Abel Ferreira

Personal information
Full name Abel Fernando Moreira Ferreira
Date of birth (1978-12-22) 22 December 1978
Place of birth Penafiel, Portugal
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Right back
Club information
Current team
Braga (coach)
Youth career
1989–1997 Penafiel
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–2000 Penafiel 63 (4)
2000–2004 Vitória Guimarães 80 (1)
2004–2005 Braga 43 (0)
2006–2011 Sporting CP 111 (2)
Total 297 (7)
Teams managed
2011–2013 Sporting CP (juniors)
2013–2014 Sporting B
2015–2017 Braga B
2016 Braga (interim)
2017– Braga
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Abel Fernando Moreira Ferreira (born 22 December 1978), known simply as Abel, is a Portuguese retired footballer who played as a right back, and is the current manager of S.C. Braga.

Football career

After emerging through hometown club F.C. Penafiel's youth ranks, Abel developed while at Vitória de Guimarães where he made his Primeira Liga debuts, then switched to another Minho club for the 2004–05 season, S.C. Braga.

In January 2006 Abel transferred to Sporting Clube de Portugal, in a two-way loan deal involving Wender, a Brazilian who already had represented the northerners.[1] The move was made permanent before the 2006–07 campaign.

On 27 November 2007 Abel scored a spectacular goal against Manchester United, in a UEFA Champions League group stage 1–2 away loss.[2] During that season he was also called up for the Portuguese national team, but did not make his debut.

From 2008–09 onwards, Abel began having stiff competition from Brazilian Pedro Silva, a situation which was aggravated with the January 2010 purchase of Braga's João Pereira.

Veteran Abel was still relatively used by Sporting in the following seasons, as Pereira featured regularly as a midfielder. On 24 October 2010 he netted his first league goal for the Lisbon team, scoring in the 90th minute to defeat Rio Ave F.C. at home (1–0);[3] he retired at the end of the 2010–11 campaign at the age of 32, amassing top division totals of 234 games and three goals.





  1. Loan signings strengthen Sporting; UEFA.com, 30 December 2005
  2. "Ronaldo underlines United authority". UEFA.com. 27 November 2007. Retrieved 15 March 2016.
  3. Last-gasp Abel snatches win for Sporting; Benfica edge past Portimonense Archived 18 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine.; PortuGOAL, 24 October 2010
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