Steven Vitória

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This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is de Sousa and the second or paternal family name is Vitória.
Steven Vitória
Personal information
Full name Steven de Sousa Vitória
Date of birth (1987-01-11) 11 January 1987 (age 28)
Place of birth Toronto, Canada
Height 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)
Playing position Centre-back
Club information
Current team
Philadelphia Union
(on loan from Benfica)
Number 23
Youth career
2004–2005 Woodbridge Strikers
2005–2006 Porto
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2010 Porto 0 (0)
2006–2007 Tourizense (loan) 11 (2)
2007–2009 Olhanense (loan) 35 (1)
2009–2010 Covilhã (loan) 24 (2)
2010–2013 Estoril 79 (19)
2013– Benfica B 7 (3)
2013– Benfica 1 (0)
2015– Philadelphia Union (loan) 17 (1)
National team
2006 Portugal U19 5 (0)
2006–2007 Portugal U20 6 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:35, 3 October 2015 (UTC).

† Appearances (goals)

Steven de Sousa Vitória (born 11 January 1987) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a central defender for American club Philadelphia Union, on loan from Benfica.

Vitória is known for his size, heading, strength in marking and scoring ability, especially on penalty kicks and free kicks.[1] Of which 33 goals scored in League and Cup play, 14 of them have been penalty kicks.

Early life[edit]

Born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to Portuguese immigrants from the Azores,[2][3] Vitória played youth football with Woodbridge Strikers, mainly as a striker. He was never approached to play for Canada's youth national teams.[4]

Club career[edit]


Vitória was signed by FC Porto at the age of 18 to join its under-19 team. He was moved to center back from his normal striker position. In the following years he began a series of loans to get first team playing time.

Tourizense (loan)[edit]

His loan stints started out at G.D. Tourizense in the third division for the 2006–07 season. He played 11 games and scored 2 goals.

Olhanense (loan)[edit]

He then joined S.C. Olhanense for two years from 2007 to 2009 in Liga de Honra. In the 2007–08 season, he played 17 games.[5] He helped the Algarve side promote to the top level In the 2008–09 season, he played in 19 games, 15 as a starter and scored 1 goal, a game-winner.[6][7]

Covilhã (loan)[edit]

In the 2009–10 season Vitória continued on loan from Porto, this time with S.C. Covilhã in Liga de Honra.[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 for the Portuguese League Cup.[9]


Vitória cut all ties with Porto in July 2010,[10] signing with G.D. Estoril Praia in the second division. Vitória served as captain of the team for some games. In the 2011–12 season, he played 27 games and scored 7 goals, 5 of them on penalty kicks. Of his 7 goals, 3 of them were game-winning goals and 1 was a game-tying goal. He also was named the Liga de Honra's "Player of the Month" award for January 2012.

In his first campaign in the Primeira Liga, 2012–13, he played 27 games and scored 11 goals to finish 9th among the league's top goalscorers[11] – eight of them from penalty kicks – to help his team finish fifth and qualify for the UEFA Europa League.[12][13] Of his 11 goals, 3 of them were game-winning goals and 1 was a game-tying goal.


Free agent Vitória joined S.L. Benfica on 16 June 2013, signing a four-year contract.[14][15] He called the day of his signing "the most important and happiest day of my life".[16] He found playing time hard to get after joining the team. He played 7 games for Benfica B in Segunda Liga before he played his only first team regular season game on the last game of the Primeira Liga season after Benfica had already won the league.[17] Vitória was an unused substitute in the team's loss in the Europa League final loss to Sevilla FC.[18] After his minimal playing time in the 2013–14 season, he became unsatisfied[19] and became a transfer target for Real Betis[20] in Spain, as well as Club Sport Marítimo[21] in Portugal. As he had yet to play a game in the 2014–15 Primeira Liga season or with the B team in Segunda Liga transfer window, he was hopeful of a transfer in an effort to return to playing first team football.[22]

Philadelphia Union (loan)[edit]

On 9 February 2015, Vitória was loaned to Major League Soccer side Philadelphia Union for one season.[23][24] He scored his first goal for Philadelphia, in his hometown of Toronto in a 3-1 defeat to Toronto FC. [25]

International career[edit]

Vitória represented Portugal at the 2006 Lusophony Games in Macau, the 2006 UEFA European Under-19 Championship in Poland[26] and the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup in his birth nation, Canada.[27] His only game played at the tournament was a 2–1 loss to Gambia.[28] Without being capped by Portugal as of 2012, Vitória was considering playing for Canada.[29]




  1. ^ "TRANSFER WINDOW: Central Defender Steven Vitória Signs Four-Year Deal With Benfica". THE FUTEBOL FACTORY. 
  2. ^ Portuguese star happy to play at home; The Star, 29 June 2007
  3. ^ "Steven Vitoria reconsiders Canada option". Sportsnet. 6 September 2012. Retrieved 24 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "Portuguese star happy to play at home". 29 June 2007. 
  5. ^ "Paulo Ribeiro e Steven Vitória cedidos ao Olhanense" [Paulo Ribeiro and Steven Vitória loaned to Olhanense] (in Portuguese). Record. 24 July 2007. Retrieved 24 April 2014. 
  6. ^ "Portimonense-Olhanense, 2–3: Vitória ao cair do pano" [Portimonense-Olhanense, 2–3: Vitória ("win" in Portuguese) in the last breath] (in Portuguese). Record. 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] (in Portuguese). Record. 1 March 2009. Retrieved 24 April 2014. 
  8. ^ "Josué e Steven por empréstimo" [Josué and Steven on loan] (in Portuguese). Record. 28 June 2009. Retrieved 24 April 2014. 
  9. ^ "Serranos aproveitam inexperiência ribatejana" [Serranos take advantage of ribatejana inexperience] (in Portuguese). Record. 2 August 2009. Retrieved 24 April 2014. 
  10. ^ "Steven Vitória já rescindiu contrato" [Steven Vitória has already rescinded contract] (in Portuguese). Record. 30 July 2010. Retrieved 24 April 2014. 
  11. ^ "Football - Portuguese SuperLiga - Standing - Top Scorers - 2012-2013 - - Yahoo! Eurosport". 
  12. ^ Estoril vs. FCP. Steven Vitória, Moutinho empate (Estoril vs. FCP. Steven Vitória, Moutinho draw); IOnline, 31 December 2012 (Portuguese)
  13. ^ Steven Vitória em duelo de goleadores com Jackson Martínez (Steven Vitória in scoring duel with Jackson Martínez); A Bola, 7 March 2013 (Portuguese)
  14. ^ Steven Vitória assina contrato com o Benfica por quatro temporadas (Steven Vitória signs contract with Benfica for four seasons); Benfica Ao Vivo, 16 June 2013 (Portuguese)
  15. ^ Rogers Digital Media. "Canadian defender Vitoria signs with Benfica". 
  16. ^ "Thrilled Vitória goes to Benfica". 17 June 2013. 
  17. ^ "Porto vs. Benfica - 10 May 2014 - Soccerway". 
  18. ^ "UEFA Europa League 2013/14 - History - Sevilla-Benfica –". 14 May 2014. 
  19. ^ "Steven Vitória insatisfeito com falta de oportunidades". SAPO Desporto. 
  20. ^ "Bétis tenta Steven Vitória". Maisfutebol. 
  21. ^ Edisport. ":.: Steven Vitória é desejo de ano novo - Marítimo - Jornal Record :.:". 
  22. ^ "Steven Vitoria del Benfica interesa al Betis en enero - Vídeo". El Desmarque Sevilla - Todo el deporte al minuto. 
  23. ^ "Philadelphia Union acquire Steven Vitoria via loan from Benfica". Philadelphia Union. 9 February 2015. Retrieved 9 February 2015. 
  24. ^ "Futebol: Steven Vitória emprestado ao Philadelphia Union" [Football: Steven Vitória on loan to Philadelphia Union] (in Portuguese). S.L. Benfica. 10 February 2015. Retrieved 10 February 2015. 
  25. ^ "Toronto FC defeat Philadelphia to close in on playoff berth". CBC. 3 October 2015. Retrieved 3 October 2015. 
  26. ^ "Sub-19: Carlos Dinis escolhe 24 jogadores" [Under-19: Carlos Dinis chooses 24 players] (in Portuguese). Record. 29 June 2006. Retrieved 24 April 2014. 
  27. ^ Steven VitóriaFIFA competition record
  28. ^ "FIFA U-20 World Cup archive". 
  29. ^ Rogers Digital Media. "Steven Vitoria reconsiders Canada option". 
  30. ^ "Spot-on Sevilla leave Benfica dreams in tatters". 14 May 2014. Retrieved 15 May 2014. 

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