Nuno Assis

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Nuno Assis
Personal information
Full nameNuno Assis Lopes Almeida
Date of birth(1977-11-25) November 25, 1977 (age 34)
Place of birthLousã, Portugal
Height1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Playing positionAttacking midfielder
Club information
Current clubOmonia
Number21
Youth career
1992–1996Sporting CP
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1996–1999Lourinhanense (loan)59(23)
1999–2000Alverca (loan)19(0)
2000–2001Gil Vicente (loan)26(2)
2001–2004Vitória Guimarães108(11)
2005–2008Benfica56(4)
2008–2010Vitória Guimarães49(12)
2010–2011Ittihad FC25(3)
2011–2012Vitória Guimarães25(4)
2012–Omonia4(0)
National team
1999Portugal U211(0)
2002–2009Portugal5(0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 May 2012.
† Appearances (Goals).
 
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Nuno Assis
Personal information
Full nameNuno Assis Lopes Almeida
Date of birth(1977-11-25) November 25, 1977 (age 34)
Place of birthLousã, Portugal
Height1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Playing positionAttacking midfielder
Club information
Current clubOmonia
Number21
Youth career
1992–1996Sporting CP
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1996–1999Lourinhanense (loan)59(23)
1999–2000Alverca (loan)19(0)
2000–2001Gil Vicente (loan)26(2)
2001–2004Vitória Guimarães108(11)
2005–2008Benfica56(4)
2008–2010Vitória Guimarães49(12)
2010–2011Ittihad FC25(3)
2011–2012Vitória Guimarães25(4)
2012–Omonia4(0)
National team
1999Portugal U211(0)
2002–2009Portugal5(0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 May 2012.
† Appearances (Goals).

Nuno Assis Lopes de Almeida, known as Assis (born 25 November 1977 in Lousã), is a Portuguese footballer who plays for AC Omonia in Cyprus, as an attacking midfielder.

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Club career

Assis started playing football in his hometown Lousã, before being spotted by Sporting Clube de Portugal; he then moved to the Lisbon club's youth system, and later was loaned to its feeder club Sporting Clube Lourinhanense. Assis made his debuts in the top division in 1999–2000, playing 19 matches for F.C. Alverca while still on loan from Sporting. He was then loaned a final time the following season to Gil Vicente FC, for whom he scored his first-ever top flight goals.

In the 2001 summer, Assis was released by the Lions, signing with Vitória de Guimarães. In his second season, he scored three goals in 33 matches, netting four in 31 in the following campaign. He started off the 2004–05 season with the Minho side, but moved to S.L. Benfica in the following winter transfer window, to replace burning-out star Zlatko Zahovič.[1] He scored on his debut for Benfica, against Moreirense FC, in a 2–1 away success.

Prior to 2008–09 kick-off, after being used relatively in three 1/2 seasons, Assis was released by Benfica, alongside Luís Filipe, re-joining Vitória Guimarães. On 30 January 2009 he netted his first career hat-trick, in a 4–2 win at Vitória de Setúbal.

In the 2009–10 season, Assis continued to feature prominently for Vitória, netting five goals in 26 matches as the team finished sixth. In mid-June 2010, the 32-year old signed with Saudi Arabian team Ittihad FC, for his first abroad experience. In his first match, on 14 August, he helped to a 2–1 win against Al-Ettifaq.

In late August 2011, Assis re-joined Vitória Guimarães.

Doping case

After a domestic league match between Benfica and C.S. Marítimo, on 3 December 2005, Assis allegedly tested positive for a banned substance. In February 2006, UEFA's Control and Disciplinary Body suspended the player from all official UEFA matches, after the test results were declared;[2] Benfica won 1–0 and the result was not contested. On 7 May, Benfica's president, Luís Filipe Vieira, came out contesting the alleged positive result, as proper procedure was not followed for the tests. The 72 hour-delay between collection of the sample and the test for anomalous quantities of different substances might have led to sample degradation and false positives.

On 14 July 2006, the Justice Council of the Portuguese Football Federation threw out the sentence on technicalities, specifically the disregard for the defence of the athlete,[3] and removed the six-month suspension to the player, after Assis was initially suspended for five months. Benfica threatened to press charges to try and identify who was responsible for the false charges and for the whole procedure, and asked for the destitution of the laboratory director and the technicians involved in this case. On the 19th, Portuguese sports newspapers O Jogo and A Bola quoted the president of the laboratory that handled the sample and made the analysis (LAD, Anti-Doping Lab) claiming that the player had been tested positive for 19-norandrosterona, a steroid. According to the president statement, sample A contained 4.5 nanograms per milliliter (n/ml) and the counter-sample 4.0 n/ml. The legal limit for such substance is 2.0 n/ml and a normal person usually has between 0.1 and 0.2 with a maximum of 0.6 n/ml.

The following day, Vieira replied, accusing Luís Horta (president of LAD) and Luís Sardinha (president of the National Anti-Doping Council, CNAD) of fabricating data and lying to protect themselves. He brought to light that the meeting of CNAD that decided to prosecute the athlete did so disregarding the technical analysis that proposed that charges should be dropped, according to the meeting's agenda.[4] One of his charges stated that CNAD punished the athlete knowing he was innocent only to hide the mess made by LAD collecting and analysing the sample. The original Justice Council of the Portuguese Football Federation sentencing included an indication that, in order to claim doping, it had to be proved that an athlete had the illegal substance in his body and that he had intentionally done it. At this point the World Anti-doping agency stepped in because the burden of proof of consumption intent in doping cases would undermine any doping situation. This appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport agreed with the agency and found that foul-play was with the player and the original six-month sentence was increased to one year.[5][6] At no point during the appeal were the LAD or CNAD procedures contested.

International career

Assis' first game for the Portuguese national team was under coach Agostinho Oliveira in November 2002, in a friendly match. He came in as a substitute in the 2–0 victory over Scotland.

After more than six years of absence, Assis returned to the national team, taking the pitch during the second half of the decisive 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Malta (4–0, in Guimarães); he was not picked, however, for the final stages in South Africa.

Honours

Benfica
Omonia

See also

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