Nuno Morais

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This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Barbosa and the second or paternal family name is Morais.
Nuno Morais
Morais.jpg
Morais as a Chelsea player
Personal information
Full name Nuno Miguel Barbosa Morais
Date of birth (1984-01-29) 29 January 1984 (age 32)
Place of birth Penafiel, Portugal
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder / Centre back
Club information
Current team
APOEL
Number 26
Youth career
1994–2002 Penafiel
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2004 Penafiel 49 (2)
2004–2007 Chelsea 4 (0)
2005–2006 Marítimo (loan) 17 (0)
2007– APOEL 258 (20)
National team
2004 Portugal U20 3 (0)
2004–2006 Portugal U21 14 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 September 2016.


Nuno Miguel Barbosa Morais (born 29 January 1984) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Cypriot club APOEL FC. Mainly a defensive midfielder, he can also appear as a central defender.

He was signed by Chelsea in 2004, but only stayed a few months with the club, going on to spend the vast majority of his career with APOEL and win thirteen major titles, including six national championships.

Football career[edit]

Born in Penafiel, Morais started his career at his hometown club F.C. Penafiel, but in August 2004 was signed by England's Chelsea for an undisclosed fee, in a three-year contract after a successful trial period.[1] He made his Chelsea debut in an FA Cup win against Scunthorpe United in January 2005, playing the full 90 minutes. His first Premier League appearance occurred on 10 May 2005, as a late substitute in a 3–1 away success over Manchester United.[2]

Due to the fact that Morais struggled to get first team action in his first season, he was loaned to C.S. Marítimo in 2005–06, alongside compatriot Filipe Oliveira. In that summer, he appeared twice for the Portuguese under-21s at the 2006 UEFA European Under-21 Championship on home soil, with Oliveira.

Returning to Chelsea, Morais only appeared twice in the league, totalling less than twenty minutes in home draws against Manchester United and Everton and playing three times the FA Cup and the Football League Cup combined.[3][4][5] On 11 May 2007 he signed a two-year deal with Cypriot champions APOEL FC, on a free transfer.[6]

During his time in Nicosia, Morais was converted to a defensive midfielder, and signed a new contract until June 2012. Since his debut he was an essential defensive unit as the side won, amongst other trophies, six championships, three cups and four super cups; he also appeared in all six group stage matches of the club in its first participation in the UEFA Champions League.

In the 2011–12 Champions League, Morais was an undisputed starter for APOEL as it reached the quarter-finals for the first time ever, playing all ten matches – including the round-of-16 triumph over Olympique Lyonnais where he converted his attempt in the penalty shootout.[7] On 4 May 2012, he agreed to a three-year extension to his link.[8]

During 2013–14, Morais appeared in every group stage match in APOEL's UEFA Europa League campaign, and scored the 2–1 winner against FC Girondins de Bordeaux at GSP Stadium.[9] The following season, he was also an automatic first-choice in his team's Champions League campaign.[10]

On 7 May 2016, following his league appearance against Apollon Limassol, Morais reached 251 league matches for APOEL and became the foreigner with the most appearances in the history of the Cypriot top division.[11] On 16 August, after playing against F.C. Copenhagen in the Champions League play-off round, he reached a club-best 81 appearances in European competitions.[12]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 21 September 2016[13][14][15]
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Continental Other[a] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Penafiel 2002–03 Liga de Honra 17 0 2 1 19 1
2003–04 Liga de Honra 32 2 3 0 35 2
Total 49 2 5 1 54 3
Chelsea 2004–05 Premier League 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 4 0
Marítimo 2005–06 Primeira Liga 17 0 3 0 20 0
Total 17 0 3 0 20 0
Chelsea 2006–07 Premier League 2 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Total 4 0 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 9 0
APOEL 2007–08 Cypriot First Division 15 0 8 1 2 0 25 1
2008–09 Cypriot First Division 30 3 5 0 6 0 1 0 42 3
2009–10 Cypriot First Division 29 1 5 0 11 0 1 0 46 1
2010–11 Cypriot First Division 30 0 2 0 3 0 35 0
2011–12 Cypriot First Division 28 1 3 2 16 1 1 0 48 4
2012–13 Cypriot First Division 27 4 2 0 6 0 35 4
2013–14 Cypriot First Division 34 5 7 0 10 1 1 0 52 6
2014–15 Cypriot First Division 27 2 6 0 10 0 1 0 44 2
2015–16 Cypriot First Division 34 3 6 1 12 0 1 0 53 4
2016–17 Cypriot First Division 4 1 0 0 7 0 1 0 12 1
Total 258 20 44 4 83 2 7 0 392 26
Career total 328 22 55 5 1 0 84 2 7 0 475 29
  1. ^ Includes Cypriot Super Cup matches.

Honours[edit]

Chelsea
APOEL

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chelsea snap up Morais; BBC Sport, 29 August 2004
  2. ^ Man Utd 1–3 Chelsea; BBC Sport, 10 May 2005
  3. ^ Chelsea 6–1 Macclesfield; BBC Sport, 6 January 2007
  4. ^ Chelsea 3–0 Nottingham Forest; BBC Sport, 28 January 2007
  5. ^ Chelsea 4–0 Wycombe; BBC Sport, 23 January 2007
  6. ^ Chelsea's Morais moves to Cyprus; BBC Sport, 12 May 2007
  7. ^ Lyon stunned as APOEL fairy tale continues; UEFA.com, 7 March 2012
  8. ^ Ανανέωσε ο Μοράϊς [Morais boost] (in Greek). APOEL FC. 6 May 2012. Retrieved 6 May 2012. 
  9. ^ "Alexandrou rocket helps APOEL achieve lift-off". UEFA.com. 7 November 2013. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
  10. ^ "APOEL FC". UEFA.com. Retrieved 12 December 2014. 
  11. ^ "APOEL star Nuno Morais breaks league appearances record". Sigma Live. 8 May 2016. Retrieved 8 May 2016. 
  12. ^ Ο "άθλος" του Νούνο Μοράις [The "feat" of Nuno Morais] (in Greek). Goal.com. 17 August 2016. Retrieved 17 August 2016. 
  13. ^ "Nuno Morais". ForaDeJogo. Retrieved 29 December 2013. 
  14. ^ "Nuno Morais". Soccerbase. Retrieved 29 December 2013. 
  15. ^ "Nuno Morais". Soccerway. Retrieved 29 December 2013. 

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