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Danny
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Personal information
Full name Daniel Miguel Alves Gomes
Date of birth August 7, 1983 (1983-08-07) (age 26)
Place of birth    Caracas, Venezuela
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Attacking Midfielder
Club information
Current club Zenit St. Petersburg
Number 10
Youth career
1999–2001 Marítimo
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
2001–2002
2002–2004
2003–2004
2005–2008
2008–
Marítimo
Sporting CP
Marítimo (loan)
Dynamo Moscow
Zenit St. Petersburg
10 0(5)
12 0(0)
22 0(1)
97 (75)
19 0(12)   
National team2
2003–2006
2008–
Portugal U21
Portugal

08 0(1)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 13 March 2010.
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 11 September 2008.
* Appearances (Goals)

This is a Portuguese name; the first family name is Alves and the second is Gomes.

Daniel Miguel Alves Gomes (born 7 August 1983 in Caracas), commonly known as just Danny, is a Venezuelan-born Portuguese footballer who currently plays as an attacking midfielder for Zenit Saint Petersburg in the Russian Premier League.

Danny is also a member of the Portuguese national team.

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Club career

Born into a Portuguese family, Danny moved to the island of Madeira at a young age from Caracas, Venezuela. There he would developed his football skills in the youth teams of Marítimo, making his breakthrough into the first team at the end of the 2001-02 season, scoring five goals in 10 games.

Having signed to Portuguese Liga powerhouse Sporting Clube de Portugal for 2.1 million after that sole season, Danny was immediately loaned back to Marítimo, returning in June 2004. On February 2005, he joined Russia's Dynamo Moscow, a club that was signing a large number of Portuguese and Portugal-based players at the time (namely Maniche and Derlei). He would eventually be the one with the most success in Russia, being awarded the best Dynamo player of the 2005 season.

On 24 August 2008, Danny was bought by Zenit Saint Petersburg for a fee of €30 million, which made him the most expensive player of the Russian League.[1] He made his club debut in the 2008 UEFA Super Cup game against Manchester United, where he scored the winning goal, later being named Man of the Match in a 2–1 final win.[2] As Zenit finished the season in fifth place, Danny contributed with ten league goals, the competition's joint second-best.

International career

Danny and Christian Poulsen challenge for the ball during Portugal's 3–2 defeat to Denmark on 10 September 2008.

On 20 August 2008, Danny made his debut for Portugal in a friendly against the Faroe Islands, a 5–0 home win.

Previously, he appeared with the nation at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, while also playing regularly with the under-21s.

Club statistics

Club Season League Cup Europe Other[3] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Marítimo 2001–02 10 5 0 0 10 5
Total 10 5 0 0 10 5
Sporting CP 2002–03 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Marítimo 2003–04 22 1 0 0 22 1
Total 22 1 0 0 22 1
Sporting CP 2004–05 11 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
Total 11 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
Dynamo Moscow 2005 27 4 4 2 31 6
2006 24 2 5 1 29 3
2007 28 5 6 1 34 6
2008 18 4 1 0 19 4
Total 97 15 16 4 113 19
Zenit St. Petersburg 2008 10 5 0 0 10 2 1 1 21 8
2009 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
2010 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Total 19 6 0 0 10 2 1 1 30 9

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