Silas (Portuguese footballer)
|Full name||Jorge Manuel Rebelo Fernandes|
|Date of birth||1 September 1976|
|Place of birth||Lisbon, Portugal|
|Height||1.76 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)|
|Cova da Piedade|
|1999–2000||→ Elche (loan)||35||(1)|
|2004–2005||→ Marítimo (loan)||17||(2)|
|2005–2006||→ Belenenses (loan)||28||(4)|
|2016–||Cova da Piedade||28||(6)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 February 2017.
He amassed Primeira Liga totals of 236 games and 30 goals over the course of nine seasons, representing in the competition União de Leiria, Marítimo and Belenenses. He also played professionally in four other countries, mainly Spain and Cyprus.
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, with whom he achieved a couple of top six Primeira Liga finishes, also making the domestic cup 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; he later played against Paraguay and Bolivia.
Silas signed for newly promoted Premier League club Wolverhampton Wanderers in July 2003, for an initial fee of £1 million. However, he endured a frustrating time in England, failing to settle in the country and establish himself in the squad. During their doomed season he made a mere nine league appearances, totalling 14 overall.
In the 2004 summer, 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 category, this time C.F. Os Belenenses.
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, after which he was released and returned to Leiria, freshly returned to the main division.
From 2011 to 2014, Silas competed played in the Cypriot First Division, representing AEL Limassol, AEP Paphos F.C. 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, 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 tier 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. He made his debut on 6 October, playing the full 90 minutes in 1–3 loss at Kerala Blasters FC. 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.
Silas returned to his homeland the following 12 February, joining C.D. Cova da Piedade. 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.
- AEL Limassol
- Cova da Piedade
- "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.
- Scolari looks to youth; UEFA.com, 6 February 2003
- "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.
- "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.
- "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.
- "Silas heads to Wolves". BBC Sport. 9 July 2003. Retrieved 13 February 2011.
- "Jones hails Silas signing". UEFA.com. 9 July 2003.
- "Silas abordado para voltar em Janeiro" [Silas approached to return in January]. Record (in Portuguese). 10 December 2003. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
- "Silas e Sandro já garantidos" [Silas and Sandro already confirmed]. Record (in Portuguese). 1 June 2005. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
- "Zé Pedro e Silas, uma dupla anticrise" [Zé Pedro and Silas, anticrisis duo]. Record (in Portuguese). 10 October 2007. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
- "SAD não deixa sair Silas" [PLSC does not let Silas go]. Record (in Portuguese). 30 January 2008. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
- "Silas: «Escolhi projeto mais convincente»" [Silas: «I chose the most enticing project»]. Record (in Portuguese). 29 July 2009. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
- "Silas vai ser centenário" [Silas to reach centurion]. Record (in Portuguese). 8 March 2010. Retrieved 9 July 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. 10 April 2015. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
- "Índia: Silas no Northeast United" [India: Silas in Northeast United]. Record (in Portuguese). 8 July 2015. Retrieved 8 July 2015.
- 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.com. Retrieved 20 October 2015.
- "Silas completes comeback for NorthEast United FC at Chennaiyin FC". ESPN FC. 11 November 2015. Retrieved 11 November 2015.
- "Silas para atacar a subida" [Silas for the promotion hunt]. Record (in Portuguese). 12 February 2016. Retrieved 1 March 2017.
- "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.