José Emilio Furtado

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José Furtado
Personal information
Full name José Emílio Robalo Furtado
Date of birth (1983-03-14) 14 March 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth Praia, Cape Verde
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Poli Timișoara
Number 26
Youth career
2000–2001 Casa Pia
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2003 Casa Pia 45 (16)
2003–2005 Porto B 30 (9)
2004–2005 Tourizense (loan) 25 (12)
2005 Vihren (loan) 12 (10)
2006–2007 CSKA Sofia 18 (6)
2007–2008 Paços Ferreira 18 (1)
2009 União Leiria 4 (0)
2009–2010 Ionikos 30 (13)
2010–2011 PAS Giannina 15 (2)
2011–2012 Panachaiki 34 (27)
2012–2013 AEK Athens 18 (1)
2013– Poli Timișoara 8 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 November 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).

José Emílio Robalo Furtado (born 14 March 1983) is a Cape Verdean professional footballer who plays for ACS Poli Timișoara in Romania as a striker. He also holds Portuguese citizenship.

Football career[edit]

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.

In the 2010 summer Furtado signed for Pas Giannina FC, still in Greece and its second division. More of the same happened in the 2011–12 season, with Panachaiki FC.

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