Zequinha (Portuguese footballer)

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Personal information
Full name José Egas dos Santos Branco
Date of birth (1987-01-07) 7 January 1987 (age 30)
Place of birth Setúbal, Portugal
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Number 87
Youth career
1994–2004 Vitória Setúbal
2004–2005 Porto
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2009 Porto B 3 (0)
2006–2007 Tourizense (loan) 18 (5)
2007 Penafiel (loan) 3 (0)
2008 Gondomar (loan) 12 (2)
2008–2009 Gil Vicente (loan) 25 (4)
2009–2011 Olhanense 17 (1)
2011 Fátima (loan) 11 (1)
2011–2013 AEL 48 (10)
2013–2014 Panthrakikos 15 (2)
2014–2015 Vitória Setúbal 42 (6)
2015–2017 Arouca 32 (2)
2017– Nacional 1 (0)
National team
2006–2007 Portugal U20 13 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 February 2017.

José Egas dos Santos Branco (born 7 January 1987), known as Zequinha, is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for C.D. Nacional as a forward.

Club career[edit]

Born in Setúbal, Zequinha was an unsuccessful youth graduate at FC Porto.[1][2] Zequinha went on to serve consecutive loans in the following three years after having appeared for the B-side – and only three times – in both the country's second and third divisions (G.D. Tourizense, F.C. Penafiel, Gondomar S.C. and Gil Vicente FC[3]).

In the 2009 summer, he was released and joined Primeira Liga newcomer S.C. Olhanense on a free transfer, penning a three-year contract.[4] He made his debut in the competition on 16 August, playing 20 minutes in a 0–0 away draw against Associação Naval 1º de Maio.

In July 2011 Zequinha moved abroad, signing for two years with AEL 1964 FC in Greece. After two seasons in division two he signed with Panthrakikos F.C. in the Superleague[5] where he stayed until 7 January 2014,[6] signing with his very first club Vitória F.C. three days later.

International career[edit]

Zequinha represented Portugal at the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Canada, playing and starting all four matches for the team, albeit without scoring. In the round-of-16 defeat against Chile (0–1), he stripped referee Subkhiddin Mohd Salleh of his red card as the judge was going to send his teammate Mano off; subsequently he received his marching orders as well,[7][8] and both players were suspended from international football, Zequinha for one year.[9]


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