Murilo de Almeida

Murilo Ribeiro de Almeida (born January 21, 1989) simply known as Murilo de Almeida,[2] is a football player. He last played as a striker for Luverdense Esporte in the Campeonato Mato-Grossense.[3] He is a former striker of the Timor-Leste national football team, and is the country's leading goal scorer.

Murilo de Almeida
Personal information
Full name Murilo Ribeiro de Almeida
Date of birth (1989-01-21) 21 January 1989 (age 32)
Place of birth Presidente Prudente, Brazil
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Position(s) Striker
Youth career
Bahia
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2011 Bahia 0 (0)
2011–2012 Persiraja Banda Aceh 25 (7)
2012–2013 Busaiteen Club 3 (1)
2013 Magway FC 10 (4)
2013–2014 Mesaimeer
2014 Ettifaq FC 6 (0)
2015 Oita Trinita[1] 0 (0)
2015AC Nagano Parceiro (loan) 0 (0)
2015 South China AA 1 (0)
2015–2016 Busaiteen Club
2016–2017 Al Tadhamon SC
2017–2018 Chennai City 8 (1)
2018 Marcerra Kuantan 5 (0)
2020 Luverdense 3 (0)
National team
2011–2013 Timor-Leste U-23 4 (3)
2012–2015 Timor-Leste 8 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 25 February 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15:32, 27 September 2015 (UTC)

Personal lifeEdit

Murilo was born at Presidente Prudente, Brazil, and naturalized East Timorese by fellow Brazilian Antônio Carlos Vieira, who was then the coach of Timor-Leste.

Club careerEdit

Earlier careerEdit

Murilo de Almeida began his professional club career at Esporte Clube Bahia in Brazil but has not appeared in a single league match.

PersirajaEdit

In 2011, he signed for Persiraja Banda Aceh.[4] Murilo made his debut for Persiraja Banda Aceh in a match versus Persijap Jepara. He score at his opening match debut; In 69 minutes, Murilo make a surprised goal. Persiraja finished 2-1 with Persijap. Murilo de Almeida was sent off in the 16th minute, after a protest with the referee because of his excessive diving at the goal post in Persija IPL match. Referee reaction was pulling out two yellow cards.[5]

BusaiteenEdit

Between 2012 and 2013, he signed with and played for Busaiteen Club in the Bahraini Premier League. After his departure, in the 2013 edition of Bahraini Premier League was won by Busaiteen.

MagweEdit

In 2013, he moved to Myanmar and played for Magwe FC and scored 4 goals in 10 league matches.

Al-Mesaimeer and EttifaqEdit

During the 2013-14 Qatari Second Division, he represented Al-Mesaimeer SC and later moved to Saudi giants Al-Ettifaq FC in 2014. With Ettifaq, he played only 6 games in the Saudi Professional League.

Japanese leagues and HongkongEdit

In 2015, he signed with J1 League outfit Oita Trinita and later played for AC Nagano Parceiro in the J3 League on loan from Oita.[6]

Murilo later moved to South China AA in the Hong Kong Premier League[7] and also appeared with the club in 2015 AFC Cup.

Later careerEdit

Murilo came back to his previous club Busaiteen Club in the Bahraini Premier League and stayed there until 2016. He later moved to Kuwait and joined Al Tadhamon SC.

Chennai CityEdit

In 2017, he signed with Indian I-League club Chennai City FC on a 2 year deal.[8] He appeared in 8 I-League matches and scored a single goal against Churchill Brothers SC. He was also impressive in his team’s 2-1 victory over Mohun Bagan AC in January.[9][10]

International careerEdit

Murilo made his international debut for Timor-Leste national under-23 football team in the 2011 SEA Games, where the first match was against Brunei U23. Murilo is known for his quick and fast attack. Murilo scored 3 goals during the 2011 SEA Games. Recently, Murilo received a red card for bad conduct during the third match which was against Vietnam U23.[11] He scored 3 goals in 4 matches for the Timor-Leste U23 between 2011 and 2013.

Murilo made his senior international debut for Timor-Leste national football team on 5 October 2012, against Cambodia, where he struck twice late in the first half against Cambodia at the Youth Training Centre to set Timor Leste on the way to their first-ever win in the competition as he glanced home a cross by Alan and then finished off a counter-attack on the stroke of half-time.[12] Timor-Leste won their first international match against Cambodia in which they scored 5–1.[13]

He made his hat-trick against Brunei in the 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup group stages and honoured as the "Southeast Asia Player of the Week" by Goal.com and Goal Indonesia's CEO Eric Noveanto said that, "The Brazilian-born striker was an important figure for Timor Leste in AFF Suzuki Cup 2014 qualification round on Sunday as he successfully netted a hat-trick to clinch a 4-2 thrilling victory over Brunei at New National Stadium Laos."[14]

He appeared in a total of 8 matches for the O Sol Nascente between 2012 and 2015 and scored 6 goals.[15]

Career statisticsEdit

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Timor-Leste's goal tally first.[16]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 5 October 2012 Thuwunna Stadium, Yangon   Cambodia
1–0
5–1
2012 AFF Suzuki Cup qualifier
2. 5 October 2012 Thuwunna Stadium, Yangon   Cambodia
2–0
5–1
2012 AFF Suzuki Cup qualifier
3. 9 October 2012 Thuwunna Stadium, Yangon   Laos
1–0
3–1
2012 AFF Suzuki Cup qualifier
4. 12 October 2014 New Laos National Stadium, Vientiane   Brunei
1–0
4–2
2014 AFF Suzuki Cup qualifier
5. 12 October 2014 New Laos National Stadium, Vientiane   Brunei
2–2
4–2
2014 AFF Suzuki Cup qualifier
6. 12 October 2014 New Laos National Stadium, Vientiane   Brunei
3–2
4–2
2014 AFF Suzuki Cup qualifier

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Oita Trinita". Soccerway. 25 September 2015. Retrieved 25 September 2015.
  2. ^ "Murilo". AFF Suzuki Cup official website. Archived from the original on 2012-10-09. Retrieved 2012-10-09.
  3. ^ "Murilo Ribeiro de Almeida club stats". ogol.com.br. Retrieved 20 March 2021.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-10-19. Retrieved 2012-09-28.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ http://www.goal.com/id-ID/match/71791/persija-ipl-vs-persiraja-banda-aceh/report
  6. ^ Murilo De Almeida in Japanese J-League fotmob.com. Retrieved 20 March 2021
  7. ^ The Hong Kong Super League recruits are here! Happy event in South China Hong Kong (South China) hk.on.cc. Retrieved 20 March 2021
  8. ^ "Chennai City, Neroca share spoils". The Times of India. Retrieved 20 March 2021.
  9. ^ "I-League 2017-18: Chennai City FC part ways with Murilo de Almeida". Goal.com. Retrieved 20 March 2021.
  10. ^ "Bagan lose to 10-man Chennai City". The Telegraph. Retrieved 20 March 2021.
  11. ^ "SEA GAMES 2011: Loss of Murilo Cost Timor Dear". aseanfootball.org. 9 November 2011. Retrieved 10 November 2011.
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-10-08. Retrieved 2012-10-05.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-10-12. Retrieved 2012-10-05.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  14. ^ "Goal Southeast Asia Player of the Week: Murilo De Almeida". goal.com. Retrieved 20 March 2021.
  15. ^ "de Almeida, Murilo, Timor-Leste national football team statistics". National-Football-Teams. Retrieved 20 March 2021.
  16. ^ Murilo de Almeida at Soccerway

External linksEdit