Orlando Sá

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Orlando Sá
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Sá playing for Legia Warsaw in 2014
Personal information
Full name Orlando Carlos Braga de Sá
Date of birth (1988-05-26) 26 May 1988 (age 31)
Place of birth Barcelos, Portugal
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Standard Liège
Number 7
Youth career
1999–2004 Esposende
2004–2007 Braga
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2009 Braga 11 (2)
2007–2008Maria Fonte (loan) 26 (6)
2009–2011 Porto 2 (0)
2010–2011Nacional (loan) 16 (3)
2011–2012 Fulham 7 (1)
2012–2014 AEL Limassol 39 (18)
2014–2015 Legia Warsaw 33 (14)
2015–2016 Reading 19 (5)
2016 Maccabi Tel Aviv 10 (2)
2016–2018 Standard Liège 50 (26)
2018 Henan Jianye 5 (1)
2018– Standard Liège 18 (1)
National team
2007 Portugal U19 9 (0)
2008 Portugal U20 9 (3)
2008–2010 Portugal U21 6 (7)
2010–2011 Portugal U23 2 (2)
2009 Portugal 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 3 April 2019

Orlando Carlos Braga de Sá (born 26 May 1988) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Belgian club Standard Liège as a striker.

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, Belgium and China and win the Ekstraklasa and the Polish Cup with Legia Warsaw.

Club career[edit]

Braga[edit]

Sá was born in Barcelos, Braga District. 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.[1] He scored his first goal in the competition on 8 March, as a late substitute in a 2–2 draw at C.F. Estrela da Amadora.[2]

During his period in Braga, Sá gained attention from English club Chelsea,[3] but nothing ever materialised.

Porto[edit]

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,[4] with an additional 20% being held by unknown parties.[5] 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.[6]

Sá spent 2010–11 on loan to C.D. Nacional,[7] 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,[8] and he finished the season with six official goals, plus one for the Portuguese under-23.

Fulham[edit]

At the end of the 2011 transfer window, Sá joined Premier League club Fulham on a free transfer,[9] with Porto retaining 25% of his economic rights.[5] 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),[10] 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.[11]

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.[12] 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.[13]

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".[13] On 30 June 2012, however, his contract was terminated by mutual agreement.[14]

AEL Limassol[edit]

On 30 July 2012, Sá signed a three-year contract with AEL Limassol.[15] 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.[16]

Sá kickstarted the 2013–14 campaign by netting five times in only three Cypriot First Division matches.[17][18] 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.[19][20]

Legia Warsaw[edit]

Sá in action for Legia in October 2014

On 14 February 2014, Sá moved to Poland by joining Legia Warsaw on a three-and-a-half-year contract.[21] He had arrived in Warsaw to undergo a medical the previous day.[22]

Sá made his Ekstraklasa debut on 22 February 2014, in a 3–0 win over Górnik Zabrze.[23] He scored his first goal on the last day of the regular season and contributed to a 3–1 success at Zagłębie Lubin,[24] as the Legionaires eventually won their tenth national championship.

Reading[edit]

On 29 June 2015, Sá signed for Reading on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee.[25] 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.[26]

Sá scored his first goal on 29 August, heading home in a 3–1 away win against Brentford.[27] In the following match, he hit a hat-trick in a 5–1 victory over Ipswich Town at the Madejski Stadium.[28] He totalled five goals from 21 appearances across all competitions, with his presence eventually limited by new manager Brian McDermott.[29]

Maccabi / Standard[edit]

On 26 January 2016, Sá signed a three-and-a-half-year deal with Maccabi Tel Aviv F.C. for an undisclosed fee.[29] On 31 August, however, he joined Standard Liège for four seasons.[30] He scored a career-best 17 goals – 20 across all competitions – in his first season with the latter, but they could only finish in ninth position in the Belgian First Division A.[31]

On 28 February 2018, Sá transferred to Henan Jianye F.C. in the Chinese Super League.[32] Within five months, however, he signed for Standard again.[33]

International career[edit]

On 18 November 2008, in one of his first caps for the Portugal under-21 team, Sá scored a hat-trick against Spain in a 4–1 friendly home win.[34] 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 victory in Faro.[35][36]

Personal life[edit]

Sá married pop singer Teresa Villa-Lobos.[37]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 14 July 2016[38][39]
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Braga 2007–08 Primeira Liga 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2008–09 10 2 0 0 0 0 5 0 15 2
Total 10 2 0 0 0 0 5 0 15 2
Maria Fonte 2007–08 Portuguese Second Division 26 6 2 0 28 6
Porto 2009–10 Primeira Liga 2 0 3 0 5 1 0 0 10 1
Nacional 2010–11 16 3 0 0 2 0 18 3
Fulham 2011–12 Premier League 7 1 0 0 1 0 4 0 12 1
AEL Limassol 2012–13 First Division 20 5 6 1 5 1 1 0 32 7
2013–14 19 13 0 0 19 13
Total 39 18 6 1 5 1 1 0 51 25
Legia Warsaw 2013–14 Ekstraklasa 7 1 0 0 7 1
2014–15 26 13 2 0 7 1 35 14
Total 33 14 2 0 7 1 42 15
Reading 2015–16 Championship 19 5 1 0 1 0 21 5
Maccabi Tel Aviv 2015–16 Israeli Premier League 10 2 2 1 0 0 12 3
2016–17 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 3 1
Total 10 2 2 1 3 1 15 4
Career total 162 51 17 3 9 1 24 3 1 0 213 63

Honours[edit]

Porto[39]

Legia Warsaw[39]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Arsenalistas já estão em lugar da UEFA" [Arsenalistas reach UEFA places]. Correio da Manhã (in Portuguese). 6 January 2009. Retrieved 14 February 2018.
  2. ^ "Estrela "sem salários" volta a surpreender num jogo negro para os guarda-redes" ["Wageless" Estrela surprise again in dark match for goalkeepers]. Público (in Portuguese). 9 March 2009. Retrieved 14 February 2018.
  3. ^ Benammar, Emily (9 December 2008). "Chelsea prepare £4 million offer after giving Orlando Sa secret trial". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 16 February 2015.
  4. ^ "SC Braga – Futebol, SAD relatórios e contas 2010–11" [SC Braga (football section) financial report and finance 2010–11] (in Portuguese). S.C. Braga. 11 October 2011. Archived from the original on 22 March 2012. Retrieved 22 March 2012.
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  6. ^ Biggers, Sam (3 January 2010). "Orlando Sa makes his debut for Porto". Portugal Football. Retrieved 3 January 2010.
  7. ^ "Nacional secure Orlando Sa loan". PortuGOAL. 9 July 2010. Retrieved 24 October 2012.
  8. ^ "Benfica fall again, while Braga slip". PortuGOAL. 21 August 2010. Retrieved 24 October 2012.
  9. ^ "FFC sign Orlando Sa". Fulham F.C. 31 August 2011. Archived from the original on 4 August 2012. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  10. ^ "Bryan Ruiz missed the crucial spot-kick as 10-man Chelsea moved into the fourth round of the Carling Cup with a penalty shootout win over Fulham". BBC Sport. 21 September 2011. Retrieved 28 February 2018.
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  15. ^ Έπεσαν... οι υπογραφές (Επιβεβαίωση) [They fell... the signatures (confirmation)] (in Greek). Kerkida. 30 July 2012. Retrieved 14 June 2014.
  16. ^ "AEL beat Marseille to finish on a high". UEFA. 6 December 2012. Retrieved 14 June 2014.
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  18. ^ Σπουδαία νίκη [Great win] (in Greek). Kerkida. 15 September 2013. Retrieved 14 June 2014.
  19. ^ "Chipre: Orlando Sá coloca AEL na liderança" [Cyprus: Orlando Sá puts AEL in first place]. Record (in Portuguese). 22 December 2013. Retrieved 14 June 2014.
  20. ^ "Orlando Sá: "Só Cristiano Ronaldo tem melhor média"" [Orlando Sá: "Only Cristiano Ronaldo has better average"]. Record (in Portuguese). 14 January 2014. Retrieved 14 June 2014.
  21. ^ "Orlando Sa zawodnikiem Legii!" [Orlando Sa a Legia player! (HD)] (in Polish). Legia Warsaw. 14 February 2014. Retrieved 14 June 2014.
  22. ^ "Orlando Sa już w Warszawie" [Orlando Sa already in Warsaw!] (in Polish). Legia Warsaw. 13 February 2014. Retrieved 14 June 2014.
  23. ^ "Legia rozbiła Górnika!" [Legia smashed Górnik!] (in Polish). Legia Warsaw. 22 February 2014. Retrieved 14 June 2014.
  24. ^ "Legia zwycięża w Lubinie!" [Legia defeat Lubin!] (in Polish). Legia Warsaw. 12 April 2014. Retrieved 14 June 2014.
  25. ^ "Striker Orlando Sa joins Royals". Reading F.C. 29 June 2015. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
  26. ^ "Birmingham 2–1 Reading". BBC Sport. 8 August 2015. Retrieved 8 August 2015.
  27. ^ "Brentford 1–3 Reading". BBC Sport. 29 August 2015. Retrieved 29 August 2015.
  28. ^ Williams, Adam (11 September 2015). "Reading 5–1 Ipswich Town". BBC Sport. Retrieved 11 September 2015.
  29. ^ a b "Orlando Sa exits Reading for Maccabi Tel Aviv". BBC Sport. 26 January 2016. Retrieved 26 January 2016.
  30. ^ "Orlando Sá rejoint notre club" [Orlando Sá joins our club] (in French). Standard Liège. 31 August 2016. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  31. ^ Gouveia, Patrícia (25 May 2017). "Orlando Sá: um Standard de golos entre Ronaldo e Bas Dost" [Orlando Sá: a Standard of goals between Ronaldo and Bas Dost]. Expresso (in Portuguese). Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  32. ^ 官方:建业签下标准列日前锋 (in Chinese). Dongqiudi. 28 February 2018. Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  33. ^ "À peine parti, Orlando Sa revient déjà au Standard" [Having barely left, Orlando Sá returns to Standard already] (in French). 7 Sur 7. 19 July 2018. Retrieved 6 August 2019.
  34. ^ "Portugal plunder Iberian bragging rights". UEFA. 18 November 2008. Retrieved 22 April 2010.
  35. ^ "Portugal vence Finlândia 1–0 em jogo particular" [Portugal beat Finland 1–0 in friendly game]. Açoriano Oriental (in Portuguese). 11 February 2009. Retrieved 4 October 2017.
  36. ^ "Orlando Sá: "Estamos a preparar o futuro"" [Orlando Sá: "We are preparing the future"]. Record (in Portuguese). 23 March 2009. Retrieved 7 October 2015.
  37. ^ "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.
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