Vinicius Oliveira Franco

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Vinícius
Personal information
Full name Vinícius Oliveira Franco
Date of birth (1986-05-16) 16 May 1986 (age 30)
Place of birth Campo Grande, Brazil
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Central midfielder
Club information
Current team
APOEL
Number 16
Youth career
–2004 União São João
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004 União São João
2004–2006 Porto B
2006–2007 Nacional 2 (0)
2007 União da Madeira (loan) 13 (3)
2007–2008 União da Madeira 27 (3)
2008–2010 Aves 42 (6)
2010 Olhanense 12 (0)
2011–2013 Braga 9 (0)
2012–2013 Moreirense (loan) 28 (3)
2013– APOEL 77 (10)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 April 2016.


Vinícius Oliveira Franco, or simply Vinícius (born May 16, 1986) is a Brazilian footballer who plays for APOEL FC in the Cypriot First Division as a central midfielder.

Career[edit]

Portugal[edit]

Vinícius moved abroad for the first time in 2004 to join Portuguese club FC Porto B. During his eight-year spell in Portugal he played also for C.D. Nacional, União da Madeira, C.D. Aves, S.C. Olhanense, S.C. Braga and Moreirense.

APOEL[edit]

On 10 July 2013, after eight seasons in the Portuguese leagues, Vinícius signed a two-year contract with APOEL FC from Cyprus.[1] He made his official debut on 17 August 2013 against Apollon Limassol in the Cypriot Super Cup final, in a match which APOEL won 1–0 and lifted the trophy.[2][3] He scored his first official goal for APOEL on 2 September 2013, in his team's 3–0 home win against Enosis Neon Paralimni for the Cypriot First Division.[4] During the 2013–14 season, he appeared in all six 2013–14 UEFA Europa League group stage matches for APOEL and also managed to win all the titles in Cyprus, the Cypriot League,[5][6] the Cypriot Cup[7][8] and the Cypriot Super Cup.[3][9]

On 20 August 2014, Vinícius scored the equalizer against Aalborg BK at Nordjyske Arena, in APOEL's 1–1 first leg draw for the play-off round of the UEFA Champions League.[10] On 26 August 2014, he scored again in the return leg against Aalborg BK, helping his team to win 4–0 and reach the group stage of the UEFA Champions League.[11] Vinícius appeared in every group stage match in APOEL's 2014–15 UEFA Champions League campaign.[12]

On 6 December 2014, Vinícius signed a two-year contract extension with APOEL, running until June 2017.[13]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 16 August 2016
Club Season League Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Nacional 2006–07[14] Primeira Liga 2 0 1 0 2[a] 0 5 0
União (loan) 2006–07[14] Segunda Divisão 13 3 1 0 14 3
União 2007–08[14] Segunda Divisão 27 3 0 0 27 3
Total 40 6 1 0 41 6
Aves 2008–09[14] Segunda Liga 21 2 1 0 2 0 24 2
2009–10[14] Segunda Liga 21 4 0 0 2 0 23 4
Total 42 6 1 0 4 0 47 6
Olhanense 2010–11[14] Primeira Liga 12 0 2 0 1 0 15 0
Braga 2010–11[14] Primeira Liga 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
2011–12[14] Primeira Liga 6 0 1 0 1 0 1[a] 0 9 0
Total 9 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 12 0
Moreirense (loan) 2012–13[14] Primeira Liga 28 3 2 0 3 0 33 3
APOEL 2013–14[15] Cypriot First Division 32 5 7 0 8[a] 0 1[b] 0 48 5
2014–15[15] Cypriot First Division 16 0 1 0 10[c] 2 1[b] 0 28 2
2015–16[15] Cypriot First Division 29 5 5 1 9[d] 0 1[b] 0 44 6
2016–17[15] Cypriot First Division 0 0 0 0 5[c] 0 0[b] 0 5 0
Total 77 10 13 1 32 2 2 0 125 13
Career total 210 25 21 1 9 0 35 2 3 0 278 28
  1. ^ a b c Appearances in UEFA Europa League
  2. ^ a b c d Appearances in Cypriot Super Cup
  3. ^ a b Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  4. ^ Appearances in UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League

Honours[edit]

APOEL

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Vinicius Oliveira Franco" (in Greek). APOEL FC. 10 July 2013. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  2. ^ ΑΠΟΕΛ - Απόλλωνας 1-0 (τελικό) (in Greek). CFA. 17 August 2013. Retrieved 17 August 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "APOEL FC 1-0 APOLLON". APOEL FC. 17 August 2013. Retrieved 17 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "APOEL vs. Enosis 3-0". Soccerway. 2 September 2013. Retrieved 2 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "Sheridan strike hands APOEL Cypriot title". UEFA. 31 May 2014. Retrieved 31 May 2014. 
  6. ^ "AEL vs. APOEL 0-1". Soccerway. 31 May 2014. Retrieved 31 May 2014. 
  7. ^ ΕΡΜΗΣ ΑΡΑΔΙΠΠΟΥ 0-2 ΑΠΟΕΛ (in Greek). APOEL FC. 21 May 2014. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  8. ^ "APOEL vs. Ermis 2-0". Soccerway. 21 May 2014. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  9. ^ "APOEL vs. Apollon 1-0". Soccerway. 17 August 2013. Retrieved 17 August 2013. 
  10. ^ "Clinical APOEL hold AaB". UEFA. 20 August 2014. Retrieved 20 August 2014. 
  11. ^ "APOEL ease past AaB and into group stage". UEFA. 26 August 2014. Retrieved 26 August 2014. 
  12. ^ "APOEL FC Squad". UEFA. 12 December 2014. Retrieved 12 December 2014. 
  13. ^ Επέκταση συνεργασίας με Sergio και Vinicius [Contract extension with Sergio and Vinicius] (in Greek). APOEL FC. 6 December 2014. Retrieved 6 December 2014. 
  14. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Foradejogo profile". Foradejogo. Retrieved 13 January 2015. 
  15. ^ a b c d "Soccerway profile". Soccerway. Retrieved 13 January 2015. 

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