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Fernando Meira
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Personal information
Full name Fernando José da Silva Freitas Meira
Date of birth 5 June 1978 (1978-06-05) (age 31) [1]
Place of birth    Guimarães, Portugal
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Central defender
Club information
Current club Zenit Saint Petersburg
Number 5
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1995–1998
1998–1999
1999–2000
2000–2002
2002–2008
2008–2009
2009–
Vitória Guimarães
Felgueiras
Vitória Guimarães
Benfica
Stuttgart
Galatasaray
Zenit Saint Petersburg
022 0(0)
033 0(0)
030 0(2)
046 0(2)
173 (11)
021 0(0)
022 0(1)   
National team2
2000– Portugal 054 0(2)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 12:25, 26 September 2009 (UTC).
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 9 February 2009.
* Appearances (Goals)

Meira in training with Stuttgart.
This is a Portuguese name; the first family name is Da Silva Freitas and the second is Meira.

Fernando José da Silva Freitas Meira (Portuguese pronunciation: [fɨɾˈnɐ̃du ˈmɐiɾɐ]; born 5 June 1978 in Guimarães) is a Portuguese footballer who currently plays for Russian club Zenit Saint Petersburg and the Portuguese national team.

Fernando Meira began his senior career in 1995 with Vitória de Guimarães, playing only one game in that season. Later, in the 1998–99 season, he moved to Felgueiras, from the Liga de Honra, playing 33 league games. In the next season, Meira returned to Vitória Guimarães again, where he showed his skills, making a superb season, and deserving the interest from other big teams.

He has won numerous caps for the Portugal national football team, including the 2004 Summer Olympics and 2006 FIFA World Cup. After being left off the squad for the 2002 FIFA World Cup, he earned a recall under new coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, including a great performance in the 2006 FIFA World Cup, playing all of the Portugal's seven games in the tournament.

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Club career

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Early career

He began his career with Vitória de Guimarães in 1995–96 and spent two further seasons there before moving down to the second division Felgueiras squad on loan. In 1998–99, Meira played 33 league games as Felgueiras narrowly missed out on promotion, finishing fifth, before returning to Vitória Guimarães for another fine season in which he scored his first goal in league football.[2]

Stuttgart (2002–08)

Later, S.L. Benfica paid 4 million, plus a player, for him in the summer of 2000 and the defender did not disappoint, earning the club captaincy and bolstering his reputation to the point that VfB Stuttgart paid €7.5 million for his skills in January 2002.[3] Stuttgart's general manager, Rolf Rüssmann, described the player as a "trophy" signing.[4] Meira made his team debut on 16 January 2002 in the Bundesliga's 19th round win against Hamburger SV.[5]

In 2002-03, Stuttgart coach Felix Magath fielded Fernando Meira in 31 Bundesliga matches, and only a suspension prevented him from featuring in all 34 as the club finished second (behind Bayern Munich) to clinch a place in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League. He missed two UEFA Cup matches, including the home defeat by Celtic in the fourth round's first leg, and, he scored one goal in the second round's home leg victory over Ferencváros.[6]

In the 2006-07 season, Meira was named Stuttgart's new captain by head coach Armin Veh,[7] making him the first Portuguese captain ever in the Bundesliga. The team made a perfect season by winning the Bundesliga trophy[8] and also by reaching DFB Pokal final. The Portuguese player led his team to the Bundesliga title for the first time in 15 years and this remains the only domestic title success Meira has enjoyed in his entire career.[9] It was one of the highest moments in all Meira's career deserving a national team call-up for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. In that season, Meira played 24 games, including the DFB Pokal final, and scored three goals.

Fernando Meira made 173 league appearances and scored 11 goals in his entire VfB Stuttgart campaign as[10] one of the best club defenders ever, leaving his mark in German football.

Galatasaray (2008–09)

On 20 July 2008, at the end of the 2007–08 season, Stuttgart removed Meira of the team captaincy and announced their intention to sell the player.[11] Shortly afterwards, on 22 July 2008, Meira signed with Turkish club Galatasaray for 4.5 million euros in a four-year contract.[12][13] He made his team debut in the 2008 Turkish Super Cup victory against Kayserispor.[14] Later, the 2008 UEFA Cup and UEFA Super Cup winners, Zenit Saint Petersburg, have targeted Fernando Meira ahead of the new Russian domestic season,[15] and the player says that he is happy to be the subject of interest from the club,[16] leaving the Turkish club before the end of the season. Meira's time in Turkey was a bit disappointing due to numerous mistakes he made in the defense line and confusion with his ever-changing playing position. Meira made 38 appearances in all competitions, and he won the 2008 Turkish Super Cup.[17]

Zenit St. Petersburg (2009–)

Zenit Saint Petersburg have found an agreement for Meira's transfer to the Russian club for €6.8 million.[18][19] The Portuguese player, previously tracked by Juventus and Liverpool[20], will wear number 3, the shirt that previously belonged to Martin Škrtel.[21] Meira made his league debut on 15 March in a 1-1 draw against Spartak Moscow, playing in initial line-up,[22] and he scored his first goal for Zenit in a 3–0 win over Tom Tomsk on 5 April 2009.[23]

International career

Meira made his international debut in 2000 but failed to secure a regular position until the 2006 FIFA World Cup.[24] The defender played in all of Portugal's seven games in the tournament, finishing fourth overall.[25] The player continued to be a regular fixture in the UEFA Euro 2008 tournament in Austria and Switzerland, appearing in all of Portugal's group stage games. However, he did not feature in their quarter final match against Germany. Portugal lost the game and Germany went on to the final of the tournament.[26]

Career statistics

Club

Club League Season League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Vitória Guimarães Portuguese Liga 1999–00 30 2 4 0 34 2
Total 30 2 4 0 34 2
Benfica Portuguese Liga 2000–01 31 0 3 0 2 0 36 0
2001–02 15 2 2 0 17 2
Total 46 2 5 0 2 0 53 2
Stuttgart Bundesliga 2001–02 14 2 0 0 14 2
2002–03 31 1 2 0 6 1 39 2
2003–04 32 1 3 0 8 0 43 1
2004–05 16 1 1 0 3 1 20 2
2005–06 32 0 2 0 6 0 40 0
2006–07 20 3 4 0 24 3
2007–08 28 3 3 0 6 0 37 3
Total 173 11 15 0 29 2 217 13
Galatasaray Süper Lig 2008–09 21 0 6 0 10 0 37 0
Total 21 0 6 0 10 0 37 0
Zenit Saint Petersburg Russian League 2009 22 1 2 0 2 0 26 1
Total 22 1 2 0 2 0 26 1
Career total 292 16 32 0 43 2 367 18
Last Update: 7 March 2010[27][28][29][30][31]

International

National team Year Apps Goals
Portugal 2000 2 0
2001 5 0
2002 4 0
2003 7 0
2004 1 0
2005 7 2
2006 10 0
2007 8 0
2008 10 0
2009 0 0
Total 54 2
Last Update: 12 May 2009[32][33]

Honours

Galatasaray

Stuttgart

Portugal

References

  1. ^ Fernando Meira's Profile, www.soccerway.com, accessed 14 July 2009.
  2. ^ Fernando Meira's Profile, www.portugoal.net, accessed 14 July 2009.
  3. ^ "Bundesliga reaches cash crossroads". ESPN. 2007-11-13. http://soccernet.espn.go.com/columns/story?id=481150&root=europe&cc=5739. Retrieved 2008-07-20. 
  4. ^ "Fernando Meira - Player profile". Sky Sports. http://www.skysports.com/football/euro2008/player-profiles/0,23132,13954_153392,00.html. Retrieved 2008-07-20. 
  5. ^ Bundesliga 2001/2002 .:. 19. Round, www.weltfussball.de, accessed 13 May 2009.
  6. ^ "Stuttgart 2-0 Ferencváros". www.uefa.com. 12 November 2002. http://www.uefa.com/competitions/uefacup/history/season=2002/round=1627/match=70315/report=lu.html. Retrieved 23 April 2009. 
  7. ^ "Don't look back". www.bundesliga.de. 02 August 2006. http://www.bundesliga.de/en/liga/news/2006/index.php?f=35768.php. Retrieved 12 May 2009. 
  8. ^ "VfB Stuttgart crowned Bundesliga champions". www.rte.ie. 19 May 2007. http://www.rte.ie/sport/2007/0519/page1141794.html. Retrieved 30 March 2009. 
  9. ^ "Fernando Meira: Top Class Stuttgart Defender on the Move: Spurs, Liverpool, Sunderland, Man City & Newcastle in Hunt". community.footballpools.com. 22 July 2008. http://community.footballpools.com/blog/2008/07/22/fernando-meira-top-class-stuttgart-defender-on-the-move. Retrieved 12 May 2009. 
  10. ^ "Fernando Meira's VfB Stuttgart profile". www.fvp.de. http://www.vfb.de/en/teams/spieler/2007/fernando-meira.php. Retrieved 12 March 2009. 
  11. ^ "Meira departs Going". vfb.de. 2008-07-20. http://www.vfb.de/en/aktuell/news/2008/24266.php. Retrieved 2008-07-20. 
  12. ^ "Portugal defender Fernando Meira leaves Stuttgart for Galatasaray". International Herald Tribune. 2008-07-23. http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/07/23/sports/EU-SOC-Stuttgart-Meira.php. Retrieved 2008-07-23. 
  13. ^ "Meira signs with Galatasaray". Galatasaray.org. 2008-07-22. http://www.galatasaray.org/kulup/haber/1532.php. Retrieved 2008-07-22. 
  14. ^ Turkish Super Cup - Match Details, www.tff.org, accessed 13 May 2009.
  15. ^ "Meira headed for Zenit?". www.portugoal.net. 19 February 2009. http://portugoal.net/index.php/more-galatasaray-news/601-meira-headed-for-zenit. Retrieved 31 March 2009. 
  16. ^ "Zenit’s Meira interest confirmed". www.portugoal.net. 19 February 2009. http://www.portugoal.net/index.php/more-galatasaray-news/606-zenits-meira-interest-confirmed. Retrieved 31 March 2009. 
  17. ^ "Galatasaray won the Super Cup!". www.galatasaray.org. 17 August 2008. http://www.galatasaray.org/en/kulup/haber/51.php. Retrieved 12 March 2009. 
  18. ^ "Fernando Meira plays for Zenit!". www.fc-zenit.ru. 11 March 2009. http://www.fc-zenit.ru/eng/details.phtml?id=5892. Retrieved 12 March 2009. 
  19. ^ "Zenit take Meira off Galatasaray's hands". www.uefa.com. 11 March 2009. http://www.uefa.com/competitions/uefacup/news/kind=1/newsid=809129.html. Retrieved 12 March 2009. 
  20. ^ "Liverpool, Juventus Chase Meira". www.goal.com. 4 July 2008. http://www.goal.com/en-us/Articolo.aspx?ContenutoId=763611. Retrieved 12 March 2009. 
  21. ^ "Fernando Meira chose shirt No 3". www.fc-zenit.ru. 11 March 2009. http://www.fc-zenit.ru/eng/details.phtml?id=5895. Retrieved 12 March 2009. 
  22. ^ Russia's Championship 2009, matchday 1, www.fc-zenit.ru, accessed 13 May 2009.
  23. ^ Russia's Championship 2009, matchday 3, www.fc-zenit.ru, accessed 13 May 2009.
  24. ^ 2006 FIFA World Cup Portuguese Squad, www.fifa.com, accessed 13 May 2009.
  25. ^ "2006 FIFA World Cup Germany". www.fifa.com. http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/archive/germany2006/index.html. Retrieved 31 March 2009. 
  26. ^ "Portugal ousted by German power show". en.euro2008.uefa.com. http://en.euro2008.uefa.com/tournament/matches/match=301699/index.html. Retrieved 31 March 2009. 
  27. ^ Fernando Meira's Profile, www.footballdatabase.com, accessed 14 July 2009.
  28. ^ Fernando Meira's Profile, www.serbenfiquista.com, accessed 14 July 2009.
  29. ^ Fernando Meira's Profile, www.weltfussball.de, accessed 13 May 2009.
  30. ^ Fernando Meira's Profile, www.tff.org, accessed 14 July 2009.
  31. ^ Fernando Meira's Profile, www.weltfussball.de, accessed 14 July 2009.
  32. ^ Fernando Meira's Profile, soccernet.espn.go.com, accessed 12 May 2009.
  33. ^ Fernando Meira's Profile, www.national-football-teams.com, accessed 12 May 2009.

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Simple English

Fernando Meira
Personal information
Full name Fernando José da Silva Freitas Meira
Date of birth 5 June 1978 (1978-06-05) (age 32)
Place of birth    Guimarães, Portugal
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Zenit Saint Petersburg
Number 5
Senior clubs
Years Club
1995-1998
1998-1999
1999-2000
2000-2001
2002-2008
2008-2009
2009-
Vitória SC
Felgueiras
Vitória SC
Benfica
Stuttgart
Galatasaray
Zenit Saint Petersburg
National team
2000-2008 Portugal

Fernando Meira (born 5 June 1978) is a Portuguese football player. He plays for Zenit Saint Petersburg.

Club career statistics

[1]

Club Performance League CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
PortugalLeague Cup of Portugal EuropeTotal
1995/96Vitória SCPortuguese Liga1010
1996/97140140
1997/988080
1998/99FelgueirasLiga Honra330330
1999/00Vitória SCPortuguese Liga30240-342
2000/01BenficaPortuguese Liga3103020360
2001/0215220-172
GermanyLeague DFB-Pokal EuropeTotal
2001/02StuttgartBundesliga14200-142
2002/033112061392
2003/043213080431
2004/051611031202
2005/063202060400
2006/0720340-243
2007/082833060373
TurkeyLeague Fortis Turkey Cup EuropeTotal
2008/09GalatasaraySüper Lig21060100370
RussiaLeague Russian Cup EuropeTotal
2009Zenit Saint PetersburgPremier League2212020261
2009
CountryPortugal 132490201434
Germany 1731115029221713
Turkey 21060100370
Russia 2212020261
Total 3481632043242318

International career statistics

Portugal national team
YearAppsGoals
200020
200150
200240
200370
200410
200572
2006100
200780
200880
Total522

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