Zeferino Paulo Borges

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Full name Zeferino Paulo Borges Soares
Date of birth (1978-08-27) 27 August 1978 (age 39)
Place of birth Bissau, Guinea-Bissau
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1992–1995 Porto
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–2000 Real Madrid B 75 (22)
1997–1998 Las Palmas (loan) 13 (1)
1999–2000 Badajoz (loan) 9 (0)
2000–2004 Alverca 61 (10)
2004–2005 Umm-Salal
2005–2006 Logroñés
2007–2008 Umm-Salal
2008–2009 Çetinkaya Türk
2009 Hibernians 9 (6)
National team
1997–1998 Portugal U21 9 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Zeferino Paulo Borges Soares (born 27 August 1978), known simply as Zeferino, is a Portuguese retired footballer who played as a striker.

Football career[edit]

Zeferino was born in Bissau, Guinea-Bissau. Aged 17, he was bought by Real Madrid from F.C. Porto, but never played for the first team, going on to appear three seasons for the reserve side Real Madrid Castilla while also serving two second division loans in Spain.

In January 2001 Zeferino was released and joined F.C. Alverca, going on to experience his most steady period, with three consecutive top level seasons. Prior to the 2005–06 kick-off he had a trial with Major League Soccer's D.C. United,[1] but nothing came of it, and he went on to represent Umm-Salal Sports Club (twice), CD Logroñés, Çetinkaya Türk S.K. and Hibernians FC.


  1. ^ "Zeferino dispensado pelo DC United" [Zeferino released by DC United] (in Portuguese). Record. 25 February 2005. Retrieved 3 September 2015. 

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