Cafú (footballer, born 1977)

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Personal information
Full name Arlindo Gomes Semedo
Date of birth (1977-11-17) 17 November 1977 (age 36)
Place of birth Lisbon, Portugal
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Number TBA
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–1999 Amora 27 (11)
1999–2002 Belenenses 60 (8)
2002–2005 Boavista 93 (9)
2006 Sportfreunde Siegen 13 (5)
2006–2007 Freiburg 23 (1)
2008–2009 Omonia 41 (9)
2009–2011 Anorthosis 58 (24)
2011–2012 AEL Limassol 29 (4)
2012–2013 Alki Larnaca 25 (4)
2013–2014 Académico Viseu 35 (15)
2014– Feirense
National team
2003–2007 Cape Verde 15 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 May 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Arlindo Gomes Semedo (born 17 November 1977), commonly known as Cafú, is a Cape Verdean professional footballer who plays for C.D. Feirense as a forward.[1]

After playing in his country of birth for Belenenses and Boavista, amassing top division totals of 153 games and 17 goals over the course of seven seasons, he went on to have a brief spell in Germany with Freiburg.

Already in his 30's Cafú moved to Cyprus, where he remained for five years in representation of several teams. Internationally, he played for Cape Verde.

Football career[edit]

Cafú was born in Lisbon, Portugal. During his early career he played for Amora FC, C.F. Os Belenenses – with which he made his Portuguese league debuts in the 1999–2000 season – and Boavista FC, appearing in six games in the Porto club's quarterfinal run in the UEFA Cup in 2002–03, but starting rarely during his three-and-a-half-year spell with the team.

In January 2006, Cafú moved to Sportfreunde Siegen in Germany's second division, his five league goals not being enough to avoid relegation (as last). He subsequently stayed in the category and joined SC Freiburg, where he would appear sparingly in one and a half years.

Again in the January transfer window, Cafú joined Cyprus' AC Omonia. After one 1/2 seasons he moved squads but stayed in the country, joining Anorthosis Famagusta FC on a free transfer in the summer of 2009; in the start of his second season, in the 2010–11 UEFA Europa league third qualifying round, he scored a hat-trick against Cercle Brugge KSV (3–1 home win), being essential in the side's 3–2 aggregate success and play-off stage qualification.

During his two-year spell with Anorthosis Cafú always scored in double digits, but his team came out empty in silverware, respectively finishing second and third in the Cypriot First Division. In June 2011, aged 33, he was released by the club, signing shortly after with AEL Limassol.


  1. ^ "Cafú". Worldfootball. Retrieved 7 April 2012. 

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