Nélson Veiga

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Nélson Veiga
Personal information
Full name Nélson César Tavares Rodrigues da Veiga
Date of birth (1978-02-09) 9 February 1978 (age 39)
Place of birth Lisbon, Portugal
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Vilafranquense
Youth career
1988–1990 Agualva
1990–1991 Sporting CP
1991–1993 Agualva
1993–1995 Estrela Amadora
1996 Estoril
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–2000 Estoril 80 (0)
2000–2003 Vitória Setúbal 49 (1)
2003–2006 Naval 69 (1)
2006–2008 Omonia 49 (2)
2008–2010 AEK Larnaca 39 (3)
2010–2011 Aves 7 (0)
2011 Atlético 2 (0)
2011–2016 KAC 57 (1)
2016– Vilafranquense 11 (0)
National team
2003–2007 Cape Verde 15 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 March 2017.

Nélson César Tavares Rodrigues da Veiga (born 9 February 1978) is a Cape Verdean footballer who plays for Portuguese club U.D. Vilafranquense. He can operate as either a right back or a central defender.

Club career[edit]

Born in Lisbon, Portugal, Veiga played for several local clubs as a youth, finishing his formation at G.D. Estoril-Praia and going on to spend his first four senior seasons with them, three in the second division and one in the third. In 2000 he signed for Vitória de Setúbal, contributing with 17 games and one goal in his first year as the Sadinos returned to the Primeira Liga.

After two more years with Vitória, Veiga returned to the second level and joined Associação Naval 1º de Maio, achieving another top flight promotion in 2005, the Figueira da Foz club's first ever. In the 2006 summer, after helping the team retain their division status, he left Portugal for the first time, going on to spend the following four seasons in Cyprus with AC Omonia and AEK Larnaca FC.

Veiga returned to his country of adoption for the 2010–11 campaign, signing for C.D. Aves in division two.

International career[edit]

Veiga chose to represent Cape Verde internationally, making his debut in 2003. He played every match in the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification stage, only missing the contests against Burkina Faso and Uganda.

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