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Liedson
Liedson
Liedson
Full Name: Liedson Da Silva Muniz
Date of Birth:17-Dec-1977 (Age 36)
Place of Birth:Cairú
Nationality:Brazil
Height:175 cm.
Weight:63 Kg.
Position:Striker
Squad Number:31
Liedson, Portugal (Getty Images)
Liedson - Another Brazilian-born Portguese international, this deadly striker has spent the bulk of his career in Portugal. He joined Sporting in 2003 following short, but impressive spells, with Flamengo and Corinthians in Brazil.

Having never been capped by his native country, the striker expressed a desire to represent his new homeland after numerous admissions that he felt Portuguese. With Portugal’s well-documented lack of number-9-style forwards, the FPF (Portuguese Football Federation) were so eager to recruit the Brazilian that they attempted to fast-track his application for citizenship, a move that met fierce objection from The Professional Footballers Union (SJPF).

However, the Sporting man eventually received his citizenship and made his debut in September last year, coming off the bench to head a late equaliser and rescue what turned out to be a vital point against Denmark in qualifying. Free-scoring ‘Levezinho’ (the slim one) boasts a quite incredible domestic scoring record and will be the focal point of Portugal at South Africa 2010.


Did You Know?

Liedson is one of football’s great late-starters, he was still packing supermarket shelves in his early 20’s, signing his first professional contract with Coritiba at the age of 22.

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