Nuno Valente

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Nuno Valente
Personal information
Full name Nuno Jorge Pereira da Silva Valente
Date of birth (1974-09-12) 12 September 1974 (age 43)
Place of birth Lisbon, Portugal
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current team
Trofense (coach)
Youth career
1985–1989 Sporting CP
1989–1990 Vitória Lisboa
1990–1993 Sporting CP
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1999 Sporting CP 36 (1)
1993–1994 Portimonense (loan) 26 (1)
1996–1997 Marítimo (loan) 30 (0)
1999–2002 União Leiria 87 (2)
2002–2005 Porto 58 (0)
2005–2009 Everton 45 (0)
Total 282 (4)
National team
1996 Portugal U21 1 (0)
2002–2008 Portugal 33 (1)
Teams managed
2017– Trofense
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Nuno Jorge Pereira da Silva Valente, OIH (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈnunu vɐˈlẽt(ɨ)]; born 12 September 1974) is a retired Portuguese footballer who played as a left back, and is the current manager of C.D. Trofense.

After settling with a club in his late 20s with Porto – he started his career with Sporting, but never imposed there – he moved at 31 to England with Everton, where he finally retired after appearing in 60 competitive games in four seasons.

A late bloomer on the international stage, Valente helped Portugal finish second in Euro 2004. He also participated in the 2006 World Cup.

Club career

Early years / Porto

Born in Lisbon, Valente began his career at second division club Portimonense SC, loaned by hometown's Sporting Clube de Portugal. However, he found first-team chances limited at the former side and, despite success in helping win the Portuguese Cup in 1995, he was loaned for the 1996–97 season to C.S. Marítimo also in the Primeira Liga.

A young José Mourinho recognized Valente's talent and brought him to U.D. Leiria in the summer of 1999, and he spent three years there always as an undisputed starter. In 2002, when the manager left to join FC Porto, he and teammate Derlei were the first signings, and the former repaid the coach's faith with some good displays as the northerners romped to victory in the national championship and won the UEFA Cup against Celtic (3–2).[1][2]

The following campaign, Valente helped his club to Portuguese and Champions League wins,[3] with the defender appearing in 11 games during the latter competition's run, ten of those complete. At the season's closure, he renewed his contract until 2007.[4]

After Mourinho signed for Chelsea, Valente picked up a succession of injuries.[5][6] He only played eight matches in the entire domestic league, but returned in time to face Inter Milan in the Champions League round-of-16, not being able to prevent his team losing 2–4 on aggregate.[7]

Everton

After another poor year, which included an ultimatum by Porto president Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa that ordered him to choose between club or national team, eventually leading to a suspension,[8] on 28 August 2005 Valente moved to Everton on a three-year deal worth €2.2 million,[9] under recommendation of mentor Mourinho,[10] after the English had lost regular left-back Alessandro Pistone to injury. He took a while to adapt to the hectic pace of the Premier League, but became a regular from then on – in 2005–06 and 2006–07 he was considered first-choice, but faced stiff competition from Gary Naysmith; in February 2007, the Merseyside club took the option of a one-year extension to his contract, tying him until June of the following year.[11]

In early May 2008, Valente signed another one-year link,[12] but he eventually fell down the pecking order at the Toffees, usually backing Leighton Baines. Furthermore, with centre back Joleon Lescott also being able to play the position[13] and with Valente also suffering from injury problems, he received little playing time during 2008–09, being released on 12 June 2009[14] and choosing to retire from playing.

Upon his retirement, Valente was appointed Everton's official scout in Portugal.[15] After one year, he returned to main club Sporting and joined Paulo Sérgio's coaching staff.[16]

Coaching

Valente kickstarted his coaching career on 11 October 2017, replacing Fernando Mira at the helm of C.D. Trofense in the Portuguese third division.[17]

International career

A full Portugal international since after the 2002 FIFA World Cup,[18] Valente was first-choice for the national side during the runner-up campaign at UEFA Euro 2004, played in home soil. During 2005 he suffered a thigh strain, but recovered in time to play in the 2006 World Cup,[19] again playing a key part in their eventual fourth-place finish.

After playing only once during the Euro 2008 qualifiers, Valente retired from international football in September 2008.[20]

Nuno Valente: International goals
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 31 March 2004 Estádio Municipal de Braga, Braga, Portugal  Italy 1–0 1–2 Friendly

Club statistics

[21]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Portugal League Taça de Portugal Taça da Liga Europe Total
1993–94 Portimonense Segunda Liga 26 1
1994–95 Sporting Primeira Liga 9 0
1995–96 9 0
1996–97 Marítimo Primeira Liga 30 0
1997–98 Sporting Primeira Liga 6 0
1998–99 12 1
1999–00 União Leiria Primeira Liga 28 0
2000–01 31 2
2001–02 28 0
2002–03 Porto Primeira Liga 21 0
2003–04 27 0
2004–05 8 0
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2005–06 Everton Premier League 20 0
2006–07 14 0
2007–08 9 0
2008–09 2 0
Total Portugal 235 4
England 43 0
Career total 278 4

Honours

Club

Sporting
Porto

International

Portugal

Orders

References

  1. ^ "Porto end Celtic's Uefa dream". BBC Sport. 21 May 2003. Retrieved 26 May 2017. 
  2. ^ "Uefa Cup final player ratings". BBC Sport. 21 May 2003. Retrieved 3 October 2017. 
  3. ^ "Porto conquista a Europa" [Porto conquers Europe] (in Portuguese). UEFA.com. 27 May 2004. Retrieved 26 May 2017. 
  4. ^ Nuno Valente stays on; UEFA.com, 31 August 2004
  5. ^ Porto lose Nuno Valente; UEFA.com, 8 September 2004
  6. ^ No easy fix for Nuno Valente; UEFA.com, 19 November 2004
  7. ^ "Adriano treble topples holders". UEFA.com. 16 March 2005. Retrieved 26 May 2017. 
  8. ^ "Pré-acordo por Nuno Valente satisfaz todas as partes" [Pre-agreement for Nuno Valente pleases all the parties] (in Portuguese). Record. 24 August 2005. Retrieved 6 October 2015. 
  9. ^ Nuno Valente opts for Everton; UEFA.com, 28 August 2005
  10. ^ "Mourinho urged Valente to Everton". BBC Sport. 29 August 2005. Retrieved 26 May 2017. 
  11. ^ Blues trigger Nuno contract extension; Everton FC, 15 February 2007
  12. ^ Nuno Valente set to sign new Everton contract; Liverpool Daily Post, 6 May 2008
  13. ^ "Lescott happy to come to rescue as Blues injury crisis deepens". North Wales Daily Post. 2 November 2006. Retrieved 26 May 2017. 
  14. ^ "Everton trio end Goodison spells". BBC Sport. 12 June 2009. Retrieved 26 May 2017. 
  15. ^ Everton’s Nuno Valente sends out warning to Benfica; PortuGOAL, 4 November 2009
  16. ^ "Nuno Valente adjunto de Paulo Sérgio" [Nuno Valente assistant to Paulo Sérgio] (in Portuguese). Diário de Notícias. 14 May 2010. Retrieved 26 May 2017. 
  17. ^ "Campeonato de Portugal: Nuno Valente é o novo treinador do Trofense" [Portugal Championship: Nuno Valente is the new manager of Trofense] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 11 October 2017. Retrieved 24 October 2017. 
  18. ^ "Sílvio é o 14.º a estrear-se com Agostinho Oliveira" [Sílvio is debutant number 14 with Agostinho Oliveira] (in Portuguese). Record. 7 September 2010. Retrieved 10 June 2015. 
  19. ^ "No surprises in Portuguese squad". BBC Sport. 15 May 2006. Retrieved 26 May 2017. 
  20. ^ Nuno Valente quits Portugal stage; UEFA.com, 22 September 2008
  21. ^ "Nuno Valente". Soccerway. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  22. ^ "Selecção distinguida pelo Duque de Bragança" [National team honoured by Duke of Bragança] (in Portuguese). Cristiano Ronaldo News. 30 August 2006. Retrieved 30 August 2006. 

External links

  • Nuno Valente at TheFinalBall.com
  • Nuno Valente at ForaDeJogo
  • Nuno Valente at Soccerbase
  • Nuno Valente at National-Football-Teams.com
  • Nuno ValenteFIFA competition record
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