Walsall player 166. Marcelo dos Santos Cipriano


Marcelo dos Santos Cipriano (born 11 October 1969), simply known as Marcelo, is a Portuguese retired footballer who played as a striker.
He played professionally in Portugal (most notably one season for Benfica), England (appearing for three Football League Championship clubs) and Spain.
Born in Niterói, Rio de Janeiro to Portuguese parents, Marcelo returned to their homeland still in his teens, entering the youth system of Associação Académica de Coimbra, which loaned him to fourth division team Sertanense F.C. in the 1989 summer.
After one season apiece with Académica and C.D. Feirense in the second level, Marcelo made his top flight debuts with Gil Vicente FC, scoring three goals for the Barcelos-based club. His most successful period in his adopted nation would be lived at lowly F.C. Tirsense, which he helped achieve first division promotion in 1994, subsequently netting 17 times in 1994–95 as the northern side achieved a best-ever eight-place in the competition.
Marcelo’s exploits earned him a transfer to national giants S.L. Benfica, finishing his sole season as the Reds’ topscorer in the league behind João Vieira Pinto, but the club did not win any silverware. Subsequently, he played one year in the Spanish second division with Deportivo Alavés, going scoreless in nearly 25 league appearances.
In the following five years, Marcelo played in England, starting in 1997 with Sheffield United, which signed the player for a fee of £400,000.[1] In the FA Cup tournament during his first year, he helped take the team to the semifinals, after scoring against Coventry City at Highfield Road to set up the (eventually victorious) replay.
Birmingham City acquired Marcelo’s services in 1999 for a fee of £500,000. He played on the losing side in the 2001 Football League Cup Final, coming on as a second-half substitute and netting in the penalty shootout. He ended his career in the country at Walsall, for whom he played nine times and scored once, against Burnley.
At nearly 33, Marcelo returned to Portugal and first professional team Académica, amassing a further 30 top division matches in two seasons, after which he retired from the game.

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Football career Stats
2003/04 – Academic – 16 games / 4 Goals
2002/03 – Academic – 14 games / 1 goal
2001/02 – Walsall – 9 games / 1 goal
2001/02 – Birmingham – 21 games / 12 Goals
2000/01 – Birmingham – 31 games / 7 Goals
1999/00 – Birmingham – 25 games / 5 Goals
1999/00 – Sheffield – 10 games / 2 Goals
1998/99 – Sheffield – 35 games / 16 Goals
1997/98 – Sheffield – 21 games / 6 Goals
1996/97 – Alavés – 23 games / 0 Goals
1995/96 – SLBenfica – 27 games / 7 Goals
1994/95 – Tirsense – 33 games / 17 Goals
1993/94 – Tirsense – 32 games / 9 Goals
1992/93 – Gil Vicente – 22 games / 3 Goals
1991/92 – Feirense – 31 games / 12 Goals
1990/91 – Academic – 26 games / 4 Goals
1989/90 – Sertanense – Games /? Goals
1988/89 – Academic – 9 games / 1 goal

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Walsall player 131. Jorge Leitão


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Youth career
1991–1992
Senior career
Years                      Team                                  Apps       Goals
1992–1997               Coimbrőes                        ?                ?

1997–1998                Avintes                             ?                 ?

1998–2000                Feirense                          67             21
2000–2005               Walsall                           258             57
2006–2007               Beira-Mar                       28               8
2007–2009               Feirense                           69             11
2009–2012               Arouca                               83              10

TOTAL                          479           107
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Jorge Manuel Vasconcelos Leitão (born 14 January 1974) is a Portuguese retired footballer who played as a striker.
He was best known for his six-year spell with Walsall in England, but also amassed totals of 169 games and 28 goals in the Portuguese second division, over the course of seven seasons.
Born in Nespereira, Cinfães, Leitão started playing in amateur football. At already 24 he signed with C.D. Feirense, being relegated from the second division in his first season and netting 14 goals in his second. In July 2000 he moved to England with Walsall, who paid £150,000 for his services after three impressive trial games.
Leitão scored a career-best 18 goals in 44 matches in his first season with Walsall, with the Saddlers promoting to the second levelafter disposing of Reading in the play-offs final. He was also named in the Division Two Player’s Team of the Year.

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In the 2001–02 campaign, after a difficult start, Leitão’s fate was transformed following the sacking of Ray Graydon. In the first game under new manager Colin Lee, he scored a brace at Charlton Athletic in the season’s FA Cup fourth round. The team also managed to finally stay clear of the relegation zone, and he netted the goal that saved Walsall from the drop, the only one in an away win against Sheffield United on 13 April 2002; two weeks later, he extended his contract for a further two years.
The 2002–03 season was Walsall’s most successful in the league since the 1950s, with Leitão pairing with Brazilian José Junior for a Portuguese-speaking front line which scored 30 goals during the course of the campaign. Highlights included a brace against Stoke City (4–2 home win), one against Grimsby Town (3–1, home) and the game’s only against Brighton Albion (also at home); however, after the loss of Júnior to Derby County in the summer – his replacement being former Arsenal and England star Paul Merson – the team suffered relegation, with Leitão netting seven goals (his lowest figure in one full season) in 39 games.
In late December 2005 Leitão signed a pre-contract deal with S.C. Beira-Mar in his country, citing homesickness as a factor in his sudden departure from English football. Though the contract did not come into effect until June 2006, both Merson (now the team’s manager) and chairman Jeff Bonser offered to release the player earlier, in recognition of the dedication he had given to the club in his five 1/2 years of service. The penultimate of his 258 official games for Walsall (71 goals) was a 0–3 away defeat against Bristol City, in which he also suffered a groin injury; in his last, at Bescot Stadium against Blackpool, he was treated to a near half-hour rendition of his name by the home fans, eventually being reduced to tears before leaving the field through a guard of honour composed of some of his teammates.
After helping Beira-Mar promote to the Portuguese top division in 2006, Leitão had his first – and only – experience in the competition, scoring twice in 11 appearances as the Aveiro club was immediately relegated back. He subsequently played two 1/2 seasons with his first professional club Feirense (in level two) and, aged 35, moved to modest F.C. Arouca, which he helped promote to the second division for the first time ever.