Pedro Pacheco

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Pedro Pacheco
Personal information
Full name Pedro Miguel Salgadinho Pacheco de Melo
Date of birth (1984-06-27) 27 June 1984 (age 35)
Place of birth Ponta Delgada, Portugal
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Sporting Clube Ideal
Youth career
1995–2001 Santa Clara
2002 Vitória Pico
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2003 Vitória Pico 23 (4)
2003–2004 Santa Clara 2 (0)
2004–2005 Lusitânia 33 (3)
2005–2007 Operário 47 (5)
2007–2009 Santa Clara 44 (1)
2009–2010 Nacional 5 (0)
2010–2019 Santa Clara 274 (18)
2019– Sporting Clube Ideal 0 (0)
National team
2010– Canada 18 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 August 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 October 2014

Pedro Miguel Salgadinho Pacheco de Melo (born 27 June 1984), known as Pacheco, is a Canadian professional footballer who plays for Sporting Clube Ideal as a defensive midfielder.

Club career[edit]

Born in Ponta Delgada, São Miguel Island, Azores to Portuguese parents, Pacheco began his senior career in the regional leagues, playing with Vitória Clube do Pico da Pedra. In the following year he moved to arguably the biggest club in the territory, C.D. Santa Clara, but only appeared in two Segunda Liga matches in the 2003–04 campaign.

After three seasons playing in the third division with two sides from his native region (S.C. Lusitânia and CD Operário), Pacheco returned to Santa Clara, still playing in the second level, and began featuring regularly for the first team, starting a total of 26 games over the course of two seasons.

In the last minute of the 2009 August transfer window, Pacheco moved to the island of Madeira, signing with C.D. Nacional. He made his Primeira Liga debut on 5 October, playing one minute in the 2–0 home win against Vitória de Guimarães,[2] but could only appear in eight official matches during his first year (two in the domestic league cup and one in the UEFA Europa League – 15 minutes of the 5–1 home routing of FK Austria Wien in the group stage).[3]

Pacheco returned to Santa Clara in the summer of 2010, being immediately appointed captain by manager Bruno Moura.[4] In early June 2013, after finishing the division two campaign with four goals in 37 appearances, he signed a contract extension with the club.[5]

After 9 years with Santa Clara, Pacheco parted ways with the club in August 2019 and joined Sporting Clube Ideal of the Campeonato de Portugal.[6]

International career[edit]

Pacheco opted to represent Canada internationally, as he lived there as a child. On 14 May 2010, he was picked for the friendlies against Argentina and Venezuela;[7] after playing six minutes from the bench in the first game (a 0–5 loss),[8] he started on the 1–1 draw on the 29th.[9][10]

On 27 June 2013, Pacheco was listed as part of the confirmed 23-man squad for Colin Miller's Canada squad for that year's CONCACAF Gold Cup, making it his second consecutive tournament.[11]


  1. ^ "Pedro Pacheco". Canadian Soccer Association. Retrieved 17 January 2014.
  2. ^ "Nacional-Guimarães, 2–0 (Edgar 9' G.P., 26' G.P.)" [Nacional-Guimarães, 2–0 (Edgar 9' P.K., 26' P.K.)]. Record (in Portuguese). 5 October 2009. Retrieved 28 September 2017.
  3. ^ "Nacional blow lightweight Austria away". UEFA. 16 December 2009. Retrieved 26 January 2016.
  4. ^ "Pedro Pacheco é o capitão" [Pedro Pacheco is the captain]. Record (in Portuguese). 5 August 2010. Retrieved 28 September 2017.
  5. ^ "Canadian exports: Will ex-Houston Dynamo defender Andre Hainault extend his stay in Scotland?". Major League Soccer. 11 June 2013. Retrieved 30 June 2013.
  6. ^ "Histórico do Santa Clara deixa o clube". 14 August 2019.
  7. ^ Canada announces rosters for South American trip Archived 24 September 2010 at the Wayback Machine; Canada Soccer, 14 May 2010
  8. ^ "Argentina 5 Canadá 0" [Argentina 5 Canada 0]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 24 May 2010. Retrieved 28 September 2017.
  9. ^ "Le Canada marque un but à la dernière minute possible contre le Venezuela" [Canada score goal in very last minute against Venezuela] (in French). Canada Soccer. 29 May 2010. Retrieved 28 September 2017.
  10. ^ "Pacheco concretiza sonho e convence crítica" [Pacheco fulfills dream and convinces critics] (in Portuguese). RTP Açores. 1 June 2010. Retrieved 28 September 2017.
  11. ^ "Canada finalizes roster for Gold Cup, announces friendly". Canada Soccer. 27 June 2013. Retrieved 30 June 2013.

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