Sá playing for Legia Warsaw in 2014
|Full name||Orlando Carlos Braga de Sá|
|Date of birth||26 May 1988|
|Place of birth||Barcelos, Portugal|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|2007–2008||→ Maria Fonte (loan)||26||(6)|
|2010–2011||→ Nacional (loan)||16||(3)|
|2016||Maccabi Tel Aviv||10||(2)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26 February 2017.
After spending his early career with Braga and Porto, appearing sparingly for both, he travelled abroad in 2011, going on to represent clubs in England, Cyprus, Poland, Israel and Belgium and win the Ekstraklasa and the Polish Cup with Legia Warsaw.
Sá was born in Barcelos. He started his career in the youth ranks of S.C. Braga, and was promoted to the first team for the 2007–08 season only to be loaned immediately to lowly SC Maria da Fonte (third division).
Sá returned to Braga in 2008, making his Primeira Liga debut on 5 January 2009 by playing one minute in a 2–0 home win against C.F. Os Belenenses. On 7 March he scored his first goal in the competition, as a late substitute in a 2–2 draw at C.F. Estrela da Amadora.
On 1 June 2009, Sá moved to league champions FC Porto for an estimated fee of €3 million. Braga retained 20% economic rights on any future transfer fee, with an additional 20% being held by unknown parties. Having arrived still injured from his previous club, he only made his competitive debut on 2 January 2010, starting in a 2–0 success at U.D. Oliveirense for the campaign's Taça de Portugal.
Sá spent 2010–11 on loan to C.D. Nacional, appearing sparingly due to injury and technical decisions. His highlight was scoring the winner in a 2–1 home win over S.L. Benfica on 21 August 2010, and he finished the season with six official goals, plus one for the Portuguese under-23.
At the end of the 2011 transfer window, Sá joined Premier League club Fulham on a free transfer, with Porto retaining 25% of his economic rights. He made his official debut for his new team in a Football League Cup tie against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on 21 September (penalty shootout loss), and first appeared in the Premier League against West Bromwich Albion three days later, playing the full 90 minutes in a 0–0 away draw.
Sá scored his first and only goal for Fulham on 31 December 2011, putting the visitors ahead in the seventh minute of the tie against Norwich City, in an eventual 1–1 draw. Early into the season, he struggled with the pace of the English game, but went on to adapt physically after a few months in the country, also stating he was improving his ability in the English language.
Before the 2012–13 campaign started, Sá said he was going to improve at Fulham and told the club's official website: "I feel that this is a really important pre-season for me, I want to be really prepared ahead of the new campaign because I want this year to be my year. I hope that I can score more goals like the one I got against Norwich. That was a good moment for me and I hope I will have many more moments like the one I experienced at Carrow Road". On 30 June 2012, however, his contract was terminated by mutual agreement.
On 30 July 2012, Sá signed a three-year contract with AEL Limassol. He scored his first goal in European competition on 6 December, helping to a 3–0 home win against Olympique de Marseille for the group stage of the UEFA Europa League.
Sá kickstarted the 2013–14 campaign by netting five times in only three Cypriot First Division matches. Coincidentally, the three opponents that suffered his accuracy in the first round of matches, Ethnikos Achna FC, APOEL FC and Enosis Neon Paralimni FC, met the same fate in the second.
Sá made his Ekstraklasa debut on 22 February 2014, in a 3–0 win over Górnik Zabrze. He scored his first goal on the last day of the regular season and contributed to a 3–1 success at Zagłębie Lubin, as the Legionaires eventually won their tenth national championship.
On 29 June 2015, Sá signed for Reading on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee. He made his debut for the club on 8 August in the season opener away to Birmingham City, having an added-time penalty saved by Tomasz Kuszczak in a 1–2 Championship defeat.
Sá scored his first goal on 29 August, heading home in a 3–1 away win against Brentford. In the following match, he hit a hat-trick in a 5–1 victory over Ipswich Town at the Madejski Stadium. He totalled five goals from 21 appearances across all competitions, with his presence eventually limited by new manager Brian McDermott.
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On 18 November 2008, in one of his first caps for the Portuguese under-21 team, Sá scored a hat-trick against Spain in a 4–1 friendly home win. Only three months later, he was surprisingly called up to the senior squad by coach Carlos Queiroz for a friendly with Finland, and replaced Hugo Almeida at the hour mark in an eventual 1–0 home win.
|Club||Season||League||National Cup||League Cup||Continental||Other||Total|
|Maria Fonte||2007–08||Portuguese Second Division||26||6||2||0||—||28||6|
|AEL Limassol||2012–13||First Division||20||5||6||1||—||5||1||1||0||32||7|
|Maccabi Tel Aviv||2015–16||Israeli Premier League||10||2||2||1||0||0||—||—||12||3|
- Legia Warsaw
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- Orlando Sa makes his debut for Porto; Portugal Football, 3 January 2010
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- "Benfica fall again, while Braga slip". PortuGOAL. 21 August 2010. Retrieved 24 October 2012.
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- Stalemate at the Hawthorns; ESPN Soccernet, 24 September 2011
- Jackson rescues Canaries; ESPN Soccernet, 31 December 2011
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- "Player departures". Fulham F.C. 30 June 2012. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
- Έπεσαν... οι υπογραφές (Επιβεβαίωση) [They fell... the signatures (confirmation)] (in Greek). Kerkida. 30 July 2012. Retrieved 14 June 2014.
- "AEL beat Marseille to finish on a high". UEFA.com. 6 December 2012. Retrieved 14 June 2014.
- "Orlando Sa... on fire" (in Greek). Kerkida. 2 September 2013. Retrieved 14 June 2014.
- Σπουδαία νίκη [Great win] (in Greek). Kerkida. 15 September 2013. Retrieved 14 June 2014.
- "Chipre: Orlando Sá coloca AEL na liderança" [Cyprus: Orlando Sá puts AEL in first place] (in Portuguese). Record. 22 December 2013. Retrieved 14 June 2014.
- "Orlando Sá: "Só Cristiano Ronaldo tem melhor média"" [Orlando Sá: "Only Cristiano Ronaldo has better average"] (in Portuguese). Record. 14 January 2014. Retrieved 14 June 2014.
- "Orlando Sa zawodnikiem Legii!" [Orlando Sa a Legia player! (HD)] (in Polish). Legia Warsaw. 14 February 2014. Retrieved 14 June 2014.
- "Orlando Sa już w Warszawie" [Orlando Sa already in Warsaw!] (in Polish). Legia Warsaw. 13 February 2014. Retrieved 14 June 2014.
- "Legia rozbiła Górnika!" [Legia smashed Górnik!] (in Polish). Legia Warsaw. 22 February 2014. Retrieved 14 June 2014.
- "Legia zwycięża w Lubinie!" [Legia defeats Lubin!] (in Polish). Legia Warsaw. 12 April 2014. Retrieved 14 June 2014.
- "Striker Orlando Sa joins Royals". Reading F.C. 29 June 2015. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
- "Birmingham 2–1 Reading". BBC Sport. 8 August 2015. Retrieved 8 August 2015.
- "Brentford 1–3 Reading". BBC Sport. 29 August 2015. Retrieved 29 August 2015.
- "Reading 5–1 Ipswich Town". BBC Sport. 11 September 2015. Retrieved 11 September 2015.
- "Orlando Sa exits Reading for Maccabi Tel Aviv". BBC Sport. 26 January 2016. Retrieved 26 January 2016.
- "Orlando Sá rejoint notre club" [Orlando Sá joins our club] (in French). Standard Liège. 31 August 2016. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
- Portugal plunder Iberian bragging rights; UEFA.com, 18 November 2008
- "Orlando Sá: "Estamos a preparar o futuro"" [Orlando Sá: "We are preparing the future"] (in Portuguese). Record. 23 March 2009. Retrieved 7 October 2015.
- "Orlando Sa zwiedził Warszawę z legia.com" [Orlando Sa visited Warsaw with legia.com] (in Polish). Legia Warsaw. 21 February 2014. Retrieved 25 November 2014.
- "Orlando Sá". ForaDeJogo. Retrieved 1 January 2014.
- "Orlando Sá". Soccerway. Retrieved 1 January 2014.
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