Nuno André Coelho

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Not to be confused with Nuno Miguel Prata Coelho.
Nuno André Coelho
Personal information
Full name Nuno André da Silva Coelho
Date of birth (1986-01-07) 7 January 1986 (age 31)
Place of birth Penafiel, Portugal
Height 1.92 m (6 ft 3 12 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Chaves
Number 14
Youth career
1997–1998 Paredes
1998–2004 Penafiel
2004–2005 Porto
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2006 Porto B 9 (1)
2006 Maia (loan) 14 (0)
2006–2010 Porto 1 (0)
2006–2007 Standard Liège (loan) 10 (0)
2007–2008 Portimonense (loan) 15 (0)
2008–2009 Estrela Amadora (loan) 28 (2)
2010–2011 Sporting CP 9 (0)
2011–2014 Braga 42 (2)
2014–2015 Balıkesirspor 10 (1)
2016 Sporting Kansas City 22 (1)
2017– Chaves 1 (0)
National team
2005–2007 Portugal U20 13 (1)
2006–2008 Portugal U21 14 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 January 2017.

Nuno André da Silva Coelho (Portuguese: [ˈnunu ɐ̃ˈdɾɛ kuˈeʎu]; born 7 January 1986) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for G.D. Chaves as a central defender.

Club career[edit]

Born in Penafiel, Coelho reached FC Porto from northern neighbours F.C. Penafiel aged 18, and spent his first professional months with the reserve side, being loaned shortly after to F.C. Maia in the second division. Subsequently, he spent the following three seasons in the same predicament – during 2007–08 he played for Portimonense S.C. alongside namesake Nuno Miguel Coelho, also in the second level.

On 24 August 2008, Coelho made his Primeira Liga debut with C.F. Estrela da Amadora, playing 90 minutes in a 1–0 home win against Académica de Coimbra. In July 2009, he returned to Porto following the retirement of veteran Pedro Emanuel, appearing only once during the league campaign, the 4–1 win at U.D. Leiria in the last matchday (adding four Taça da Liga games and the first half of the 0–5 away loss against Arsenal for the UEFA Champions League round-of-16 second leg[1]).

On 4 July 2010, Coelho signed a four-year contract with Sporting Clube de Portugal for 1million, as part of the deal that sent João Moutinho in the opposite direction. The northerners retained 50% of the player's rights.[2][3] His first official game came on 13 August in a 0–1 loss at F.C. Paços de Ferreira; on the 26th he scored a rare goal, shooting from 40 metres as the Lions defeated Brøndby IF 3–0 after losing 0–2 at home, thus qualifying for the UEFA Europa League's group stage.[4]

After the end of 2010–11 – where he was used sparingly, often not being selected for matches even when healthy – on 7 June 2011, Coelho was sold to S.C. Braga as an installment deduction on the deals of João Pereira and Evaldo Fabiano transfers, agreeing to a four-year deal.[5] His three-year spell in Minho was marred by several injury problems.

On 5 July 2014, Coelho joined Balıkesirspor from Turkey for three seasons.[6] On 26 January 2016, after several months without a club, he moved to the Major League Soccer with Sporting Kansas City,[7] scoring from 30 yards in his debut in a 1–0 away win against the Seattle Sounders FC.[8]

International career[edit]

During roughly two years, Coelho played for the Portugal under-21 team.[9] On 29 August 2010 he was first called to the senior side, for two UEFA Euro 2012 qualifiers against Cyprus and Norway, but did not make his debut.

Honours[edit]

Porto
Braga

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bendtner leads Arsenal stroll". UEFA.com. 9 March 2010. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  2. ^ Moutinho swaps Sporting for Porto; UEFA.com, 5 July 2010
  3. ^ "Comunicado (rectificado)" [Announcement (corrected)] (PDF) (in Portuguese). FC Porto. 5 July 2010. Retrieved 6 July 2010. 
  4. ^ "Sporting come back from the dead to make Europa League group stage". PortuGOAL. 27 August 2010. Retrieved 2 March 2011. 
  5. ^ "Nuno André Coelho confirmado até 2015" [Nuno André Coelho confirmed until 2015] (in Portuguese). A Bola. 7 June 2011. Retrieved 26 June 2011. 
  6. ^ "Nuno Andre Coelho Balıkesirspor'da" [Nuno Andre Coelho to Balıkesirspor] (in Turkish). Balıkesirspor. 5 July 2014. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  7. ^ "Sporting KC signs Portuguese defender Nuno André Coelho". Sporting Kansas City. 26 January 2016. Retrieved 26 January 2016. 
  8. ^ "Recap: Nuno Andre Coelho's long-range strike lifts Sporting KC past Sounders FC 1–0 in 2016 season opener". Sporting Kansas City. 6 March 2016. Retrieved 5 April 2016. 
  9. ^ Antunes earns Portugal promotion; UEFA.com, 1 February 2007

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