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Stand Up & Be Counted: Five of the best Portuguese Football League stars

13 July 2015

Following Sheffield Wednesday's signing of Marco Matias from Nacional, we've taken a look at five of the best Portuguese players to appear in The Football League.

Matias, a winger, has penned a four-year deal at Hillsborough after he impressed in the Portuguese top flight last season, scoring 20 goals in just 36 games.

After that transfer, here's a look at some of the finest Portuguese talents to previously play in The Football League...

Filipe Morais

Now at Bradford City, Filipe Morais has become a well-known figure in The Football League.

An attacking midfielder with plenty of flair, the 29-year-old represented Millwall, Oldham Athletic and Stevenage before his move to Valley Parade in 2014.

While with the Bantams, Morais has made 40 appearances, scoring six times, including one against Chelsea in their memorable FA Cup run last season.

Jose Fonte

The central defender has become a pivotal part of Southampton's Premier League line-up, but his career with the Saints started when they were in League 1.

Fonte was a key figure as the Saints progressed rapidly through the leagues, going on to earn back-to-back promotions to get themselves back to the top tier. He also has played for Crystal Palace.

Ricardo Vaz Te

The enigmatic forward will always be fondly remembered by West Ham United supporters as he was the player who scored the decisive goal in the 2011/12 Championship Play-Off Final.

In the match, West Ham had been given a tough test from Blackpool, but Vaz Te’s 87th-minute winner secured their promotion to the Premier League and wrote his name into the Hammers’ folklore.

Vaz Te also played for Bolton Wanderers and Barnsley during his time in The Football League.

Sido Jombati

An athletic full-back, Jombati has spent his entire professional career in England, after being released by Sporting Lisbon as a youngster.

It took a while for Jombati to earn recognition, with his early years in the game being spent in non-league, but his talent was spotted by Cheltenham Town in 2011 and his career has gone from strength to strength since.

The 27-year-old made 116 appearances for the Robins before moving to Wycombe last season, where he played a big part in their run to the Sky Bet League 2 Play-Off Final.

Jose Semedo

Semedo will be teaming up with Matias at Sheffield Wednesday, with the central midfielder having spent the last four years at Hillsborough.

Semedo’s combative style has made him a fans’ favourite with the Owls, after he moved there from Charlton Athletic in 2011.

If Matias is similarly successful then his addition will be considered an astute one.

The addition of the Winger at Wednesday should be pleasing to their Portuguese based supporters, who will be keeping a close eye on the trickster’s progress in The Football League.

Wednesday are sixth in the Stand Up & Be Counted club leaderboard with 1,827 registered fans who are living abroad. Nine of those supporters are based in Portugal but if you are living in the country, or anywhere else abroad, there is still time to show your support for your club.

Stand Up & Be Counted asks fans to register their country and city of residence via a dedicated microsite at, so whether you are a supporter of Accrington Stanley in Argentina or York City in Yemen you can show your support of your club.

The site includes an overall leaderboard so fans can see where their club’s global fanbase ranks compared to the other 71 Football League clubs, as well as a map displaying where in the world fans are from.

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