Mateus Galiano da Costa’s biography, fact, career, awards, net worth and life story

IntroAngolan association football player
Is Athlete
Football player
Association football player
From Angola
Type Sports

19 June 1984, Luanda, Angola

Age36 years
Star signGemini
Height: 174 cm
Weight: 72 kg
Sports Teams
C.D. Beja
Sporting Clube de Portugal B
Boavista F.C.
F.C. Lixa
C.D. Nacional
Casa Pia A.C.
Gil Vicente F.C.
Angola national football team
Clube Desportivo Primeiro de Agosto
F.C. Arouca
Sporting CP

Mateus Galiano da Costa (born 19 June 1984), known simply as Mateus, is an Angolan professional footballer who plays for Portuguese club Boavista F.C. as a forward.

He spent practically all of his career in Portugal, recording over 270 games and 50 goals in the Primeira Liga. He represented four teams in the division, mainly Nacional and Boavista.

Mateus made his debut for Angola in 2006 and earned over 60 caps. He was selected for the 2006 World Cup and four Africa Cup of Nations tournaments.

Club career

Mateus was born in Luanda. After started playing professionally for modest Portuguese teams (he had a stint with Sporting CP, but never moved past their reserves), he signed in January 2006 with Gil Vicente F.C. of the Primeira Liga. He scored in his debut on 5 February, in a 5–0 home win against Vitória de Setúbal.

However, Mateus was at the centre of a judicial controversy that erupted in Portuguese football, known as Caso Mateus (Mateus Affair), after a supposedly illegal registration by the Barcelos club. Following a lengthy judicial battle between Gil and C.F. Os Belenenses, the former were relegated.

After an uneventful season with Gil Vicente in the second division, greatly delayed by the legal consequences, Mateus joined Boavista F.C. for the 2007–08 campaign. His new team was also eventually relegated, due to irregularities.

In 2008–09, Mateus moved to Madeira’s C.D. Nacional, being a regular in their attack as they qualified for the UEFA Europa League. In the same season, he played six games and scored four goals as they reached the semi-finals of the Taça de Portugal, including one in each leg of a 5–2 aggregate elimination by F.C. Paços de Ferreira.

Mateus continued to be play frequently for the better part of the following years, notably netting nine goals in 24 matches in the 2011–12 season. On 7 April 2012, he netted twice in a 4–2 win at Funchal rivals C.S. Marítimo.

On 17 November 2013, Mateus moved to his country’s league for the first time, signing for C.D. Primeiro de Agosto for the new year. In December 2015, he agreed a move back to Portugal’s top flight, joining F.C. Arouca for the remainder of the season with the option of one more.

Mateus returned to Boavista on 23 June 2017, signing a one-year deal a decade after first joining the club. After six goals in 31 games in his first season back at the Estádio do Bessa, he extended his link until 2020.

International career

An Angola international since 2006, Mateus was called up to that year’s FIFA World Cup, playing in all three group stage matches including the entire 0–1 loss against Portugal. He also added three substitute appearances in the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations, as the Palancas Negras reached the quarter-finals.

On 8 October 2011, Mateus scored as Angola won 2–0 away to Guinea-Bissau to pip Uganda to a spot at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations. At the tournament in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea, he scored the first goal of their opening 2–1 win against Burkina Faso, but Lito Vidigal’s team were eliminated from the group. A year later, he started all three games as the team exited at the same stage.

Mateus scored four times in qualification for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, coming in braces in wins over Mauritania (4–1) and Burkina Faso (2–1). He captained the side at the finals in Egypt, falling again at the first hurdle.

International goals

As of 12 October 2018 (Angola score listed first, score column indicates score after each Mateus goal)
1.29 April 2006Setsoto Stadium, Maseru, Lesotho  Mauritius 4–1 5–12006 COSAFA Cup
2.30 April 2006Setsoto Stadium, Maseru, Lesotho  Lesotho 1–0 3–1
3.8 October 2006Estádio da Cidadela, Luanda, Angola  Kenya 2–0 3–12008 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
4.12 August 2009Estádio do Restelo, Lisbon, Portugal  Togo 2–0 2–0Friendly
5.8 October 2011Estádio 24 de Setembro, Bissau, Guinea-Bissau  Guinea-Bissau 2–0 2–02012 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
6.14 January 2012Estádio Nacional do Chiazi, Cabinda, Angola  Sierra Leone 2–1 3–1Friendly
7.22 January 2012Nuevo Estadio, Malabo, Equatorial Guinea  Burkina Faso 1–0 2–12012 Africa Cup of Nations
8.17 October 2015Rand Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa  South Africa 1–0 2–02016 African Nations Championship qualification
9.12 October 2018Estádio 11 de Novembro, Luanda, Angola  Mauritania 1–1 4–12019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
10. 2–1
11.18 November 2018Estádio 11 de Novembro, Luanda, Angola  Burkina Faso 1–0 2–1
12. 2–0