Nando Rafael

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Nando Rafael
Nando Rafael.JPG
Rafael in 2007.
Personal information
Full name Nando Rafael
Date of birth (1984-01-10) 10 January 1984 (age 31)
Place of birth Luanda, Angola
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1994–2001 Ajax
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2002 Ajax 0 (0)
2001–2002 Ajax II 18 (2)
2002–2006 Hertha BSC 70 (16)
2006–2008 Borussia Mönchengladbach 45 (9)
2008–2010 AGF 33 (10)
2010 FC Augsburg (loan) 10 (4)
2010–2012 FC Augsburg 33 (16)
2012–2013 Fortuna Düsseldorf 11 (2)
2013–2014 Henan Jianye 36 (10)
National team
2005–2006 Germany U21 13 (5)
2012– Angola 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 03:54, 13 November 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23:32, 13 November 2012 (UTC)

Nando Rafael (born 10 January 1984 in Luanda) is an Angolan-German football striker.

Early life[edit]

He fled from the Angolan Civil War at the age of eight after both of his parents had been killed, and resided at first illegally in the Netherlands. There he did not receive a work permit and was therefore unable to play football professionally, forcing him to move elsewhere.


In 2002 he signed for Hertha BSC in Germany. In 2006 he was signed by Borussia Mönchengladbach. His first season at AGF was partly spoiled by injuries, making his impact on the team less significant than expected. His physically strong appearance makes him a solid target player, but he also has good technical skills and is a competent goal scorer. He joined from AGF on 10 January 2010 on loan to FC Augsburg for one season.[1] On 19 July 2010, Rafael signed a two-year contract with FC Augsburg.[2]

On 27 June 2013, Rafael joined China League One club Henan Jianye, replacing Joël Tshibamba who was released by the club.[3]

International career[edit]

Rafael eventually received a German passport and was a German international at U21 level. He is currently awaiting for the FIFA's approval to represent officially Angola in the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations. He already played for Palancas Negras in a rated-B friendly match against Portuguese side Sporting CP on 10 November 2011.[4]


  1. ^ "Brian Steen: Typisk AGF" (in Danish). Ekstra Bladet. 1 July 2010. Retrieved 5 July 2010. 
  2. ^ "FCA verpflichtet Nando Rafael" (in German). FC Augsburg. 19 July 2010. Retrieved 19 July 2010. 
  3. ^ 南多.拉斐尔正式签约河南建业 (in Chinese). Henan Jianye F.C. 27 June 2013. Retrieved 30 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "Nando Rafael aguarda autorização da FIFA para representar Palancas" (in Portuguese). 6 January 2012. Retrieved 8 January 2012. 

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