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Signed last summer by Club Atlético de Madrid after one successful season with SC Braga, which brought him international honours with Portugal and a runners-up medal in the UEFA Europa League, Sílvio is an industrious full-back who likes to break forward at every opportunity.

• Started his career in the youth set-up at SL Benfica but did not graduate to senior status at the club, instead making his professional debut in Portugal's lower leagues with Atlético Cacém and Odivelas FC.

• Joined top-flight Rio Ave FC in 2008 and made his Liga bow against Benfica on 24 August 2008; appeared in 45 Liga matches in two seasons for the northern outfit but failed to score.

• Left for Braga in summer 2010, making his debut as a half-time substitute in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League play-off against Sevilla FC.

• Played every minute of the Arsenalistas' run to the 2011 UEFA Europa League final (round of 32 onwards) after they dropped into the competition from the UEFA Champions League.

• Scored on his Liga debut for Braga – in a 1-0 home win against CS Marítimo on 29 August 2010 − and earned his first cap for Portugal nine days later in a UEFA EURO 2012 qualifier against Norway in Oslo.

• A bit-part player for Atlético in 2011/12, he missed the last two months of the season, and the build-up to the UEFA European Championship, after undergoing surgery to resolve a troublesome knee injury

UEFA honours
UEFA Europa League:
runner-up 2011

Last updated: 13/04/12 11.21CET

Match log

UEFA Best Player in Europe Award

Team of the Year

General info

  • Name: Sílvio
  • Position: Defender
  • Date of birth (Age): 28/09/1987 (27)
  • Country: Portugal
  • Squad number: 28
  • Club: Benfica ( POR)

  • Height: 178cm
  • Weight: 72kg

  • Currently playing:
    • UEFA Champions League 2015/16

  • UEFA competition debut:
  • Club: UEFA Europa League (Third qualifying round)
    28/07/11: Atlético 2-1 Strømsgodset

Career statistics

Club record in UEFA competitions

UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa League
Last updated: 26/11/2015 01:05 CET