Nuno Miguel Barbosa Morais
(born 29 January 1984 in Penafiel
) is a Portuguese footballer
who plays for APOEL F.C.
He is mainly a defensive midfielder
, but he can also appear as a central defender
Morais started his career at hometown F.C. Penafiel
, but in August 2004 was signed by England
for an undisclosed fee, in a three-year contract after a successful trial period.; BBC Sport
, 29 August 2004 He made his Chelsea debut in an FA Cup
victory over Scunthorpe United
in January 2005, playing the full 90 minutes.
However, Morais found first-team opportunities limited, spending most of the time with the reserves, and was loaned to C.S. Marítimo
in the 2005–06 season
, alongside compatriot Filipe Oliveira
. In that summer, he appeared twice for the Portuguese under-21s
at the 2006 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship
on home soil, with Oliveira.
Returning to Chelsea, he only appeared twice in the league
, totalling less than twenty minutes in home draws against Manchester United
and Everton F.C.
combined. On 11 May 2007, Morais signed a two-year deal with Cypriot champions APOEL FC
, on a free transfer
During his time there, Morais was reconverted to a defensive midfielder
, and signed a new contract until June 2012. Since his debuts, he was an essential defensive unit, as the side won, amongst other trophies, two championships
, one cup
and two super cups
; he also... Read More