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Almami Moreira

Almami Moreira
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* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 May 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 November 2011

Almami Samori da Silva Moreira (born 16 June 1978) is a Guinea-Bissauan professional footballer who plays as a midfielder. He also holds Portuguese citizenship.

After starting out at Boavista he went on to represent mainly Standard Liège and Partizan, also playing in four other countries during his career.

Club career

Boavista

Born in Bissau, Guinea-Bissau, Moreira reached Boavista FC's youth ranks in 1995, but started out professionally with northern neighbours Gondomar S.C. and Gil Vicente FC, on loan.

He returned in 1999 and went on to have relative impact in the first team, being mainly used as a substitute and winning the league in his last year, the club's only.

Belgium / Russia

With the start of the new millennium, Moreira moved to Standard Liège, where he quickly became a fan favourite, going on to spend five years in Belgium, a loan to Hamburger SV in 2004–05 notwithstanding.[1]

In August 2006, he joined Russia's FC Dynamo Moscow, a club that was signing a large number of Portuguese and Portugal-based players at the time. Unsettled as the vast majority of those, he returned to his country of adoption in January, as lowly C.D. Aves battled to avoid relegation from the top level, which eventually did not happen.

Partizan Belgrade

On 5 July 2007, Moreira signed a two-year contract with FK Partizan in Serbia, being handed the #10 shirt whilst also becoming the first Portuguese player to represent the club. He made his competitive debut on 19 July 2007 in a game against HŠK Zrinjski Mostar, and scored his first official goal on 2 August in a UEFA Cup game against the same club.

On 29 September 2007, Moreira scored against city rivals Red Star in a 2–2 draw – this made him the first ever Portuguese to score in a Belgrade derby. In his first season at the club he appeared 28 times and netted seven goals, as Partizan won the league title; to this he added the domestic cup.

In a UEFA Cup match at Sevilla FC, on 3 December 2008, Moreira collapsed early into the game, being immediately taken into observation,[2] and fully recovering. On 10 April 2009 he agreed to sign a new three-year contract, which would keep him with Partizan until 2012.

Following impressive and consistent performances, Moreira was named in the 2008–09 SuperLiga Team of the Year, alongside seven teammates, as the double was again conquered. On 5 August 2009, grieving the loss of his mother a day earlier, he decided to play in the second leg of Partizan's UEFA Champions League qualifier against APOEL FC: he scored the opener in the third minute, but the Cypriots eventually progressed 2–1 on aggregate.

On 27 February 2010, Moreira made his 100th competitive match for Partizan, coming on as an 55th-minute substitute for Saša Ilić against FK Borac Čačak.

Later years

Moreira split the following years with Dalian Aerbin F.C. in China and another team in Serbia, FK Vojvodina.[3] In late 2012 the 34-year-old moved clubs and countries again, joining Spain's UD Salamanca.[4]

International career

Moreira played for Portugal under-21s on nearly 20 occasions in the late 90's, and in 2002 he was part of the Portugal B team that won the Vale do Tejo summer tournament.[5]

In 2010, with the increasing development and professionalization of football in Guinea-Bissau, he decided to represent the land of his ancestors at full level, earning his first cap in October of that year, at the age of 32.

Honours

Club

Boavista
Partizan
Dalian Aerbin

Individual

  • Man of the Season – Most regular Standard player of the season (through voting in official website): 2001–02; Runner-up 2002–03, 2003–04; Third 2005–06
  • Trophy Scharlaken UGH – Standard player of the season (presented by Les Rouches de Flandres fanclub in cooperation with the official website): 2001–02, 2002–03

Club statistics

As of 30 November 2011
Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Belgium League Belgian Cup Europe Total
2001–02 Standard Liège First Division 26 6 1 1 5 2 32 9
2002–03 32 6 4 0 0 0 36 6
2003–04 27 4 1 0 0 0 28 4
2004–05 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Germany League DFB-Pokal Europe Total
2004–05 Hamburg Bundesliga 22 3 0 0 0 0 22 3
Belgium League Belgian Cup Europe Total
2005–06 Standard Liège First Division 26 2 4 0 0 0 30 2
Russia League Russian Cup Europe Total
2006 Dynamo Moscow Premier League 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
Portugal League Taça de Portugal Europe Total
2006–07 Aves Primeira Liga 8 3 0 0 0 0 8 3
Serbia League Serbian Cup Europe Total
2007–08 Partizan SuperLiga 28 7 3 0 2 1 33 8
2008–09 27 9 5 2 9 0 41 11
2009–10 25 3 4 1 11 1 40 5
2010–11 8 4 2 1 8 1 18 6
China PR League FA Cup Asia Total
2011 Dalian Aerbin China League One 22 4 1 0 0 0 23 4
Serbia League Serbian Cup Europe Total
2011–12 Vojvodina SuperLiga 9 0 1 0 0 0 10 0
League Cup Continental Total
Total Belgium 114 18 10 1 5 2 129 21
Germany 22 3 0 0 0 0 22 3
Russia 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
Portugal 8 3 0 0 0 0 8 3
Serbia 88 23 14 4 30 3 132 30
China PR 22 4 1 0 0 0 23 4
Total 255 51 27 5 35 5 317 61

References

External links

  • Stats and profile at Zerozero
  • Stats at ForaDeJogo
  • fussballdaten.de (German)
  • Almami Moreira at National-Football-Teams.com
  • FIFA competition record
  • Transfermarkt profile

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