Micael playing for Porto in 2010
|Full name||Rúben Micael Freitas da Ressureição|
|Date of birth||19 August 1986|
|Place of birth||Câmara de Lobos, Portugal|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|2011–2012||→ Zaragoza (loan)||33||(0)|
|2012–2013||→ Braga (loan)||19||(4)|
|2015–2017||Shijiazhuang Ever Bright||38||(4)|
|2017||→ Maccabi Tel Aviv (loan)||15||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 October 2019|
He totalled 176 Primeira Liga games and 18 goals during nine seasons, representing Nacional, Porto, Braga, Paços de Ferreira and Vitória de Setúbal, winning seven major honours with the second team and a further one with the third. He also had spells in Spain, China and Israel.
Early years / Nacional
Born in Câmara de Lobos, Madeira, Micael started his career with local C.F. União, making his professional debut at the age of 17. For the 2008–09 season, he moved across the island to sign with Primeira Liga club C.D. Nacional.
In that first year, in which Nacional qualified for the UEFA Europa League, Micael, almost never an undisputed starter, featured heavily, scoring notably in a 3–1 home win over S.L. Benfica on 2 May 2009. The previous month, he played for Portugal B in a 2–0 win against Romania.
Micael started the 2009–10 campaign established in the side's starting XI, notably netting twice against FC Zenit Saint Petersburg in the Europa League's last qualifying round, first in the 4–3 home triumph, then adding a last-minute effort in Russia for the 1–1 and the two-legged aggregate win.
In mid-January 2010, FC Porto purchased 60% of Micael's playing rights for a €3 million transfer fee, signing him to a four-and-a-half-year deal and setting his release clause at €30 million. His first league game for his new club came on 30 January, where he started in the place of the suspended Raul Meireles in a 4–0 away success against his former team, Nacional.
In 2010–11, Micael was used sparingly by new manager André Villas-Boas. Nonetheless, he still appeared in 36 official matches and totalled 871 minutes of action (four goals, three in the Europa League campaign) as the team won the treble.
On 18 August 2011, Micael and Porto teammate Radamel Falcao were both purchased by Atlético Madrid for €45 million – the former for €5 million, although Porto later confirmed that his sale did not generate any revenue for the club. The midfielder was then immediately loaned to fellow La Liga side Real Zaragoza, for a fee of €750,000. 23 of his appearances were as a starter, as his team narrowly avoided relegation.
Micael was loaned to S.C. Braga for 2012–13, starting the year in impressive fashion: in two games separated by only three days in late August, he scored three goals, starting with a brace in a 3–1 home win against S.C. Beira-Mar then netting the 1–1 equalizer at Udinese Calcio in the UEFA Champions League last qualifying round. In the latter match, he rounded up his performance by converting the decisive penalty in the shootout to help his team reach the group stage for the second time in their history.
Micael continued his strong displays in the Champions League group phase, scoring the first goal in an eventual 2–0 away success over Galatasaray SK in the second round. On 20 October 2012, Atlético sold 50% of his economic rights to Braga for €3 million.
In June 2015, Micael signed for Shijiazhuang Ever Bright FC. He made his Chinese Super League debut on 4 July, as a substitute in a goalless home draw against Changchun Yatai FC; he totalled 11 games over the season, and scored to open a 1–3 loss at Shandong Luneng Taishan F.C. on 31 October.
After his team was relegated in 2016, Micael was linked with a move to Rangers of the Scottish Premiership. On 2 February 2017, he was loaned to Maccabi Tel Aviv F.C. for the remainder of the campaign. He scored his first goal for the side on 18 March 2017, in a 3–0 home win over Bnei Sakhnin FC.
Return to Portugal
On 16 January 2018, Micael returned to Portugal's top flight, signing for F.C. Paços de Ferreira until 2021. In June, however, he switched to a one-year deal at Vitória F.C. under his former Maccabi manager Lito Vidigal.
On 29 March 2011, Micael made his debut for Portugal, starting and scoring twice in a 2–0 friendly win over Finland in Aveiro. He was chosen by coach Paulo Bento for UEFA Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine, but played no matches for the semi-finalists.
- As of 31 May 2017
|Shijiazhuang Ever Bright||2015||11||1||0||0||—||11||1|
|Maccabi Tel Aviv||2016–17||15||1||4||0||0||0||0||0||19||1|
1Other tournaments include the Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira.
|1||29 March 2011||Estádio Municipal, Aveiro, Portugal||Finland||1–0||2–0||Friendly|
- Primeira Liga: 2010–11, 2011–12
- Taça de Portugal: 2009–10, 2010–11
- Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira: 2011
- UEFA Europa League: 2010–11
- "Zenit 1–1 Nacional Mad". ESPN Soccernet. 27 August 2009. Retrieved 29 August 2012.
- "Comunicado da FC Porto – Futebol, SAD" [FC Porto – Futebol, PLSC announcement] (in Portuguese). FC Porto. 18 January 2010. Archived from the original on 21 January 2010. Retrieved 19 January 2010.
- "Porto hit form to shatter Nacional". PortuGOAL. 30 January 2010. Archived from the original on 4 March 2012. Retrieved 17 October 2012.
- "Comunicado" [Announcement] (PDF) (in Portuguese). Portuguese Securities Market Commission. 18 August 2011. Retrieved 19 August 2011.
- "F.C. Porto: tudo sobre a venda de Falcao e a compra de Danilo" [F.C. Porto: everything about the sale of Falcao and the purchase of Danilo] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 12 December 2011. Retrieved 25 January 2012.
- "El Atlético ficha a Falcao y Micael por 45 millones" [Atlético sign Falcao and Micael for 45 millions]. Marca (in Spanish). 18 August 2011. Retrieved 19 August 2011.
- "El Atlético vende por tres kilos la mitad de los derechos de Micael" [Atlético sell half of Micael's rights for three grand]. Marca (in Spanish). 20 October 2012. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
- "Ruben Micael looking to get back into the limelight at Braga". Goal. 28 July 2012. Retrieved 29 August 2012.
- "Slick Porto put Guimarães to the sword". PortuGOAL. 25 August 2012. Archived from the original on 25 May 2013. Retrieved 29 August 2012.
- "Micael the hero as Braga oust Udinese in shoot-out". UEFA. 28 August 2012. Retrieved 29 August 2012.
- "Peseiro's brave Braga prosper in Istanbul". UEFA. 2 October 2012. Retrieved 3 October 2012.
- "Ruben Micael estreia-se na China no domingo" [Rúben Micael makes his debut in China on Sunday] (in Portuguese). SAPO. 25 June 2015. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
- "Rúben Micael marca na derrota do Shijiazhuang Yongchang" [Rúben Micael scores in Shijiazhuang Yongchang's defeat] (in Portuguese). Rádio e Televisão de Portugal. 31 October 2015. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
- "Rangers boss Mark Warburton eyes move for former Porto playmaker Ruben Micael". Daily Record. 4 December 2016. Retrieved 22 March 2017.
- "Israel: Rúben Micael no Maccabi Telavive" [Israel: Rúben Micael in Maccabi Tel Aviv]. Record (in Portuguese). 2 February 2017. Retrieved 22 March 2017.
- "Mac Tel Aviv keeps pressure on Beersheba". The Jerusalem Post. 19 March 2017. Retrieved 22 March 2017.
- "Rúben Micael reforça Paços de Ferreira até 2021" [Rúben Micael bolsters Paços de Ferreira until 2021]. Diário de Notícias (in Portuguese). 16 January 2018. Retrieved 26 September 2019.
- "Rúben Micael assina pelo Vitória de Setúbal até 2019" [Rúben Micael signs for Vitória de Setúbal until 2019] (in Portuguese). SAPO. 27 June 2018. Retrieved 26 September 2019.
- "Rúben Micael regressa ao Nacional da Madeira a custo zero" [Rúben Micael returns to Nacional da Madeira for free] (in Portuguese). DNotícias. 25 May 2019. Retrieved 26 September 2019.
- "Germany beaten, France and England held". UEFA. 29 March 2011. Retrieved 30 March 2011.
- "Nani and Raul Meireles in Portugal's Euro 2012 squad". BBC Sport. 15 May 2012. Retrieved 26 September 2019.
- "Rúben Micael". Soccerway. Retrieved 8 June 2015.
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