Nélson Miguel Castro Oliveira CavIH (born 8 August 1991) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a striker for English club Reading, on loan from Norwich City, and the Portugal national team.
Oliveira with Portugal in 2013
|Full name||Nélson Miguel Castro Oliveira|
|Date of birth||8 August 1991|
|Place of birth||Barcelos, Portugal|
|Height||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)|
(on loan from Norwich City)
|2003–2004||→ Bairro Misericórdia (loan)|
|2010||→ Rio Ave (loan)||10||(0)|
|2010–2011||→ Paços Ferreira (loan)||23||(4)|
|2012–2013||→ Deportivo La Coruña (loan)||30||(4)|
|2013–2014||→ Rennes (loan)||30||(8)|
|2015||→ Swansea City (loan)||10||(1)|
|2015–2016||→ Nottingham Forest (loan)||28||(9)|
|2019–||→ Reading (loan)||3||(2)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10:52, 3 February 2019 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 31 August 2017
He earned 70 caps for Portugal across all youth levels combined. He made his debut for the senior side in 2012, and later that year was part of the Portugal squad that reached the semi-finals of UEFA Euro 2012.
Born in Barcelos, Oliveira finished his youth career at Benfica having arrived at age 15 from Braga, and was a prolific scorer for both clubs. He made his first-team debut in a 2008–09 pre-season friendly against Estoril, courtesy of manager Quique Flores, and was even called to a UEFA Cup match against Napoli, but eventually returned to the juniors.
Loans in PortugalEdit
The same happened to Oliveira in 2009–10. However, in January 2010, he made his professional – and first division – debuts, being loaned until June to Rio Ave; his first game came on 7 February, as he played the last 10 minutes of the 2–0 home win against Leixões.
Oliveira's loan was initially extended for the entirety of the 2010–11 season but, on 12 August 2010, he moved to Paços de Ferreira, in the same predicament. He scored on his debut on 12 September, a 1–1 draw at Marítimo and, the following month, helped Paços come from behind at Naval (2–1) by netting the winning goal from a direct free kick.
On 14 October 2011, Oliveira made his official debut for Benfica, playing 45 minutes in a 2–0 away win against Portimonense for the season's Portuguese Cup. On 18 January of the following year, he played the entire game against Santa Clara for the League Cup group stage, and scored in a 2–0 home win; the following month, for the same competition – the Portuguese Football Federation ruled that, for the tournament, at least two national players would have to appear in a game for 45 minutes – he opened the score against Marítimo (3–0, home).
On 6 March 2012, Oliveira made his Champions League debut, playing only ten minutes but scoring the final goal in a 2–0 home win against Zenit Saint Petersburg, with Benfica qualifying to the last-eight 4–3 on aggregate.
Deportivo La Coruña (loan)Edit
On 20 August, in the La Liga opener against Osasuna, Oliveira scored his first goal for the Galicians, netting from a counter-attack in the 90th minute to make it 2–0 for the hosts. On 19 May 2013, he found himself in controversy after shushing the Ultras after his goal against Espanyol. He later apologized for his actions. During his spell, he acted as backup to veteran Riki.
Stade Rennais (loan)Edit
On 26 July 2013, Oliveira was loaned to Ligue 1 club Stade Rennais on a season-long move, with the French having the option to make the deal permanent afterwards. He scored his first goal in his second appearance, in a 1–2 loss at Nice.
Oliveira scored twice for Rennes on 24 August 2013, in a 2–1 away win against Evian. He again scored twice, this time against Toulouse in a 5–0 win on 26 October 2013. A week later he scored his seventh goal of the season in a 1–1 draw away to Marseille. After a four-month goal drought, he found the net again against Toulouse in a 3–2 loss on 15 March 2014. He took part of the 2014 Coupe de France Final coming on as a substitute in Rennes' 2–0 loss to Guingamp.
Swansea City (loan)Edit
After receiving rarely any playing time, on 23 December 2014, Benfica announced that they had loaned Oliveira to Premier League side Swansea City until the end of the season. He was brought in to replace Wilfried Bony, who was due to miss all of Swansea's January matches due to commitments with the Ivory Coast national team at the Africa Cup of Nations. He made his debut on 10 January, replacing Gylfi Sigurðsson for the last 16 minutes of a 1–1 draw against West Ham United at the Liberty Stadium. A week later, with Bony having been sold to Manchester City, Oliveira started alongside Bafétimbi Gomis in a 0–5 defeat to league leaders Chelsea. On 25 April 2015, Oliveira scored his first goal for Swansea, equalising as they came from behind to win 3–2 away at Newcastle United.
Nottingham Forest (loan)Edit
On 4 September 2015, Oliveira returned to the United Kingdom, joining Nottingham Forest of the Football League Championship on loan for the remainder of the 2015–16 season. He made his debut eight days later away to Queens Park Rangers, replacing Kyle Ebecilio in the 69th minute, and scored the winning goal as they came from behind to triumph 2–1 at Loftus Road.
He had a run of games in the first team but did not score again until 6 November, netting the only goal of the game against Forest's local rivals Derby County. He added to his goal tally two games later by scoring a brace against Reading. The first was a curled strike from 20 yards after a quick counterattack and the second, a volley from close range.
He took his goal tally to five after firing a low curling shot after a deft touch against MK Dons. A week later, he scored against Leeds United. He finished the season as the team's highest goalscorer with nine goals.
On 30 August 2016, Oliveira once again returned to the United Kingdom, joining Norwich City after signing a four-year deal with the club. He became Norwich's fifth signing of the transfer window, signing for an undisclosed fee. He scored his first goal for Norwich in an EFL Cup tie (2–2) against Leeds United on 25 October 2016. He scored his first league goal for Norwich on 3 December 2016, against Brentford in a 5–0 win at Carrow Road. In the next four games, he found the net on three occasions against Barnsley, Aston Villa and Reading respectively.
On 2 January 2017, he scored his first professional hat-trick in 3–0 win against Derby County. The following game, he received his first red card after he lashed out on Rotherham defender, Kirk Broadfoot. He returned from suspension, scoring a looping header against Wigan Athletic on 7 February 2017.
In early February, he sustained a foot injury which caused him to be out for five weeks. He returned from injury on 18 March 2017, coming in as a late substitute against Barnsley. He found the back of the net again in a 7–1 blowout win against Reading on 8 April 2017. He scored a brace against Leeds United on 29 April 2017. He finished the season with 15 goals in 32 games in all competitions (including Football League Trophy) for Norwich, a career high tally for Oliveira.
Oliveira ended his first pre-season in 2017 with Norwich, scoring five goals in eight games. After scoring a late equalizer against Fulham on the first day of the 2017/18 season, after coming on as a substitute on 5 August 2017, he proceeded to take his shirt off and angrily reveal his name towards manager, Daniel Farke. After the game Farke played down the controversy saying emotions got the better of him after being left on the bench. During the 2017–18 Norwich City F.C. season, Oliveira scored 8 goals in 36 appearances (10 as a substitute), finishing as the club's second top scorer behind James Maddison.
On 22 January 2019, Oliveira joined fellow Championship side Reading on loan until the end of the season. He made his début on 29 January 2019 and scored in Reading's 1–1 draw at Bolton Wanderers.
On 2 February 2019, Oliveira was badly injured during a match against Aston Villa when he was tussling for the ball with Villa leftback Tyrone Mings. Oliveira fell during the tussle, resulting in Mings stamping on Oliveira's face as he went forwards. Oliveira suffered from bad gashes on his face and a broken nose, and was forced to go to the Royal Berkshire Hospital. Despite uproar on social media calling for Mings to be banned he received no punishment as Geoff Eltringham, the referee, said the injury looked accidental. After this Eltringham was demoted to League 2 matches. Mings later apologised to Oliveira on Twitter.
Oliveira represented the Portugal under-17 team in the qualification for the 2008 UEFA European Championship. In 2009, he was named in the squad for the European Under-19 Championship qualifying tournament, but the country failed to ensure a place in the finals in Ukraine; the following year, in the same category, he represented the nation at European Championship, scoring one goal in the 2–0 win against Italy.
On 22 May 2011 Oliveira was selected by the under-20s for the 2011 Toulon Tournament, where he played three matches and netted once. He also helped the team finish second in that year's FIFA World Cup held in Colombia, scoring four goals – including one in the final against Brazil, a 2–3 extra time loss – and providing two assists. He received the Man of the match award twice in addition to the Silver Ball for the second best player in the tournament.
Oliveira made his debut for the under-21 team on 6 October 2011, in a Euro 2013 qualification match against Poland. On 11 November, for the same competition, he scored a brace against Moldova (5–0 home win).
On 24 February 2012, Oliveira was called up for the first time to the senior team, for a friendly match with Poland five days later. He replaced Nani for the last ten minutes of the 0–0 draw in Warsaw, and eventually made it to the list of 23 for UEFA Euro 2012.
Oliveira played 20 minutes in the group stage opener against Germany after coming on for Hélder Postiga, in an eventual 0–1 loss. He made three other substitute appearances in the tournament, in an eventual semi-final exit.
After an absence of nearly two years, Oliveira was called up by Fernando Santos for World Cup qualifiers against the Faroe Islands and Hungary. He replaced André Silva in the eighty-first minute, and three minutes later scored the fifth and final goal of Portugal's 5–1 win against the Faroe Islands.
Style of playEdit
Oliveira plays as a centre forward, known for his hold up play, his strength, and technique, in 2012, Oliveira was referred to as 'Portugal's Cantona' due to similarities in the 'style' of play between him and Eric Cantona.
- As of match played 2 February 2019
|Club||Season||League||Cup||League Cup||Europe/EFL Trophy||Total|
|Rio Ave (loan)||2009–10||Primeira Liga||10||0||2||0||0||0||—||12||0|
|Paços Ferreira (loan)||2010–11||Primeira Liga||23||4||1||0||7||1||—||31||5|
|Deportivo La Coruña (loan)||2012–13||La Liga||30||4||1||0||—||—||31||4|
|Rennes (loan)||2013–14||Ligue 1||30||8||4||0||1||0||—||35||8|
|Swansea City (loan)||2014–15||Premier League||10||1||1||0||0||0||—||11||1|
|Nottingham Forest (loan)||2015–16||Championship||28||9||1||0||0||0||—||29||9|
- Appearances in UEFA Champions League
- As of match played 31 August 2017
- As of 31 August 2017
- Portugal score listed first, score column indicates score after each Oliviera goal.
|1||15 August 2012||Estádio Algarve, Faro, Portugal||Panama||1–0||2–0||Friendly|
|2||31 August 2017||Estádio do Bessa, Porto, Portugal||Faroe Islands||5–1||5–1||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|
- Stade Rennais
- Paços de Ferreira
- Portugal U20
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- "Toulouse 0–5 Rennes". ESPN FC. 26 October 2013. Retrieved 26 October 2013.
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- "Nottingham Forest confirm capture of Nelson Oliveira and Ryan Mendes on loan". 4 September 2015.
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- "Forest 1–1 Leeds". Nottingham Forest F.C. 27 December 2015. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
- "Nelson Oliveira: Norwich City sign striker from Benfica for undisclosed fee". BBC Sport. 30 August 2016. Retrieved 30 August 2016.
- "Our man of the match: Leeds (EFL Cup)". Read Norwich. 25 October 2016. Retrieved 28 October 2016.
- "Norwich City ended a run of five successive Championship defeats with a comprehensive win over Brentford." BBC Sport. 3 December 2016. Retrieved 3 December 2016.
- "Barnsley secured a first home league win since 27 August by inflicting Norwich's sixth defeat in seven games". BBC Sport. 10 December 2016. Retrieved 10 December 2016.
- "Nelson Oliveira scored for the third successive match as Norwich beat Aston Villa to earn just their second victory in their last eight Championship games". BBC Sport. 13 December 2016. Retrieved 13 December 2016.
- "Third-placed Reading inflicted an eighth defeat in 10 Championship games on struggling Norwich to keep up the pressure on the top two". BBC Sport. 26 December 2016. Retrieved 26 December 2016.
- "Nelson Oliveira's superb hat-trick emphatically ended Derby's 10-match unbeaten Championship run and relieved the pressure on Norwich boss Alex Neil". BBC Sport. 2 January 2016. Retrieved 2 January 2017.
- "Alex Neil slams Nelson Oliveira for his Rotherham red mist in Norwich City's 2–1 Championship defeat". PinkUn. 14 January 2017. Retrieved 14 January 2017.
- "Norwich missed the chance to climb into the Championship's top six after Omar Bogle's second-half double earned struggling Wigan a point". BBC. 17 February 2017.
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- "Norwich 2 – 0 Barnsley". NorwichVital.Football. 19 March 2017. Retrieved 19 March 2017.
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- "Nelson Oliveira: Reading sign Norwich City's Portugal striker on loan". BBC Sport. 22 January 2019. Retrieved 22 January 2019.
- "Bolton 1-1 Reading". BBC. 29 January 2019. Retrieved 30 January 2019.
- "Sub-19: Portugal bate Itália na estreia do Europeu" [U-19: Portugal beats Italy in Euro debut] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 18 July 2010. Retrieved 19 May 2012.
- "Torneio Toulon: Rodolfo Lourenço e Thierry Moutinho em estreia" [Toulon Tournament: Debut for Rodolfo Lourenço and Thierry Moutinho] (in Portuguese). Futebol 365. 22 May 2011. Archived from the original on 1 August 2012. Retrieved 19 May 2012.
- Paulo Bento promove estreia de Nélson Oliveira (Paulo Bento promotes debut of Nélson Oliveira); A Bola, 24 February 2012 (Portuguese)
- "Poland mark Warsaw milestone with Portugal draw". UEFA.com. 29 February 2012. Retrieved 29 February 2012.
- "Nélson Oliveira, Miguel Lopes e Custódio na lista para o Euro-2012" [Nélson Oliveira, Miguel Lopes and Custódio in Euro-2012 list] (in Portuguese). A Bola. 14 May 2012. Archived from the original on 23 September 2012. Retrieved 14 May 2012.
- Gomez gives Germany edge over Portugal; UEFA.com, 9 June 2012
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- "Ordens Honoríficas Portuguesas" [Portuguese Honorary Orders] (in Portuguese). Presidency of the Portuguese Republic. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
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