Nuno Santos (footballer, born 1978)
|Full name||Nuno Filipe Oliveira Santos|
|Date of birth||9 July 1978|
|Place of birth||Coimbra, Portugal|
|Height||1.82 m (5 ft 11 1⁄2 in)|
|1997–2000||→ Lourinhanense (loan)||53||(0)|
|2001–2002||→ Estrela Amadora (loan)||24||(0)|
|2003–2005||→ Penafiel (loan)||59||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Born in Coimbra, Baixo Mondego, Santos started his professional career with Sporting Clube de Portugal. Barred by the likes of Peter Schmeichel and Ricardo during his spell he only appeared once for the first team, and was loaned to several clubs during his contract, including F.C. Penafiel in the second division in the 2003–04 season.
After helping the northern side return to the Primeira Liga, Santos had his loan extended until 30 June 2005. At the end of the campaign, which ended with an 11th position and the subsequent league status preservation, he was signed permanently.
Subsequently, Santos joined Vitória de Guimarães, battling for second-choice duties with Serginho as Brazilian Nilson was the undisputed starter. In 2009–10 he left for Vitória de Setúbal on a free transfer, and featured in 15 matches during the season – the other goalkeeper, Mário Felgueiras, played in 14 – as the Sadinos barely avoided top flight relegation.
In the 2010 summer, Santos initially signed with Portimonense S.C. for one year. However, shortly after, the deal fell through and the player joined Gil Vicente F.C. in the second level, also in a one-year contract. He played the first match of the new season, a 2–1 home win against C.D. Trofense, but was replaced by Vítor Murta in the 54th minute after suffering an injury.
- "Relatório e Contas 2003/04" [Annual report 2003/04] (PDF) (in Portuguese). Sporting CP. 28 October 2004. Retrieved 24 November 2010.
- "Relatório e Contas 1º Semestre 2004/05" [Half-year report 2004/05] (PDF) (in Portuguese). Sporting CP. 1 April 2005. Retrieved 24 November 2010.
- "Relatório e Contas 2004/05" [Annual report 2004/05] (PDF) (in Portuguese). Sporting CP. 30 June 2005. Retrieved 24 November 2010.
- "O guarda redes Nuno Santos é jogador do Portimonense" [Goalkeeper Nuno Santos is a Portimonense player] (in Portuguese). Portimonense SC. Retrieved 24 November 2010.
- "Nuno Santos assina por uma época" [Nuno Santos signs for one season] (in Portuguese). Gil Vicente FC. 24 August 2010. Retrieved 24 November 2010.