Sporting’s elegant midfielder Miguel Veloso is a perfect example of the old adage, “Like father, like son.” His father, Antonio, is a former Portugal international, and captained Benfica during the glory days of the 1980s and 1990s, although Miguel had to move across the Portuguese capital to seek his fortune.
After failing to hold down a place in the youth team at the Stadium of Light, owing to issues with his weight, the teenage Veloso made the switch to the Jose Alvalade where, in the famous green-and-white hoops of Sporting, he started to make his name as a footballer. He won junior honours with his new club, and, rising quickly through the ranks, it was not long before he broke into the first team.
He made his senior bow at the start of the 2006/07 season, but it was in his UEFA Champions League debut against Italian giants Inter Milan that the young midfielder first showed glimpses of his rare talent, putting in a man-of-the-match performance. A classy player with a superb left foot, Veloso earned his first call-up to the national team during the qualifying campaign for UEFA EURO 2008. He went on to claim a place in the squad for the tournament as the Portuguese booked their passage to Austria and Switzerland, playing one game in the finals tournament.
Blessed with a wide range of passing, and a powerful shot from distance, Veloso is also extremely versatile. He prefers to operate as a holding midfielder, but has recently spent time at left-back and on the left-hand side of the midfield. Wherever he plays, the Sporting midfielder guarantees consistency, work-rate, and unerring accuracy from corners and free-kicks.