draw against West Ham United at the Liberty Stadium.[20] A week later, with Bony having been sold to Manchester City, Oliveira started alongside Bafétimbi Gomis in a 0–5 defeat to league leaders Chelsea.[21] On 25 April 2015, Oliveira scored his first goal for Swansea, equalising as they came from behind to win 3–2 away at Newcastle United.[22]

Nottingham Forest (loan)[edit]

On 4 September 2015, Oliveira returned to the United Kingdom, joining Nottingham Forest of the Football League Championship on loan for the remainder of the 2015–16 season.[23] He made his debut eight days later away to Queens Park Rangers, replacing Kyle Ebecilio in the 69th minute, and scored the winning goal as they came from behind to triumph 2–1 at Loftus Road.[24] He had a run of games in the first team but did not score again until 6 November, netting the only goal of the game against Forest's local rivals Derby County.[25] He added to his goal tally two games later by scoring a brace against Reading. The first was a curled strike from 20 yards after a quick counterattack and the second, a volley from close range.[26] He took his goal tally to five after firing a low curling shot after a deft touch against MK Dons.[27] A week later, he scored against Leeds United.[28] He finished the season as the team's highest goalscorer with nine goals.

Norwich City[edit]

On 30 August 2016, Oliveira once again returned to the United Kingdom, joining Norwich City after signing a four-year deal with the club. He became Norwich's fifth signing of the transfer window, signing for an undisclosed fee.[29] He scored his first goal for Norwich in an EFL Cup tie (2–2) against Leeds United on 25 October 2016.[30] He scored his first league goal for Norwich on 3 December 2016, against Brentford in a 5–0 win at Carrow Road.[31] In the next four games, he found the net on three occasions against Barnsley,[32] Aston Villa[33] and Reading[34] respectively. On 2 January 2017, he scored his first professional hat-trick in 3–0 win against Derby County.[35]

International career[edit]

Youth[edit]

Oliveira represented the Portuguese under-17 team in the qualification for the 2008 UEFA European Championship. In 2009 he was named in the squad for the European Under-19 Championship qualifying tournament, but the country failed to ensure a place in the finals in Ukraine; the following year, in the same category, he represented the nation at European Championship, scoring one goal in the 2–0 win against Italy.[36]

On 22 May 2011 Oliveira was selected by the under-20s for the 2011 Toulon Tournament,[37] where he played three matches and netted once. He also helped the team finish second in that year's FIFA World Cup held in Colombia, scoring four goals – including one in the final against Brazil, a 2–3 extra time loss – and providing two assists. He received the Man of the match award twice in addition to the Silver Ball for the second best player in the tournament.

Oliveira playing for Portugal at Euro 2012

Oliveira made his debut for the under-21 team on 6 October 2011, in a Euro 2013 qualification match against Poland. On 11 November, for the same competition, he scored a brace against Moldova (5–0 home win).

Senior team[edit]

On 24 February 2012, Oliveira was called up for the first time to the senior team, for a friendly match with Poland five days later.[38] He replaced Nani for the last ten minutes of the 0–0 draw in Warsaw,[39] and eventually made it to the list of 23 for UEFA Euro 2012.[40]

Oliveira played 20 minutes in the group stage opener against Germany after coming on for Hélder Postiga, in an eventual 0–1 loss.[41] He made three other substitute appearances in the tournament, in an eventual semi-final exit.

In Portugal's next game after Euro 2012, Oliveira scored his first international goal, in a 2–0 win against Panama.[42]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 2 January 2017[43]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Benfica 2011–12 Primeira Liga 12 0 3 0 5 2 2[a] 1 22 3
2014–15 Primeira Liga 0 0 1 0 0 0 1[a] 0 2 0
Total 12 0 4 0 5 2 2 1 24 3
Rio Ave (loan) 2009–10 Primeira Liga 10 0 2 0 0 0 12 0
Paços Ferreira (loan) 2010–11 Primeira Liga 23 4 1 0 7 1 31 5
Deportivo La Coruña (loan) 2012–13 La Liga 30 4 1 0 31 4
Rennes (loan) 2013–14 Ligue 1 30 8 4 0 1 0 35 8
Swansea City (loan) 2014–15 Premier League 10 1 1 0 0 0 11 1
Nottingham Forest (loan) 2015–16 Championship 28 9 1 0 0 0 29 9
Norwich City 2016–17 Championship 15 7 0 0 1 1 16 8
Career total 158 33 14 0 14 3 3 1 189 37
  1. ^ a b Appearances in UEFA Champions League

International[edit]

As of match played 17 November 2015
National team Year Apps Goals
Portugal 2012 8 0
2012 1 1
2013 6 0
2015 1 0
Total 16 1

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Stade Rennais
Benfica
Paços de Ferreira

International[edit]

Portugal U20

Individual[edit]

Orders[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Premier League Player Profile Nélson Oliveira". Premier League. Barclays Premier League. 2015. Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "Barcelenses premiados e distinguidos na Mostra de Artesanato" [Barcelos-born people awarded and distinguished at the Handicraft Exhibit] (in Portuguese). Câmara Municipal de Barcelos. August 2011. Retrieved 24 April 2013. 
  3. ^ Nélson Oliveira assegurado (Nélson Oliveira confirmed); A Bola, 12 August 2010 (Portuguese)
  4. ^ "Taca: Portimonense 0–2 Benfica" [Cup: Portimonense 0–2 Benfica]. PortuGOAL. 14 October 2011. Retrieved 21 December 2011. 
  5. ^ "Taca da Liga round-up". PortuGOAL. 18 January 2012. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "Taca da Liga semi-finals set". PortuGOAL. 5 February 2012. Retrieved 5 February 2012. 
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  8. ^ "Nélson Oliveira: "El Deportivo es una gran oportunidad para mí"" [Nélson Oliveira: "Deportivo is a big chance for me"] (in Spanish). ABC. 31 July 2012. Retrieved 20 August 2012. 
  9. ^ "Depor start with a win". ESPN Soccernet. 20 August 2012. Retrieved 20 August 2012. 
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  11. ^ "Nelson Oliveira, nouvel attaquant du SRFC" [Nelson Oliveira, new SRFC forward] (in French). Rennes' official website. 26 July 2013. Retrieved 26 July 2013. 
  12. ^ "Nélson Oliveira marca na derrota do Rennes em Nice para a Liga francesa" [Nélson Oliveira scores in Rennes defeat at Nice in French League] (in Portuguese). Expresso. 17 August 2013. Retrieved 18 August 2013. 
  13. ^ "Evian 1–2 Rennes". ESPN FC. 24 August 2013. Retrieved 24 August 2013. 
  14. ^ "Toulouse 0-5 Rennes". ESPN FC. 26 October 2013. Retrieved 26 October 2013. 
  15. ^ "Rennes 1-1 Marseille". ESPN FC. 2 November 2013. Retrieved 2 November 2013. 
  16. ^ "Rennes 2-3 Toulouse". ESPN FC. 15 March 2014. Retrieved 15 March 2014. 
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  19. ^ "Swans seal Oliveira loan deal". Swansea City A.F.C. 23 December 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2014. 
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  21. ^ Rawlings, Owen (17 January 2015). "Swansea 0–5 Chelsea". BBC Sport. Retrieved 18 January 2015. 
  22. ^ Magowan, Alistair (25 April 2015). "Newcastle 2–3 Swansea". BBC Sport. Retrieved 26 April 2015. 
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  25. ^ "Forest 1–0 Derby". Nottingham Forest F.C. 6 November 2015. Retrieved 7 November 2015. 
  26. ^ http://www.nottinghamforest.co.uk/news/article/dougie-freedman-post-reading-2824674.aspx Match Review of Nottingham Forest 3 Reading 1. Retrieved 29 November 2015.
  27. ^ "Forest 2-1 MK Dons". Nottingham Forest F.C. 19 December 2015. Retrieved 19 December 2015. 
  28. ^ "Forest 1-1 Leeds". Nottingham Forest F.C. 27 December 2015. Retrieved 27 December 2015. 
  29. ^ "Nelson Oliveira: Norwich City sign striker from Benfica for undisclosed fee". BBC Sport. 30 August 2016. Retrieved 30 August 2016. 
  30. ^ "Our man of the match: Leeds (EFL Cup)". Read Norwich. 25 October 2016. Retrieved 28 October 2016. 
  31. ^ "Norwich City ended a run of five successive Championship defeats with a comprehensive win over Brentford..". BBC Sport. 3 December 2016. Retrieved 3 December 2016. 
  32. ^ "Barnsley secured a first home league win since 27 August by inflicting Norwich's sixth defeat in seven games.". BBC Sport. 10 December 2016. Retrieved 10 December 2016. 
  33. ^ "Nelson Oliveira scored for the third successive match as Norwich beat Aston Villa to earn just their second victory in their last eight Championship games.". BBC Sport. 13 December 2016. Retrieved 13 December 2016. 
  34. ^ "Third-placed Reading inflicted an eighth defeat in 10 Championship games on struggling Norwich to keep up the pressure on the top two.". BBC Sport. 26 December 2016. Retrieved 26 December 2016. 
  35. ^ "Nelson Oliveira's superb hat-trick emphatically ended Derby's 10-match unbeaten Championship run and relieved the pressure on Norwich boss Alex Neil.". BBC Sport. 2 January 2016. Retrieved 2 January 2016. 
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  37. ^ "Torneio Toulon: Rodolfo Lourenço e Thierry Moutinho em estreia" [Toulon Tournament: Debut for Rodolfo Lourenço and Thierry Moutinho] (in Portuguese). Futebol 365. 22 May 2011. Retrieved 19 May 2012. 
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  40. ^ "Nélson Oliveira, Miguel Lopes e Custódio na lista para o Euro-2012" [Nélson Oliveira, Miguel Lopes and Custódio in Euro-2012 list] (in Portuguese). A Bola. 14 May 2012. Retrieved 14 May 2012. 
  41. ^ Gomez gives Germany edge over Portugal; UEFA.com, 9 June 2012
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  43. ^ Nélson Oliveira profile at Soccerway
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