Gilberto (Angolan footballer)

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Sebastião Gilberto
Iran vs. Angola 2014-05-30 (058).jpg
Gilberto playing for Angola in match against Iran, 30 May 2014
Personal information
Full name Felisberto Sebastião da Graça Amaral
Date of birth (1982-09-21) September 21, 1982 (age 34)
Place of birth Luanda, Angola
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Left winger, Left midfielder
Club information
Current team
Benfica de Luanda
Number 20
Youth career
2001–2002 Petro Atletico
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2010 Al Ahly 286 (6)
2010–2012 Lierse 13 (2)
2012– AEL Limassol 20 (0)
2014–2015 Petro Atlético 12 (1)
2015– Benfica de Luanda
National team
1999– Angola 77 (8)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 7 May 2011.

Felisberto Sebastião da Graça Amaral, more commonly known as Gilberto (born 21 September 1982), is a retired Angolan footballer.[1] He was formerly playing for Egypt's Al-Ahly and then played for Belgian club Lierse S.K.. He suffered a knee injury that lasted about a year. He was the first choice left winger. He came from Angola team AS Luanda and is in the Angolan team. An Achilles tendon injury made him miss the 2006 African Cup of Nations and the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany. He was part of the Angolan national team during the 2008 African Cup of Nations in Ghana. In the 2010 African Cup of Nations opening game against Mali on January 10 in Luanda Gilberto made assist for 1–0 lead to Flavio Amado in the first half. In the second half he scored from penalty-kick for Angola 3–0 lead and later in the game Seydou Keita penalised him for another penalty kick for Angola. Manucho scored for 4–0 but the match finished 4–4 after four consecutive goals for Mali in the last 15 minutes of the game.

Club career[edit]

Al Ahly[edit]

While playing for Al Ahly in Egypt, Gilberto was well known for fitting into the team's tactic. The tactic was that Gilberto would run on the side of the pitch and then cross the ball at the end to Flavio who would almost always score with a header. With Al Ahly, Gilberto played against many World Class teams such as FC Barcelona and AS Roma. He helped his team to much domestic glory before helping them become the only team in the world to qualify to Club World Cup twice in a row.

2015 incident[edit]

On July 26, 2015, during a match of Benfica de Luanda, Gilberto was knocked out following a tackle by an opponent from Progresso do Sambizanga. He subsequently remained unconscious for about twenty minutes, before being resuscitated by medical service and immediately carried to the hospital. A doctor stated that no injuries were detected in medical tests.[2] Shortly afterwards, he announced his retirement as a player and that he was taking an office position with Benfica de Luanda.

National team statistics[edit]

Angola national team
Year Apps Goals
1999 2 0
2000 0 0
2001 7 1
2002 2 0
2003 3 1
2004 5 1
2005 5 0
2006 1 0
2007 1 0
2008 9 1
2009 9 1
2010 8 2
Total 52 7

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Angola's goal tally first.[3]
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 21 April 2001 Nchanga Stadium, Chingola, Zambia  Zambia 1–1 1–1 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
2. 29 March 2003 Luanda, Angola  Algeria 1–0 1–1 Friendly
3. 12 October 2008 Estádio dos Coqueiros, Luanda, Angola  Niger 2–1 3–1 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
4. 10 January 2010 Estadio 11 de Novembro, Luanda, Angola  Mali 3–0 4–4 2010 Africa Cup of Nations
5. 9 October 2010 Estádio 11 de Novembro, Luanda, Angola  Guinea-Bissau 1–0 1–0 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
6. 13 June 2015 Estádio Nacional da Tundavala, Lubango, Angola  Central African Republic 4–0 4–0 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification


  1. ^ "Midfielder Gilberto officially announces retirement from football". 5 Nov 2015. Retrieved 1 Mar 2016. 
  2. ^ "Gilberto passes out in game against Progresso". 27 Jul 2015. Retrieved 1 Mar 2016. 
  3. ^ Gilberto profile at Soccerway. Retrieved 29 September 2016.

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