|Full name||Nélson Miguel Castro Oliveira|
|Date of birth||8 August 1991 (age 20)|
|Place of birth||Barcelos, Portugal|
|Height||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|2003–2004||→ Bairro Misericórdia (loan)|
|2010||→ Rio Ave (loan)||10||(0)|
|2010–2011||→ Paços Ferreira (loan)||23||(4)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 October 2011.
† Appearances (Goals).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 October 2011
Born in Barcelos, Oliveira finished his youth career at S.L. Benfica, having arrived at age 15 from Sporting de Braga, being a prolific scorer for both clubs. He made his first team debut in a 2008–09 pre-season friendly against G.D. Estoril Praia, courtesy of manager Quique Flores, and was even called to a UEFA Cup match against S.S.C. Napoli, but eventually returned to the juniors.
The same happened to Oliveira in 2009–10. However, in January 2010, he made his professional – and first division – debuts, being loaned until June to Rio Ave FC; his first game came on February 7, as he played the last 10 minutes of the 2–0 home win against Leixões SC.
Oliveira’s loan was initially extended for the entirety of the 2010–11 season but, on 12 August 2010, he moved to F.C. Paços de Ferreira, in the same predicament. He scored on his debut on 12 September, a 1–1 draw at C.S. Marítimo and, the following month, helped Paços come from behind at Associação Naval 1º de Maio (2–1), scoring the winning goal from a direct free kick.
Oliveira helped Portugal under-20s finish second in the 2011 FIFA World Cup held in Colombia, scoring four goals – including one in the final against Brazil, a 2–3 extra time loss – providing two assists and receiving the Man of the match award twice.
Correct as of 30 July 2011
- ^ Nélson Oliveira assegurado (Nélson Oliveira confirmed); A Bola, 12 August 2010 (Portuguese)
- Stats and profile at Zerozero
- Stats at ForaDeJogo (Portuguese)
- Biography at Academia de Talentos (Portuguese)