Gaspar Azevedo

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José Gaspar
Personal information
Full name José Gaspar da Silva Azevedo
Date of birth (1975-06-01) 1 June 1975 (age 41)
Place of birth Santo Tirso, Portugal
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Centre back
Youth career
1987–1993 Trofense
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1995 Trofense
1995–1996 Tirsense 25 (2)
1996–1997 Vitória Setúbal 28 (0)
1997–1998 Porto 9 (1)
1998–1999 Leça 22 (2)
1999–2000 Alverca 26 (1)
2000–2001 Paços Ferreira 14 (2)
2001–2002 Alverca 22 (1)
2002–2004 Gil Vicente 61 (9)
2004–2005 Ajaccio 16 (0)
2005–2007 Belenenses 34 (0)
2007–2012 Rio Ave 130 (7)
2012–2013 Covilhã 31 (1)
2013–2014 Varzim 28 (1)
Total 429 (27)
National team
1997 Portugal U21 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

José Gaspar da Silva Azevedo (born 1 June 1975 in Santo Tirso, Porto), known as simply Gaspar, is a Portuguese retired professional footballer who played as a central defender.

Club career[edit]

During the vast majority of his career, Gaspar rarely played more than one season with the same club. He represented C.D. Trofense, F.C. Tirsense (where he made his Primeira Liga debuts), Vitória de Setúbal, FC Porto (which were crowned league champions at the end of the 1997–98 campaign, but he was only fourth of fifth-choice in his position), Leça FC – in a brief return to the second divisionF.C. Alverca (he represented the Lisbon side on two occasions), F.C. Paços de Ferreira and Gil Vicente FC, amassing top level totals of 185 games and 16 goals in his first eight years as a professional.

In the 2004–05 campaign Gaspar played for AC Ajaccio in France, appearing in 16 Ligue 1 matches, then switched back to his country with C.F. Os Belenenses. At the age of already 32 he would settle at Rio Ave FC, helping the Vila do Conde team return to the top flight in his first season while adding a round-of-16 presence in the domestic cup.

From 2008 to 2011 Gaspar only missed five league matches for Rio Ave combined, also netting three goals as the club consecutively managed to maintain its division status. In July 2012, after having appeared in a total of 322 games in the main category of Portuguese football (19 goals), he signed for one year with S.C. Covilhã in division two.

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