Tonel playing for Dinamo Zagreb in 2011
|Full name||António Leonel Vilar Nogueira Sousa|
|Date of birth||13 April 1980|
|Place of birth||Lourosa, Portugal|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|2001–2004||→ Académica (loan)||111||(9)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
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.
Porto / Marítimo
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, playing 28 league games and scoring once, in a 2–1 home win over Boavista F.C. on 25 September 2004.
On 23 July 2005, after an impressive season, Tonel signed a three-year deal with Sporting Clube de Portugal for €500,000. 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, 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).
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.
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. He made his official debut in an Eternal derby match against HNK Hajduk Split on 11 September; 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.
On 7 January 2013, Tonel returned to his homeland and joined top division club S.C. Beira-Mar, signing until June 2014. 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.
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. 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.
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. 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, played in the same venue (2–0 win).
- As of 18 September 2015
|Académica (loan)||2000–01||Segunda Liga||18||2||0||0||—||18||2|
|Dinamo Zagreb||2010–11||Prva HNL||22||2||6||2||6[d]||0||34||4|
- Taça de Portugal: 2006–07, 2007–08
- Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira: 2007, 2008
- Taça da Liga: Runner-up 2007–08, 2008–09
- Dinamo Zagreb
- "Maritimo warning for Gers". BBC Sport. 29 September 2004. Retrieved 31 March 2016.
- Tonel earns Sporting chance; UEFA.com, 23 July 2005
- Sporting give Tonel better terms; UEFA.com, 12 April 2007
- Polga strike downs Dynamo; UEFA.com, 3 October 2007
- Novo super pojačanje: Tonel u Dinamu! (New super signing: Tonel for Dinamo!); GNK Dinamo Zagreb, 27 August 2010 (in Croatian)
- Bez pobjednika u derbiju (No winner in derby); Sportnet, 12 September 2010 (in Croatian)
- Tonel: «Estou motivado e quero ser útil» (Tonel: «I am motivated and i want to be useful»); Record, 7 January 2013 (in Portuguese)
- "Belenenses: Tonel assina por uma época" [Belenenses: Tonel signs for one season] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 9 June 2015. Retrieved 31 March 2016.
- "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.
- "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.
- "Ainda o penálti de Tonel em Alvalade" [Still Tonel's penalty in Alvalade] (in Portuguese). Zerozero. 2 December 2015. Retrieved 6 February 2016.
- Estreias com Scolari raramente são a doer (Debuts with Scolari rarely happen when it matters); Record, 30 May 2007 (in Portuguese)
- Chelsea fear facing Stoke barrage without Ricardo Carvalho as defender pulls out of Portugal squad; Daily Mail, 3 March 2010
- "Tonel". ForaDeJogo. Retrieved 28 August 2015.
- "Tonel". Soccerway. Retrieved 28 August 2015.