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Marco Caneira

This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Simões and the second or paternal family name is Caneira.
Marco Caneira
Personal information
Full nameMarco António Simões Caneira
Date of birth (1979-02-09) 9 February 1979 (age 35)
Place of birthSintra, Portugal
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing positionCentre back
Club information
Current clubVideoton
Youth career
1992–1997Sporting CP
Senior career*
1996–2000Sporting CP1(0)
1996–1997Lourinhanense (loan)
1998Salgueiros (loan)3(0)
1998–1999Beira-Mar (loan)12(0)
1999–2000Alverca (loan)17(0)
2000–2003Inter Milan0(0)
2000–2001Reggina (co-ownership)22(0)
2001–2002Benfica (loan)27(0)
2002–2003Bordeaux (loan)30(0)
2004–2005Valencia (loan)22(1)
2006–2007Sporting CP (loan)40(1)
2008–2011Sporting CP28(0)
National team
1999–2001Portugal U2119(0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 3 November 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).

Marco António Simões Caneira (born 9 February 1979) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Videoton FC in Hungary. He preferably plays as a central defender, but is equally at ease on the right or the left flank.

A youth graduate at Sporting, he started his career at the club, also appearing briefly for Benfica in his country, and represented Valencia in La Liga for a couple of years before returning to Sporting.

Internationally, Caneira appeared for Portugal at two World Cups.

Club career

Early years

Born in Sintra, Lisbon, Caneira began his career at the Sporting Clube de Portugal youth system, eventually graduating to the senior squad and making his first-team debuts while still only a junior (aged 17). After signing a professional contract, he immediately went on loan to fellow top division outfit S.C. Beira-Mar.

Caneira, along with fellow Sporting players Paulo Costa and Vasco Faísca, was then involved in a somewhat complicated 2000 transfer between F.C. Alverca, who had gained 50% of their rights, and F.C. Internazionale Milano. He was immediately sent to Reggina Calcio, in a co-ownership bid.[1][2] After a season he was bought back from Reggina[3] and sent to S.L. Benfica, on a two-year long loan.

Bordeaux / Valencia

After 2001–02, however, Caneira left for another loan spell, this time with Ligue 1 giants FC Girondins de Bordeaux, where he enjoyed a successful season. Indeed, at the end of the campaign, the club officially signed him from Inter, handing him a four-year contract.[4]

After his second season at Bordeaux Caneira was loaned out again, this time to Valencia CF, which the French had faced twice in the 2003–04 UEFA Champions League.[5] His move became permanent in summer 2005.[6]


After one 1/2 seasons at Valencia, Caneira returned to Portugal and Sporting in January 2006,[7] where he displayed consistent defensive performances, also scoring a rare goal against former owners Inter Milan in the following season's Champions League, in a 12 September home win (1–0).[8] In August 2007, although he had reached an agreement for a further five-year loan with the Lions,[9] he returned to the Quique Flores-led team.

After appearing rarely on the second Valencia stint, Caneira returned for a third one with Sporting, for 3.5 million, signing a four-year contract on 25 June 2008.[10] He appeared in 32 official games in his first season (21 in the league, helping his team to the second place), but fell out of favour in the following years, inclusively not being given a jersey for the 2010–11 campaign, and he left the club in June 2011.

Late career

In the very last day of the 2011 summer transfer window, 32-year-old Caneira signed with Videoton FC in Hungary, sharing teams with three compatriots, including former international teammate Paulo Sousa, who acted as the club's manager. On 25 October 2012 he scored only his fourth goal as a professional, netting from close range after a corner kick in an eventual 2–1 home win against FC Basel for the season's UEFA Europa League.[11]

International career

A Portuguese international since 2002, Caneira was selected for the squad that appeared in that year's FIFA World Cup, but did not play in the tournament held in Japan and South Korea.

Left out of the squad for UEFA Euro 2004 he returned for the 2006 World Cup, playing in Portugal's last group stage match against Mexico (2–1 win).



  • Portuguese Cup: 1998–99




Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Portugal League Taça de Portugal Taça da Liga Europe Total
1995/96 Sporting Primeira Liga 1 0
1996/97 0 0
1997/98 Salgueiros Primeira Liga 3 0
1998/99 Beira-Mar Primeira Liga 12 0
1999/00 Alverca Primeira Liga 17 0
Italy League Coppa Italia League Cup Europe Total
2000/01 Reggina Serie A 22 0
Portugal League Taça de Portugal Taça da Liga Europe Total
2001/02 Benfica Primeira Liga 27 0
France League Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue Europe Total
2002/03 Bordeaux Ligue 1 30 0 4 0 34 0
2003/04 35 0 5 0 40 0
Spain League Copa del Rey Copa de la Liga Europe Total
2004/05 Valencia La Liga 22 1 6 0 28 0
2005/06 5 0 2 0 7 0
Portugal League Taça de Portugal Taça da Liga Europe Total
2005/06 Sporting Primeira Liga 15 1
2006/07 25 0 5 1 30 1
Spain League Copa del Rey Copa de la Liga Europe Total
2007/08 Valencia La Liga 19 0 6 0 4 0 29 0
Portugal League Taça de Portugal Taça da Liga Europe Total
2008/09 Sporting Primeira Liga 21 0 1 0 3 0 6 0 31 0
2009/10 7 0 1 0 5 0 13 0
Hungary League Hungarian Cup League Cup Europe Total
2011/12 Videoton Nemzeti Bajnokság I 21 0 5 0 6 0 0 0 32 0
2012/13 20 1 4 0 5 0 11 1 40 2
2013/14 11 0 1 0 2 0 1 0 15 0
Country Portugal 128 1 2 0 3 0 16 1 149 2
Italy 22 0
France 65 0 9 0 74 0
Spain 46 1 6 0 12 0 64 1
Hungary 52 1 10 0 13 0 12 1 87 2
Total 313 3 18 0 16 0 49 2 396 5


Portugal national team
Year Apps Goals
2002 2 0
2003 2 0
2004 1 0
2005 6 0
2006 6 0
2007 5 0
2008 2 0
Total 24 0


On 16 January 2005, Caneira's 8-month daughter was victim of sudden death, shortly before Valencia's La Liga match against CA Osasuna. The two teams finally decided on playing the game, which ended 0–0.[13]


External links

  • Stats and profile at Zerozero
  • Stats at ForaDeJogo
  • PortuGOAL profile
  • Stats at Liga de Fútbol Profesional (Spanish)
  • BDFutbol profile
  • Marco Caneira at
  • FIFA competition record
  • Transfermarkt profile
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