Emídio Rafael

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Emídio Rafael
Personal information
Full name Emídio Rafael Augusto Silva
Date of birth (1986-01-24) 24 January 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth Lisbon, Portugal
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current team
Number 22
Youth career
2001–2005 Sporting CP
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2007 Sporting CP 0 (0)
2005–2006 Casa Pia (loan) 16 (1)
2006–2007 Real Massamá (loan) 26 (2)
2007–2009 Portimonense 46 (1)
2009–2010 Académica 26 (1)
2010–2013 Porto 5 (0)
2013 Braga 1 (0)
2013 Braga B 17 (1)
2013–2014 Platanias 11 (0)
2014– Estoril 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:00, 2 June 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Emídio Rafael Augusto Silva (born 24 January 1986), known as Rafael, is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for G.D. Estoril Praia as a left back.

Football career[edit]

Born in Lisbon, Rafael spent six years with local Sporting Clube de Portugal – youth years comprised – but never represented its first team officially. On loan, he made his senior debuts in the third division, spending one season apiece with Casa Pia A.C. and Real Sport Clube (both in the Lisbon area) and being released by the Lions in 2007.

Subsequently Rafael signed for Portimonense S.C. in the second level, being first-choice in his first season and regularly used in the following. In 2009–10 he made his top flight debut with Académica de Coimbra, his first appearance in the competition being on 13 September 2009 in a 1–2 away loss against S.C. Olhanense; he only missed four league games as the Students easily retained their division status.

In the ensuing off-season, Rafael followed manager André Villas-Boas to F.C. Porto. He rarely made the list of 18 in the first months at his new club, but profitted from a run of injuries in the first team to gain more playing time. On 29 January 2011 he scored in a 2–2 draw at Gil Vicente F.C. for the season's Portuguese League Cup, but also sustained an horrific last-minute injury to his foot, being sidelined for well more than one year;[1][2] he finished his first year with the northerners with 11 official games, scoring two goals.

In January 2013 Rafael signed with S.C. Braga, joining until the end of the season with the possibility of a three-year extension.[3]




  1. ^ FC Porto out of Bwin Cup, Emidio Rafael out of 2010/11; PortuGOAL, 29 January 2011
  2. ^ Varela ainda com limitações (Varela still limited); A Bola, 14 March 2012 (Portuguese)
  3. ^ "Emídio Rafael reforça guerreiros" [Emídio Rafael strengthens warriors] (in Portuguese). A Bola. 7 January 2013. Retrieved 8 January 2013. 

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