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Silvestre Varela

Silvestre Varela

Clubs: Sporting Clube de Portugal, Casa Pia AC (loan), Vitória SC (loan), RC Recreativo de Huelva (loan), CF Estrela da Amadora, FC Porto

• Unable to break into the Sporting Clube de Portugal first team, Silvestre Manuel Gonçalves Varela was loaned to lower-division club Casa Pia AC in 2004/05 and, in 2006/07, to Vitória FC, where he was an ever-present in the Liga for the Setubal club.

• Moved across the border to Spain in 2007/08, on another season-long loan, making 22 league appearances for RC Recreativo de Huelva, who narrowly avoided relegation.

• Left Sporting for good in July 2008, joining CF Estrela da Amadora; helped the club to the semi-finals of the Portuguese Cup, where they lost to Porto, and scored five league goals.

• Amadora's enforced relegation at the end of 2008/09 led to him joining Porto, for whom he made a slow start before cutting loose with a succession of goals during the winter months, including one against Arsenal FC in the UEFA Champions League round of 16.

• Scored a career-best tally of ten Liga goals, including two in a 3-2 win in September 2010 against UEFA Europa League final opponents SC Braga, as Porto stormed to the 2011 Liga title, retaining it the following two seasons. 

UEFA honours
UEFA Europa League:
winner 2011

Last updated: 08/07/13 14.33CET

Match log

UEFA Best Player in Europe Award

Team of the Year

General info

  • Name: Silvestre Varela
  • Position: Forward
  • Date of birth (Age): 02/02/1985 (30)
  • Country: Portugal
  • Squad number: 7
  • Club: Porto ( POR)

  • Height: 180cm
  • Weight: 70kg

  • Currently playing:
    • UEFA Champions League 2015/16
    • UEFA European Football Championship 2014/16
    • Friendlies 2014/16

  • UEFA competition debut:
  • Club: UEFA Cup (First round)
    15/09/05: Halmstad 1-2 Sporting CP
  • National team: UEFA European Under-19 Championship (First qualifying round)
    22/09/03: Portugal 2-1 Wales

Career statistics

National team record in UEFA competitions

Portugal U-21215
Portugal U-1952

Club record in UEFA competitions

UEFA Champions League
UEFA Super Cup
UEFA Europa League
Sporting CP20
Last updated: 08/09/2015 01:25 CET