José Semedo (footballer, born 1979)

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José Semedo
Personal information
Full name José Filipe Correia Semedo
Date of birth (1979-12-26) 26 December 1979 (age 37)
Place of birth Lisbon, Portugal
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Futebol Benfica
Youth career
1991–1995 Amoreiras
1995–1998 Futebol Benfica
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2001 Futebol Benfica
2001–2008 Odivelas 170 (61)
2008–2009 Rio Ave 14 (2)
2009–2010 APOP 37 (26)
2010–2011 Apollon Limassol 25 (5)
2011–2012 Enosis 23 (9)
2012–2013 Nea Salamis 12 (0)
2013 Tirana 9 (2)
2014 Omonia Aradippou 6 (6)
2014–2015 1º Dezembro 21 (4)
2015–2016 Casa Pia 24 (4)
2016– Futebol Benfica
National team
2008–2010 Cape Verde 2 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 June 2016.

José Filipe Correia Semedo (born 26 December 1979) is a Cape Verdean footballer who plays for C.F. Benfica as a forward.

Club career[edit]

Born in Lisbon, Portugal, Semedo started his senior career with local amateurs C.F. Benfica, signing for neighbouring Odivelas F.C. in 2001. After stellar performances with the latter in the third division (18 goals in 29 matches in the 2007–08 season), he attracted attention from Primeira Liga clubs, eventually joining Rio Ave FC.

In his first match in the competition, on 24 August 2008, Semedo scored in a 1–1 home draw against S.L. Benfica. In January of the following year he moved to Cyprus, teaming up with several Portuguese players at APOP Kinyras FC.

In May 2010, after two solid seasons – including 22 Cypriot First Division goals in his first full campaign, competition best – he stayed in the country, signing with cup winners Apollon Limassol.[1]

On 7 September 2013, Semedo joined Albanian Superliga side KF Tirana on a free transfer.[2][3] He made his debut for the club on 29 September, playing 55 minutes in a 2–0 away defeat to KF Teuta Durrës.[4] Four days later he scored his first goal of the season, the 1–0 winner over KS Kastrioti in which his team returned to winning ways after three consecutive losses;[5] late into the month, in another game that finished with the same scoreline, he netted against KF Bylis Ballsh at Selman Stërmasi Stadium.[6]

In December 2013, Semedo made his Albanian Cup debut with Tirana, appearing in a two-legged tie against KF Lushnja and featuring respectively 80 and 44 minutes in an eventual second round exit.[7] He was released in the winter transfer window,[8] scoring twice in 11 competitive appearances.

International career[edit]

Although Portuguese-born, Semedo opted to represent Cape Verde internationally, starting in the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying stage. His debut occurred on 11 October 2008 in that competition, and he scored in a 1–3 loss in Tanzania.

Two years later, on 24 May 2010, Semedo gained his second and last cap, ironically against his birth country Portugal, coming on as a 25th-minute substitute in a goalless draw in Covilhã.[9]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Cape Verde's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 11 October 2008 Benjamin Mkapa, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania  Tanzania 1–2 1–3 2010 World Cup qualification

Honours[edit]

APOP Kinyras
Apollon Limassol

Cypriot Cup: Runner-up 2010–11[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Six new footballers in Apollonas Roster". Apollon Limassol. 28 May 2010. Archived from the original on 18 July 2011. Retrieved 28 June 2010. 
  2. ^ "Tirana në merkato, gjen sulmues" [Tirana goes to transfer market, finds forward] (in Albanian). Bota Sot. 7 September 2013. Retrieved 5 February 2016. 
  3. ^ "Tirana/ Perforcimi per sulmin eshte Jose Semedo" [Tirana/ Jose Semedo bolsters attack] (in Albanian). Albania Soccer. 7 September 2013. Retrieved 5 February 2016. 
  4. ^ "Teuta mund edhe Tiranën, Skënderbeu kap podiumin" (in Albanian). Panorama. 30 September 2013. Retrieved 5 February 2016. 
  5. ^ "Tirana rikthehet mes vuajtjesh, shënon Semedo. Dede: S’e merituam, por triumfuam" [Tirana leaves doldrums behind, courtesy of Semedo. Dede: We did not deserve it, but we won] (in Albanian). Panorama Sport. 3 October 2013. Retrieved 5 February 2016. 
  6. ^ "Fitore për Tiranën e Vllazninë" [Wins for Tirana and Vllaznia] (in Albanian). Sporti 1. 20 October 2013. Retrieved 5 February 2016. 
  7. ^ "Kupa e Shqipërisë, eliminohen Tirana dhe Partizani" [Albanian Cup, Tirana and Partizani ousted] (in Albanian). ABC News Albania. 18 December 2013. Retrieved 5 February 2016. 
  8. ^ "Merkato e dështuar, ja kush ikën që në janar. Tifozët e Tiranës: Të ikin drejtuesit" [Transfer market failure, those departed in January. Tirana fans: the elusive directors] (in Albanian). Panorama Sport. 12 November 2013. Retrieved 8 March 2016. 
  9. ^ "Portugal held to 0–0 draw by Cape Verde". USA Today. 24 May 2010. Retrieved 8 March 2016. 
  10. ^ "Game signature – APOP/KINYRAS PEYIAS – AEL LEMESOU". Cyprus Football Association. 16 May 2009. Retrieved 5 February 2016. 
  11. ^ "Κυπελλούχος η Ομόνοια" [Omonia Cup winner] (in Greek). Cyprus Football Association. 18 May 2011. Retrieved 5 February 2016. 

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