Cao (Portuguese footballer)

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Personal information
Full name Carlos Alberto Correia Fortes
Date of birth (1968-10-20) 20 October 1968 (age 48)
Place of birth Praia, Cape Verde
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1988–1990 Porto
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1991 Porto 0 (0)
1991–1992 Rio Ave 23 (0)
1992–1993 Tirsense 2 (0)
1993–1997 Leça 115 (7)
1997–1999 Salgueiros 59 (1)
1999–2002 Campomaiorense 59 (2)
2002–2003 Felgueiras 28 (1)
2004–2005 Leça
2005–2006 Rio Tinto
2008–2009 Salgueiros 08 9 (0)
Total 295 (11)
National team
1991 Portugal U20 6 (0)
1994 Portugal U21 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Carlos Alberto Correia Fortes (born 20 October 1968 in Praia, Cape Verde), commonly known as Cao, is a Portuguese retired footballer who played as a defensive midfielder.

Club career[edit]

After unsuccessfully emerging through FC Porto's youth ranks, Cao went on to play 12 seasons in the two major levels of Portuguese football, representing Rio Ave FC (second division), F.C. Tirsense (Primeira Liga), Leça FC (first and second tiers), S.C. Salgueiros (both), S.C. Campomaiorense (both) and F.C. Felgueiras (second).

He retired from professional football in 2003 with totals of 286 games and 11 goals, going on to spend the rest of his career in amateur football, which included a third spell with Leça. Subsequently, he worked as a graphic designer.[1]

International career[edit]

Cao was part of the Portuguese under-20 team that won the 1991 FIFA World Youth Championship, with the competition being held on home soil.[2] In 2002 it was revealed that he had in fact been born in 1968, meaning he was crowned Youth World Champion at the age of 22.[1][3]


  1. ^ a b Quando a data de nascimento causa polémica (When birthdate creates controversy); Diário de Notícias, 16 September 2010 (in Portuguese)
  2. ^ CaoFIFA competition record
  3. ^ "Geração de ouro faz 20 anos" [Golden generation celebrates 20th birthday] (in Portuguese). Diário de Notícias. 20 August 2011. Retrieved 2 August 2016. 

External links[edit]

  • Cao at Edit this at Wikidata
  • Cao at ForaDeJogo Edit this at Wikidata