Zequinha (Portuguese footballer)
|Full name||José Egas dos Santos Branco|
|Date of birth||7 January 1987|
|Place of birth||Setúbal, Portugal|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|2006–2007||→ Tourizense (loan)||18||(5)|
|2007||→ Penafiel (loan)||3||(0)|
|2008||→ Gondomar (loan)||12||(2)|
|2008–2009||→ Gil Vicente (loan)||25||(4)|
|2011||→ Fátima (loan)||11||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 February 2017.
Born in Setúbal, Zequinha was an unsuccessful youth graduate at FC Porto. 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).
In the 2009 summer, he was released and joined Primeira Liga newcomer S.C. Olhanense on a free transfer, penning a three-year contract. 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 where he stayed until 7 January 2014, signing with his very first club Vitória F.C. three days later.
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, and both players were suspended from international football, Zequinha for one year.
- Zequinha é o novo reforço júnior (Zequinha is new junior signing); Record, 31 May 2004 (Portuguese)
- Zequinha: «Empate foi positivo» (Zequinha: «Draw was positive»); Record, 8 November 2009 (Portuguese)
- Zequinha para cantar de galo (Zequinha the new rooster); Record, 12 July 2008 (Portuguese)
- Zequinha assina por 3 anos (Zequinha signs for 3 years); Record, 9 July 2009 (Portuguese)
- Δελτίο τύπου της 01.07.2013 (Press release of 01.07.2013) Archived 4 March 2014 at the Wayback Machine.; Panthrakikos FC, 1 July 2013 (Greek)
- Δελτίο τύπου της 07.01.2014 (Press release of 07.01.2014) Archived 8 January 2014 at the Wayback Machine.; Panthrakikos FC, 7 January 2014 (Greek)
- Vidal off after sinking Portugal; FIFA.com, 12 July 2007
- Referee loses his red card Archived 8 January 2009 at the Wayback Machine.; Soccer Blog, 13 July 2007
- Zequinha suspended for one year; Mano for three months; World Cup Blog, 28 July 2007