Vitor Saba

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Vítor Saba
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Personal information
Full name Vítor Rodrigues Saba Kota
Date of birth (1990-07-11) 11 July 1990 (age 27)
Place of birth Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)
Playing position Attacking Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Eastern SC
Youth career
2001–2006 Vasco da Gama
2006–2010 Flamengo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2012 Flamengo 1 (0)
2011 Macaé (loan) 1 (0)
2011–2012 Vitória (loan) 1 (0)
2012 Boavista (loan) 1 (0)
2012–2014 Brescia 35 (3)
2014–2015 Western Sydney Wanderers 15 (1)
2015 Crotone 1 (0)
2015–2016 Kalloni 12 (0)
2016 Siena 6 (0)
2016–2017 Al-Muharraq ? (2)
2017 Fortuna Sittard 6 (1)
2017– Eastern SC 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 July 2017.

Vítor Rodrigues Saba (Chinese: 域陀沙巴; born 11 July 1990) is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Hong Kong Premier League club Eastern SC.

Club career[edit]

Born in Rio de Janeiro, Saba arrived in Vasco da Gama's youth team at the age of 10. In 2007, he joined Flamengo's youth team and was promoted to the professional team in 2010. Saba made his professional debut on 25 September 2010, as a first-half substitute for Juan, playing as left back in a Brazilian Série A 1–3 loss to Palmeiras at Engenhão Stadium. After loans to Brazilian state league sides Macaé, Vitória and Boavista in 2011 and 2012 proved unsuccessful, with Saba failing to make an appearance at either club, he returned to Flamengo. On 14 August 2012, Saba transferred to Italian Serie B club Brescia.[1] During his two season stint, Saba made 35 appearances (including 2 Coppa Italia matches) and scored 13 goals.

On 20 June 2014, Australian A-League club Western Sydney Wanderers signed Saba on a two-year contract.[2] Saba made his first appearance for the club in the first leg of the 2014 AFC Champions League quarter-final against Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande, with the player also appearing in the 2014 AFC Champions League Final. In the 2014 FIFA Club World Cup, Saba scored at the 89th minute against ES Sétif of Algeria to level the scoreline 2–2.[3] On January 26, 2015, Saba left Western Sydney Wanderers,[4] later attributing his departure to a poor relationship with the manager, Tony Popovic.[5]

After appearing in five games for Fortuna Sittard, Saba left the club due to lack of first team football. On 4 July, he decided to return to Asia to continue his career by signing with Hong Kong club Eastern.[6]

Honours[edit]

Western Sydney Wanderers

Club statistics[edit]

As of 1 November 2014
Club Season League Cup Continental1 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Flamengo 2006 1 0 0 0 1 0
Total 1 0 0 0 1 0
Macaé 2011 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0
Vitória 2011 1 0 0 0 1 0
Total 1 0 0 0 1 0
Boavista 2012 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0
Brescia 2012–13 17 2 0 0 17 2
2013–14 16 1 2 0 18 1
Total 33 3 2 0 35 3
Western Sydney Wanderers 2013–14 6 0 6 0
2014–15 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total 2 0 0 0 6 0 8 0
Career total 37 3 2 0 6 0 45 3
1 AFC Champions League statistics are included in season ending during group stages (i.e. ACL 2014 and A-League season 2013–14 etc.)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Flamengo negocia Vitor Saba com o Brescia". flamengo.com.br. Retrieved 15 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "Wanderers Add Brazilian to Attacking Mix". wswanderers.com.au. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "Setif sink Wanderers in penalties to finish fifth". FIFA. Retrieved 17 December 2014. 
  4. ^ "Western Sydney Wanderers and Vitor Saba agree termination". wswanderersfc.com.au. Retrieved 26 January 2015. 
  5. ^ http://theworldgame.sbs.com.au/article/2016/01/15/wanderers-reject-saba-slams-bully-popovic
  6. ^ "東方龍獅新援曝光?域陀沙巴捧過亞冠踢過意乙". Upower. Retrieved 4 July 2017.  (in traditional Chinese (HK))

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