Marco Almeida

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Marco Almeida is a Portuguese centre back who was born in Barreiro, Portugal on 4th April 1977. Almeida began his career with Sporting CP. He received a number of playing opportunities on loan at Sporting's feeder club Lourinhanense during 1996/97. The following few years Almeida remained at Sporting as a fringe player. He joined Campomaiorense on loan during 1998/99.

In July 1999 Almeida joined Southampton on a season long loan with a view to a permanent deal. He made his one and only appearance for Saints in a 1-0 defeat to Arsenal at The Dell on 18th September 1999. Almeida didn't cover himself in glory, allowing himself to be turned in the lead up to Thierry Henry's goal. It was the Frenchman's first of many. Almeida was confined to the reserves for a few weeks before returning to Portugal. He redeemed himself slightly with a goal against Chelsea's second string three days after the Arsenal debacle.

Almeida remained at Sporting until his contract expired in 2000. He had a trial with Sam Allardyce's Bolton shortly after his release, but didn't do enough to be offered any sort of contract. He eventually re-signed with Campomaiorense, and embarked on a career as a journeyman at mostly little known clubs. He signed for Alverca in 2001, but couldn’t stop the club from being relegated. He helped them win promotion back to the top flight in 2002/03, before dropping a division yet again the following campaign.

Almeida had a short unsuccessful spell in Spain with Murcia in 2004/05. He returned to Portugal the following season to sign for Maia. A year later he moved to fellow minnows Portimonense. In 2007 Almeida was contacted by his old Southampton boss Dave Jones, who invited him for a trial at Cardiff. Nothing came of it however, and Almeida eventually signed for Cypriot side Nea Salamis. He spent 2008/09 back in Portugal with Lourosa, before seeing out his career in Cyprus with Akritas Chlorakas.