Francisco Zuela

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Francisco Zuela
Personal information
Full name José Luis Francisco Zuela dos Santos
Date of birth (1983-08-03) 3 August 1983 (age 34)
Place of birth Luanda, Angola
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Centre Back / Defensive Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Youth career
União de Leiria
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2003 Sertanense 27 (3)
2003–2004 Académica de Coimbra 1 (0)
2004–2005 Santa Clara 29 (1)
2005–2006 Akratitos 14 (0)
2006–2009 Skoda Xanthi 87 (3)
2009–2012 Kuban Krasnodar 11 (0)
2010 Alania Vladikavkaz (loan) 6 (0)
2010–2011 PAOK (loan) 7 (0)
2011–2012 Atromitos (loan) 21 (0)
2012–2013 APOEL 6 (0)
2013 Apollon Smyrni 1 (0)
2014–2015 Kabuscorp ? (?)
2015 Trofense 0 (0)
National team
2006–2012 Angola 17 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 October 2013.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16 October 2012

Francisco Zuela (born 3 August 1983) is a former Angolan footballer who last played for Trofense in the Campeonato Nacional de Seniores.

Club career[edit]

Zuela started his career in 2002 with the Portuguese club Sertanense F.C..[1] In Portugal, he also represented Académica de Coimbra and C.D. Santa Clara.

In 2005, he signed a contract with the Greek club Akratitos. The next season, he moved to Skoda Xanthi, spending three seasons to the club.

On 8 December 2009, Zuela arrived for a trial with Wigan Athletic,[2] but that trial ended without a contract offer.[3]

In 2009, he moved to Russia and signed with Kuban Krasnodar, but the next year he was given on loan to Alania Vladikavkaz. In July 2012, he was given on loan from Kuban to PAOK in Greece and in the 2011–12 season, he was given again on loan to another Greek club, Atromitos.

On 5 June 2012, Zuela terminated his contract with Kuban and signed a two-year contract with the Cypriot club APOEL.[4] Although he didn't manage to win a regular place in APOEL's starting lineup (he appeared in only six league matches), he became a champion for the first time in his career after winning the 2012–13 Cypriot First Division with the club. On 17 July 2013 his contract with APOEL was mutually terminated.[5]

Later, he had a five-month spell at Apollon Smyrni in Greece, appearing only in one match for twelve minutes as a substitute, and being released before the end of year 2013.

International career[edit]

Zuela is a member of the Angola national football team. He has made 17 appearances, without scoring any goal yet.


Cyprus APOEL


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  2. ^ "Football News - all the latest breaking football stories - Mirror Online". Retrieved 2017-07-18. 
  3. ^ "Roberto Martinez impressed by Michael Ball". Retrieved 2017-07-28. 
  4. ^ "ΥΠΕΓΡΑΨΕ Ο ZUELA" (in Greek). APOEL FC. Retrieved 5 June 2012. 
  5. ^ Ανακοίνωση [Announcement] (in Greek). APOEL FC. 17 July 2013. Retrieved 17 July 2013. 

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