Henrique Hilario Meireles Sampiaio (born 21 October 1975) is a retired Portuguese footballer who played for Chelsea F.C. from 2006 to 2014.
Hilario arrived at Chelsea on a free transfer in the second half of 2006 as a third choice goalkeeper for Jose Mourinho's side.
By the end of the campaign, Hilario had played 18 games and fulfilled all that was expected of a number three choice, thrust so unexpectedly into the spotlight.
A model professional, the keeper kept his focus when familiar coaching staff moved on in September 2007 and when Cech and Cudicini were both out over Christmas 2007, he was back in the limelight, playing in five wins, including a Carling Cup semi-final.
There was one more call before the season was out, when Cudicini limped out at home to Fenerbahçe in the Champions League. With the score tied on aggregate, Hilario executed a fantastic save and Chelsea went on to add a second.
Cudicini's exit made Hilario a regular on the subs' bench and though Ross Turnbull's signing in the summer of 2009 brought more competition between the goalkeeping staff, it was the Portuguese more regularly chosen to deputise in Cech's absence, although the two shared duties on the bench.
Already 2-1 down, Hilario was untested against Inter in the San Siro having replaced an injured Cech in February 2010, but Manchester City would work him harder three days later, and he was criticised for failing to deal with a tame Carlos Tevez effort, before Craig Bellamy squeezed one in across him from a tight angle.
Injury then struck Hilario before the second leg against Inter so Turnbull stepped in. The veteran's only appearance in the next 18 months would be the Community Shield defeat to Manchester United at Wembley in August 2010.
Further injury to Cech in the pre-season of 2011 however meant Hilario would play against West Brom and Norwich in the Premier League, and although a mix-up against the Canaries cost a goal, both games were won.
The remainder of the campaign has seen him largely as third choice behind Turnbull but he signed a one-year extension in March that keeps him in west London until the end of the 2012-13 season.
On 1 August 2013, it was confirmed that Hilario had signed a new, 1 year extension to his contract.
On 23 May 2014, Hilario was released by Chelsea. He announced his retirement from football 2 months later.
- Premier League: 1 (2009-10)
- FA Cup: 4 (2007, 2009, 2010, 2012)
- League Cup: 1 (2007)
- Community Shield: 1 (2009)
- Champions League: 1 (2012)
- Europa League: 1 (2013)
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