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Raul Meireles

Personal information
Full nameRaul José Trindade Meireles
Date of birth17 March 1983(age 32)
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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