Nuno Miguel Prata Coelho

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Not to be confused with Nuno André Coelho.
This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Prata and the second or paternal family name is Coelho.
Nuno Coelho
Personal information
Full name Nuno Miguel Prata Coelho
Date of birth (1987-11-23) 23 November 1987 (age 28)
Place of birth Covilhã, Portugal
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Midfielder / Defender
Club information
Current team
Number 6
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)
2006 União Leiria (loan) 1 (0)
2007–2009 Portimonense (loan) 67 (0)
2009–2011 Académica 45 (0)
2011–2013 Benfica 0 (0)
2011–2012 Beira-Mar (loan) 23 (0)
2012–2014 Aris (loan) 25 (2)
2014– Arouca 87 (3)
National team
2006–2007 Portugal U20 14 (1)
2007–2009 Portugal U21 4 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 May 2016.

Nuno Miguel Prata Coelho (born 23 November 1987) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for F.C. Arouca 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 F.C. 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 1/2 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] However, the deal eventually broke and he stayed in Portugal, penning a two-year contract with Académica de Coimbra.

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.[2] In August, deemed surplus to requirements by manager Jorge Jesus, he was loaned to S.C. Beira-Mar, joining in 2012, in the same predicament, Superleague Greece side Aris F.C. (Thessaloniki).[3]

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

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.[4]


  1. ^ FC Porto send Nuno Coelho to Villarreal; PortuGOAL, 11 July 2009
  2. ^ "Nuno Coelho já assinou pelas águias" [Nuno Coelho has signed with eagles] (in Portuguese). O Jogo. 9 June 2011. Retrieved 11 June 2011. 
  3. ^ "Nuno Coelho cedido ao Aris" [Nuno Coelho loaned to Aris] (in Portuguese). Record. 24 August 2012. Retrieved 24 April 2015. 
  4. ^ Nuno CoelhoFIFA competition record

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