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Although he has blown hot and cold at international level with Portugal, Danny enjoys superstar status in Russia, where he won both domestic trophies in 2010 with FC Zenit St Petersburg and was also named the Premier-Liga player of the year. A refined technician, he has the skill and vision to unlock any defence.

• Born to Portuguese parents in the Venezuelan capital of Caracas, Danny moved to Madeira at a young age and developed his footballing talent at local club CS Marítimo.

• After scoring five goals in 20 games in his debut Liga campaign for the islanders, he moved to Lisbon to join Sporting Clube de Portugal but was immediately dispatched back to Madeira on loan, remaining there for 18 months.

• Back at Sporting for the 2004/05 season, he struggled once again to make an impact and was transferred mid-campaign to FC Dinamo Moskva, where, playing alongside several other Portuguese imports, he was to make the most favourable impression.

• Went on to score 16 goals in 97 Premier-Liga appearances for Dinamo before switching his allegiance to Zenit in August 2008 for a fee of €30m.

• Scored the winner and named man of the match on his debut against Manchester United FC in the UEFA Super Cup – nine days after making his first appearance for Portugal, in a friendly against the Faroe Islands – and struck twice in his maiden UEFA Champions League campaign, his first goal coming against Real Madrid CF.

• Suffered serious ligament damage to his right knee in May 2009 but returned in style the following year, inspiring Zenit to a domestic double despite a disappointing summer interlude with Portugal at the FIFA World Cup.

• Had inspired Zenit to a six-point lead in the transitional 18-month 2011/12 campaign when he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee at a winter training camp in Florence, an injury which ruled him out of UEFA EURO 2012.

UEFA honours
UEFA Super Cup:
winner 2008

Last updated: 27/04/12 17.33CET

Match log

The home team is listed first.Last updated: 25/11/2015 01:08 CET
11.10.2014Friendlies 2014-16First roundFranceFrance2-1PortugalPortugal8500
14.10.2014UEFA EUROQualifying roundDenmarkDenmark0-1PortugalPortugal7700
14.11.2014UEFA EUROQualifying roundPortugalPortugal1-0ArmeniaArmenia7000
18.11.2014Friendlies 2014-16Final tournament - Group stagePortugalPortugal1-0ArgentinaArgentina4600
29.03.2015UEFA EUROQualifying roundPortugalPortugal2-1SerbiaSerbia8600
13.06.2015UEFA EUROQualifying roundArmeniaArmenia2-3PortugalPortugal6300
26.07.2015Russian Premier LeagueUralUral1-4ZenitZenit010
01.08.2015Russian Premier LeagueZenitZenit3-0TerekTerek1610
09.08.2015Russian Premier LeagueUfaUfa0-1ZenitZenit2010
15.08.2015Russian Premier LeagueZenitZenit0-2KrasnodarKrasnodar8100
24.08.2015Russian Premier LeagueRubinRubin1-3ZenitZenit1100
29.08.2015Russian Premier LeagueZenitZenit1-3Krylya SovetovKrylya Sovetov2900
04.09.2015Friendlies 2014-16First roundPortugalPortugal0-1FranceFrance1100
07.09.2015UEFA EUROQualifying roundAlbaniaAlbania0-1PortugalPortugal7600
12.09.2015Russian Premier LeagueCSKA MoskvaCSKA Moskva2-2ZenitZenit8300
16.09.2015UEFA Champions LeagueGroup stageValenciaValencia2-3ZenitZenit9001
20.09.2015Russian Premier LeagueZenitZenit1-1AmkarAmkar9000
23.09.2015Russian CupFifth roundVolga TverVolga Tver0-3ZenitZenit12000
26.09.2015Russian Premier LeagueSpartak MoskvaSpartak Moskva2-2ZenitZenit9001
29.09.2015UEFA Champions LeagueGroup stageZenitZenit2-1GentGent9000
03.10.2015Russian Premier LeagueZenitZenit3-0RostovRostov9010
08.10.2015UEFA EUROQualifying roundPortugalPortugal1-0DenmarkDenmark1400
11.10.2015UEFA EUROQualifying roundSerbiaSerbia1-2PortugalPortugal5701
17.10.2015Russian Premier LeagueKubanKuban2-2ZenitZenit9001
20.10.2015UEFA Champions LeagueGroup stageZenitZenit3-1LyonLyon8910
24.10.2015Russian Premier LeagueZenitZenit5-1AnjiAnji9001
31.10.2015Russian Premier LeagueZenitZenit0-0MordoviaMordovia9000
04.11.2015UEFA Champions LeagueGroup stageLyonLyon0-2ZenitZenit9000
08.11.2015Russian Premier LeagueLokomotiv MoskvaLokomotiv Moskva2-0ZenitZenit9000
21.11.2015Russian Premier LeagueZenitZenit3-0UralUral6700
24.11.2015UEFA Champions LeagueGroup stageZenitZenit2-0ValenciaValencia9001

UEFA Best Player in Europe Award

Team of the Year

General info

  • Name: Danny
  • Position: Midfield
  • Date of birth (Age): 07/08/1983 (32)
  • Country: Portugal
  • Squad number: 10
  • Club: Zenit ( RUS)

  • Height: 178cm
  • Weight: 70kg

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

  • UEFA competition debut:
  • Club: UEFA Champions League (Third qualifying round)
    27/08/02: Internazionale 2-0 Sporting CP
  • National team: UEFA European Under-19 Championship (Preliminary round)
    20/11/01: Moldova 0-2 Portugal

Career statistics

National team record in UEFA competitions

Portugal U-21120
Portugal U-1950

Club record in UEFA competitions

UEFA Champions League
Sporting CP10
UEFA Super Cup
UEFA Europa League
Sporting CP40
Last updated: 25/11/2015 01:08 CET