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Helder Postiga

Helder Postiga
Complete Name: Helder Manuel Marques Postiga
Nationality: Portuguese
Place of Birth: Povoa de Varzim, Portugal
Date of Birth: August 2 1982
Height: 179cm
Weight: 79 kg
National Team: Portugal
Current Club: FC Porto (Portugal)
Position: Forward


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Club career history

Varzim SC (Portugal), FC Porto (Portugal), Tottenham Hotspur (England), FC Porto (Portugal)


2004 Second du Championship d'Europe (Portugal)


Hélder Manuel Marques Postiga, or Hélder Postiga for short, (born 2 August 1982 in Vila do Conde) is a Portuguese football player who plays as a striker.

He started his career at Varzim SC, north of Porto and he later joined the FC Porto youth teams and continued to progress until he got to the senior B-Team. Here the coach Fernando Santos chose him for the first team in some occasions and Postiga did well.

After coach Octávio Machado came to FC Porto, Postiga joined the main squad. He soon revealed a talent of scoring goals and was decisive in some FC Porto wins. After the legendary coach José Mourinho assumed command of the team, Postiga exploded. He scored 13 goals at the age of 20 and soon became a star in FC Porto's frontline, alongside Derlei, and also Postiga was also a permanent selection for the Portuguese national under-21 team by this time. Such a young star wouldn't stay for long in Portugal and after winning the 2002/2003 Portuguese SuperLiga championship, Postiga went to English club Tottenham Hotspur.

Unadapted to the English style of football, Postiga only managed to score two goals, and his reputation as an up-coming star drastically decreased. He only stayed at Spurs for one season and then returned to FC Porto in a deal that sent midfielder Pedro Mendes to Tottenham in exchange. Despite his poor form on club level, Postiga managed to save the Portuguese national team from defeat against England during the 2004 European Championships, scoring a goal that would make the difference during the last minutes of the game.

FC Porto's coach Victor Fernandes included Hélder Postiga in the team for the 2004/2005 SuperLiga season, but Postiga would have another disappointing season, but following a change of coach at FC Porto, José Couceiro was the man who saved Postiga's season from complete disaster. Postiga was chosen as a starting player and he managed to score three goals before the end of the season.

But in 2005, after a promising pre-season, he went to the Porto 'B' team, because new coach Co Adriaanse was not happy with his championship perfomances. In January of 2006, to try to confirm his position in Portuguese team for 2006 World Cup he moved to Saint-Etienne and finally he found himself doing good perfomances and scoring goals again.

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