José Emílio Furtado
|Full name||José Emílio Robalo Furtado|
|Date of birth||14 March 1983|
|Place of birth||Praia, Cape Verde|
|Height||1.82 m (5 ft 11 1⁄2 in)|
|2004–2005||→ Tourizense (loan)||25||(12)|
|2005||→ Vihren (loan)||12||(10)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 May 2018|
Born in Praia, Cape Verde, Furtado started his football career in Portugal with lowly Casa Pia A.C. in the Lisbon area, where he also made his senior debuts. He moved to FC Porto in 2003, playing one full season with its reserves then moving on loan to another modest club, G.D. Tourizense.
In June 2005, Furtado, still on loan from Porto, signed with Bulgarian team FC Vihren Sandanski, where he scored regularly in the First Professional Football League. In the following January transfer window, he was sold to fellow league side PFC CSKA Sofia for €300.000.
Furtado's spell with the "armymen" also started in a scoring fashion, but eventually ended on a sour note: he fell out with manager Stoycho Mladenov due to disciplinary breaches (being temporarily removed from the squad), and was also involved in a physical confrontation with captain Valentin Iliev, which ultimately led to his return to Portugal.
In the summer of 2007, Furtado moved to the Portuguese Primeira Liga as he signed with F.C. Paços de Ferreira. On 18 August he made his debut in the competition by playing the second half of a 1–3 away loss against C.S. Marítimo, and was relatively used during the campaign in a second-to-last finish with the subsequent relegation – later reinstatement due to Boavista FC's irregularities.
Furtado split 2008–09 with Paços and U.D. Leiria, then moved abroad again, signing for Ionikos F.C. in the Greek second level. In his first year, he finished third in the competition's top scorers list but his team could only rank 15th, the last position before the relegation zone.
- "Bulgária: Furtado dá "mais um salto na carreira" e assina pelo CSKA Sofia" [Bulgaria: Furtado «moves even more forward in career» and signs for CSKA Sofia] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 6 December 2005. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
- Pashkurov, Nikolay (9 May 2007). "Скандал на тренировка в ЦСКА" [Training scandal at CSKA] (in Bulgarian). Top Sport. Retrieved 21 November 2016.
- "Gigante Makukula bisa e dá primeiro triunfo aos insulares" [Giant Makukula grabs brace and gives first win to islanders]. Correio da Manhã (in Portuguese). 19 August 2007. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
- "FURTADO, o Sr. Avançado que se segue…" [FURTADO, next-in-line Mr. Forward…] (in Portuguese). União de Leiria Blogspot. 27 January 2009. Retrieved 27 March 2016.