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Hélder Manuel Marques Postiga (born 2 August 1982 in Vila do Condemarker) is a Portuguesemarker footballer who currently plays for Sporting Clube de Portugal and the Portuguese national team, as a striker.

Club career

Postiga started his career at northern side Varzim S.C. He later joined the F.C. Porto's youth teams and continued to progress until he got to the senior B-team. At the time, coach Octávio Machado picked him for the first team on some occasions and Postiga performed well.

After José Mourinho assumed command of the team, Postiga exploded. He scored 13 goals in 2002-03 (before his 21st birthday) and soon became a star in Porto's frontline, alongside Derlei. Postiga had also earned a permanent selection for the Portuguese under-21 team by this time.

After winning the 2003 national championship, Postiga went to English club Tottenham Hotspur for a fee of around £5.5 million.He failed to adapt to the English style of football, only managing to score two goals, one in the league against Liverpool one in the League Cup against Manchester City.As a result, his reputation as an upcoming star drastically decreased.

Postiga then returned to Porto in a deal that sent Pedro Mendes to Tottenham in exchange,with new coach Víctor Fernández including him in the team for the 2004-05 campaign. Postiga had another disappointing season but, following José Couceiro's appointment as coach, he managed to score three goals before the end of the season. In 2005, after a promising pre-season, he was demoted to the club's B team, because new coach Co Adriaanse was not happy with his performances. In January 2006, to try to confirm his position in the Portuguese team for the 2006 World Cup, he moved, on loan, to AS Saint-Étienne, where he scored two French League goals against FC Metz and Le Mans Union Club 72, both resulting in 1-0 away victories.

He then returned to Porto for 2006-07 where, due to the managerial changes at the club, he found himself back in the first team. Postiga's first few games were a huge improvement from his 2005-06 form. A regular starter for the team, he nonetheless fell out of favour towards the end of the season, losing his place to Brazilianmarker Adriano. However, he still managed to score ten league goals.

In January 2008, after having again fallen out of favour, Postiga moved to Panathinaikos FC for a six-month loan period.His first goal for the club came in the Athens derby against AEK Athens, in which he equalised (1-1).

On 1 June 2008, it was announced that Postiga had made a shock move to Portuguese rivals Sporting Clube de Portugal, signing a three-year contract for a reported transfer fee of 2.5 million.On 1 September, he netted his first club goal, the only in a victory at S.C. Braga.

Club statistics



International career

A Portuguese internationalsince 2003, Postiga managed to save the side from defeat against Englandduring the 2004 European Championships, scoring a late equaliser, as Portugal would prevail in the penalty shootout. He was subsequently summoned for the 2006 World Cupside, starting against Mexicoin a 2-1 win.

In Euro 2008's quarterfinals, he also scored a late goal against Germany, although Portugal lost 3-2.



Honours



References

  1. Tottenham turn to Postiga
  2. Postiga back at Porto
  3. Panathinaikos take on Porto's Postiga
  4. Postiga leaves Porto for Sporting


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2001-02 FC Porto Portuguese League 27 9
2002-03 31 13 - 12 5

2003-04 Tottenham Hotspur Premier League 19 1

2004-05 FC Porto Portuguese League 24 3
2005-06 2 0

2005-06 Saint-Étienne French League 16 2

2006-07 FC Porto Portuguese League 24 10
2007-08 5 1

2007-08 Panathinaikos Greek League 10 2

2008-09 Sporting CP Portuguese League 19 5
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# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. June 10, 2003 Lisbonmarker, Portugal 3-0 4-0 Friendly
2. June 10, 2003 Lisbonmarker, Portugal 4-0 4-0 Friendly
3. June 5, 2004 Estádio do Bonfimmarker, Setúbalmarker, Portugal 4-1 4-1 Friendly
4. June 24, 2004 Lisbonmarker, Portugal 1-1 2-2 UEFA Euro 2004
5. August 19, 2004 Pankritio Stadiummarker, Herakliomarker, Athensmarker 2-4 2-4 2004 Olympic Games
6. September 8, 2004 Lisbonmarker, Portugal 2-0 4-0 2006 World Cup Qualifying
7. September 8, 2004 Lisbonmarker, Portugal 4-0 4-0 2006 World Cup Qualifying
8. March 26, 2005 Lisbonmarker, Portugal 3-0 4-1 Friendly
9. March 30, 2005 Lisbonmarker, Portugal 1-1 1-1 2006 World Cup Qualifying
10. June 2, 2007 Koning Boudewijn Stadionmarker, Brusselsmarker, Belgium 2-1 2-1 UEFA Euro 2008 Qualifying
11. June 19, 2008 St. Jakob Parkmarker, Baselmarker, Switzerland 2-3 2-3 UEFA Euro 2008

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