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Nélson Cabral Semedo (born 16 November 1993) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a right-back for Spanish club Barcelona and the Portugal national team.

Nélson Semedo
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Semedo representing Portugal in 2017
Personal information
Full name Nélson Cabral Semedo[1]
Date of birth (1993-11-16) 16 November 1993 (age 25)[1]
Place of birth Lisbon, Portugal
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)[2]
Playing position Right-back
Club information
Current team
Barcelona
Number 2
Youth career
2008–2011 Sintrense
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2012 Sintrense 26 (5)
2012–2016 Benfica B 63 (4)
2012–2013Fátima (loan) 29 (0)
2015–2017 Benfica 43 (2)
2017– Barcelona 34 (0)
National team
2016 Portugal U23 1 (0)
2015– Portugal 8 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 December 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 November 2017

He began his career at Sintrense before joining Benfica in 2012. After spending a season on loan at Fátima, he initially appeared for Benfica B, before making his first-team debut in 2015 and going on to win back-to-back Primeira Liga titles, among other honours; in July 2017, he signed with Barcelona.

Semedo made his senior debut for Portugal in October 2015, and represented the nation in the 2017 Confederations Cup.

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Club careerEdit

BenficaEdit

Born in Lisbon, Semedo came through the youth system at Sintrense, making his debut for the first team at age 17.[3] On 12 January 2012 he and Manuel Liz signed a five-year deal with Benfica, which was made effective on 1 July;[4] both then spent one season on loan at Fátima, in the third division.[5]

Semedo returned to Benfica in the 2013 off-season, being assigned to the B-side in the Segunda Liga and making his professional debut on 10 August in a 0–0 away draw against Trofense.[6] After nearly 60 appearances for the reserves, he was touted as a future replacement for longtime incumbent Maxi Pereira.[3][7]

 
Semedo playing for Benfica in the UEFA Champions League

After Pereira's departure, Semedo extended his contract until 2021 and joined the first team on their pre-season tour in North America in July 2015.[8] On 9 August 2015, he made his debut for the main squad in the 0–1 loss against Sporting CP for the Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira.[9][10] A week later he scored his first goal for them, against Estoril in the Primeira Liga (4–0 home win).[11]

After establishing himself in the starting eleven, Semedo suffered a setback in October 2015 when he sustained an injury while with the national team.[12] The ailment to his right knee required surgery, with him being expected to miss two months.[13] He returned to action in early January,[14] but could not reproduce his previous form and lost his place to André Almeida;[15][16] he finished the campaign in the reserve team.[17]

In 2016–17, Semedo regained his starting position and went on to be the third most used player in the historic fourth league title in a row.[18] He scored once in the league in a 2–1 win on the road over Arouca,[19] and once in the UEFA Champions League in a 3–3 group stage draw to Beşiktaş.[20]

In the final of the Taça de Portugal, on 28 May 2017, Semedo assisted Eduardo Salvio for the second goal, with Benfica lifting the trophy after beating Vitória de Guimarães by 2–1.[21] For his performances throughout the season, he won the Breakthrough Player of the Year award from the Liga Portuguesa de Futebol Profissional.[22]

BarcelonaEdit

On 13 July 2017, Barcelona announced an agreement with Benfica for Semedo's signing, pending medical tests.[23] He signed a five-year deal the following day,[24] with the Portuguese club receiving €30.5 million plus another potential €5 million for every 50 games he appeared in for his new team.[25] He made his debut on 16 August in the second leg of the Supercopa de España against Real Madrid, lost 0–2 at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium.[26]

Semedo made his Champions League debut for the club on 13 September 2017, and was praised for his performance during the 3–0 group stage win over Juventus.[27][28]

International careerEdit

Of Cape Verdean descent,[29] Semedo was called up to play for the Portugal national team on 2 October 2015, for UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying matches against Denmark and Serbia.[30] He earned his first cap in the latter game, playing the entirety of a 2–1 win at the Partizan Stadium in Belgrade.[31]

Semedo was picked for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup squad,[32] and played the last match of the group stage, a 4–0 win against New Zealand.[33] He also appeared in the third-place playoff against Mexico, being sent off in the 106th minute as his team won the bronze medal.[34]

Semedo was named in a preliminary 35-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup,[35] but he did not make the final cut.[36]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of match played 11 December 2018[37][38]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sintrense 2011–12 Terceira Divisão 26 5 1 0 27 5
Fátima (loan) 2012–13 Segunda Divisão 29 0 2 0 31 0
Benfica B 2013–14 Segunda Liga 17 0 17 0
2014–15 42 1 42 1
2015–16 4 3 4 3
Total 63 4 63 4
Benfica 2015–16 Primeira Liga 12 1 0 0 2 0 3[a] 0 1[b] 0 18 1
2016–17 31 1 4 0 2 0 8[a] 1 1[b] 0 46 2
Total 43 2 4 0 4 0 11 1 2 0 64 3
Barcelona 2017–18 La Liga 24 0 4 0 7[a] 0 1[c] 0 36 0
2018–19 10 0 2 0 4[a] 0 1[c] 0 17 0
Total 34 0 6 0 11 0 2 0 53 0
Career total 195 12 13 0 4 0 22 1 4 0 238 13
Notes
  1. ^ a b c d Appearances in the UEFA Champions League
  2. ^ a b Appearances in the Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira
  3. ^ a b Appearances in the Supercopa de España

InternationalEdit

As of match played 14 November 2017[39]
National team Year Apps Goals
Portugal 2015 1 0
2016 0 0
2017 7 0
Total 8 0

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017: List of players: Portugal" (PDF). FIFA. 20 March 2018. p. 7. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 July 2017. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  2. ^ https://www.fcbarcelona.com/football/first-team/staff/players/2018-2019/nelson-semedo. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ a b "Olho Clínico – Nélson Semedo" [Clinical eye – Nélson Semedo] (in Portuguese). A Outra Visão. 9 June 2015. Retrieved 25 June 2015.
  4. ^ "Mais dois jovens talentos no Benfica" [Two more youngsters join Benfica] (in Portuguese). S.L. Benfica. 12 January 2012. Retrieved 25 June 2015.
  5. ^ "Manuel Liz e Nélson Semedo emprestados ao Fátima" [Manuel Liz and Nélson Semedo loaned to Fátima] (in Portuguese). Agente Desportivo. 9 August 2012. Archived from the original on 22 December 2015. Retrieved 13 December 2015.
  6. ^ "Trofense-Benfica B, 0–0: Nulo no arranque" [Trofense-Benfica B, 0–0: Draw to kickstart it]. Record (in Portuguese). 10 August 2013. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  7. ^ "Nélson Semedo visto como solução para o futuro" [Nélson Semedo seen as future solution]. Record (in Portuguese). 5 March 2015. Retrieved 13 December 2015.
  8. ^ "Nélson Semedo: "Não estava à espera"" [Nélson Semedo: "I wasn't expecting it"]. Record (in Portuguese). 13 July 2015. Retrieved 5 December 2015.
  9. ^ "Nélson Semedo titular" [Nélson Semedo starts]. O Jogo (in Portuguese). 9 August 2015. Retrieved 5 December 2015.
  10. ^ "Benfica 0−1 Sporting" (in Portuguese). Rádio e Televisão de Portugal. 9 August 2015. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  11. ^ "Veja o golo de Nélson Semedo" [Watch Nélson Semedo goal] (in Portuguese). SAPO. 16 August 2015. Retrieved 5 December 2015.
  12. ^ "Nélson Semedo regressou lesionado" [Nélson Semedo returned injured]. Record (in Portuguese). 13 October 2015. Retrieved 5 December 2015.
  13. ^ "Nélson Semedo: "Voltarei mais forte"" [Nélson Semedo: "I will return stronger"] (in Portuguese). SAPO. 14 October 2015. Retrieved 5 December 2015.
  14. ^ "Nélson Semedo espreita chamada para o Estoril" [Nélson Semedo eyeing call-up to Estoril]. Record (in Portuguese). 15 January 2016. Retrieved 7 June 2017.
  15. ^ "O tricampeão voltou" [The three-time champions are back] (in Portuguese). Visão. May 2016. p. 34. ISSN 0872-3540.
  16. ^ Benfica tricampeão [Benfica back-to-back-to-back champions]. A Bola (in Portuguese). May 2016. p. 150. ISBN 978-989-8290-12-0.
  17. ^ "Tri glorioso" [Glorious tri]. Record (in Portuguese). No. 13.540. 17 May 2016. p. 32. ISSN 0870-2179.
  18. ^ Benfica tetracampeão [Benfica back-to-back-to-back-to-back champions]. A Bola (in Portuguese). May 2017. p. 149. ISBN 978-989-8290-15-1.
  19. ^ Benfica tetracampeão [Benfica back-to-back-to-back-to-back champions]. A Bola (in Portuguese). May 2017. p. 22. ISBN 978-989-8290-15-1.
  20. ^ "Second-placed Beşiktaş keep knockout hopes alive with sensational comeback". UEFA. 21 November 2016. Retrieved 7 June 2017.
  21. ^ "Benfica conquista 26ª Taça de Portugal" [Benfica win 26th Portuguese Cup] (in Portuguese). Maisfutebol. 28 May 2017. Retrieved 7 June 2017.
  22. ^ a b "Nélson Semedo vence prémio revelação relativo à temporada 2016/17" [Nélson Semedo wins breakthrough award for the 2016/17 season]. Record (in Portuguese). 7 July 2017. Retrieved 7 July 2017.
  23. ^ "Agreement reached between FC Barcelona and Benfica on Nélson Semedo transfer". FC Barcelona. 13 July 2017. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  24. ^ "Nélson Semedo's first day in Barcelona". FC Barcelona. 14 July 2017. Retrieved 14 July 2017.
  25. ^ "Comunicado" [Announcement] (PDF) (in Portuguese). Portuguese Securities Market Commission. 14 July 2017. Retrieved 14 July 2017.
  26. ^ "Madrid beats Barca 2–0 without Ronaldo to win Super Cup". The Washington Post. 16 August 2017. Retrieved 17 August 2017.
  27. ^ Marsden, Samuel (12 September 2017). "Lionel Messi scores twice as Barcelona get revenge on Juventus in UCL". ESPN FC. Retrieved 13 September 2017.
  28. ^ Butt, Muhammad (13 September 2017). "Semedo is the transformative signing Barca craved: Five things learned from Barcelona 3–0 Juventus". Squawka. Retrieved 15 September 2017.
  29. ^ "Nélson Semedo: e Portugal lá pescou mais um «tubarão»..." [Nélson Semedo: and Portugal fished yet another «shark»...] (in Portuguese). Maisfutebol. 13 October 2015. Retrieved 7 June 2017.
  30. ^ "Nélson Semedo convocado por Fernando Santos" [Nélson Semedo called by Fernando Santos]. A Bola (in Portuguese). 2 October 2015. Retrieved 8 October 2015.
  31. ^ "Nélson Semedo e a estreia: "É um sonho tornado realidade"" [Nélson Semedo and the debut "It's a dream turned reality"] (in Portuguese). Maisfutebol. 11 October 2015. Retrieved 5 December 2015.
  32. ^ "Confederations Cup squads". ESPN FC. 17 June 2017. Retrieved 29 June 2017.
  33. ^ "Portugal cruise into semi-finals". FIFA. 24 June 2017. Retrieved 29 June 2017.
  34. ^ "Portugal come from behind to finish third". FIFA. 2 July 2017. Retrieved 7 July 2017.
  35. ^ "Revealed: Every World Cup 2018 squad – 23-man & preliminary lists & when will they be announced?". Goal. 17 May 2018. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
  36. ^ "Nearly half Portugal's Euro squad to miss World Cup". Special Broadcasting Service. 17 May 2018. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
  37. ^ Nélson Semedo at ForaDeJogo. Retrieved 26 December 2016.
  38. ^ Nélson Semedo at Soccerway
  39. ^ "Nélson Semedo". European Football. Retrieved 26 December 2016.
  40. ^ a b "Nélson Semedo". FC Barcelona. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  41. ^ "Champions League breakthrough team of 2017". UEFA. 24 December 2017. Retrieved 24 December 2017.

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