Miguel Veloso

Miguel Veloso

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Miguel Luís Pinto Veloso (born 11 May 1986) is a Portuguese footballer who plays for Genoa C.F.C. and the Portuguese national team.

Mainly a defensive midfielder, he can also operate as an offensive left back.

Club career

Born in Coimbra, Veloso started his football career at S.L. Benfica, but was rejected for being slightly overweight at the time. Later, at the age of 14, he entered Lisbon neighbours Sporting Clube de Portugal's youth system. There, he was promoted to the first team for the 2004–05 pre-season, which took place mainly in England; he started out as a central defender.

In order to give him more playing time, Sporting loaned Veloso to Clube Desportivo Olivais e Moscavide in the third level, and he helped it promote with a career-best seven goals. As a result, he was recalled by the Lions, though it appeared difficult for him to grab a spot in Sporting's starting team, because of the presence of players with much more experience, such as Ânderson Polga, Tonel, Marco Caneira or Custódio. Veloso ended up playing in 23 league matches in the season, as Sporting (again) finished second. He was equally impressive in his UEFA Champions League debut, a 1–0 home win against F.C. Internazionale Milano, where he stopped Patrick Vieira and Luís Figo from playing effectively. Before the match, much was made of Figo's homecoming, but by the end of the 90 minutes, all the talk was about Veloso, who turned in a Man of the......
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