Nuno Valente

Nuno Valente

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Nuno Jorge Pereira da Silva Valente, <small>OIH</small> (; born 12 September 1974) is a retired Portuguese footballer, who played as a left defender.

After settling with a club in his late 20's with F.C. Porto - he started out his career with Sporting Clube de Portugal, but never imposed there - he moved at 31 to England with Everton, where he finally retired after playing regularly in three out of four seasons.

A late bloomer in the international stage, Valente helped Portugal finish second in Euro 2004, a competition which was played in his country. He also participated in the 2006 World Cup.

Club career

Born in Lisbon, Valente began his career at second division club Portimonense Sporting Clube, loaned by hometown's Sporting Clube de Portugal. However, he found first team chances limited in the capital outfit and, despite success in helping win the Portuguese Cup in 1995, he was loaned for 1996&ndash;97 to fellow league side Club Sport Marítimo.

A young José Mourinho recognized Valente's talent and brought him to his then club, União de Leiria. He spent three years at Leiria, helping the club achieve successful seasons. In 2002, when Mourinho left to join F.C. Porto, Valente and teammate Derlei were the first signings made by the coach. Valente repaid Mourinho's faith in him with some good displays as Porto romped to victory in the national league, and won the UEFA Cup against Celtic FC (3–2).

The following season, Valente produced yet another excellent...
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