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 23)
Place of birth Setúbal, Portugal
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Valencia
Number 3
Youth career
2003–2005 Pelezinhos
2005–2013 Vitória Setúbal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013 Vitória Setúbal 12 (0)
2014– Valencia 31 (1)
2016–2017 Granada (loan) 18 (0)
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 21 May 2017.

Rúben Miguel Nunes Vezo (born 25 April 1994) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Valencia CF as a central defender.

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 top division debut, starting in a 1–3 home loss against F.C. Porto.[3]

During his short spell, Vezo featured the full 90 minutes in all the league games 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.

Valencia[edit]

On 4 November 2013, Vezo signed a four-year contract with La Liga club Valencia CF for a reported fee of 1.5 million, with the move being made effective in the January transfer window.[5] He made his debut in the competition on 8 February 2014, playing the last nine minutes in a 5–0 home win over Real Betis;[6] 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,[7] and become the club's youngest ever foreigner to score in the process.[8]

On 31 August 2016, Vezo was loaned to fellow league team Granada in a season-long deal.[9]

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.[10] 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).[11]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 26 February 2016[12]
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 12 0 6 0 5 1 23 1
Total 27 1 9 0 5 1 0 0 40 2
Career totals 39 1 11 1 5 1 1 0 56 3
  1. ^ Appearance(s) in Taça da Liga

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nélson Semedo: e Portugal lá pescou mais um «tubarão»..." [Nélson Semedo: and Portugal fished yet another «shark»...] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 13 October 2015. 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. Retrieved 5 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "V. Setúbal 1–3 FC Porto: campeão entra a meio gás" [V. Setúbal 1–3 FC Porto: champion begins at half-strength] (in Portuguese). Relvado. 18 August 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. Retrieved 5 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "El Valencia hace oficial el fichaje de Rúben Vezo" [Valencia makes signing of Rúben Vezo official] (in Spanish). Super Deporte. 4 November 2013. Retrieved 5 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "Pizzi devuelve la solvencia al Valencia" [Pizzi returns resolve to Valencia]. Marca (in Spanish). 8 February 2014. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 
  7. ^ "Vezo apaga el fuego" [Vezo puts out the fire]. Marca (in Spanish). 23 February 2014. Retrieved 23 February 2014. 
  8. ^ "Vezo, llegar y besar el santo" [Vezo, veni, vidi, vici]. Marca (in Spanish). 23 February 2014. Retrieved 25 February 2014. 
  9. ^ "Comunicado oficial | Rúben Vezo" [Official announcement | Rúben Vezo] (in Spanish). Valencia CF. 31 August 2016. Retrieved 31 August 2016. 
  10. ^ "Perfect Portugal dispatch FYROM". UEFA.com. 5 March 2014. Retrieved 15 January 2017. 
  11. ^ "Portugal through after nine-goal thriller". UEFA.com. 14 October 2014. Retrieved 15 January 2017. 
  12. ^ "Rúben Vezo". Soccerway. Retrieved 24 December 2015. 

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