This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is da Silva and the second or paternal family name is Muniz.

Liédson playing for Sporting in 2007
Personal information
Full name Liédson da Silva Muniz
Date of birth (1977-12-17) 17 December 1977
Place of birth Cairu, Brazil
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–1999 Poções
2000 Prudentópolis 15 (5)
2001–2002 Coritiba 9 (5)
2002–2003 Flamengo 24 (14)
2003 Corinthians 18 (10)
2003–2011 Sporting CP 214 (116)
2011–2012 Corinthians 34 (13)
2012–2013 Flamengo 17 (4)
2013Porto (loan) 6 (0)
Total 337 (167)
National team
2009–2010 Portugal 15 (4)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Liédson da Silva Muniz (born 17 December 1977), known simply as Liédson, is a former Portuguese footballer who played as a striker.

Nicknamed Levezinho ("Slender one") due to his light frame (63 kg),[1] he spent the bulk of his professional career in Portugal representing Sporting, scoring nearly 200 goals in more than 300 official games, winning four major titles with the club and helping it to four Champions League participations.

Born in Brazil, Liédson became a Portuguese citizen in 2009 and appeared with the national team at the 2010 World Cup, already in his 30s.

Club career

Early years

Born in Cairu, Bahia, Liédson started his professional career at Coritiba Foot Ball Club, aged 22. Before that he played amateur football on weekends, working at a supermarket during the week.[1]

Liédson continued his career at Clube de Regatas do Flamengo and Sport Club Corinthians Paulista, traditional big clubs at Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo respectively, with relative individual success.


Liédson was signed by Sporting Clube de Portugal for 2 million on 31 August 2003, giving manager Fernando Santos a new option following injuries and sales.[2] On his debut, the "S" in his name was printed in reverse, which he took as a good omen and maintained it like that for the rest of his career.[3]

Liédson was crowned top scorer in the Primeira Liga in his second season, scoring 25 goals[1] while also netting nine in 14 games as his team reached the final of the UEFA Cup – this included a hat-trick in a 4–0 win at FC Dinamo Tbilisi in the group stage.[4] The following year he finished second in the scoring race, scoring 15 times from 31 appearances (28 of which he played the full 90 minutes) with an impressive mark of 2,899 minutes played; he was top scorer again in 2006–07, but the Lions only conquered one domestic cup during that timeframe.

Considered by many as one of the greatest strikers in Sporting history since the early performances of Fernando Peyroteo, Héctor Yazalde, Manuel Fernandes, Rui Jordão, Fernando Gomes, Alberto Acosta and Mário Jardel, Liédson was also regarded as the club's top trademark player since the departures of Luís Figo, Cristiano Ronaldo, Nani and Ricardo Quaresma. He also ranked team top scorer in the UEFA Champions League, after scoring the lonely goal in the 2008–09 group stage contest against FC Shakhtar Donetsk on 22 October 2008.[5] In the last group stage match, he also found the net – in a 2–5 home loss to FC Barcelona – for the 19th time in European competition, another club best;[6] on 1 November he appeared in his 150th league match with the green-and-white striped jersey, 213 overall.

On 18 January 2010, after having missed one month due to injury, Liédson came from the bench to score twice, helping Sporting overcome C.D. Nacional 3–2, at home. On 7 March he scored all the game's goals as his team beat last-placed C.F. Os Belenenses 4–0, away.[7]

On 21 October 2010, Liédson entered Sporting's history books as he scored the club's 200th goal in European competitions, netting twice in a 5–1 home win against K.A.A. Gent for the Europa League.

Return to Brazil

On 31 January 2011, after having appeared in 310 official games with Sporting, scoring 174 goals, 33-year-old Liédson returned to his homeland, signing with former club Corinthians.[8] He was still allowed to play with the Lions the following Friday, starting and scoring twice against Associação Naval 1º de Maio, in a 3–3 home draw.[9]

Liédson contributed with ten games in the 2012 Copa Libertadores campaign, scoring once in the 6–0 group stage home win against Deportivo Táchira of Venezuela (immediately after missing a penalty kick)[10] as the Timão won the continental competition for the first time in its history. On 31 July he left Corinthians, after both club and player decided not to renew his contract.[11]

On 2 August 2012 Liédson agreed on a return to Flamengo, signing until December of the following year.[12] In late January of the following year he came back to Portugal, joining FC Porto on a loan until the end of the season.[13]

International career

Liédson expressed interest in playing for the Portuguese national team despite being Brazilian-born. He stated: "If one day I was called up to play, I wouldn’t hesitate for a second, as I feel right at home in Portugal." After the retirement of striker Pauleta, Liédson was one of the main candidates in line for succession, especially after countrymen Deco and Pepe's previous switches. Liédson's naturalization process created some controversy, as the Portuguese Football Players' Union in August 2009 publicly objected Portuguese Football Federation's (FPF) plans of expediting his citizenship.[14]

After six years of residence in the country, Liédson received Portuguese nationality, being eligible to play for the country.[15] On 26 August 2009, he was called up by national coach Carlos Queiroz for the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Denmark and Hungary, and made his debut against the former on 5 September, coming on as a substitute for Tiago at half-time: after having been booked, he scored the final 1–1 in the 85th minute with a header from a corner.[16]

Liédson started the first game in the final stages in South Africa, a 0–0 against Côte d'Ivoire. He lost his place to Hugo Almeida for the following match, but both found the net in the 7–0 routing of North Korea on 21 June 2010, in Cape Town.[8][17]

International goals

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 5 September 2009 Parken Stadium, Copenhagen, Denmark  Denmark 1–1 1–1 2010 World Cup qualification
2 10 October 2009 Estádio da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal  Hungary 2–0 3–0 2010 World Cup qualification
3 3 March 2010 Estádio Cidade de Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal  China PR 2–0 2–0 Friendly
4 21 June 2010 Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town, South Africa  North Korea 5–0 7–0 2010 FIFA World Cup

Club statistics

As of 1 November 2012[18]
Club Season League State Championship Cup League Cup / State Cup SuperCup Continental Friendly Total
AppsGoals AppsGoals AppsGoals AppsGoals AppsGoals AppsGoals AppsGoals AppsGoals
Prudentópolis 2000 0015500155
Total 0015500155
Coritiba 2001 950095
2002 31201514002015
Total 953120151402920
Flamengo 2002 2414002414
Total 241402414
Corinthians 2003 141011686003322
Total 14101168603322
Sporting 2003–04 30152143003619
2004–05 312521149004735
2005–06 31155220003817
2006–07 28156650003921
2007–08 2611435410116004724
2008–09 2617223442003525
2009–10 28133322134004622
2010–11 145322162002510
Total 214116272012111059260313173
Corinthians 2011 28121611004423
2012 6111211111295
Total 3413271311117328
Flamengo 2012 1740000174
Career total 3121625325292027251078331504266






  1. 1 2 3 Liedson, cameras, action!;, 17 May 2005
  2. Sporting snare Liedson;, 31 August 2003
  3. "Liedson com nome bem escrito na camisola" [Liedson with name spelt correctly on his shirt] (in Portuguese). Diário de Notícias. 5 September 2009. Retrieved 25 June 2015.
  4. Ravdin, Eugene (25 November 2004). "Liedson leads Sporting rout". Retrieved 5 June 2015.
  5. Liedson lauds Sporting spirit;, 23 October 2008
  6. Liedson happy to settle at Sporting;, 10 July 2009
  7. Liedson hits four for Sporting; Benfica go three points clear at table top; PortuGOAL, 7 March 2010
  8. 1 2 "Sporting striker Liedson returns to Corinthians". The Guardian. 31 January 2011. Retrieved 10 February 2011.
  9. "Liedson until the bitter end". PortuGOAL. 4 February 2011. Retrieved 10 February 2011.
  10. "Após erro, Liedson conclui: "Não sei bater pênalti mesmo"" [After mistake, Liedson concludes: "I'm hopeless at penalties"] (in Portuguese). Gazeta Esportiva. 19 April 2012. Retrieved 5 July 2012.
  11. "Obrigado, Liédson!" [Thanks, Liédson!] (in Portuguese). Corinthians' official website. 31 July 2012. Retrieved 31 July 2012.
  12. "Flamengo acerta a contratação de Liédson até o fim de 2013" [Flamengo signs Liédson until the end of 2013] (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. 2 August 2012. Retrieved 2 August 2012.
  13. "Liedson completes FC Porto move". PortuGOAL. 24 January 2013. Retrieved 25 January 2013.
  14. Eduardo Santos Lourenço (28 August 2009). "Football Union contest Liedson's naturalisation". Smashing English. Retrieved 4 October 2009.
  15. "FIFA Status (2009 Edition): Regulations governing the application of the statutes Article 17" (PDF). Retrieved 24 August 2009.
  16. Liedson pulls Portugal from brink;, 5 September 2009
  17. "Portugal pours it on in second half". The New York Times. 21 June 2010. Retrieved 9 November 2012.
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