Helton Arruda

Helton Arruda

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Helton da Silva Arruda (born 18 May 1978), simply Helton, is a Brazilian footballer who plays for F.C. Porto in the Portuguese first division, as a goalkeeper.

Club career


Born in São Gonçalo, Rio de Janeiro, Helton emerged through Vasco da Gama's youth system. He first attracted attention after winning the Brazilian League and the Mercosur Cup with the club in 2000.

União de Leiria

In 2002, Helton's contract with Vasco expired and he signed with Portuguese club União de Leiria. At the end of the 2004–05 season, after being first-choice during two of his three seasons, he signed with F.C. Porto.


It seemed that Helton was destined to spend a long time bench-warming, as Porto legend Vítor Baía barred his way into the first team. However, Helton got his chance sooner than expected when Dutch coach Co Adriaanse summarily dropped Baía after a mistake against C.F. Estrela da Amadora cost Porto a goal and away defeat, on 15 January 2006 (1–2).

Initial criticism for what was seen as excessively harsh treatment meted out to the popular Baía by the coach was soon dissipated as a string of assured performances proved Helton was worthy of the number one spot. He celebrated his first year at the club with the domestic double (league and cup).

Helton continued to be an undisputed starter for Porto in the subsequent seasons, as the club won four consecutive league championships. In 2008–09's Portuguese Cup, however, he stayed on the bench, as Nuno......
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