Raul Meireles


BornMarch 17, 1983


Raul JosΓ© Trindade Meireles is a Portuguese footballer who currently plays for Chelsea as a midfielder in the Premier League. Raul Meireles started his career as a trainee with Boavista but was loaned to Desportivo das Aves from Liga de Honra, where he made his professional debut. After a two-year loan spell he returned to Boavista where he made his Primeira Liga debut. By his great performances, Meireles was brought to the Portuguese club, FC Porto, winning three Primeira Liga titles in a row, adding two Portuguese Cups and three Portuguese Supercups. In 2010, he moved to Liverpool where he won the 2011 PFA Fans' 'Player of the Year' award following a very successful first season in Premier League. On August 2011, Meireles signed for Chelsea, joining his former manager AndrΓ© Villas-Boas with whom he had spent a short period of time. During his debut season at Stamford Bridge, he won the 2012 UEFA Champions League and the 2011–12 FA Cup, his first titles since his arrival to England. In International football Meireles national career began at youth level when he represented the Under-16 side at the 2000 UEFA European Under-16 Football Championship in Israel. In November 2006, he was called up to the senior squad for the first time. He later represented Portugal in the UEFA Euro 2008, 2010 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2012.
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