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Felisberto Sebastião da Graça Amaral, more commonly known as Gilberto (born 21 September 1982), is a retired Angolan footballer who played as a left winger or left midfielder.[3] He played professionally for Egypt's Al Ahly, Belgian club Lierse, Cypriot club AEL Limassol, and for Benfica de Luanda in his native country. He represented the Angolan team at international level.

Sebastião Gilberto
Iran vs. Angola 2014-05-30 (058).jpg
Gilberto playing for Angola in match against Iran, 30 May 2014
Personal information
Full name Felisberto Sebastião da Graça Amaral
Date of birth (1982-09-21) 21 September 1982 (age 36)
Place of birth Luanda, Angola
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Left winger, left midfielder
Club information
Current team
Benfica de Luanda
Youth career
2001–2002 Petro Atletico
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2010 Al Ahly 286 (6)
2010–2012 Lierse[1] 29 (0)
2012–2013 AEL Limassol[2] 16 (1)
2013–2015 Petro Atlético[2] 23 (6)
2015 Benfica de Luanda[2] 11 (2)
National team
1999–2015 Angola 78 (8)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Contents

Club careerEdit

Al AhlyEdit

While playing for Al Ahly in Egypt, Gilberto was well known for fitting into the team's tactic. The tactic was that Gilberto would run on the side of the pitch and then cross the ball at the end to Flavio who would score with a header. With Al Ahly, Gilberto played against many world class teams such as FC Barcelona and Roma. He helped his team to domestic success before helping them become the only team in the world to qualify to Club World Cup twice in a row.

2015 incident and retirementEdit

On 26 July 2015, during a match of Benfica de Luanda, Gilberto was knocked out following a tackle by an opponent from Progresso do Sambizanga. He subsequently remained unconscious for about twenty minutes, before being resuscitated by medical service and immediately carried to the hospital. A doctor stated that no injuries were detected in medical tests.[4] Shortly afterwards, he announced his retirement as a player and that he was taking an office position with Benfica de Luanda.

International careerEdit

An Achilles tendon injury made him miss the 2006 African Cup of Nations and the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany. He was part of the Angolan national team during the 2008 African Cup of Nations in Ghana.

In the 2010 African Cup of Nations opening game against Mali on 10 January in Luanda Gilberto made assist for 1–0 lead to Flávio Amado in the first half. In the second half he scored from penalty-kick for Angola 3–0 lead and later in the game Seydou Keita penalised him for another penalty kick for Angola. Manucho scored for 4–0 but the match finished 4–4 after four consecutive goals for Mali in the last 15 minutes of the game.

National team statisticsEdit

[2]

Angola national team
Year Apps Goals
1999 2 0
2000 0 0
2001 8 1
2002 2 0
2003 3 1
2004 5 1
2005 6 0
2006 1 0
2007 1 0
2008 11 1
2009 7 1
2010 8 2
2011 3 0
2012 4 0
2013 3 0
2014 9 0
2015 5 1
2016 0 0
2017 0 0
Total 78 8

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Angola's goal tally first.[5][6]
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 21 April 2001 Nchanga Stadium, Chingola, Zambia   Zambia 1–1 1–1 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
2. 29 March 2003 Estádio da Cidadela, Luanda, Angola   Algeria 1–0 1–1 Friendly
3. 23 May 2004 Stade des Martyrs, Kinshasa, DR Congo   DR Congo 1–0 3–1 Friendly
4. 12 October 2008 Estádio dos Coqueiros, Luanda, Angola   Niger 2–1 3–1 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
5. 9 September 2009 Estádio Municipal de Albufeira, Albufeira, Portugal   Cape Verde 1–0 1–1 Friendly
6. 10 January 2010 Estadio 11 de Novembro, Luanda, Angola   Mali 3–0 4–4 2010 Africa Cup of Nations
7. 9 October 2010 Estádio 11 de Novembro, Luanda, Angola   Guinea-Bissau 1–0 1–0 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
8. 13 June 2015 Estádio Nacional da Tundavala, Lubango, Angola   Central African Republic 4–0 4–0 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Gilberto » Club matches". worldfootball.net. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d "Gilberto". National Football Teams. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Midfielder Gilberto officially announces retirement from football". ANGOP.com. 5 November 2015. Retrieved 1 March 2016.
  4. ^ "Gilberto passes out in game against Progresso". ANGOP.com. 27 July 2015. Retrieved 1 March 2016.
  5. ^ Gilberto at Soccerway. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  6. ^ Felisberto Sebastião de Graça Amaral "Gilberto" - International Appearances

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