|Full name||Vitorino Hilton da Silva|
|Date of birth||13 September 1977|
|Place of birth||Brasilia, Brazil|
|Height||182 cm (6 ft 0 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|2004||→ Bastia (loan)||14||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:07, 26 December 2016 (UTC).
Vitorino Hilton da Silva, known as Hilton (born 13 September 1977) is a Brazilian footballer who currently plays for Ligue 1's Montpellier HSC, as a central defender. On 20 May 2012, he won the Ligue 1 title for Montpellier HSC over PSG, for the first time in the club's history.
Born in Brasilia, Brazil, Hilton started his professional career in 1996 at Chapecoense and stayed there for three years before moving to Paraná Clube. After one season there, Hilton move to Europe by joining Swiss side Servette. At Servette, Hilton quickly established himself in the first team. Hilton scored his first European goal, in the third round; second leg, in a 3–0 win over Hertha. Sadly, Hilton scored an own goal, in the fourth round; first leg, in a 3–0 loss against Valencia. Throughout his two-season career at Servette, Hilton made 57 appearance and scoring twice in all competition. Hilton scored his first league goal, on 28 September 2003, in a 3–1 win over Zürich. In January transfer window 2004, Hilton joined Ligue 1 side Bastia on six-month loan, which lasted until the end of the season. Hilton played his first game in Ligue 1, on 7 February 2004, in a 1–0 victory over Toulouse. On 1 May 2004, Hilton received a straight red card, in a 4–0 loss against Rennes. Upon return to Servette, Hilton left the club, citing the club's financial problem.
After a loan spell at Bastia, Hilton joined Lens on a five-year contract. Hilton made his debut, on the opening game of the season, in a 0–0 draw against Toulouse and several weeks later, on 21 August 2004, Hilton scored his first goal in Ligue 1, in a 2–0 win over Istres. Then thirty-two days later, on 22 September 2004, Hilton scored his second goal, in a 2–2 draw against Paris Saint-Germain. However, his good start at Lens soon faded when Hilton tore his knee ligaments in training, which he will be out for three months. Later in the 2004–05 season, Hilton scored twice in twenty-seven appearance, while the club achieved winning the Intertoto Cup. Then in 2005–06 season, Hilton scored, again, in a 2–0 win over Marseille and scored against them, once again, five months later on 4 January 2006. In the first round and first leg of UEFA Cup, Hilton scored in a 1–1 draw against Polish side Grodzisk. He made 43 appearance in all competitions and scored three times.
In 2006–07 season, Hilton was almost ever player in the league with thirty-seven appearance and was present in the club's matches in Europe with ten appearance. He scored twice in the season; against Bordeaux on 2 December 2006 and another against Sochaux on 12 February 2007. Attempting trail behind leaders Lyon, Hilton would have a problem, himself: injuries, but managed to overcome from the injury. However, in the 2007–08 season, Hilton appearance soon faded, making twenty-three appearance, mainly because of hip injury, which left him out for two months. Despite the injury, he scored twice in the season: against Valenciennes on 23 January 2008, and against Derby du Nord rival Lille, in a 2–1 win on 11 March 2008. In addition, Hilton earned the club's captain band in the absence of Yohan Demont. The 2007–08 was unachievable for the club as they faced Paris-Saint Germain in the Coupe de la Ligue Final, but lost 2–1. It couldn't get worse when the club was relegated to Ligue 2 after finishing 18th place. While at Lens, Hilton has established himself as a key figure at the heart of the rearguard and Hilton was named Trophées UNFP du football's Team of the Year: three times in 2006, 2007 and 2008.
Hilton made his debut, on the opening game of the season, in a 4–4 draw against Rennes. His first goal came on 12 April 2009, in a 4–1 win over Grenoble. Hilton was almost ever present in the first team, in the European competitions and made thirty-six appearance. His regular start at Marseille earned him 2009 Team of The Year in his fourth consecutive row, which the row ended the next season. However, the 2009–10 season, under new manager Didier Deschamps, Hilton soon lost his first team place and mainly was on the bench. Also, injuries started to haunt him again. Despite this, Hilton scored twice in the season: One was in the Champions League Group-Stage against Zurich, with a 6–1 win on 3 November 2009 and another came on 8 May 2010, in a 3–2 loss against Lille. At the end of the 2009–10 season, the club won the league title for the first time for 18 years. In 2010–11 season grew worse for Hilton as he made eight appearance. Following his house robbery, Hilton wanted to leave the club and finally left on 1 August 2011, having one-year contract with the club.
After leaving Marseille for good, Hilton signed a one-year contract with Montpellier despite interests from Ligue 1's rival Evian. Hilton revealed that he's expected to return to his homeland after becoming unsettled in France before joining Montpellier. Hilton made his debut, on 14 August 2011, in a 1–0 win against defending champion Lille. After making seven appearance so far, he scored his first goal for the club, in a 2–2 draw against Bordeaux. At Montpellier, Hilton helped the club win their first league title after winning 2–1 against already relegated side Auxerre. At the end of the 2011–12 season, Hilton was named Trophées UNFP du football's Team of the Year of 2012. During the season, Hilton's contract with Montpellier was extended after the club activated its options to keep him for another year.
The following 2012–13 season, Hilton continued to be in the club's first team place, though been used in and out. Hilton played his first European match in over two years, in a 2–1 loss against Arsenal in the group-stage of the Champions League. Eventually, the club was eliminated from the Champions League after finishing fourth place. Following the departure of Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa to Newcastle United, Hilton was appointed as the club's new captain. On 1 March 2013, Hilton scored his first goal of the season, in a 2–0 win over Rennes. However, the club was unable to defend their league title as they surrendered it to title chaser Paris Saint Germain, who finished second last season. The club finished ninth place, far from missing out of European competitions. Despite this, Hilton signed a one-year contract with the club, until 2014.
In August 2011, Sports Illustrated reported that Hilton was among eight players to be victimised of robbery at their home in the last 18 months. Hilton told RMC Radio that robbery caused his member of his families terrified so badly that they wanted to move back to Brazil. Hilton also hurt his head when six men entered his house just before midnight, struck him on the head with a rifle-butt, and stole his possessions, including Renault car, which was found burned an hour away. In an interview with Goal.com, Hilton also revealed that the robbery convinced him to leave Marseille after the city left him and his family "psychologically scarred". He describe this as a "tough moment for him". In October 2011, Police in Marseille have arrested seven people for suspicion of involvement in armed robbery. Of those seven suspects, five were charged for theft and assault on Hilton. It revealed that five suspects were involved in robbery on different players and have been recovered. He since overcame his past and move on, with his family are settling well.
- Ligue 1 Team of the Year: 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2011–12
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- "Ligue 1 Round-Up". Sky Sports. 11 February 2007. Retrieved 17 July 2013.
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- "Hilton injury leaves Lens a man down". UEFA.com. 26 September 2007. Retrieved 17 July 2013.
- "Marseille seal Hilton deal". UEFA.com. 14 June 2008. Retrieved 17 July 2013.
- "Marseille move to the fore in France". UEFA.com. 12 April 2009. Retrieved 17 July 2013.
- "Rampant Marseille remain in touch". UEFA.com. 4 November 2009. Retrieved 17 July 2013.
- "Transfers – Hilton terminates his contract with OM" [Transferts – Hilton résilie son contrat avec l'OM] (in French). Goal.com. 1 August 2011. Retrieved 17 July 2013.
- "Ligue 1 – Hilton makes Montpellier move". Yahoo! Eurosport. 2 August 2011. Retrieved 17 July 2013.
- "Hilton had hoped to head home". Sky Sports. 26 September 2011. Retrieved 17 July 2013.
- "How Montpellier beat PSG to win the French title". BBC Sport. 22 May 2012. Retrieved 17 July 2013.
- "Ligue 1 Team of the Season: Title-winning Montpellier dominate as Hazard signs off with dazzling campaign". Goal.com. 21 May 2012. Retrieved 17 July 2013.
- "HILTON AGREES NEW MONTPELLIER DEAL". Ligue 1. 24 May 2013. Retrieved 17 July 2013.
- "Marseille players recovering from spate of targeted home-jackings". Sports Illustrated. 7 August 2011. Retrieved 17 July 2013.
- "Robbery made me leave Marseille, says Hilton". Goal.com. 1 March 2013. Retrieved 17 July 2013.
- "Robbery OM 7 custody" [Braquages OM : 7 gardes à vue] (in French). L'Equipe. 11 October 2011. Retrieved 17 July 2013.
- "Robbery OM: 5 indicted" [Braquages OM : 5 mises en examen] (in French). L'Equipe. 14 October 2011. Retrieved 17 July 2013.
- "Robbery OM: Betrayed by their DNA" [Braquages OM : Trahis par leur ADN] (in French). L'Equipe. 15 October 2011. Retrieved 17 July 2013.
- "Hilton: "Prove to myself"" [Hilton :"Prouver à moi-même"] (in French). L'Equipe. 4 February 2012. Retrieved 17 July 2013.