José Emílio Furtado
|Full name||José Emílio Robalo Furtado|
|Date of birth||14 March 1983|
|Place of birth||Praia, Cape Verde|
|Height||1.82 m (5 ft 11 1⁄2 in)|
|2004–2005||→ Tourizense (loan)||25||(12)|
|2005||→ Vihren (loan)||12||(10)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 November 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Born in Praia, Cape Verde, Furtado started his football career in Portugal with lowly Casa Pia A.C. in the Lisbon area, where he also made his senior debuts. In the 2003 summer he moved to F.C. Porto, playing one full season with its reserve side then moving on loan to another modest club, G.D. Tourizense.
In June 2005 Furtado, still on loan from Porto, signed with Bulgarian team FC Vihren Sandanski, where he scored regularly in the A PFG. In the following January transfer window he was sold to fellow league side PFC CSKA Sofia, for €300.000.
Furtado's spell with the "armymen" also started in a scoring fashion, but eventually ended on a sour note: he fell out with manager Stoycho Mladenov due to disciplinary breaches, and was also involved in a physical confrontation with team captain Valentin Iliev, which led to his return to Portugal.
In the 2007 summer, Furtado moved to the Portuguese first division as he signed with F.C. Paços de Ferreira. On 18 August he made his debut in the competition by playing the second half of a 1–3 loss at C.S. Marítimo, and was relatively used during the campaign as the club finished second from bottom and was relegated – later reinstated due to Boavista FC's irregularities.
Furtado split 2008–09 with Paços and União de Leiria, then moved abroad again, signing for Ionikos F.C. in the Greek second level. In his first year he finished third in the competition's top scorers list, but his club could only rank 15th, the last position before the relegation zone.