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Raul Meireles

Personal information
Full nameRaul José Trindade Meireles
Date of birth17 March 1983(age 31)
Place of birthPorto, Portugal
Height1.80 m
Playing positionMidfielder
Club information
Current clubChelsea
Number16

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Raul José Trindade Meireles (-ptʁɐˈuɫ mɐjˈɾɛl(ɨ)ʃ Ra-Ul Mey-Re-Lesh) (born 17 March 1983) is a Portuguese footballer who currently plays for Chelsea as a midfielder in the Premier League.

Raul Meireles started his career as a trainee with Boavista but was loaned to Desportivo das Aves from Liga de Honra, where he made his professional debut. After a two-year loan spell he returned to Boavista where he made his Primeira Liga debut. By his great performances, Meireles was brought to the Portuguese powerhouse, FC Porto, winning three Primeira Liga titles in a row, adding two Portuguese Cups and three Portuguese Supercups. In 2010 he moved to Liverpool where he won the 2011 PFA Fans' Player of the Year award following a very successful first season in Premier League. On August 2011, Meireles signed for Chelsea, joining his former manager André Villas-Boas with whom he had spent a short period of time.

In international football Meireles national career began at youth level when he represented the Under-16 side at the 2000 UEFA European Under-16 Football Championship in Israel. In November 2006 he was called up to the senior squad for the first time. He later represented Portugal in the UEFA Euro 2008 and 2010 FIFA World Cup.

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Liverpool midfielder Meireles: Suarez will keep improving - Tribalfootball.com Tweet this news
Tribalfootball.com---Raul Meireles- is delighted for Luis Suarez over the way he has settled at Liverpool . The former Porto ace spoke about the instant impact Suarez has made on Merseyside since his move from Ajax . "I already knew about the qua - Date : Sat, 23 Apr 2011 10:54:56 GMT+00:00
Match Review: Liverpool 5 - 0 Birmingham - Kopsource Tweet this news
Kopsource--They lined up in a 4-3-3 formation, a move that enabled -Raul Meireles- to move back into the centre of the pitch, where he is obviously more comfortable. From the first moments of the game, Liverpool looked very comfortable in possession as Bi - Date : Sat, 23 Apr 2011 21:14:13 GMT+00:00
Today's Column - Teamtalk.com Tweet this news
Teamtalk.com--Torres is taunted by the away supporters throughout and lasts only 66 minutes as his former employers have the last laugh through a goal from -Raul Meireles-. Starts in place of Didier Drogba but wastes every opportunity to come his way. ... - Date : Sat, 23 Apr 2011 19:35:33 GMT+00:00
Dalglish can bring back glory days at Anfield, says PFA Fans player of the ... - Daily Mail Tweet this news
Daily Mail--By Sportsmail Reporter Liverpool midfielder - and recently crowned PFA fans player of the year, -Raul Meireles- believes boss Kenny Dalglish is the ideal man to bring back the glory days at Anfield, following his return to the club in January. - Date : Fri, 22 Apr 2011 09:18:53 GMT+00:00
KOP IDOL RAUL MEIRELES WANTS A EUROPA HIT - Daily Star Tweet this news
Daily Star---RAUL MEIRELES- has been crowned as a new Kop Idol - and believes Liverpool can still make Europe this season. The midfielder joined the Reds from Porto last summer but struggled to adapt to Premier League life under Roy Hodgson. ... - Date : Fri, 22 Apr 2011 23:24:05 GMT+00:00
Meireles named Fans' Player of the Year - ESPN Tweet this news
ESPN--By ESPNsoccernet staff Liverpool midfielder -Raul Meireles- has been named the ESPN PFA Fans' Player of the Year, an award voted for by Premier League supporters. Meireles, 28, endured a difficult start to life at Anfield, seemingly struggling - Date : Thu, 21 Apr 2011 12:30:13 GMT+00:00
Club Focus - Liverpool - Meireles revels in new role - A Different League Tweet this news
A Different League--Prior to the appointment of club legend Kenny Dalglish as Liverpool's caretaker manager back in January, £11.5m signing -Raul Meireles- appeared to find adjusting to the Premier League a relatively difficult process. ... - Date : Fri, 22 Apr 2011 07:58:05 GMT+00:00
Mid-Day Ticker: Houllier hospitalized; Meireles, Parker honored and more - Soccer By Ives Tweet this news
Soccer By Ives--Liverpool's -Raul Meireles- and West Ham's Scott Parker have been awarded the PFA Fan's Player of the Year and the Football Writers Association awards, respectively. Meireles' accolade is voted on by the fans in the Eng - Date : Fri, 22 Apr 2011 16:39:41 GMT+00:00
Squad sheets: Liverpool v Birmingham City - The Guardian Tweet this news
The Guardian--Two of the season's more unexpected winners of silverware meet as Carling Cup holders Birmingham encounter newly-crowned PFA Fans' Player of the Year, -Raul Meireles-, but while Alex McLeish's men have secured a place in Europ - Date : Fri, 22 Apr 2011 15:29:55 GMT+00:00
Scott Parker Footballer Of The Year, Dalglish Has Given Liverpool Belief - NewsTime Tweet this news
NewsTime---Raul Meireles- says Kenny Dalglish has given Liverpool belief they can win all their games. Anthony Stokes says Celtic must "stand up and be counted" against Rangers. St Johnstone captain Jody Morris could be ruled out of the - Date : Fri, 22 Apr 2011 10:42:03 GMT+00:00

International goals :
1. 17 February 2004 Estádio do Bonfim, Setúbal, Portugal Sweden 1 0 4 1 Friendly
2. 3 September 2004 Skonto Stadium, Riga, Latvia Latvia 0 1 1 2 2006 UEFA Under-21 Championship qualification

International goals :
1. 7 June 2008 Stade de Genève, Geneva, Switzerland Turkey 2 0 2 0 UEFA Euro 2008
2. 12 August 2009 Rheinpark Stadion, Vaduz, Liechtenstein Liechtenstein 0 2 0 3 Friendly
3. 18 November 2009 Bilino Polje, Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina 0 1 0 1 2010 World Cup qualification Playoffs
4. 1 June 2010 Complexo Desportivo da Covilhã, Covilhã, Portugal Cameroon 1 0 3 1 Friendly
5. 1 June 2010 Complexo Desportivo da Covilhã, Covilhã, Portugal Cameroon 2 0 3 1 Friendly
6. 21 June 2010 Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town, South Africa North Korea 1 0 7 0 2010 FIFA World Cup
7. 3 September 2010 Estádio D. Afonso Henriques, Guimarães, Portugal Cyprus 2 2 4 4 UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
8. 12 October 2010 Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík, Iceland Iceland 1 2 1 3 UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying

International goals :
Club League Season League Cup League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists
Aves (loan) Liga de Honra 2001 02 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 0
2002 03 26 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 26 1
Total 42 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 42 1
Boavista Primeira Liga 2003 04 29 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 29 0
Total 29 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 29 0 0
Porto Primeira Liga 2004 05 13 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 14 0 0
2005 06 18 2 3 0 1 0 0 22 2 0
2006 07 25 3 1 0 0 0 0 7 1 0 33 4 0
2007 08 28 4 3 0 0 0 0 8 0 0 39 4 0
2008 09 28 4 2 4 1 0 0 0 10 0 4 42 5 6
2009 10 25 2 6 5 2 1 0 8 0 1 39 4 7
Total 137 15 8 16 3 1 0 35 1 5 189 19 13
Liverpool Premier League 2010 11 33 5 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 0 41 5 5
2011 12 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 1
Total 35 5 6 1 0 0 1 0 0 7 0 0 44 5 6
Chelsea Premier League 2011 12 6 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 1 9 1 3
Total 6 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 1 9 1 3
Last Update: 20 October 2011

PFA Fans' Player of the Year

2001: Gerrard * 2002: van Nistelrooy * 2003: Henry * 2004: Henry * 2005: Lampard * 2006: Rooney * 2007: C. Ronaldo * 2008: C. Ronaldo * 2009: Gerrard

Portugal squad 2004 Summer Olympics

Moreira, M. Sérgio, R. Meireles, Bruno Alves, Costa, Meira, C. Ronaldo, Viana, H. Almeida, C. Martins, Ribeiro, Frechaut, Boa Morte, Bosingwa, Lourenço, João Paulo, Danny, Bruno Vale
Coach : Romão

Portugal squad UEFA Euro 2008

Ricardo, Ferreira, Bruno Alves, Bosingwa, Meira, R. Meireles, Ronaldo, Petit, H. Almeida, Moutinho, Simão, Nuno, Miguel, Ribeiro, Pepe, Carvalho, Quaresma, M. Veloso, Nani, Deco, Nuno Gomes (c), Patrício, H. Postiga
Coach : Scolari

Chelsea F.C.

1 . Čech 2 . Ivanović 3 . A. Cole 5 . Essien 6 . Carvalho 8 . Lampard 9 . Di Santo 10 . Benayoun 11 . Drogba 12 . Mikel 15 . Malouda 16 . Sinclair 17 . Bosingwa 18 . Zhirkov 19 . Ferreira 20 . Deco 21 . Kalou 22 . Turnbull 23 . Sturridge 24 . Matić 26 . Terry 30 . Taylor 33 . Alex 39 . Anelka 40 . Hilário 41 . Hutchinson 42 . Mancienne 43 . Bruma 44 . Kakuta 45 . Borini 46 . Sala 47 . Ahamed 48 . Philliskirk 50 . Šebek 51 . McEachran 52 . Van Aanholt — . Rajković — . Kalas
. Ancelotti



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