Silas (Portuguese footballer)

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Personal information
Full name Jorge Manuel Rebelo Fernandes
Date of birth (1976-09-01) 1 September 1976 (age 43)
Place of birth Lisbon, Portugal
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Sporting CP (coach)
Youth career
1986–1987 Domingos Sávio
1987–1989 Sporting CP
1989–1995 Atlético
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1998 Atlético 33 (2)
1998–2001 Ceuta 65 (20)
1999–2000Elche (loan) 35 (1)
2001–2003 União Leiria 64 (13)
2003–2006 Wolverhampton Wanderers 9 (0)
2004–2005Marítimo (loan) 17 (2)
2005–2006Belenenses (loan) 28 (4)
2006–2009 Belenenses 86 (7)
2009–2011 União Leiria 41 (3)
2011–2012 AEL Limassol 43 (2)
2012–2013 AEP 16 (3)
2013–2014 Ethnikos Achna 46 (3)
2014–2015 Atlético 44 (10)
2015 NorthEast United 12 (1)
2016–2017 Cova Piedade 39 (7)
Total 578 (78)
National team
2003 Portugal 3 (0)
Teams managed
2018 Belenenses
2018–2019 Belenenses SAD
2019– Sporting CP
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Jorge Manuel Rebelo Fernandes (born 1 September 1976), known as Silas, is a Portuguese former footballer who played as a midfielder, and the manager of Sporting CP.

He amassed Primeira Liga totals of 236 matches and 30 goals over nine seasons, representing in the competition União de Leiria, Marítimo and Belenenses. He also played professionally in four other countries, mainly Spain and Cyprus.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Silas was born in Lisbon. After making his professional debut with local Atlético Clube de Portugal he emigrated to Spain, representing lowly AD Ceuta who also loaned him for one season to Elche CF in Segunda División.

Silas first made his name at U.D. Leiria,[2] with whom he achieved a couple of top six Primeira Liga finishes, also making the Taça de Portugal final in 2003. During the 2001–02 campaign he was managed by up-and-coming José Mourinho and, the following year, made his first appearance for the Portugal national team, in a 1–0 friendly win over Macedonia on 3 April 2003;[3][4] he later played against Paraguay and Bolivia.[5][6]

Silas signed for newly promoted Premier League club Wolverhampton Wanderers in July 2003, for an initial fee of £1 million.[7][8] However, he endured a frustrating time in England, failing to settle in the country and establish himself in the squad;[9] during their doomed season he made a mere nine league appearances, totalling 14 overall.[10]

In the summer of 2004, Silas returned to his homeland and joined top division side C.S. Marítimo on a season-long loan. The following campaign, still not featuring in the Wolves manager's plans (now Glenn Hoddle) he was loaned out to another team in the country and tier, this time C.F. Os Belenenses.[11]

At the end of the season, having made 28 appearances with four goals, Silas decided to make his move permanent, joining on a free transfer as his contract at Wolverhampton had expired. He continued to be an undisputed starter from 2006 to 2009,[12][13] after which he was released and returned to Leiria, freshly returned to the main division.[14][15]

From 2011 to 2014, Silas competed in the Cypriot First Division, representing AEL Limassol, AEP Paphos FC and Ethnikos Achna FC. In July 2014, after a 16-year absence, he returned to Atlético, now in the Segunda Liga; in April of the following year he, alongside teammate Dady, was involved in a match-fixing allegation whereby it was alleged that both had approached S.C. Farense players with a bribe to facilitate Atlético's win,[16] but nothing was ever proven. The season initially ended in relegation, but the team eventually was spared at the expense of S.C. Beira-Mar who dropped down a division due to irregularities.

On 8 July 2015, shortly before his 39th birthday, Silas signed a six-month deal with Indian Super League club NorthEast United FC.[17] He made his debut on 6 October, playing the full 90 minutes in 1–3 loss at Kerala Blasters FC.[18] On 11 November, a minute after coming on as a substitute for his compatriot Simão, he scored his first goal for the Guwahati-based team, the decisive one in a 2–1 victory away to Chennaiyin FC.[19]

Silas returned to his homeland on 12 February 2016, joining C.D. Cova da Piedade.[20] He helped them to the third division title and a first promotion to the professional leagues, scoring the winning penalty in the final shootout against F.C. Vizela on 5 June 2016.[21]

Coaching career[edit]

Silas retired at the end of the season, at the age of 40.[1] On 16 January 2018, he replaced Domingos Paciência as manager of former club Belenenses.[22] His first game in charge occurred four days later, and he led his team to a 0–0 away draw against Marítimo.[23]

Silas was dismissed from his position at the reorganised Belenenses SAD on 4 September 2019, after the team did not score in their first four games of the campaign.[24] Late in the same month, he succeeded Leonel Pontes at the helm of Sporting CP on a contract running until June 2020.[25] In one of his first matches on 17 October, the side lost 2–0 at F.C. Alverca in the third round of the Portuguese Cup; this was only the second time in the history of the Lions that they were eliminated by a third-division side.[26]


AEL Limassol

Cova da Piedade


  1. ^ a b Almeida, Isaura (11 June 2017). "Meyong e Silas. A difícil despedida dos relvados sem dizer adeus ao futebol" [Meyong e Silas. The hard farewell to the pitches without saying goodbye to football]. Diário de Notícias (in Portuguese). Retrieved 6 November 2017.
  2. ^ "U. Leiria e Ceuta chegam a acordo pela transferência de Silas" [U. Leiria and Ceuta reach agreement on transfer of Silas]. Record (in Portuguese). 8 August 2001. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
  3. ^ "Scolari looks to youth". UEFA. 6 February 2003. Retrieved 24 October 2019.
  4. ^ "Portugal-Macedónia, 1–0: Passar do bom jogo ao futebol económico" [Portugal-Macedonia, 1–0: From playing pretty to playing for keeps]. Record (in Portuguese). 3 April 2003. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
  5. ^ "Portugal-Paraguai, 0–0: Selecção com futuro só a do trio mágico" [Portugal-Paraguay, 0–0: Only national team with future is the one of the magic trio]. Record (in Portuguese). 7 June 2003. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
  6. ^ "Portugal frente à Bolívia: Cabeças no ar arrasaram" [Portugal against Bolivia: Heads in the air the destroyers]. Record (in Portuguese). 11 June 2003. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
  7. ^ "Silas heads to Wolves". BBC Sport. 9 July 2003. Retrieved 13 February 2011.
  8. ^ "Jones hails Silas signing". UEFA. 9 July 2003. Retrieved 10 June 2010.
  9. ^ Sinnott, John (18 May 2004). "Silas wants Wolves exit". BBC Sport. Retrieved 26 September 2019.
  10. ^ "Silas abordado para voltar em Janeiro" [Silas approached to return in January]. Record (in Portuguese). 10 December 2003. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
  11. ^ Figueiredo, Sheila (1 June 2005). "Silas e Sandro já garantidos" [Silas and Sandro already confirmed]. Record (in Portuguese). Archived from the original on 11 July 2015. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
  12. ^ Pereira, Carla (10 October 2007). "Zé Pedro e Silas, uma dupla anticrise" [Zé Pedro and Silas, anticrisis duo]. Record (in Portuguese). Archived from the original on 11 July 2015. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
  13. ^ "SAD não deixa sair Silas" [PLSC does not let Silas go]. Record (in Portuguese). 30 January 2008. Archived from the original on 11 July 2015. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
  14. ^ "Silas: "Escolhi projeto mais convincente"" [Silas: «I chose the most enticing project»]. Record (in Portuguese). 29 July 2009. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
  15. ^ "Silas vai ser centenário" [Silas to reach centurion]. Record (in Portuguese). 8 March 2010. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
  16. ^ Pestana, José (10 April 2015). "Silas e Dady, do Atlético, apresentam queixa-crime contra terceiros" [Silas and Dady, of Atlético, press charges against third party] (in Portuguese). Futebol 365. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
  17. ^ "Índia: Silas no Northeast United" [India: Silas in Northeast United]. Record (in Portuguese). 8 July 2015. Retrieved 8 July 2015.
  18. ^ Muralidharan, Ashwin (6 October 2015). "Indian Super League: Kerala Blasters FC 3–1 NorthEast United FC: Second half surge sees hosts storm to victory". Goal. Retrieved 20 October 2015.
  19. ^ "Silas completes comeback for NorthEast United FC at Chennaiyin FC". ESPN FC. 11 November 2015. Retrieved 11 November 2015.
  20. ^ "Silas para atacar a subida no Cova da Piedade" [Silas for the promotion hunt at Cova da Piedade]. Record (in Portuguese). 12 February 2016. Retrieved 13 February 2019.
  21. ^ a b "Cova da Piedade vence nos penáltis e sagra-se campeão" [Cova da Piedade win on penalties and are crowned champions]. O Jogo (in Portuguese). 5 June 2016. Retrieved 1 March 2017.
  22. ^ "Silas substitui Domingos Paciência no comando" [Silas replaces Domingos Paciência at the helm]. Diário de Notícias (in Portuguese). 16 January 2018. Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  23. ^ "Marítimo e Belenenses empatam na estreia de Silas à frente dos 'azuis'" [Marítimo and Belenenses draw in debut of Silas in charge of 'blues']. Diário de Notícias (in Portuguese). 20 January 2018. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  24. ^ "Silas demitido" [Silas dismissed]. A Bola (in Portuguese). 4 September 2019. Retrieved 8 September 2019.
  25. ^ Gomes, Rui Miguel (26 September 2019). "Acordo fechado, Silas é o novo treinador do Sporting" [Done deal, Silas is the new manager of Sporting]. O Jogo (in Portuguese). Retrieved 26 September 2019.
  26. ^ Fernandes, Mariana (17 October 2019). "Silas diz que o Sporting "não precisa de heróis" mas os vilões agigantam-se: os leões perderam metade dos jogos desta temporada" [Silas says that Sporting "do not need heroes" but the villains are getting bigger: the Lions have lost half of their games this season]. Observador (in Portuguese). Retrieved 18 October 2019.
  27. ^ "Chipre: sotaque português na festa do título do AEL" [Cyprus: Portuguese accent in AEL's title party] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 5 May 2012. Retrieved 4 December 2017.

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