Cafú (footballer, born 1977)

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Cafú in action for Anorthosis in 2010
Personal information
Full name Arlindo Gomes Semedo
Date of birth (1977-11-17) 17 November 1977 (age 39)
Place of birth Lisbon, Portugal
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Youth career
1994–1997 Almada
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–1998 Almada
1998–1999 Amora 27 (11)
1999–2002 Belenenses 60 (8)
2002–2005 Boavista 93 (9)
2006 Sportfreunde Siegen 13 (5)
2006–2007 SC Freiburg 23 (1)
2008–2009 Omonia 41 (9)
2009–2011 Anorthosis 58 (24)
2011–2012 AEL Limassol 29 (4)
2012–2013 Alki Larnaca 25 (4)
2013–2014 Académico Viseu 35 (15)
2014–2015 Feirense 42 (6)
2015–2016 Freamunde 28 (2)
2016– Salgueiros 10 (3)
National team
2003–2007 Cape Verde 15 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 27 November 2016.

Arlindo Gomes Semedo (born 17 November 1977), known as Cafú, is a Cape Verdean professional footballer who plays for S.C. Salgueiros as a forward.[1]

After playing in his country of birth for Belenenses and Boavista, amassing Primeira Liga totals of 153 games and 17 goals over the course of seven seasons, he went on to have a brief spell in Germany with Freiburg.

Already in his 30's Cafú moved to Cyprus, where he remained for five years in representation of several teams. Internationally, he played for Cape Verde.

Football career[edit]

Cafú was born in Lisbon, Portugal. During his early career he played for Almada AC, Amora FC, C.F. Os Belenenses – with which he made his Primeira Liga debuts in the 1999–2000 season – and Boavista FC, appearing in six games in the Porto team's quarterfinal run in the UEFA Cup in 2002–03 but starting rarely during his three-and-a-half-year spell with the club.

In January 2006, Cafú moved to Sportfreunde Siegen in Germany's second division, his five league goals not being enough to avoid relegation (as last). He subsequently stayed in the category and joined SC Freiburg, where he would appear sparingly in one-and-a-half-years.

Again in the January transfer window, Cafú joined Cyprus' AC Omonia. After one 1/2 seasons he moved sides but stayed in the country, joining Anorthosis Famagusta FC on a free transfer in the summer of 2009; in the start of his second season, in the 2010–11 UEFA Europa league third qualifying round, he scored a hat-trick against Cercle Brugge KSV (3–1 home win), being essential in a 3–2 aggregate success and play-off stage qualification.[2]

During his two-year spell with Anorthosis Cafú always scored in double digits, but his team came out empty in silverware, respectively finishing second and third in the Cypriot First Division. In June 2011, aged 33, he was released by the club, signing shortly after with AEL Limassol.


  1. ^ "Cafú". Worldfootball. Retrieved 7 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "Cercle Brugge Europees uitgeschakeld na 3–1 verlies" [Cercle Brugge European elimination after 3–1 loss] (in Dutch). Het Belang van Limburg. 5 August 2010. Retrieved 5 February 2016. 

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