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Carlos Secretário

Carlos Secretário
Personal information
Full name Carlos Alberto de Oliveira Secretário
Date of birth (1970-05-12) 12 May 1970
Place of birth São João da Madeira, Portugal
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Right back
Youth career
1984–1985 Sanjoanense
1985–1986 Sporting CP
1986–1988 Porto
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1989 Gil Vicente 29 (2)
1989–1991 Penafiel 64 (2)
1991–1992 Famalicão 31 (2)
1992–1993 Braga 31 (2)
1993–1996 Porto 86 (6)
1996–1997 Real Madrid 13 (0)
1998–2004 Porto 129 (0)
2004–2005 Maia 24 (0)
Total 407 (14)
National team
1992–1993 Portugal U21 7 (0)
1994–2001 Portugal 35 (1)
Teams managed
2007–2008 Maia
2008–2009 Lousada
2009 Arouca
2012–2013 Salgueiros 08

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Carlos Alberto de Oliveira Secretário (born 12 May 1970) is a Portuguese retired footballer who played mainly as a right back.

During his 17-year career, in which he appeared in 341 Primeira Liga games and scored 12 goals, he played for six clubs in his country including Porto, with which he won 18 major titles. He also briefly represented Real Madrid.

Secretário played more than 30 times with the Portuguese national team, representing the country in two European Championships.


  • Club career 1
  • International career 2
  • Honours 3
    • Club 3.1
    • Country 3.2
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Club career

After making his professional debuts with Gil Vicente F.C. in the second division, Secretário, who was born in São João da Madeira and started his career as a midfielder, moved to the Primeira Liga with F.C. Penafiel in 1989, then spent one additional season with fellow league club F.C. Famalicão. In 1992–93 he signed with S.C. Braga, where he spent another campaign.

In the 1993 summer Secretário joined league club FC Porto, quickly establishing himself as an undisputed starter, in defense or midfield – after João Domingos Pinto's retirement, he played almost exclusively as a right back – and helping the northerners to two leagues, one Cup and one Supercup in his first spell. He attracted attention from Real Madrid, which signed the player in July 1996, but he would encounter extreme difficulties in carving a starting niche with the Spanish team, which was aggravated with the January 1997 signing of Italian Christian Panucci;[1] in a bizarre incident in a game against Real Betis at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, a delay was caused by a rabbit presumably thrown into the fray from the terraces, and he was quick enough to catch it. "Secretário may or may be not a good player," said TV commentator Arsenio Iglesias at the time, "but he is indeed a great hunter."[2]

Secretário returned to Porto in January 1998 for six 1/2 additional seasons, and would go on to conquer the UEFA Cup and the UEFA Champions League in back-to-back years, although he was now only backup to emergent Paulo Ferreira. On 14 March 2002 he was sent off during a 2–1 continental home win over Panathinaikos FC, receiving a three-match suspension.[3]

In June 2005, Secretário retired after one year with F.C. Maia (second level). Two years later he started his coaching career with the same side, but it was now in the fourth. He continued working in the lower leagues in the following seasons.

International career

Secretário earned 35 caps for Portugal, and played at the 1996 and 2000 European Championships. In both cases second-choice, he totalled three appearances.

Carlos Secretário: International goals
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 3 June 1995 Estádio das Antas, Porto, Portugal  Latvia 2–0 3–2 Euro 1996 qualifying



Real Madrid



  1. ^ Secretario medita negociar su traspaso (Secretário thinks about a buy-out); El Mundo, 11 January 1997 (Spanish)
  2. ^ They think it's all over … it is meow, as cat invades Anfield pitch; The Guardian, 7 February 2012
  3. ^ Secretário gets three-match ban;, 14 March 2002

External links

  • Carlos Secretário at
  • Carlos Secretário profile at ForaDeJogo
  • Carlos Secretário manager stats at ForaDeJogo
  • Carlos Secretário profile at BDFutbol
  • Carlos Secretário at
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