Abel Camará

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Abel Camará
Personal information
Full name Abel Issa Camará
Date of birth (1990-01-06) 6 January 1990 (age 28)
Place of birth Bissau, Guinea-Bissau
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Irtysh Pavlodar
Number 60
Youth career
2002–2004 Real Massamá
2004–2008 Oeiras
2008–2009 Belenenses
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2017 Belenenses 94 (13)
2009–2010Estrela Amadora (loan) 28 (6)
2011–2013Beira-Mar (loan) 30 (5)
2013–2014Petrolul Ploiești (loan) 16 (1)
2015–2016Al-Faisaly (loan) 20 (3)
2017–2018 Pafos 13 (1)
2018 Cremonese 6 (1)
2018– Irtysh Pavlodar 5 (0)
National team
2011–2012 Portugal U21 10 (3)
2010– Guinea-Bissau 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 September 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 25 March 2017

Abel Issa Camará (born 6 January 1990) is a Bissau-Guinean professional footballer who plays for Kazakh club FC Irtysh Pavlodar as a forward.

Club career[edit]

Born in Bissau, Guinea-Bissau, Camará finished his football grooming with C.F. Os Belenenses in Portugal. In the 2009–10 season he made his senior debuts, playing with Lisbon neighbours C.F. Estrela da Amadora on loan, in the third division.

Camará subsequently returned to Belenenses, going on to be regularly played in the second level by manager José Mota. He then went on to serve several loans, making his Primeira Liga debut during that timeframe with S.C. Beira-Mar.

Camará's first season in the Portuguese top flight with his main club was 2014–15, when he scored once[1] in 24 games to help his team to the sixth position, which qualified to the UEFA Europa League. After another loan, now at Saudi Arabia's Al-Faisaly FC,[2] he re-joined Belenenses.

On 1 March 2018, Camará moved from the Cypriot First Division with Pafos FC to Italy with U.S. Cremonese.[3] He made his Serie B debut with the latter 16 days later, playing the last minutes of the 1–1 away draw against Brescia Calcio.[4]

International career[edit]

On 16 November 2010, Camará played for Guinea-Bissau at the Estádio do Restelo, in a friendly with Cape Verde.[5] Additionally, he appeared in several games for Portugal during the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification campaign.

Camará was selected for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations by manager Baciro Candé,[6] featuring in three games – starting against Gabon[7]– in an eventual group stage exit.


  1. ^ "Marítimo-Belenenses, 1–2: Estofo europeu ganha-se com frieza" [Marítimo-Belenenses, 1–2: European pizzazz through coldness]. Record (in Portuguese). 23 February 2015. Retrieved 7 March 2017. 
  2. ^ "Abel Camará no Al Faisaly" [Abel Camará to Al Faisaly]. Record (in Portuguese). 16 September 2015. Retrieved 7 March 2017. 
  3. ^ "Cremonese, ufficiale l'ingaggio di Abel Issa Camara" [Cremonese, signing of Abel Issa Camara official]. La Provincia di Cremona (in Italian). 1 March 2018. Retrieved 17 March 2018. 
  4. ^ "La Cremonese prima si illude poi rischia – A Brescia finisce 1–1" [Cremonese start by kidding themselves then take a chance – It ends 1–1 in Brescia]. Cremona Oggi (in Italian). 17 March 2018. Retrieved 6 June 2018. 
  5. ^ "Cabo Verde vence Guiné-Bissau em amigável no Restelo" [Cape Verde beat Guinea-Bissau in friendly at the Restelo] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 16 November 2010. Retrieved 27 August 2011. 
  6. ^ "Um treinador, 18 'portugueses' e alguns velhos conhecidos" [One coach, 18 'Portuguese' and some old acquaintances]. Diário de Notícias (in Portuguese). 12 January 2017. Retrieved 7 March 2017. 
  7. ^ "Gabon 1–1 Guinea-Bissau". BBC Sport. 14 January 2017. Retrieved 7 March 2017. 

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