Varela training with Portugal in 2012
|Full name||Silvestre Manuel Gonçalves Varela|
|Date of birth||2 February 1985|
|Place of birth||Almada, Portugal|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|2004–2005||→ Casa Pia (loan)||36||(11)|
|2006–2007||→ Vitória Setúbal (loan)||45||(5)|
|2007–2008||→ Recreativo (loan)||22||(0)|
|2014–2015||→ West Bromwich Albion (loan)||7||(1)|
|2015||→ Parma (loan)||19||(3)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:00, 16 May 2016 (UTC).
He represented mainly Sporting and Porto during his career, amassing Primeira Liga totals of 212 games and 44 goals over the course of nine seasons and winning 11 major titles with the latter, including three national championships and the 2011 Europa League. He also competed professionally in Spain, England and Italy.
A product of Sporting Clube de Portugal's youth system, Varela was born in Almada, Setúbal District, being loaned to Casa Pia A.C. and Vitória F.C. in his early years as a professional. Despite being a regular with the Portuguese under-21s and having enjoyed a decent form in various tournaments, he was not able to secure a place in the Lions' first team, only managing two substitute appearances in the 2005–06 season.
In 2007–08 Varela, alongside two former Sporting players, Beto and Carlos Martins, played for Recreativo de Huelva in Spain (Varela on loan again). After a disappointing campaign despite having received playing time in La Liga, he returned to Sporting in July 2008, only to be immediately sold to C.F. Estrela da Amadora.
Before the season was over, in March 2009, courtesy of his solid performances at Estrela, only relegated from the Primeira Liga off the field, Varela signed a four-year agreement with champions FC Porto on a free transfer, starting in July.
In his first year at Porto he ranked second in overall goals in the team, only behind Radamel Falcao. In March 2010, however, he broke his fibula in training, being lost for the remainder of the campaign, as Porto finished third.
In the 2011–12 season, under new manager Vítor Pereira, Varela – as practically all Portuguese players (the roster was composed of three nationals) – lost his importance in the first team. On 16 February 2012, in a rare start, he put Porto ahead against Manchester City in the season's UEFA Europa League round-of-32, in an eventual 1–2 home loss.
On 24 August 2014, Varela signed with Premier League side West Bromwich Albion on a season-long loan deal. Having arrived whilst still recovering from injury, he made his official debut on 2 December, replacing Craig Gardner midway through the second half of a 1–2 home defeat to West Ham United; he scored his first goal for the Baggies on the 20th, but in a 2–3 loss at Queens Park Rangers.
Due to his Porto performances, Varela gained his first full cap for the Portuguese national team on 3 March 2010, appearing in the second half of the 2–0 friendly win with China in a match played in Coimbra. His first goal came on 26 March 2011 in a 1–1 friendly draw against Chile, in Leiria.
Varela was selected by manager Paulo Bento for the 23-man squad that competed in UEFA Euro 2012. He played ten minutes in the group stage opener against Germany, in an eventual 0–1 loss; again coming from the bench for Raul Meireles, he scored an 88th-minute 3–2 winner against Denmark in the following game.
On 19 May 2014, Varela was named in the final 23-man squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. On 23 June, again after having replaced Meireles, he headed home in the 94th minute to earn his team a 2–2 group stage draw against the United States.
|1||26 March 2011||Estádio Dr. Magalhães Pessoa, Leiria, Portugal||Chile||1–0||1–1||Friendly|
|2||13 June 2012||Arena Lviv, Lviv, Ukraine||Denmark||2–3||2–3||UEFA Euro 2012|
|3||11 September 2012||Estádio Municipal de Braga, Braga, Portugal||Azerbaijan||1–0||3–0||2014 World Cup qualification|
|4||15 October 2013||Estádio Cidade de Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal||Luxembourg||1–0||3–0||2014 World Cup qualification|
|5||22 June 2014||Arena da Amazônia, Manaus, Brazil||United States||2–2||2–2||2014 FIFA World Cup|
- As of 8 May 2016
|Club||Season||League||National Cup||League Cup||Continental||Other||Total|
|Casa Pia (loan)||2004–05||Portuguese Second Division||36||11||1||0||—||—||—||37||11|
|Vitória Setúbal (loan)||2005–06||Primeira Liga||15||2||4||1||—||—||—||19||3|
|Recreativo (loan)||2007–08||La Liga||22||0||2||0||—||—||—||24||0|
|Estrela Amadora||2008–09||Primeira Liga||28||6||6||2||1||2||—||—||35||10|
|West Bromwich Albion (loan)||2014–15||Premier League||7||1||1||0||1||0||—||—||9||1|
|Parma (loan)||2014–15||Serie A||19||3||1||0||—||—||—||20||3|
- UEFA Europa League: 2010–11
- Primeira Liga: 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13
- Taça de Portugal: 2009–10, 2010–11; Runner-up 2015–16
- Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
- UEFA Super Cup: Runner-up 2011
- Taça da Liga: Runner-up 2009–10, 2012–13
- El Recreativo presenta a Silvestre Varela y confirma el fichaje de Camuñas (Recreativo presents Silvestre Varela and confirms signing of Camuñas); Marca, 26 June 2007 (Spanish)
- Silvestre Varela to miss World Cup after breaking leg in training; PortuGOAL, 20 March 2010
- Agüero caps late City comeback at Porto; UEFA.com, 16 February 2012
- "Porto winger Silvestre Varela joins West Brom on loan". BBC Sport. 24 August 2014. Retrieved 24 August 2014.
- "QPR 3–2 West Brom". BBC Sport. 20 December 2014. Retrieved 20 December 2014.
- "Parma seal Silvestre Varela, Cristian Rodriguez deals". ESPN FC. 20 January 2015. Retrieved 21 January 2015.
- Chile peg Portugal back after Varela strike; UEFA.com, 26 March 2011
- Gomez gives Germany edge over Portugal; UEFA.com, 9 June 2012
- Last-gasp Varela revives Portugal's hopes; UEFA.com, 13 June 2012
- "Paulo Bento announces Portugal's 23-man World Cup squad". PortuGOAL. 19 May 2014. Retrieved 1 June 2014.
- "Varela strikes to save Portugal". FIFA.com. 22 June 2014. Retrieved 22 June 2014.
- "Varela". ForaDeJogo. Retrieved 31 March 2015.
- "Varela: Silvestre Manuel Gonçalves Varela". BDFutbol. Retrieved 31 March 2015.
- "Silvestre Varela". Soccerway. Retrieved 31 March 2015.
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