José Semedo (footballer, born 1985)
|Full name||José Vítor Moreira Semedo|
|Date of birth||11 January 1985|
|Place of birth||Setúbal, Portugal|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Playing position||Defensive midfielder|
|2004–2005||→ Casa Pia (loan)||33||(3)|
|2005–2006||→ Feirense (loan)||18||(0)|
|2006–2007||→ Cagliari (loan)||3||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 28 September 2019|
He spent most of his professional career in England, starting out at Charlton Athletic in 2007.
A product of Sporting CP's youth system, Semedo was born in Setúbal and made his professional debut with modest Casa Pia AC, in the Lisbon area. In the 2005–06 season he served another loan stint, now with C.D. Feirense of the Segunda Liga.
Semedo was loaned again for the 2006–07 campaign, moving to Serie A's Cagliari Calcio. He made his club debut in the Coppa Italia, but would only appear three times in the league, the first as a late substitute in a 1–3 away loss against A.C. Milan on 21 April 2007; he was sent off in his last match, a 1–2 defeat at Ascoli Calcio 1898, with the Sardinians barely avoiding relegation.
In 2007, Semedo signed a four-year deal with Charlton Athletic on a free transfer. Although touted as a central defender when he signed, he played mainly as a defensive midfielder for the Football League Championship club, and scored his first goal for the side in a 4–0 win over Tranmere Rovers on 29 August 2009, with Charlton now in League One.
Semedo was crowned Charlton's Player of the Year in May 2011, picking up 43% of the votes in what was the club's worst season for a number of decades. However, manager Chris Powell could not offer him assurances that he would be a key member in the following season, as he aimed to create a more fluid midfield, and so, on 7 July, the player moved to another club in the English third tier, Sheffield Wednesday, again as a free agent.
In his first season with the Owls, which ended in promotion to the Championship after finishing second behind Charlton, Semedo was voted Player of the Year and League One PFA Fans' Player of the Year. On 10 July 2013, he signed a new contract extension.
On 25 May 2017, aged 32, Semedo was released. On 24 August he returned to his country after 11 years, signing a two-year deal with Primeira Liga club Vitória de Setúbal. He made his debut in the competition on 10 September, replacing João Amaral for the last 19 minutes of the 2–0 home win over S.C. Braga.
Of Cape Verdean descent, Semedo represented the Portuguese under-21 team during the 2006 UEFA European Championship. In the only match he played he was sent off due to an aggressive foul, and the country lost against Serbia and Montenegro and failed to qualify from its group.
During his formative years at Sporting, Semedo became a close friend of Cristiano Ronaldo, later of Manchester United, Real Madrid, Juventus F.C. and Portugal fame. The former cited the latter as a major factor for his life not having taken a turn for the worse, if he had been dismissed from the youth academy.
|Club||Season||League||National Cup||League Cup||Continental||Other||Total|
|Casa Pia||2004–05||Segunda Divisão||33||3||1||0||0||0||—||—||34||3|
|Sheffield Wednesday||2011–12||League One||46||1||4||0||0||0||—||1||0||51||1|
- Player of The Year 2010–11
- "Semedo cedido ao Casa Pia" [Semedo loaned to Casa Pia]. Record (in Portuguese). 19 July 2004. Retrieved 21 November 2013.
- "Semedo prefere equipa da Liga" [Semedo prefers League team]. Record (in Portuguese). 5 January 2006. Retrieved 21 November 2013.
- "Josè Vitor Moreira Semedo è del Cagliari" [Josè Vitor Moreira Semedo is a Cagliari player] (in Italian). Cagliari Calcio. 14 July 2006. Retrieved 21 November 2013.
- "Aspettando Manchester il Milan va – Ronaldo doppietta, poi magia di Pirlo" [There goes Milan waiting for Manchester – Ronaldo brace, then Pirlo magic]. La Repubblica (in Italian). 21 April 2007. Retrieved 26 October 2017.
- "L'Ascoli batte il Cagliari ed evita l'ultimo posto" [Ascoli beat Cagliari and avoid last place]. La Repubblica (in Italian). 27 May 2007. Retrieved 27 January 2016.
- "Charlton sign Portuguese defender". BBC Sport. 25 June 2007. Retrieved 19 November 2009.
- "Tranmere 0–4 Charlton". BBC Sport. 29 August 2009. Retrieved 30 August 2009.
- "Semedo crowned player of the year". Charlton Athletic F.C. 2 May 2011. Archived from the original on 22 March 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2011.
- "Owls complete Semedo swoop". Sheffield Wednesday F.C. 7 July 2011. Archived from the original on 11 July 2011. Retrieved 7 July 2011.
- "Owls ace wins PFA award". Sheffield Wednesday F.C. 15 July 2012. Archived from the original on 18 June 2012. Retrieved 15 July 2012.
- "Breaking: Jose Semedo signs contract extension with the Owls #swfcpreseason". Twitter. 10 July 2013. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
- "Owls confirm out of contract players". Sheffield Wednesday F.C. 20 May 2017. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
- "Futebol | Vitória FC apresentou José Semedo e Yannick Djaló" [Football | Vitória FC presented José Semedo and Yannick Djaló] (in Portuguese). Vitória F.C. 24 August 2017. Retrieved 24 August 2017.
- Gouveia, Ricardo (10 September 2017). "V. Setúbal-Sp. Braga, 2–0 (destaques)" [V. Setúbal-Sp. Braga, 2–0 (highlights)] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. Retrieved 26 October 2017.
- Moura, Bruno (26 January 2016). "José Semedo, o luso cabo-verdiano que cresceu com Cristiano Ronaldo" [José Semedo, the Portuguese-Cape Verdean who grew up with Cristiano Ronaldo] (in Portuguese). DTudo1Pouco. Retrieved 11 September 2019.
- Harrold, Michael (25 May 2006). "Ivanović caps Portugal misery". UEFA. Archived from the original on 12 July 2012. Retrieved 3 July 2014.
- Murtagh, Jacob (1 December 2015). "Real Madrid megastar Cristiano Ronaldo saved my life, says best friend Jose Semedo". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 28 March 2016.
- "José Semedo: "Cristiano está escribiendo una historia inolvidable en el mundo del fútbol"" [José Semedo: "Cristiano is writing an unforgettable history in the world of football"]. Marca (in Spanish). 25 January 2016. Retrieved 25 January 2016.
- "Semedo". Soccerway. Retrieved 3 July 2014.
- José Semedo at Soccerbase
- "Goals from Michail Antonio and Nile Ranger helped Sheffield Wednesday easily beat Wycombe to win automatic promotion back to the Championship". BBC Sport. 5 May 2012. Retrieved 28 March 2016.
- Sagar, Sunaadh (1 December 2015). "Cristiano Ronaldo saved best friend Jose Semedo's life". Sportskeeda. Retrieved 28 March 2016.
- "PFA Fans Player of the Year winners". Sport.co.uk. 15 June 2012. Retrieved 28 March 2016.