Thursday, 12 January 2012

Football Manager Stardom To Serie A Mediocrity


Born to Teresa and António Veloso in 1986, Miguel Veloso was thrust in to the world with a fair deal of expectation from his family. His father, António, made in excess of four hundred appearances for Portugese giants S.L.Benfica and earned 40 caps for the Selecção. Hoping to emulate his father, Miguel started his career at Benfica, only to be rejected by the club for being overweight. This did not stop the teenager from fulfilling his dreams of becoming a footballer, and he moved to Sporting CP at the age of 14. He was promoted to the main team in the 2004-05 season, but was loaned to Second Division club Olivais Moscavide. He had an impressive outing in the Second Division, helping Moscavide win the league, and returned to Sporting the following year.

His impressive performances for Olivais Moscavide paid off fairly quickly. He earned 22 league appearances for Sporting in the 2006-07 season. Under then manager Paulo Bento, Veloso blossomed as a defensive player, alongside other future prospects like João Moutinho, Nani and Yannick Djalo. Veloso went on to win the SJPF Young Player of the Month award in April 2007. Veloso also had an impressive Champions League that year, making 5 appearances for The Lions, including a memorable performance against Internazionale in the group stage.

Veloso confirmed his quality against the likes of Figo and Vieira 
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