Raul Meireles

  • Date of birth : 17/03/1983
  • Position : Midfield
  • Country : Portugal Portugal
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Raul Meireles

Raul Meireles

A workaholic midfield grafter with a potent long-range right-foot shot, Raul Meireles has been a mainstay of Portugal's midfield for the past five years. He won four domestic titles with FC Porto before exporting his talents to England, where he has shone at Liverpool FC and current employers Chelsea FC.

• A native of Porto, he started out at CD Aves, finishing seventh in the second division with the club two seasons running; joined Boavista FC in 2003 and enjoyed a productive debut campaign in the top flight, earning a transfer to city rivals Porto.

• Made slow progress in his first two seasons at Porto but blossomed under Jesualdo Ferreira, becoming a central cog in midfield and earning regular call-ups for Portugal; scored on his major competition debut against Turkey at UEFA EURO 2008.

• Won his fourth successive title with the Dragons in 2008/09, making 28 appearances and scoring four goals; retained the domestic cup in 2010, his last game for Porto before joining Liverpool for €13m.

• Started all 12 games in Portugal's 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign and scored the winning goal in the play-off second leg versus Bosnia and Herzegovina; on target once in four outings at the finals.

• Left Liverpool on transfer deadline day in August 2011 to join the sizeable Portuguese-speaking contingent at Chelsea, including former Porto players José Bosingwa, Paulo Ferreira and then coach André Villas-Boas.

• Appeared in 11 of the Blues' 12 matches en route to the 2012 UEFA Champions League final, for which he was suspended after being booked in the semi-final second leg against FC Barcelona. 

UEFA honours
UEFA Champions League: winner 2012

Last updated: 21/05/12 18.35CET


Match log

The home team is listed first.Last updated: 27/06/2014 01:05 CET
07.09.2012FIFA World CupQualifying roundLuxembourgLuxembourg1-2PortugalPortugal6700
11.09.2012FIFA World CupQualifying roundPortugalPortugal3-0AzerbaijanAzerbaijan9000
06.02.2013Friendlies 2014-16First roundPortugalPortugal2-3EcuadorEcuador8000
22.03.2013FIFA World CupQualifying roundIsraelIsrael3-3PortugalPortugal9000
26.03.2013FIFA World CupQualifying roundAzerbaijanAzerbaijan0-2PortugalPortugal5800
07.06.2013FIFA World CupQualifying roundPortugalPortugal1-0RussiaRussia7300
24.08.2013Turkish Super LeagueFenerbahçeFenerbahçe1-0EskişehirsporEskişehirspor9000
31.08.2013Turkish Super LeagueFenerbahçeFenerbahçe5-2SivassporSivasspor9000
06.09.2013FIFA World CupQualifying roundNorthern IrelandNorthern Ireland2-4PortugalPortugal5500
16.09.2013Turkish Super LeagueKasımpaşaKasımpaşa2-3FenerbahçeFenerbahçe9000
21.09.2013Turkish Super LeagueFenerbahçeFenerbahçe4-0ElazığsporElazığspor9000
29.09.2013Turkish Super LeagueGençlerbirliğiGençlerbirliği0-1FenerbahçeFenerbahçe4500
15.11.2013FIFA World CupPlay-off for Final TournamentPortugalPortugal1-0SwedenSweden7800
19.11.2013FIFA World CupPlay-off for Final TournamentSwedenSweden2-3PortugalPortugal7300
30.11.2013Turkish Super LeagueFenerbahçeFenerbahçe3-3BeşiktaşBeşiktaş3000
29.12.2013Turkish Super LeagueFenerbahçeFenerbahçe5-1KayserisporKayserispor7100
27.01.2014Turkish Super LeagueFenerbahçeFenerbahçe2-1KonyasporKonyaspor8900
01.02.2014Turkish Super LeagueEskişehirsporEskişehirspor2-1FenerbahçeFenerbahçe8100
09.02.2014Turkish Super LeagueSivassporSivasspor2-0FenerbahçeFenerbahçe8900
24.02.2014Turkish Super LeagueElazığsporElazığspor1-1FenerbahçeFenerbahçe1700
01.03.2014Turkish Super LeagueFenerbahçeFenerbahçe2-0GençlerbirliğiGençlerbirliği1500
16.03.2014Turkish Super LeagueFenerbahçeFenerbahçe2-1ErciyessporErciyesspor3400
24.03.2014Turkish Super LeagueGaziantepsporGaziantepspor0-3FenerbahçeFenerbahçe9000
31.03.2014Turkish Super LeagueFenerbahçeFenerbahçe3-0BursasporBursaspor9000
06.04.2014Turkish Super LeagueGalatasarayGalatasaray1-0FenerbahçeFenerbahçe9000
13.04.2014Turkish Super LeagueFenerbahçeFenerbahçe4-1AntalyasporAntalyaspor9000
20.04.2014Turkish Super LeagueBeşiktaşBeşiktaş1-1FenerbahçeFenerbahçe8600
27.04.2014Turkish Super LeagueFenerbahçeFenerbahçe0-0RizesporRizespor9000
09.05.2014Turkish Super LeagueFenerbahçeFenerbahçe4-0KarabüksporKarabükspor9010
11.06.2014Friendlies 2014-16First roundRepublic of IrelandRepublic of Ireland1-5PortugalPortugal6500
16.06.2014FIFA World CupFinal tournament - Group stageGermanyGermany4-0PortugalPortugal9000
22.06.2014FIFA World CupFinal tournament - Group stageUSAUSA2-2PortugalPortugal6900

UEFA Best Player in Europe Award

Team of the Year

General info

  • Name: Raul Meireles
  • Position: Midfield
  • Date of birth (Age): 17/03/1983 (31)
  • Country: Portugal
  • Squad number: 14
  • Club: Fenerbahçe ( TUR)

  • Height: 180cm
  • Weight: 70kg

  • Currently playing:
    • UEFA Champions League 2013/14
    • FIFA World Cup 2012/14

  • UEFA competition debut:
  • Club: UEFA Champions League (Round of 16)
    23/02/05: Porto 1-1 Internazionale
  • National team: UEFA European Under-16 Championship (Qualifying round)
    16/03/00: Portugal 3-0 Austria

Career statistics

National team record in UEFA competitions

Portugal U-21191
Portugal U-1951
Portugal MERI40
Portugal U-1680

Club record in UEFA competitions

UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa League
Last updated: 27/06/2014 01:05 CET
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