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Liédson da Silva Muniz (born 17 December 1977), simply known as Liédson, is a Brazilianmarker-born Portuguesemarker footballer currently playing for Sporting Clube de Portugal in the Portuguese first division, as a striker.

Nicknamed Levezinho ("Slender one") due to his light frame (only 63 kg), he has spent the bulk of his career in Portugalmarker, even representing its national team.

Club career

Brazil

Born in Cairu, Bahia, Liédson started his professional career at local club Coritiba Foot Ball Club, aged 22. Before then, he played amateur football on weekends, and worked in a supermarket during the week. He continued his career at Clube de Regatas do Flamengo and Sport Club Corinthians Paulista, traditional big clubs at Rio de Janeiromarker and São Paulomarker, respectively.

Sporting CP

Liédson was signed by Sporting Clube de Portugal for 2 million in the 2003 off–season. In the 2004–05 season, he was the top scorer in the Portuguese league, scoring 25 goals. The following season, Liédson finished second in the league scoring race, scoring 15 goals in 31 games (28 of which he played the full 90 minutes) with an impressive mark of 2899 minutes played. He was topscorer again in 2006–07, but the Lions only conquered one domestic cup.

Considered by many as one of the greatest strikers in Sporting history since the early performances of Fernando Peyroteo, Hector Yazalde (who scored 46 goals in 1973–74), Manuel Fernandes, Rui Jordão, Fernando Gomes, Jorge Cadete, Alberto Acosta and "Super" Mário Jardel, Liédson is also regarded as the club's top trademark player, since the departures of Luís Figo, Cristiano Ronaldo, Nani and Ricardo Quaresma. He also ranked the club's topscorer in the UEFA Champions League, after scoring the lonely goal in the 2008-09 group stage contest against FC Shakhtar Donetsk, on October 22, 2008. In the last group stage match, he also found the net — in a 2–5 home loss to FC Barcelona — for the 19th time in European competition, another club best; on 1 November 2008, he appeared in his 150 league match with the green-and-white striped jersey, 213 overall.

International career

Liédson expressed interest in playing for the Portuguese national team despite being Brazilian-born. He stated: "If one day I was called up to play, I wouldn’t hesitate for a second, as I feel right at home in Portugal." After the retirement of striker Pauleta, Liédson was one of the main candidates in line for succession, especially after countrymen Deco and Pepe's previous switches. Liédson's naturalization process created some controversy, as the Portuguese Football Players' Union (SJPF) in August 2009 publicly objected Portuguese Football Federation's (FPF) plans of expediting his citizenship.

After six years of residence in the country, Liédson received Portuguese nationality, being eligible to play for the country. On 26 August 2009, he was called-up by national coach Carlos Queiroz for the 2010 World Cup qualifiers against Denmark and Hungary. He made his debut against the former on 5 September, coming on as a substitute for Tiago at half-time. After having been booked, he netted the final 1–1 equalizer in the 85th minute, with a header from a corner.

International goals

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 September 5, 2009 Parken Stadiummarker, Copenhagenmarker, Denmarkmarker
1 – 1
1 – 1
World Cup 2010 Qualifying
2 October 10, 2009 Estádio da Luzmarker, Lisboamarker, Portugalmarker
2 – 0
3 – 0
World Cup 2010 Qualifying


Statistics

Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Coritiba 2001 9 5 9 5
Total 9 5 9 5
Flamengo 2002 24 14 24 14
Total 24 14 24 14
Corinthians 2003 14 10 14 10
Total 14 10 14 10
Sporting CP 2003–04 27 15 2 1 4 3 33 19
2004–05 31 25 2 1 14 9 47 35
2005–06 31 15 5 2 2 0 38 17
2006–07 28 15 6 6 5 0 39 21
2007–08 26 11 3 3 5 4 11 6 45 24
2008–09 26 17 2 2 3 4 4 2 35 25
2009–10 7 2 0 0 0 0 6 3 13 5
Total 176 100 20 15 8 8 46 23 250 146
Career total 223 129 20 15 8 8 46 23 297 175


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