Edite Fernandes

Edite Cristiana Fernandes (born 10 October 1979) is a Portuguese footballer who plays for CF Benfica of the Campeonato Nacional de Futebol Feminino. She is a former captain of the Portugal women's national football team, who scored a national record 39 goals in the 132 caps she accumulated between 1997 and 2016.

Edite Fernandes
Personal information
Full name Edite Cristiana Fernandes
Date of birth (1979-10-10) 10 October 1979 (age 41)
Place of birth Vila do Conde, Portugal
Height 157 cm (5 ft 2 in)
Position(s) Forward
Club information
Current team
CF Benfica
Number 8
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–1998 Boavista
1998–2003 1º Dezembro
2003–2004 Peña NS Antigua
2004–2006 Estudiantes Huelva
Team Beijing
2008–2009 Prainsa Zaragoza
2009–2010 Atlético Madrid
2010 Donn 7 (4)
2010–2012 Prainsa Zaragoza
2011 Santa Clarita Blue Heat 12 (9)
2012–2016 Valadares Gaia
2016–2018 SC Braga
2018– CF Benfica
National team
1997–2016 Portugal 132 (39)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16:38, 25 September 2016 (UTC)

Club careerEdit

Edite began her career with local club Boavista, before moving to Lisbon side 1º Dezembro at age 19. She would win nine Portuguese Liga titles and three Portugal Cups at the two clubs before moving abroad to play in China and Spain.[1]

In August 2002 Edite was the Player of the Match as Beijing Chengjian beat Shanghai SVA on penalties in the Chinese Women's Super League final.[2]

She has played for several clubs in Spain, and joined Arsenal Ladies F.C. for pre-season training but did not sign a permanent deal with the club.[3] She also played in Norway's Toppserien with Donn during 2010.[4]

Veteran Edite transferred from SC Braga to CF Benfica in July 2018.[5]

International careerEdit

Edite made her Portugal national team debut in a friendly match against Belgium at Cantanhede in 1997.[3] In November 2011 she made her 100th appearance for the national team, having scored 31 goals.[6] In March 2016 she moved level with Luís Figo's total of 129 caps.[7]


  1. ^ Chirivi, M.T. (2009-07-13). "Edite Fernandes refuerza el ataque del Atlético de Madrid" (in Spanish). FutFem.com.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Figo Brilhou na China" (in Portuguese). Correio da Manhã. 19 August 2002. Retrieved 24 December 2018.
  3. ^ a b Almeida, Rita (2009-07-20). "Edite Fernandes: A nova "craque" do Atlético de Madrid em entrevista" (in Portuguese). O Imigrante/Mundo Português.
  4. ^ Profile
  5. ^ "Edite Fernandes reforça Fofó" (in Portuguese). Record. 10 July 2018. Retrieved 24 December 2018.
  6. ^ Edite Fernandes centenária[permanent dead link] Portuguese Football Federation
  7. ^ "Quem é Edite Fernandes?" (in Portuguese). SIC Notícias. 30 March 2016. Retrieved 24 December 2018.

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