Tonel

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Tonel
Tonel 2011.jpg
Tonel playing for Dinamo Zagreb in 2011
Personal information
Full name António Leonel Vilar Nogueira Sousa
Date of birth (1980-04-13) 13 April 1980 (age 36)
Place of birth Lourosa, Portugal
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Centre back
Youth career
1992–1993 Porto
1993–1995 Espinho
1995–1996 Porto
1996–1997 Espinho
1997–1999 Porto
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2001 Porto B 40 (1)
2001–2004 Académica (loan) 111 (9)
2004–2005 Marítimo 28 (1)
2005–2010 Sporting CP 117 (10)
2010–2012 Dinamo Zagreb 48 (4)
2013 Beira-Mar 4 (0)
2013–2015 Feirense 69 (8)
2015–2016 Belenenses 12 (0)
Total 429 (33)
National team
2000–2002 Portugal U21 24 (1)
2006–2010 Portugal 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

António Leonel Vilar Nogueira Sousa (Portuguese pronunciation: [tuˈnɛɫ]; born 13 April 1980), known as Tonel, is a retired Portuguese professional footballer who played as a central defender.

Over the course of ten seasons, he amassed Primeira Liga totals of 223 games and 16 goals, mainly representing Sporting with which he won four major titles. He also played three years in Croatia, with Dinamo Zagreb.

Club career[edit]

Porto / Marítimo[edit]

Coming through the youth teams of FC Porto, Tonel was born in Lourosa (Santa Maria da Feira), and made his professional debut when he was loaned out to Académica de Coimbra during 2000–01, helping them promote to the Primeira Liga in his second year. Despite earning a good reputation during his three-season spell, he was deemed surplus to requirements by his parent club and was released, moving to C.S. Marítimo during the summer of 2004 as part of an exchange deal with Porto which saw Pepe arrive at the Estádio do Dragão.

Tonel enjoyed a hugely successful season for the Madeira team, picking up some European experience during the club's UEFA Cup tie against Rangers. He formed a fomidable partnership with Dutch Mitchell van der Gaag in defence and became one of the team's leading figures,[1] playing 28 league games and scoring once, in a 2–1 home win over Boavista F.C. on 25 September 2004.

Sporting[edit]

On 23 July 2005, after an impressive season, Tonel signed a three-year deal with Sporting Clube de Portugal for €500,000.[2] The second stint with another side of the Big Three was much more successful this time, as he was an everpresent figure at Sporting's back four since his arrival alongside Brazilian international Ânderson Polga, also scoring the occasional goal on set pieces.

Shortly after furthering his link with the Lions until 2011,[3] he scored five goals overall during 2007–08, including one in a 2–1 win at FC Dynamo Kyiv for the group stage of the UEFA Champions League (incidentally, Polga netted the other).[4]

In late October 2008, after an injury in a draw at F.C. Paços de Ferreira, Tonel lost his place to youth graduate Daniel Carriço, and never regained it again during the season, although he himself took Polga's place midway through the following campaign.

Dinamo Zagreb[edit]

On 27 August 2010, after falling out of favour with new manager Paulo Sérgio, 30-year-old Tonel signed for Croatian club GNK Dinamo Zagreb.[5] He made his official debut in an Eternal derby match against HNK Hajduk Split on 11 September;[6] he was awarded No. 13 shirt in the Prva HNL, but played with No. 28 in European fixtures, as Dario Šimić had been registered with the former number at the start of the 2010–11 season, before retiring in August 2010.

Tonel was released by Dinamo at the end of his contract, in December 2012.

Beira-Mar[edit]

On 7 January 2013, Tonel returned to his homeland and joined top division club S.C. Beira-Mar, signing until June 2014.[7] After suffering relegation, however, he terminated his link and went on to spend a further two seasons in the second tier with C.D. Feirense.

Belenenses[edit]

On 9 June 2015, 35-year-old Tonel returned to the Portuguese top division after agreeing to a one-year contract with C.F. Os Belenenses.[8] Early into the campaign, he was criticized for committing a 90th-minute penalty in favour of his former team Sporting when the score was 0–0 at the Estádio José Alvalade, with his action resulting in an eventual loss.[9][10][11]

International career[edit]

Tonel made his debut with Portugal in a UEFA Euro 2008 qualifier against Kazakhstan in Coimbra, playing 77 minutes in a 3–0 win on 15 November 2006.[12] His second cap came more than three years after (on 3 March 2010), as he was called as a last-minute replacement for injured Ricardo Carvalho for a friendly with China,[13] played in the same venue (2–0 win).

Club statistics[edit]

As of 18 September 2015
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Porto 1999–2000[14] Primeira Liga 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Académica (loan) 2000–01[14] Segunda Liga 18 2 0 0 18 2
2001–02[14] Segunda Liga 31 2 3 0 34 2
2002–03[14] Primeira Liga 31 2 2 1 33 3
2003–04[14] Primeira Liga 31 3 1 0 32 3
Total 111 9 5 1 116 10
Marítimo 2004–05[14] Primeira Liga 28 2 4 0 2[a] 0 34 2
Sporting 2005–06[14] Primeira Liga 30 2 1 0 1[a] 0 32 2
2006–07[14] Primeira Liga 25 2 4 0 6[b] 0 35 2
2007–08[14] Primeira Liga 27 4 13[c] 1 6[b] 1 46 6
2008–09[14] Primeira Liga 12 1 3[c] 0 5[b] 1 20 2
2009–10[14] Primeira Liga 23 1 5[c] 0 1[b] 0 29 1
Total 117 10 26 1 19 2 162 13
Dinamo Zagreb 2010–11[15] Prva HNL 22 2 6 2 6[d] 0 34 4
2011–12[15] Prva HNL 20 2 6 0 10[b] 0 36 2
2012–13[15] Prva HNL 6 0 1 0 8[b] 1 15 1
Total 48 4 13 2 24 1 85 7
Beira-Mar 2012–13[15] Primeira Liga 4 0 0 0 4 0
Feirense 2013–14[14] Segunda Liga 34 3 5 0 39 3
2014–15[14] Segunda Liga 35 5 6 1 41 6
Total 69 8 11 1 80 9
Belenenses 2015–16[14] Primeira Liga 3 0 0 0 5[d] 0 8 0
Career total 376 33 59 5 48 3 483 41
  1. ^ a b Appearances in UEFA Cup
  2. ^ a b c d e f Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  3. ^ a b c Includes appearances in Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira
  4. ^ a b Appearances in UEFA Europa League

Honours[edit]

Sporting
Dinamo Zagreb

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Maritimo warning for Gers". BBC Sport. 29 September 2004. Retrieved 31 March 2016. 
  2. ^ Tonel earns Sporting chance; UEFA.com, 23 July 2005
  3. ^ Sporting give Tonel better terms; UEFA.com, 12 April 2007
  4. ^ Polga strike downs Dynamo; UEFA.com, 3 October 2007
  5. ^ Novo super pojačanje: Tonel u Dinamu! (New super signing: Tonel for Dinamo!); GNK Dinamo Zagreb, 27 August 2010 (in Croatian)
  6. ^ Bez pobjednika u derbiju (No winner in derby); Sportnet, 12 September 2010 (in Croatian)
  7. ^ Tonel: «Estou motivado e quero ser útil» (Tonel: «I am motivated and i want to be useful»); Record, 7 January 2013 (in Portuguese)
  8. ^ "Belenenses: Tonel assina por uma época" [Belenenses: Tonel signs for one season] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 9 June 2015. Retrieved 31 March 2016. 
  9. ^ "A 'mão' de Tonel ao Sporting domina as atenções nas primeiras páginas" [Tonel's 'hand' to Sporting all over front pages]. SAPO. 1 December 2015. Retrieved 6 February 2016. 
  10. ^ "Sporting-Belenenses: Tonel usa redes sociais para responder a críticas" [Sporting-Belenenses: Tonel uses social media to reply to criticism] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 2 December 2015. Retrieved 6 February 2016. 
  11. ^ "Ainda o penálti de Tonel em Alvalade" [Still Tonel's penalty in Alvalade] (in Portuguese). Zerozero. 2 December 2015. Retrieved 6 February 2016. 
  12. ^ Estreias com Scolari raramente são a doer (Debuts with Scolari rarely happen when it matters); Record, 30 May 2007 (in Portuguese)
  13. ^ Chelsea fear facing Stoke barrage without Ricardo Carvalho as defender pulls out of Portugal squad; Daily Mail, 3 March 2010
  14. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Tonel". ForaDeJogo. Retrieved 28 August 2015. 
  15. ^ a b c d "Tonel". Soccerway. Retrieved 28 August 2015. 

External links[edit]

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