Steven Vitória

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Steven Vitória
Personal information
Full name Steven de Sousa Vitória[1]
Date of birth (1987-01-11) 11 January 1987 (age 33)[1]
Place of birth Toronto, Canada[1]
Height 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)[1]
Playing position(s) Centre back
Club information
Current team
Moreirense
Number 19
Youth career
2004–2005 Woodbridge Strikers
2005–2006 Porto
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2010 Porto 0 (0)
2006–2007Tourizense (loan) 11 (2)
2007–2009Olhanense (loan) 36 (1)
2009–2010Covilhã (loan) 24 (2)
2010–2013 Estoril 79 (19)
2013–2014 Benfica B 7 (3)
2013–2016 Benfica 1 (0)
2015Philadelphia Union (loan) 18 (1)
2016–2019 Lechia Gdańsk 37 (2)
2019– Moreirense 24 (5)
National team
2006 Portugal U19 5 (0)
2006–2007 Portugal U20 6 (0)
2016– Canada 14 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 27 October 2020
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 November 2019

Steven de Sousa Vitória (born 11 January 1987) is a Canadian professional soccer player who plays as a centre back for Portuguese club Moreirense and the Canadian national team.

Formed at Porto, he went on to play for several clubs in Portugal in both the Primeira Liga and the Segunda Liga, this including a one-year spell at Benfica. He also competed professionally in the United States and Poland.

Vitória is a Canadian international, making his debut in 2016 at the age of 29.

Early life[edit]

Born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to Portuguese immigrants from the Azores,[2][3] Vitória played youth football with the Woodbridge Strikers, mainly as a striker. He was approached to appear for Canada's youth national teams on multiple occasions after leaving the country,[2] but declined each time.[4]

Club career[edit]

Porto[edit]

Vitória was signed by FC Porto at the age of 18, already reconverted as a central defender. In the following years he began a series of loans, starting out at G.D. Tourizense in the third division then joining S.C. Olhanense for two years,[5] and helping the Algarve side promote to the Primeira Liga in his second season by appearing in 18 games, 15 as a starter.[6][7]

In the 2009–10 campaign, Vitória continued on loan, this time with S.C. Covilhã in the Segunda Liga.[8] He played his first official match for his new club on 2 August 2009, in a 1–0 away win against A.D. Carregado in the Taça da Liga.[9]

Estoril[edit]

Vitória cut all ties with Porto in July 2010,[10] signing with G.D. Estoril Praia in the second division. In his debut season in the top flight, 2012–13, he played 27 games and scored 11 goals to finish ninth in the top scorers' chart[11]– eight of them from penalties – to help his team finish fifth and qualify for the UEFA Europa League.[12][13][14]

Benfica[edit]

Free agent Vitória joined S.L. Benfica on 16 June 2013, signing a four-year contract.[15][16] He called the day of his signing "the most important and happiest day of my life".[17] His only league appearance took place in the last day of the season as the club had already been crowned champions, and he played the full 90 minutes in a 1–2 loss at former side Porto.[18][19]

Vitória was an unused substitute in Benfica's loss in the Europa League final to Sevilla FC on penalties.[20] After becoming unsatisfied with his status,[21] he was targeted by Real Betis[22][23] and C.S. Marítimo.[24]

On 9 February 2015, Vitória was loaned to Major League Soccer side Philadelphia Union for one season.[25][26] He scored his first goal for the team in his hometown of Toronto, in a 1–3 Major League Soccer away defeat to Toronto FC,[27] being released in December after the club declined against exercising its contract option on the player.[28]

Lechia Gdańsk[edit]

Vitória joined Lechia Gdańsk on 17 August 2016, signing a three-year contract.[29] He made his debut on 21 September, playing the entire round-of-16 penalty shootout loss to Puszcza Niepołomice for the Polish Cup (1–1 after 120 minutes).[30]

Moreirense[edit]

Vitória returned to Portugal to sign with Moreirense F.C. on 4 July 2019, agreeing to a three-year deal.[31] He made his debut on 11 August, playing the entire 3–1 defeat at S.C. Braga.[32] He scored his first goal on 2 November, in a 1–1 home draw against Vitória de Guimarães.[33]

International career[edit]

Vitória represented Portugal at the 2006 Lusophony Games in Macau, the 2006 UEFA European Under-19 Championship in Poland[34] and the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup in his birth nation. In the latter tournament, he featured in the 1–2 group stage loss to Gambia.[35]

In September 2012, without having been capped at senior level, 25-year-old Vitória considered switching allegiance to Canada.[3] In January 2016, he accepted a call-up by the country for a friendly against the United States on 5 February,[36] and played the full 90 minutes in the 0–1 defeat in Carson, California.[37]

Vitória scored his first goal for Canada on 6 October 2016, helping to a 4–0 friendly win over Mauritania.[38] He was named to their squad for the following year's CONCACAF Gold Cup.[39]

Style of play[edit]

Vitória is known for his heading, marking and scoring abilities, especially on penalty kicks and free kicks.[40][41]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 9 November 2019[42][43]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Domestic Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Porto 2006–07 Primeira Liga 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tourizense (loan) 2006–07 Segunda Divisão 11 2 0 0 0 0 11 2
Total 11 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 2
Olhanense (loan) 2007–08 Liga de Honra 17 0 1 0 2 0 20 0
2008–09 Liga de Honra 19 1 6 0 1 0 26 1
Total 36 1 7 0 3 0 0 0 46 1
Covilhã (loan) 2009–10 Liga de Honra 24 2 0 0 4 0 28 2
Total 24 2 0 0 4 0 0 0 28 2
Estoril 2010–11 Liga de Honra 25 1 0 0 5 0 30 1
2011–12 Liga de Honra 27 7 2 1 7 2 36 10
2012–13 Primeira Liga 27 11 0 0 3 2 30 13
Total 79 19 2 1 15 4 0 0 96 24
Benfica B 2013–14 Segunda Liga 7 3 7 3
Total 7 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 3
Benfica 2013–14 Primeira Liga 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 4 0
2014–15 Primeira Liga 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2015–16 Primeira Liga 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 4 0
Philadelphia Union (loan) 2015 MLS 18 1 0 0 18 1
Total 18 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 18 1
Lechia Gdańsk 2016–17 Ekstraklasa 8 0 1 0 9 0
2017–18 Ekstraklasa 14 1 1 0 15 1
2018–19 Ekstraklasa 15 1 5 1 20 2
Total 37 2 7 1 0 0 0 0 44 3
Moreirense 2019–20 Primeira Liga 11 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 12 2
Total 11 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 12 2
Career total 224 32 16 2 26 4 0 0 266 38

International[edit]

As of 15 November 2019[44]
Canada
Year Apps Goals
2016 5 1
2017 5 0
2018 0 0
2019 4 1
Total 14 2

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Canada's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 6 October 2016 Stade de Marrakech, Marrakesh, Morocco  Mauritania 2–0 4–0 Friendly[38]
2. 15 November 2019 Exploria Stadium, Orlando, United States  United States 1–3 1–4 2019–20 CONCACAF Nations League A[45]

Honours[edit]

Olhanense

Estoril

Benfica

Lechia Gdańsk

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b Chung, Matthew (29 June 2007). "Portuguese star happy to play at home". Toronto Star. Retrieved 5 February 2015.
  3. ^ a b Fernandes, Daniel (6 September 2012). "Steven Vitoria reconsiders Canada option". Sportsnet. Retrieved 24 April 2014.
  4. ^ "Mitchell announces U-20 squad for Porto International Tournament". Canada Soccer. 5 April 2006. Retrieved 26 January 2016.
  5. ^ "Paulo Ribeiro e Steven Vitória cedidos ao Olhanense" [Paulo Ribeiro and Steven Vitória loaned to Olhanense]. Record (in Portuguese). 24 July 2007. Archived from the original on 5 February 2015. Retrieved 24 April 2014.
  6. ^ "Portimonense-Olhanense, 2–3: Vitória ao cair do pano" [Portimonense-Olhanense, 2–3: Win ("Vitória" in English) in the last breath]. Record (in Portuguese). 1 November 2008. Retrieved 24 April 2014.
  7. ^ "Boavista-Olhanense, 1–4: Goleada de olho na subida" [Boavista-Olhanense, 1–4: Routing to eye promotion]. Record (in Portuguese). 1 March 2009. Retrieved 24 April 2014.
  8. ^ Malaca, Miguel (28 June 2009). "Josué e Steven por empréstimo" [Josué and Steven on loan]. Record (in Portuguese). Archived from the original on 6 February 2015. Retrieved 24 April 2014.
  9. ^ "Serranos aproveitam inexperiência ribatejana" [Serranos take advantage of ribatejana inexperience]. Record (in Portuguese). 2 August 2009. Archived from the original on 6 February 2015. Retrieved 24 April 2014.
  10. ^ "Steven Vitória já rescindiu contrato" [Steven Vitória has already terminated contract]. Record (in Portuguese). 30 July 2010. Retrieved 24 April 2014.
  11. ^ "Portuguese SuperLiga: Table". Yahoo Sports. Retrieved 5 February 2015.
  12. ^ "Estoril vs. FCP. Steven Vitória, Moutinho empate" [Estoril vs. FCP. Steven Vitória, Moutinho draw]. i (in Portuguese). 31 December 2012. Retrieved 24 May 2013.
  13. ^ "Steven Vitória em duelo de goleadores com Jackson Martínez" [Steven Vitória in scoring duel with Jackson Martínez]. A Bola (in Portuguese). 7 March 2013. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
  14. ^ "Steven Vitória iguala máximo com 37 anos" [Steven Vitória equals 37-year-old milestone]. Record (in Portuguese). 21 May 2013. Retrieved 26 July 2020.
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  20. ^ a b "Spot-on Sevilla leave Benfica dreams in tatters". UEFA. 14 May 2014. Retrieved 15 May 2014.
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  24. ^ "Steven Vitória é desejo de ano novo" [Steven Vitória is New Year's craving]. Record (in Portuguese). 20 December 2014. Retrieved 3 December 2015.
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  30. ^ "Lechia poza Pucharem Polski. Gdańszczanie wyeliminowani przez Puszczę Niepołomice" [Legia get boot in Polish Cup. Team from Gdańsk ousted by Puszcza Niepołomice] (in Polish). Lechia Gdańsk. 21 September 2016. Retrieved 21 September 2016.
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  35. ^ Steven VitóriaFIFA competition record
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