Nuno Piloto

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Nuno Piloto
Personal information
Full name Nuno Miguel Torres Piloto de Albuquerque
Date of birth (1982-03-19) 19 March 1982 (age 35)
Place of birth Tondela, Portugal
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Académica
Number 28
Youth career
1994–2000 Repesenses
2000–2001 Académica
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2004 Académica B 67 (14)
2001–2002 Anadia (loan) 26 (4)
2003–2009 Académica 90 (2)
2006–2007 Tourizense (loan) 2 (0)
2009–2010 Iraklis 0 (0)
2010–2013 Olhanense 41 (3)
2013– Académica 60 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 December 2016.

Nuno Miguel Torres Piloto de Albuquerque (born 19 March 1982), known as Piloto, is a Portuguese footballer who plays for Académica de Coimbra as a central midfielder.

Club career[edit]

Born in Tondela, Viseu District, Piloto was brought up in the youth system of Académica de Coimbra. His first season as a senior would be spent with semi-professional Anadia FC, in 2001–02, after which he played two years with Académica's reserves, in the third division; his debut with the first team arrived late into the 2002–03 campaign.

Piloto was used irregularly in his first years with the main squad (six Primeira Liga appearances, then 25 and nine), definitely becoming an important part in 2007–08 and scoring his first league goals in the following season in home matches against C.D. Nacional (1–1) and C.F. Os Belenenses (1–0); by this time, he was already team captain.

In June 2009, Piloto moved abroad, signing a three-year contract with Iraklis Thessaloniki F.C. in Greece. In the end of July, during pre-season training, he suffered a tear in the ligaments of his left knee after a strong challenge by Matías Lequi, being sidelined for six months.[1] The surgery took place in his country, on 10 August, being performed by FC Porto's medical staff.[2]

After failing to make a single appearance, Piloto returned to Portugal and signed a two-year deal with top flight club S.C. Olhanense.[3] On 6 September 2013, after three years with little playing time, narrowly avoiding relegation in his last, he rejoined Académica.[4]

Academic career[edit]

Still as a professional footballer, Piloto graduated from the University of Coimbra with a degree in biochemistry, majoring in 2005. This was followed by a masters' degree in 2009.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Σοκ με Πιλότο! [Clash with Piloto] (in Greek). Blue Arena. 30 July 2009. Retrieved 2 August 2009. 
  2. ^ Σε ανοιχτή γραμμή με τον Πιλότο (in Greek). Blue Arena. 3 August 2009. Retrieved 3 August 2009. 
  3. ^ "Nuno Piloto assina pelo Olhanense" [Nuno Piloto signs for Olhanense] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 21 July 2010. Retrieved 23 September 2015. 
  4. ^ "Académica contrata desempregado Nuno Piloto" [Académica sign unemployed Nuno Piloto] (in Portuguese). RTP. 6 September 2013. Retrieved 23 September 2015. 
  5. ^ "Parabéns "Mestre" Nuno" [Congratulations "Master" Nuno!] (in Portuguese). Académica de Coimbra. 5 June 2009. Retrieved 3 August 2009. 

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