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Hugo Miguel Pereira de Almeida (born 23 May 1984 in Figueira da Foz) is a Portuguesemarker footballer who currently plays for SV Werder Bremen in the German League, as a centre forward.

Club career

Portugal

Almeida started playing football for hometown club Associação Naval 1º de Maio, before being spotted by F.C. Porto. He made his first division debut in a 2–0 home win over S.L. Benfica, on September 21, 2003, playing three minutes. However, unable to settle at first, he had loan spells with União de Leiria (with which he had already played in the previous season, also on loan) and Boavista FC.

Almeida returned to Porto in 2005–06, being a relatively important part on a side that was crowned national champions. During that season's UEFA Champions League, he also scored a spectacular goal from a 35-metre free-kick against Internazionale Milan at the San Siromarker, albeit in a 1–2 loss.

Werder Bremen

Almeida served another loan stint in 2006–07, with a solid debut season at Bundesliga's SV Werder Bremen, totaling 10 goals in 41 appearances (all competitions). After seeing his chances at Porto definitely cut down with the arrival of strikers Edgar and Ernesto Farías in August 2007, he decided to accept Bremen's offer for a permanent switch, penning a four-year deal worth 4m. With the departure of Miroslav Klose, who signed for FC Bayern Munich, Almeida's chances of first-team action improved dramatically, and he started 2007–08 in scoring fashion, netting seven times in his first 12 league games. He would finish the season with 16 goals in all competitions, only surpassed in the team by Diego's 17.

In 2008–09, another solid season: Almeida scored nine goals in the league, adding four in just five matches for the eventual cup winners. In the Champions League, he netted two more, being named the "Fans' Man of the Match" in the 2–2 away draw against Anorthosis Famagusta.

International career

Almeida played at every level in international competitions, from the under-15 to the main Portuguese national team. He made his full debut in a friendly match against England on 18 February 2004, in a 1–1 tie, and was also part of the Portuguese team that won the 2003 Toulon Tournament, also appearing at the 2004 and 2006 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship finals.

Almeida was called for Portugal's final three Euro 2008 qualifiers, starting against Azerbaijan and scoring his first international goal. He also scored in the follow-up, a 1–0 win over Armenia. These goals proved vital, as Portugal clinched a tournament spot.

In Carlos Queiroz's second stint as national side coach, Almeida netted in a 4–0 away on 6 September 2008 against Malta in the 2010 World Cup qualifier. His importance diminished in late 2009, after the naturalization of Sporting Clube de Portugal's Liédson.

Club statistics

Club League Season League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
FC Porto Portuguese Liga 2005–06 27 3 1 0 6 1 34 4
Total 27 3 1 0 6 1 34 4
Werder Bremen Bundesliga 2006–07 28 5 1 0 12 4 41 9
2007–08 23 11 2 1 11 4 36 16
2008–09 27 9 5 4 11 3 43 16
2009–10 6 3 1 0 2 2 9 5
Total 84 28 9 5 36 13 129 46
Career total 111 31 10 5 42 14 163 50
Last Update: 28 November 2009


References

  1. Almeida made for Bremen
  2. Hugo Almeida earns Bremen deal
  3. Klose heeds Bayern call at last
  4. Almeida brings Anorthosis back to earth
  5. Scolari gives youth a chance
  6. Pride of Porto and Portugal
  7. Almeida takes Portugal to the brink


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