Rúben Vezo

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Rúben Vezo
Rubén Vezo.jpg
Vezo playing for Valencia in 2014
Personal information
Full name Rúben Miguel Nunes Vezo
Date of birth (1994-04-25) 25 April 1994 (age 25)
Place of birth Setúbal, Portugal
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Levante
(on loan from Valencia)
Number 14
Youth career
2003–2005 Pelezinhos
2005–2013 Vitória Setúbal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013 Vitória Setúbal 12 (0)
2014– Valencia 54 (1)
2016–2017Granada (loan) 18 (0)
2019–Levante (loan) 14 (2)
National team
2013 Portugal U19 1 (0)
2014 Portugal U20 5 (1)
2014–2015 Portugal U21 5 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:23, 12 May 2019 (UTC)

Rúben Miguel Nunes Vezo (born 25 April 1994) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Levante UD on loan from Valencia CF as a central defender or a right back.

Club career[edit]

Vitória Setúbal[edit]

Born in Setúbal to a Cape Verdean father and a Portuguese mother,[1] Vezo joined local Vitória Futebol Clube's youth system at the age of 11. He was promoted to the first team for the 2013–14 season,[2] and on 18 August made his Primeira Liga debut, starting in a 1–3 home loss against FC Porto.[3]

During his short spell, Vezo featured the full 90 minutes in all the league matches he appeared in, save for the last five minutes of a 4–1 win at Vitória S.C. where he was sent off,[4] and 34 against F.C. Arouca (1–0 home success) for the same reason.[5]

Valencia[edit]

On 4 November 2013, Vezo signed a four-year contract with Valencia CF for a reported fee of 1.5 million, with the move being made effective in the January transfer window.[6] He made his La Liga debut on 8 February 2014, playing the last nine minutes in a 5–0 home victory over Real Betis;[7] on the 23rd, profiting from suspension to compatriot Ricardo Costa, he played the full 90 minutes against Granada CF also at the Mestalla Stadium, and scored his first goal as a professional after netting from a free kick taken by Daniel Parejo to help the hosts come from behind in the 90th minute and win it 2–1,[8] and become the Spanish club's youngest ever foreigner to score in the process.[9]

On 31 August 2016, Vezo joined fellow league team Granada in a season-long loan.[10] On 29 January 2019, he moved to Levante UD also in a temporary deal.[11]

International career[edit]

Vezo earned his first cap for the Portugal under-21 side on 5 March 2014 – one month shy of his 20th birthday – playing the full 90 minutes in a 2–0 home win against Macedonia for the 2015 UEFA European Championship qualifiers.[12] He scored his first goal in that level in the same competition, on 14 October, helping defeat the Netherlands 5–4 in the play-offs, in Paços de Ferreira (7–4 on aggregate).[13]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 31 January 2019[14]
Club statistics
Club Season League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Vitória Setúbal 2013–14 Primeira Liga 12 0 2 1 1[a] 0 15 1
Valencia 2013–14 La Liga 8 1 0 0 0 0 8 1
2014–15 7 0 3 0 10 0
2015–16 15 0 6 0 6 1 27 1
2016–17 1 0 0 0 1 0
2017–18 19 0 7 1 26 1
2018–19 4 0 5 0 3 0 12 0
Total 54 1 21 1 10 1 0 0 84 3
Granada (loan) 2016–17 La Liga 18 0 0 0 18 0
Levante (loan) 2018–19 La Liga 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career totals 84 1 23 2 9 1 1 0 117 4
  1. ^ Appearance(s) in Taça da Liga

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Valencia

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pires, Sérgio (13 October 2015). "Nélson Semedo: e Portugal lá pescou mais um "tubarão"..." [Nélson Semedo: and Portugal fished yet another «shark»...] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. Retrieved 27 December 2016.
  2. ^ "Hassan e Rúben Vezo já são profissionais" [Hassan and Rúben Vezo are already professionals]. Record (in Portuguese). 23 May 2013. Archived from the original on 5 November 2013. Retrieved 5 November 2013.
  3. ^ "V. Setúbal 1–3 FC Porto: campeão entra a meio gás" [V. Setúbal 1–3 FC Porto: champions begin at half-strength] (in Portuguese). Relvado. 18 August 2013. Archived from the original on 5 November 2013. Retrieved 5 November 2013.
  4. ^ "Castigo de Vezo obriga a mexer na defesa" [Vezo ban forces defensive changes]. Record (in Portuguese). 3 September 2013. Archived from the original on 5 November 2013. Retrieved 5 November 2013.
  5. ^ "Vitória de Setúbal vence Arouca" [Vitória de Setúbal beat Arouca] (in Portuguese). TSF. 24 November 2013. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  6. ^ "El Valencia hace oficial el fichaje de Rúben Vezo" [Valencia make signing of Rúben Vezo official]. Super Deporte (in Spanish). 4 November 2013. Retrieved 5 November 2013.
  7. ^ Liceras, Ángel (8 February 2014). "Pizzi devuelve la solvencia al Valencia" [Pizzi returns resolve to Valencia]. Marca (in Spanish). Retrieved 8 February 2014.
  8. ^ Egea, Pablo (23 February 2014). "Vezo apaga el fuego" [Vezo puts out the fire]. Marca (in Spanish). Retrieved 23 February 2014.
  9. ^ "Vezo, llegar y besar el santo" [Vezo, veni, vidi, vici]. Marca (in Spanish). 23 February 2014. Retrieved 25 February 2014.
  10. ^ "Comunicado oficial | Rúben Vezo" [Official announcement | Rúben Vezo] (in Spanish). Valencia CF. 31 August 2016. Retrieved 31 August 2016.
  11. ^ "Official Statement | Ruben Vezo". Valencia CF. 29 January 2019. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  12. ^ "Perfect Portugal dispatch FYROM". UEFA. 5 March 2014. Retrieved 15 January 2017.
  13. ^ "Portugal through after nine-goal thriller". UEFA. 14 October 2014. Retrieved 15 January 2017.
  14. ^ "Rúben Vezo". Soccerway. Retrieved 24 December 2015.

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