Liedson: Waving the flag
Brazilian-born striker Liedson wants to set the World Cup alight with Portugal
Born: Dec 17, 1977, in Cairu Brazil
Clubs Played for: Considered a mediocre striker in Brazil, Liedson jumped around from Coritiba, to Flamengo, to Corinthians before Portuguese giants Sporting Lisbon decided to bring him to the Estadio Jose Alvalade in 2003. Seven years later, Liedson sits eighth on the club's all-time scoring list with 163 goals in 263 games.
International career: With Brazil's bevy of attacking thespians, Liedson was always going to find it hard breaking into A Selecao regardless of his impressive scoring record at Sporting. In July 2009, Liedson was granted Portuguese citizenship and was immediately called up to the national side as Seleccao das Quinas looks to replace longtime implement Pauleta.
Why is he so special? Few defences in Portugal can cope with Liedson's reflexes, strength and aerial prowess. The question is: Will the rest of the world fear him?
His most famous moment: Liedson scored the winner in the 2009 Portuguese Cup final against Belenenses
He said it: I’ve got a lot of love and respect for Portugal. I’ve always been treated with a great amount of affection by the fans, and what better way to thank them than with loads of goals?
What they're saying about him: Liedson "brought a level of sharpness and efficiency to our finishing. It’s like the case of [Portugal all-time top scorer] Pauleta and other strikers who can make a goal out of nothing." Carlos Queiroz, Portgual head coach
Here is an interesting fact: Although Liedson averages over a goal every other game (0.62 goal/ game) he is a whole goal a game behind the scoring pace of Sporting's all-time leading goal scorer, Fernando Peyroteo, who had 529 goals in 327 games over 12 seasons between 1937 and 1949 (1.62).