Daniel Cardoso

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Daniel Cardoso
Personal information
Full name Daniel Antonio Cardoso
Date of birth (1988-10-06) 6 October 1988 (age 33)
Place of birth Johannesburg, South Africa
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Position(s) Defender
Club information
Current team
Kaizer Chiefs
Number 4
Youth career
Sporting FC
Supersport United
Robertsham Callies
Wits University
Jomo Cosmos
Yebo Yes United
2011–2012 Highlands Park
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
University of Pretoria
Wits University
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2015 Free State Stars 57 (1)
2015– Kaizer Chiefs 153 (10)
National team
2015– South Africa 1 (0)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 3 September 2019
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 3 September 2019

Daniel Antonio Cardoso (born 6 October 1989) is a South African football player who plays as a defender for Kaizer Chiefs in the DStv Premier Soccer League.[1]

Early life[edit]

Cardoso was born in Johannesburg. His father grew up in Portugal. His father is Portuguese and his mother is South African. He has been to Portugal and once he went for trials there when he was younger.[2] Cardoso aspired to be a veterinarian. Cardoso dropped out of school in 2003 for the sake of his football career to play for Yebo Yes United in the Vodacom League earning R100,000 a month, but he advises people to embrace education.[3]

Club career[edit]

Cardoso made his professional debut on 11 August 2012 in a 2–0 win over Bidvest Wits at Goble Park Stadium.[4] Cardoso was made vice-captain in 2014. In July 2014, Cardoso suffered a shin injury which ruled him out for five months.[5] Cardoso joined Kaizer Chiefs on 31 May 2015.[6]

International career[edit]

Cardoso made his international debut in a 3–1 win over Swaziland on 25 March 2015.[7]


  1. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20160304070851/http://mtnfootball.com/africa/south-africa/mtn8/players/2012/free-state-stars/daniel-cardoso.html. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 26 December 2012. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ "Sorry! website unavailable". diskifans.com.
  3. ^ "Know your Stars: Daniel Cardoso – Freestatestars". freestatestars.co.za.
  4. ^ www.realnet.co.uk. "Bidvest Wits lost 2–0 away to Free State Stars". Kick Off.
  5. ^ "FSS Defender, Daniel Cardoso, Ruled Out Until August". South African soccer news.
  6. ^ "Daniel Cardoso Has Completed His Move To Kaizer Chiefs". South African soccer news.
  7. ^ Strack-Zimmermann, Benjamin. "Daniel Cardoso". national-football-teams.com.

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