|Full name||Fernando Lopes dos Santos Sousa Varela|
|Date of birth||November 26, 1987|
|Place of birth||Cascais, Portugal|
|Height||1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Current club||Steaua București|
|2006–2007||→ Rio Maior (loan)||21||(3)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 March 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Fernando Lopes dos Santos Sousa Varela (born 26 November 1987) is a Portuguese-born Cape Verdean professional footballer who plays as a central defender for the Romanian Liga I club Steaua București and the Cape Verde national football team.
Born in Cascais, Varela started playing professionally with G.D. Estoril Praia in the Portuguese second division, being loaned to U.D. Rio Maior in one season. In January 2009 he moved to C.D. Trofense, as the northern club was playing for the first time in the top flight; during the season he managed to appear regularly, but the club was relegated.
In the 2011 summer, after two additional division two seasons with Trofense, Varela signed for C.D. Feirense, returned to the top level after a 22-year absence. In the following campaign he played in all league games as a starter, notably scoring against S.L. Benfica on 28 January 2012 in an eventual 1–2 loss. His team would again drop down a level.
Varela opted to represent Cape Verde internationally, his debut coming in 2008. On 24 May 2010, he appeared in a friendly in Covilhã with Portugal – which was preparing for the FIFA World Cup in South Africa – playing the entire match as Tubarões Azuis managed a 0–0 draw.
Cape Verde was disqualified from qualification for the 2014 World Cup when it was revealed that Varela had played in a qualifying match against Tunisia despite not completing a four match suspension for a red card, who he had received against Equatorial Guinea on 24 March 2013, but as that match was later invalidated by FIFA as a result of Equatorial Guinea fielding the ineligible player Emilio Nsue, the Varela's card disappeared from the record and it's supposed that it had no value in the match played against Tunisia.
|1.||4 September 2010||Estadio da Varzea, Praia, Cape Verde||Mali||1–0||Win||2012 ANC qualification|
|2.||29 February 2012||Mahamasina Municipal Stadium, Antananarivo, Madagascar||Madagascar||4–0||Win||2013 ANC qualification|
|3.||27 January 2013||Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth, South Africa||Angola||2–1||Win||2013 Africa Cup of Nations|
|Correct as of 15 November 2013|
Statistics accurate as of match played 1 October 2013
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|Portugal||League||Taça de Portugal||Taça da Liga||Europe||Total|
|2005–06||Estoril||Liga de Honra||0||0||1||0||-||1||0|
|2006–07||Rio Maior||Segunda Divisão||21||3||2||0||-||23||3|
|2007–08||Estoril||Liga de Honra||17||0||1||0||1||0||-||19||0|
|2009–10||Liga de Honra||12||0||0||0||1||0||-||13||0|
|Romania||League||Cupa României||League Cup||Europe||Total|
- "Benfica comeback sees off Feirense". PortuGOAL. 28 January 2012. Retrieved 6 June 2012.
- "Varela no Vaslui até 2015" [Varela in Vaslui until 2015]. Record. 29 May 2012. Retrieved 1 June 2012.
- "Welcome, Fernando Varela!" (in Romanian). FCSB. 3 September 2013.
- "Portugal held to 0–0 draw by Cape Verde". USA Today. 24 May 2010. Retrieved 28 June 2010.
- Report. FIFA.com
- ""FIFA bans Cape Verde from World Cup".". FOX Soccer. 12 September 2013. Retrieved 12 September 2013.
- Player profile at transfermarkt.com
- Stats and profile at Zerozero
- Stats at ForaDeJogo
- Portuguese League profile (Portuguese)
- Fernando Varela at National-Football-Teams.com
- Fernando Varela – FIFA competition record