Nando Rafael

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Nando Rafael
Nando Rafael.JPG
Rafael in 2007.
Personal information
Full name Nando Rafael
Date of birth (1984-01-10) 10 January 1984 (age 31)
Place of birth Luanda, Angola
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
VfL Bochum
Number 9
Youth career
1994–2001 Ajax
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2002 Ajax II 18 (2)
2001–2002 Ajax 0 (0)
2002–2006 Hertha BSC II 26 (18)
2002–2006 Hertha BSC 70 (16)
2006–2008 Borussia Mönchengladbach 45 (9)
2006–2008 Borussia Mönchengladbach II 3 (0)
2008–2009 AGF 33 (10)
2010 FC Augsburg (loan) 10 (4)
2010–2012 FC Augsburg 33 (16)
2012–2013 Fortuna Düsseldorf 11 (2)
2013–2014 Henan Jianye 36 (10)
2015– VfL Bochum 2 (0)
National team
2005–2006 Germany U21 13 (5)
2012 Angola 3 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 August 2015.
† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13 November 2012

Nando Rafael (born 10 January 1984 in Luanda) is an Angolan-German football striker.

Early life[edit]

He fled from the Angolan Civil War at the age of eight after both of his parents had been killed, and resided at first illegally in the Netherlands. There he did not receive a work permit and was therefore unable to play football professionally, forcing him to move elsewhere.

Career[edit]

In 2002 he signed for Hertha BSC in Germany. In 2006 he was signed by Borussia Mönchengladbach. His first season at AGF was partly spoiled by injuries, making his impact on the team less significant than expected. His physically strong appearance makes him a solid target player, but he also has good technical skills and is a competent goal scorer. He joined from AGF on 10 January 2010 on loan to FC Augsburg for one season.[1] On 19 July 2010, Rafael signed a two-year contract with FC Augsburg.[2]

On 27 June 2013, Rafael joined China League One club Henan Jianye, replacing Joël Tshibamba who was released by the club.[3]

Statistics[edit]

As of 23 June 2015

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Netherlands League KNVB Cup League Cup Europe Total
2001–02 Ajax II Beloften Eredivisie 18 2
2001–02 Ajax Eredivisie 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Germany League DFB-Pokal DFB-Ligapokal Europe Total
2002–03 Hertha BSC II NOFV-Oberliga Nord 16 13 16 13
2003–04 10 5 10 5
2002–03 Hertha BSC Bundesliga 6 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 7 2
2003–04 24 5 3 1 0 0 0 0 27 6
2004–05 28 6 2 0 30 6
2005–06 12 3 1 0 1 0 5 1 19 4
2005–06 Borussia Mönchengladbach 14 3 0 0 14 3
2006–07 19 3 2 0 21 3
2007–08 2. Bundesliga 12 3 1 0 13 3
2006–07 Borussia Mönchengladbach II Regionalliga Nord 2 0 2 0
2007–08 Oberliga Nordrhein 1 0 1 0
Denmark League Danish Cup Danish League Cup Europe Total
2008–09 AGF Superliga 17 5 2 1 19 6
2009–10 16 5 0 0 16 5
Germany League DFB-Pokal DFB-Ligapokal Europe Total
2009–10 FC Augsburg 2. Bundesliga 10 4 2 1 12 5
2010–11 27 14 3 4 30 18
2011–12 Bundesliga 6 2 1 0 7 2
2012–13 Fortuna Düsseldorf 11 2 3 1 14 3
China League Chinese Cup League Cup Asia Total
2013 Henan Jianye League One 15 7 0 0 15 7
2014 Super League 21 3 2 0 23 3
Germany League DFB-Pokal DFB-Ligapokal Europe Total
2015–16 VfL Bochum 2. Bundesliga 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total Netherlands 18 2 0 0 0 0
Germany 198 65 18 7 1 0 6 1 223 73
Denmark 33 10 2 1 0 0 0 0 35 1
China 36 10 2 0 0 0 0 0 38 10
Career total 285 87 1 0 6 1

International career[edit]

Rafael eventually received a German passport and was a German international at U21 level. He is currently awaiting for the FIFA's approval to represent officially Angola in the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations. He already played for Palancas Negras in a rated-B friendly match against Portuguese side Sporting CP on 10 November 2011.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Brian Steen: Typisk AGF" (in Danish). Ekstra Bladet. 1 July 2010. Retrieved 5 July 2010. 
  2. ^ "FCA verpflichtet Nando Rafael" (in German). FC Augsburg. 19 July 2010. Retrieved 19 July 2010. 
  3. ^ 南多.拉斐尔正式签约河南建业 (in Chinese). Henan Jianye F.C. 27 June 2013. Retrieved 30 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "Nando Rafael aguarda autorização da FIFA para representar Palancas" (in Portuguese). portalangop.co.ao. 6 January 2012. Retrieved 8 January 2012. 

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