Nuno Coelho (footballer, born 1987)

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Nuno Coelho
Personal information
Full name Nuno Miguel Prata Coelho
Date of birth (1987-11-23) 23 November 1987 (age 31)
Place of birth Covilhã, Portugal
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Midfielder / Defender
Club information
Current team
Belenenses SAD
Number 66
Youth career
2000–2004 Covilhã
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2005 Covilhã 21 (0)
2005–2006 Porto B 30 (1)
2006–2009 Porto 0 (0)
2006União Leiria (loan) 1 (0)
2007–2009Portimonense (loan) 67 (0)
2009–2011 Académica 45 (0)
2011–2013 Benfica 0 (0)
2011–2012Beira-Mar (loan) 23 (0)
2012–2013Aris (loan) 25 (2)
2013–2018 Arouca 149 (10)
2018– Belenenses SAD 24 (1)
National team
2006–2007 Portugal U20 14 (1)
2007–2008 Portugal U21 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 April 2019

Nuno Miguel Prata Coelho (born 23 November 1987) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Belenenses SAD mainly as a defensive midfielder but also as a central defender.

Club career[edit]

Born in Covilhã, Coelho moved from hometown's S.C. Covilhã to FC Porto in 2005 to complete his formation although he had already appeared for the former's first team, and went on to serve three loans in the following three seasons, including two-and-a-half years at second division club Portimonense SC, where he played alongside namesake Nuno André Coelho.

Coelho was again loaned by Porto in July 2009, moving to Villarreal CF in Spain.[1] The deal eventually broke, however, and he stayed in Portugal by penning a two-year contract with Académica de Coimbra.[2]

On 9 June 2011, after being regularly used in two Primeira Liga campaigns by the Students, Coelho signed a four-year deal with S.L. Benfica.[3] In August, deemed surplus to requirements by manager Jorge Jesus, he was loaned to S.C. Beira-Mar, joining Superleague Greece side Aris Thessaloniki F.C. in 2012 in the same situation.[4]

In the summer of 2013, Coelho was released by the Lisbon-based club and moved to F.C. Arouca, recently promoted to the top flight.[5] He went on to be their first-choice holding midfielder for several years, as well as team captain.[6]

International career[edit]

Coelho was capped for Portugal at under-19 level, appearing for the nation at the 2006 UEFA European Championship and the 2006 Lusophony Games. The following year, he was picked for the squad that competed in the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Canada.[7]


  1. ^ "FC Porto send Nuno Coelho to Villarreal". PortuGOAL. 11 July 2009. Retrieved 11 July 2009.
  2. ^ "Nuno Coelho na Académica por dois anos" [Nuno Coelho in Académica for two years] (in Portuguese). Rádio e Televisão de Portugal. 31 August 2009. Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  3. ^ "Nuno Coelho já assinou pelas águias" [Nuno Coelho has signed for the eagles]. O Jogo (in Portuguese). 9 June 2011. Retrieved 11 June 2011.
  4. ^ "Nuno Coelho cedido ao Aris" [Nuno Coelho loaned to Aris]. Record (in Portuguese). 24 August 2012. Retrieved 24 April 2015.
  5. ^ "Nuno Coelho rescinde e assina pelo Arouca" [Nuno Coelho cuts ties and signs for Arouca]. O Jogo (in Portuguese). 5 July 2013. Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  6. ^ "Arouca: capitão Nuno Coelho falha jogos com Sp. Braga e FC Porto" [Arouca: captain Nuno Coelho misses matches with Sp. Braga and FC Porto] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 1 March 2017. Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  7. ^ Nuno CoelhoFIFA competition record

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