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Viana with Portugal at Euro 2012
Personal information
Full name Hugo Miguel Ferreira Gomes Viana
Date of birth (1983-01-15) 15 January 1983 (age 41)
Place of birth Barcelos, Portugal
Height 1.78 m
Playing position Central midfielder
Youth career
1993–1998 Gil Vicente
1998–2001 Sporting CP
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2002 Sporting CP 26 (1)
2002–2006 Newcastle United 39 (2)
2004–2005 Sporting CP (loan) 32 (6)
2005–2006 Valencia (loan) 19 (0)
2006–2010 Valencia 24 (2)
2007–2008 Osasuna (loan) 9 (1)
2009–2010 Braga (loan) 28 (4)
2010–2013 Braga 79 (12)
2013–2015 Al-Ahli 27 (3)
2015–2016 Al-Wasl 37 (2)
Total 321 (33)
National team
2001–2004 Portugal U21 22 (3)
2001–2012 Portugal 29 (1)
Men's football
Representing  Portugal
UEFA European Championship
Bronze 2012 Poland-Ukraine
UEFA European Under-21 Championship
Third 2004 Germany
UEFA European Under-17 Championship
Winner 2000 Israel
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Hugo Miguel Ferreira Gomes Viana (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈuɣu ˈvjɐnɐ]; born 15 January 1983) is a Portuguese retired professional footballer who played as a central midfielder.

After starting out at Sporting CP he moved abroad at the age of 19, going on to have unassuming spells in England (Newcastle United) and Spain (Valencia) before settling back in his country with Braga. He amassed Primeira Liga totals of 165 matches and 23 goals over six seasons.

Viana represented Portugal in two World Cups and Euro 2012, also appearing with the under-23s at the 2004 Summer Olympics.

Club career

Sporting CP

Born in Barcelos, Viana started his professional career at Sporting CP. There, he won the Young European Footballer of the Year award after an excellent debut season in the Primeira Liga.

Newcastle United

On 20 June 2002, 19-year-old Viana was signed by Newcastle United from the Premier League for 12 million (£8.5 million), his transfer fee becoming a record for the Magpies for a teenager by surpassing the £5 million paid to Nottingham Forest for England under-21 international Jermaine Jenas. The transfer was also a record for a player of his age, breaking the 1999 record held by Robbie Keane; Newcastle invested heavily in young players in that year, and chairman Freddie Shepherd reasoned by claiming consensus that he was the best young player in the world of football. The signing was also the first major deal between Portuguese agent Jorge Mendes and an English club.

Viana joined former Sporting manager Bobby Robson at his new team, and was mentored by veteran Gary Speed. He scored four goals in all competitions during his spell at St James' Park, against FK Željezničar Sarajevo and Feyenoord in the UEFA Champions League and Birmingham City and West Bromwich Albion in the league.

Viana was unable to cement a starting position, as Speed – for whom Robson saw the Portuguese as a future replacement – was not declining with age, while Kieron Dyer, Jenas and Laurent Robert were also in form. He returned to Sporting on loan in July 2004. He found his old form and enjoyed a successful spell, even helping the Lions to the final of the UEFA Cup.


Viana moved to Valencia CF at the start of 2005–06, again on loan. In March 2006, reports stated that he had been signed on a permanent deal for £1.5 million. During his first season he struggled to claim a first-team spot, facing tough competition from the likes of David Albelda and Rubén Baraja, manager Quique Sánchez Flores' preferred duo; still, he featured in 19 league games, and displayed some flashes of talent that allowed him to preserve his place in the Portugal national squad.

In a bid to secure first-team football, Viana decided to join fellow La Liga side CA Osasuna on loan, on 13 July 2007. However, a serious injury during pre-season forced him out for four months. After recovering, he played all of the last three matches, helping to a narrow escape from relegation.

In the 2008–09 campaign, Viana took no part in manager Unai Emery's plans, being restricted to four UEFA Cup matches and two appearances in the Copa del Rey.


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Viana with Braga in October 2012

On 31 July 2009, Viana was loaned to S.C. Braga for one season, thus returning to Portugal after three years. As they led the league in its early stages, he scored his first goals upon returning to his country, hitting twice in a 3–1 home win over C.F. Os Belenenses on 30 August. On 31 October, he again found the net, from a free kick against S.L. Benfica in a 2–0 home victory where he received player of the match accolades. The Minho side eventually finished in a best-ever second place, losing the title to precisely this team in the last matchday, with the player making 28 appearances (six as a reserve, he lost his importance after the return of Uruguayan Luis Aguiar on loan).

Viana regained his starting position in 2010–11 under the same manager, Domingos Paciência, as Aguiar eventually leaving the club. On 6 March 2011, again from a direct free kick and against Benfica, he equalised for the hosts in an eventual 2–1 home win. He added nine games (all starts) in Braga's UEFA Europa League runner-up run.


Al Ahli and Al-Wasl

On 5 June 2013, Al Ahli Club from Dubai announced the signing of Viana effective as of 1 July, when his contract with Braga expired. He made his debut on 30 August in the year's Arabian Gulf Super Cup at the Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium, a penalty shootout victory after a goalless draw against Al Ain FC; his performance was described as "quiet" by The National, who attributed it to his unfamiliarity with the heat of the Middle Eastern summer. He totalled 39 appearances and three goals across his first season, helping the team conquer a domestic treble after adding the UAE Arabian Gulf League and the UAE League Cup.

Viana agreed to a deal with Al-Wasl F.C. of the same city and league, but the transfer was one of several declared void by the UAE Football Association for missing the 3 October 2014 deadline. It was completed the following 19 January. He retired on 13 October 2016, aged 33.


In May 2017, Viana was appointed director of football at Belenenses. He left his post six months later.

Viana returned to Sporting in 2018, in the same capacity. In August 2021, he was suspended for 15 days and fined €2,295 for insulting the refereeing team after a game against F.C. Famalicão held four months earlier.

International career

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Viana and midfield partner João Moutinho in a press conference ahead of Euro 2012

Viana made his debut with Portugal on 14 November 2001, in a 5–1 friendly defeat of Angola. Replacing suspended Daniel Kenedy in the last minute, he was an unused member at the 2002 FIFA World Cup, but missed UEFA Euro 2004 on home soil. Manager José Romão called him up for the under-23 team for the football tournament at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Greece; he and João Paulo were sent off in a 4–2 group stage elimination by Costa Rica.

Viana then returned to the senior side, and scored his only international goal on 12 October 2005 to conclude a 3–0 home win over Latvia in 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification; he appeared in two matches – both as a substitute – as the team came fourth at the finals in Germany. He was called as a last-minute replacement for injured Carlos Martins to the Euro 2012 squad, with the team already in training camp; he was unused in a run to the semi-finals but ended a five-year international exile in a pre-tournament friendly against Macedonia.

Style of play

Viana was known for his range of passing and his control of the ball, as well as for taking powerful shots from distance, including from free kicks. Conversely, his ability to contribute equally to defence was criticised by pundits. His comparative lack of pace meant that he struggled when placed on the left wing due to Newcastle's strength in central midfield. Charlie Woods, the scout who recommended him to the club, reflected in 2020 that he played like Mesut Özil.

Personal life

Viana married Raquel Gomes in a Catholic ceremony in Orada, Albufeira in June 2003. The marriage produced two daughters and a son.

In 2004, Viana lost his wedding ring on Newcastle Town Moor, but it was returned by a young fan due to the name engraved onto it.

Career statistics


Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sporting CP 2001–02 26 1 0 0 3 0 29 1
Newcastle United 2002–03 23 2 0 0 8 1 31 2
2003–04 16 0 0 0 9 0 25 0
Total 39 2 0 0 17 1 56 2
Sporting CP (loan) 2004–05 32 6 0 0 10 2 42 6
Valencia (loan) 2005–06 19 0 0 0 0 0 19 0
Valencia 2006–07 24 2 0 0 7 0 31 2
2008–09 0 0 2 0 4 0 6 0
Total 24 2 2 0 11 0 37 2
Osasuna (loan) 2007–08 9 1 2 0 0 0 11 1
Braga (loan) 2009–10 28 4 5 0 0 0 33 4
Braga 2010–11 23 2 4 0 12 0 39 2
2011–12 27 2 6 3 10 0 43 5
2012–13 28 7 5 2 8 0 41 9
Total 78 11 15 5 20 0 123 16
Al-Ahli 2013–14 24 3 9 0 6 0 39 3
2014–15 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Total 27 3 9 0 6 0 42 3
Al-Wasl 2014–15 12 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
2015–16 25 2 7 0 0 0 32 2
Total 37 2 7 0 0 0 44 2
Total 419 32 41 5 62 3 524 40


Hugo Viana training 23-06-2012
Viana training at Euro 2012
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Portugal 2001 1 0
2002 5 0
2003 4 0
2004 2 0
2005 6 1
2006 5 0
2007 3 0
2012 3 0
Total 29 1
Scores and results list Portugal's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Viana goal.

List of international goals scored by Hugo Viana

No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 12 October 2005 Estádio do Dragão, Porto, Portugal  Latvia 3–0 3–0 2006 World Cup qualification


Sporting CP


  • Taça da Liga: 2012–13
  • UEFA Europa League runner-up: 2010–11

Al Ahli

  • UAE Arabian Gulf League: 2013–14
  • Arabian Gulf Super Cup: 2013
  • UAE League Cup: 2014


  • Medal of Merit, Order of the Immaculate Conception of Vila Viçosa (House of Braganza)

See also

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