Hélder Postiga

  • Date of birth : 02/08/1982
  • Position : Forward
  • Country : Portugal Portugal
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Hélder Postiga

Hélder Postiga

A consistent marksman at international level, Hélder Postiga returned from a two-year exile to help Portugal qualify for UEFA EURO 2012, scoring freely and re-establishing himself as the team's first-choice central striker. He joined Real Zaragoza last summer, making Spain the fifth country in which he has plied his trade.

• Quick out of the blocks in his first season at FC Porto, 2001/02, registering nine league goals, he raised that tally to 13 in 2002/03 while also scoring six times in the club's UEFA Cup triumph but missing the final against Celtic FC in Seville through suspension.

• Two goals on his first international start − against Bolivia − helped persuade Tottenham Hotspur FC to sign him; however, he scored just one Premier League goal and was sold back to Porto in 2004, despite coming on to score a late equaliser and a penalty in the subsequent shoot-out against England at UEFA EURO 2004.

• Unable to recapture club form of old, either at Porto or on loan at AS Saint-Étienne, but was included in the 2006 FIFA World Cup squad and scored another penalty against England as Portugal reached the semi-finals.

• Spent the second half of the 2007/08 campaign on loan at Panathinaikos FC, where he did enough to earn a place in Portugal's UEFA EURO 2008 squad; scored against Germany in quarter-finals.

• Back in his homeland for a three-year spell at Sporting Clube de Portugal, he found form in 2010/11 and returned to the national team under Paulo Bento, scoring twice in a shock 4-0 friendly win against Spain and further cementing his place in the side with five UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying goals, including two in the second leg of the play-off against Bosnia and Herzegovina.

UEFA honours
UEFA European Championship:
runner-up 2004
winner 2003

Last updated: 21/05/12 17.44CET


Match log

The home team is listed first.Last updated: 27/11/2015 11:57 CET
14.11.2014UEFA EUROQualifying roundPortugalPortugal1-0ArmeniaArmenia5600

UEFA Best Player in Europe Award

Team of the Year

General info

  • Name: Hélder Postiga
  • Position: Forward
  • Date of birth (Age): 02/08/1982 (33)
  • Country: Portugal
  • Club: Deportivo ( ESP)

  • Height: 182cm
  • Weight: 79kg

  • Currently playing:
    • UEFA European Football Championship 2014/16

  • UEFA competition debut:
  • Club: UEFA Champions League (Second qualifying round)
    01/08/01: Barry 3-1 Porto
  • National team: UEFA European Under-16 Championship (Qualifying round)
    02/03/99: FYR Macedonia 2-3 Portugal

Career statistics

National team record in UEFA competitions

Portugal U-211411
Portugal U-1841
Portugal U-1672

Club record in UEFA competitions

UEFA Champions League
UEFA Super Cup
UEFA Europa League
Last updated: 15/11/2014 01:28 CET