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 Europa League: winner 2011
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