Emídio Rafael

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Emídio Rafael
Personal information
Full name Emídio Rafael Augusto Silva
Date of birth (1986-01-24) 24 January 1986 (age 31)
Place of birth Lisbon, Portugal
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current team
Académica
Number 3
Youth career
1995–2005 Sporting CP
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2007 Sporting CP 0 (0)
2005–2006 Casa Pia (loan) 16 (1)
2006–2007 Real Massamá (loan) 26 (2)
2007–2009 Portimonense 46 (1)
2009–2010 Académica 26 (1)
2010–2013 Porto 5 (0)
2013 Braga 1 (0)
2013 Braga B 17 (1)
2013–2014 Platanias 11 (0)
2014–2015 Estoril 18 (2)
2015– Académica 9 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 May 2016.

Emídio Rafael Augusto Silva (born 24 January 1986), known as Rafael, is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Académica de Coimbra as a left back.

Football career[edit]

Born in Lisbon, Rafael spent six years with local Sporting Clube de Portugal – youth years comprised – but never represented its first team officially. On loan, he made his senior debuts in the third division, spending one season apiece with Casa Pia A.C. and Real Sport Clube (both in the Lisbon area) and being released by the Lions in 2007.

Subsequently, Rafael signed for Portimonense S.C. in the second level, being first-choice in his first season and regularly used in the following. In 2009–10, he made his Primeira Liga debut with Académica de Coimbra, his first appearance in the competition being on 13 September 2009 in a 1–2 away loss against S.C. Olhanense; he only missed four league games as the Students easily retained their division status.

In the ensuing off-season, Rafael followed manager André Villas-Boas to FC Porto. He rarely made the list of 18 in the first months at his new club, but profitted from a run of injuries in the first team to gain more playing time. On 29 January 2011, he scored in a 2–2 draw at Gil Vicente F.C. for the campaign's Portuguese League Cup, but also sustained an horrific last-minute injury to his foot, being sidelined for well more than one year;[1][2] he finished his first year with the northerners with 11 competitive games, scoring two goals.

In January 2013, Rafael signed with S.C. Braga, joining until the end of the season with the possibility of a three-year extension.[3] After his contract expired, he moved to Platanias F.C. in the Superleague Greece;[4] however, just six months later, he returned to Portugal and agreed to one-and-a-half-year deal with G.D. Estoril Praia.[5]

On 8 June 2015, free agent Rafael rejoined Académica for two years.[6]

Honours[edit]

Porto
Braga

References[edit]

  1. ^ FC Porto out of Bwin Cup, Emidio Rafael out of 2010/11; PortuGOAL, 29 January 2011
  2. ^ Varela ainda com limitações (Varela still limited); A Bola, 14 March 2012 (Portuguese)
  3. ^ "Emídio Rafael reforça guerreiros" [Emídio Rafael strengthens warriors] (in Portuguese). A Bola. 7 January 2013. Archived from the original on 10 January 2013. Retrieved 8 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "Grécia: Emídio Rafael vai jogar no Platanias" [Greece: Emídio Rafael will play for Platanias] (in Portuguese). Record. 9 July 2013. Retrieved 30 September 2015. 
  5. ^ "Emídio Rafael no Estoril" [Emídio Rafael in Estoril] (in Portuguese). Zerozero. 14 January 2014. Retrieved 30 September 2015. 
  6. ^ "Académica 2015/2016 – Emídio Rafael" [2015/2016 Académica – Emídio Rafael] (in Portuguese). Académica de Coimbra. 8 June 2015. Retrieved 30 September 2015. 

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