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 00:00, 9 May 2016 (UTC).
He spent most of his professional career in England, starting out at Charlton Athletic in 2007.
A product of Sporting Clube de Portugal's youth system, Semedo was born in Setúbal and made his professional debuts with modest Casa Pia AC, in the Lisbon area. In the 2005–06 season he served another loan stint, now with C.D. Feirense in the second division.
For the 2006–07 campaign Semedo was loaned again, 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.
In May 2011 Semedo was crowned Charlton's Player of the Year, 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 Athletic, 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.
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 was a close friend of Cristiano Ronaldo, later of Manchester United, Real Madrid 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 B||33||3||1||0||0||0||—||—||34||3|
|Sheffield Wednesday||2011–12||League One||46||1||4||0||0||0||—||1||0||51||1|
- Sheffield Wednesday
- Charlton Athletic
- Player of The Year 2010–11
- Sheffield Wednesday
- "Semedo cedido ao Casa Pia" [Semedo loaned to Casa Pia] (in Portuguese). Record. 19 July 2004. Retrieved 21 November 2013.
- "Semedo prefere equipa da Liga" [Semedo prefers Liga team] (in Portuguese). Record. 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.
- "L'Ascoli batte il Cagliari ed evita l'ultimo posto" [Ascoli beats Cagliari and avoids last place] (in Italian). La Repubblica. 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. Retrieved 7 July 2011.
- "Owls complete Semedo swoop". Sheffield Wednesday F.C. 7 July 2011. Retrieved 7 July 2011.
- "Owls ace wins PFA award". Sheffield Wednesday F.C. 15 July 2012. Retrieved 15 July 2012.
- "Breaking: Jose Semedo signs contract extension with the Owls #swfcpreseason". Twitter. 10 July 2013. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
- "Ivanović caps Portugal misery". UEFA.com. 25 May 2006. Retrieved 3 July 2014.
- "Real Madrid megastar Cristiano Ronaldo saved my life, says best friend Jose Semedo". Daily Mirror. 1 December 2015. 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"] (in Spanish). Marca. 25 January 2016. Retrieved 25 January 2016.
- "Semedo". Soccerway. Retrieved 3 July 2014.
- José Semedo career statistics 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.
- "Cristiano Ronaldo saved best friend Jose Semedo's life". Sportskeeda. 1 December 2015. Retrieved 28 March 2016.
- "PFA Fans Player of the Year winners". Sport.co.uk. 15 June 2012. Retrieved 28 March 2016.