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Vintage Port’: Jose Quitongo in action for Waterford United back in 2004

Vintage Port’: Jose Quitongo in action for Waterford United back in 2004

Vintage Port’: Jose Quitongo in action for Waterford United back in 2004

Waterford has been a magnet for exotic imports through the years, so no wonder that Portugal's first export to Ireland played there.

The Blues began the 1994/95 season with arrivals from Portuguese football, Jose Quitongo (who would go on to play for Angola) and Vitor Dominguez. Winger Quitongo impressed but injury hampered defender Dominguez and he lasted only one season.

Kilkenny City managed to lure striker Carlos Rocha in the 2000/01 season but his goals could not prevent the Cats from being relegated with a goal difference of -52. Pete Mahon, who was manager of champions Bohemians the following season, tried to sign Rocha but the forward returned to his native Portugal.

Mauro Almeida had a good pedigree (ex-Porto) when he landed at Sligo Rovers in 2008, where a young Seamus Coleman was a team-mate and Almedia was something of a hit at the Showgrounds in two spells. Injury ended his time in Sligo and he was last seen playing in Angola.

Claudio Silva had a tough time of things when he signed for Athlone Town for the 2016 season, as the midlands club finisheds bottom of the First Division, Portuguese import Silva returning for a second spell in 2017.


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