Rúben Micael

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This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Freitas and the second or paternal family name is Ressureição.
Rúben Micael
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Micael playing for Porto in 2010
Personal information
Full name Rúben Micael Freitas da Ressureição
Date of birth (1986-08-19) 19 August 1986 (age 30)
Place of birth Câmara de Lobos, Portugal
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Shijiazhuang Ever Bright
Number 10
Youth career
1996–1997 Estreito
1997–2004 União Madeira
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2008 União Madeira 94 (5)
2008–2010 Nacional 42 (6)
2010–2011 Porto 30 (0)
2011–2013 Atlético Madrid 0 (0)
2011–2012 Zaragoza (loan) 33 (0)
2012–2013 Braga (loan) 19 (4)
2013–2015 Braga 46 (7)
2015– Shijiazhuang Ever Bright 31 (4)
National team
2009 Portugal B 1 (0)
2011–2013 Portugal 16 (2)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 August 2016.


Rúben Micael Freitas da Ressureição (born 19 August 1986), known as Micael, is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Chinese club Shijiazhuang Ever Bright F.C. as a midfielder.

He totalled 137 Primeira Liga games and 17 goals during seven seasons, representing Nacional, Porto and Braga, winning seven major honours with the second team and a further one with the third.

A full Portuguese international since 2011, Micael was part of the squad at Euro 2012.

Club career[edit]

Early years / Nacional[edit]

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.[1]

Porto[edit]

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.[2] 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.[3]

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.

Atlético Madrid[edit]

On 18 August 2011, Micael and Porto teammate Radamel Falcao were both purchased by Atlético Madrid for €45 million – the former for €5 million,[4] although Porto later confirmed that his sale did not generate any revenue for the club.[5] The midfielder was then immediately loaned to fellow La Liga side Real Zaragoza,[6] for a fee of €750,000. 23 of his appearances were as a starter, as his team narrowly avoided relegation.[7]

Micael was loaned to S.C. Braga for 2012–13,[8] 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[9] then netting the 1–1 equalizer at Udinese Calcio for the UEFA Champions League's 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 its history.[10]

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.[11] On 20 October 2012, Atlético sold 50% of his economic rights to Braga for €3 million.[7]

Shijiazhuang[edit]

In June 2015, Micael signed for Shijiazhuang Ever Bright FC.[12] 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.[13]

International career[edit]

On 29 March 2011, Micael made his debut for Portugal, starting and scoring twice in a 2–0 friendly win with Finland in Aveiro.[14]

Rúben Micael: International goals
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 29 March 2011 Estádio Municipal, Aveiro, Portugal  Finland 1–0 2–0 Friendly
2 2–0

Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 31 October 2015[15]
Club Season League Cup1 League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
União Madeira 2003–04 6 0 0 0 6 0
2004–05 22 0 1 0 23 0
2005–06 5 0 0 0 5 0
2006–07 25 0 3 1 28 1
2007–08 36 5 1 0 37 5
Total 94 5 5 1 99 6
Nacional 2008–09 26 4 5 0 4 1 35 5
2009–10 14 1 2 1 0 0 8 7 22 9
Total 40 5 7 1 4 1 8 7 57 14
Porto 2009–10 10 0 3 2 3 0 2 0 18 2
2010–11 19 0 6 0 3 1 8 3 36 4
2011–12 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total 30 0 10 2 6 1 10 3 56 6
Zaragoza 2011–12 33 0 0 0 33 0
Total 33 0 0 0 33 0
Braga 2012–13 18 4 3 1 1 0 7 2 29 7
2013–14 21 1 3 0 1 0 2 0 27 1
2014–15 25 6 5 1 0 0 30 7
Total 64 11 11 2 2 0 9 2 86 15
Shijiazhuang Ever Bright 2015 11 1 0 0 11 1
Total 11 1 0 0 11 1
Career total 264 22 33 6 12 2 27 12 336 42

1Other tournaments include the Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira.

Honours[edit]

Porto
Braga

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Zenit 1–1 Nacional Mad". ESPN Soccernet. 27 August 2009. Retrieved 29 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "Comunicado da FC Porto – Futebol, SAD" [FC Porto – Futebol, SAD announcement] (in Portuguese). FC Porto. 18 January 2010. Retrieved 19 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "Porto hit form to shatter Nacional". PortuGOAL. 30 January 2010. Retrieved 17 October 2012. 
  4. ^ "Comunicado" [Announcement] (PDF) (in Portuguese). CMVM. 18 August 2011. Retrieved 19 August 2011. 
  5. ^ "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. 
  6. ^ "El Atlético ficha a Falcao y Micael por 45 millones" [Atlético signs Falcao and Micael for 45 millions] (in Spanish). Marca. 18 August 2011. Retrieved 19 August 2011. 
  7. ^ a b "El Atlético vende por tres kilos la mitad de los derechos de Micael" [Atlético sell half of Micael's rights for three grand] (in Spanish). Marca. 20 October 2012. Retrieved 22 March 2016. 
  8. ^ "Ruben Micael looking to get back into the limelight at Braga". Goal.com. 28 July 2012. Retrieved 29 August 2012. 
  9. ^ "Slick Porto put Guimarães to the sword". PortuGOAL. 25 August 2012. Retrieved 29 August 2012. 
  10. ^ "Micael the hero as Braga oust Udinese in shoot-out". UEFA.com. 28 August 2012. Retrieved 29 August 2012. 
  11. ^ "Peseiro's brave Braga prosper in Istanbul". UEFA.com. 2 October 2012. Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  12. ^ "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. 
  13. ^ "Rúben Micael marca na derrota do Shijiazhuang Yongchang" [Rúben Micael scores in Shijiazhuang Yongchang's defeat] (in Portuguese). RTP. 31 October 2015. Retrieved 22 March 2016. 
  14. ^ "Germany beaten, France and England held". UEFA.com. 29 March 2011. Retrieved 30 March 2011. 
  15. ^ "Rúben Micael". Soccerway. Retrieved 8 June 2015. 

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