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Nuno Valente

Nuno Valente
 
Complete Name: Nuno Jorge Pereira Silva Valente
Nationality: Portuguese
Place of Birth: Lisbon, Portugal
Date of Birth: 12 September 1974
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 76 kg
National Team: Portugal
Current Club: Everton FC (England)
Position: Defender
 

Pictures

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Club career history

Portominise (Portugal), Sporting Lisbon (Portugal), CS Maritimo (Portugal), AD Liera (Portugal), FC Porto (Portugal), Everton FC (England)
 

Honours

UEFA Cup (2003)
Portuguese League (2003, 2004)
UEFA Champions League (2004)
FIFA World club Championship (2004)
 

Biography

Nuno Jorge Pereira Silva Valente, commonly known just as Nuno Valente is a football (soccer) player who plays on the left side of defence. He was born in Lisbon on 12 September 1974. He plays for Everton and has been capped 18 times for Portugal including several appearances at Euro 2004.

Valente began his career at Portuguese second division outfit Portominise. After only two years in the lower divisions he impressed a scout for Sporting Lisbon. Valente found his first team chances limited in Lisbon and despite success in winning the Portuguese cup in 1995 he was loaned out 1996/1997 to CS Maritimo. A young Jose Mourinho recognised hist talent and brought him to his then club, AD Liera.

Valente spent 2 years at AD Liera helping the club achieve successive promotions. In 2000 when Mourinho left to join FC Porto Valente and club mate Derlei were the first signings he made. Valente repaid Mourinho's faith in him with some good displays as Porto romped to the Portuguese title and won the UEFA Cup against Celtic. The following season Valente produced yet another stunning season helping his club to the Champions League Final. Porto won 3-0 against AS Monaco and for the second time in two years Valente was able to a collect a winners medal.

After Mourinho left for Chelsea Valente picked up a succession of injuries. In total he only played 8 games in that entire domestic season. He returned in time to face Inter Milan in the champions League quarter final but could not prevent his team losing 4-2 on aggregate.

After another poor season he was signed by Everton from Porto on the recommendation of his mentor Jose Mourinho at the end of August 2005 when the Merseyside club lost regular left-back Alessandro Pistone to injury.

Nuno Valente in action for Everton (2006).
 

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