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Famous Soccer Players from Cape Verde

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List of the best soccer players from Cape Verde. List includes the top soccer (or “football”) players from Cape Verde, along with photos when available. This list of best Cape Verde soccer players is ordered by popularity, so only the greatest players are at the top of the list. If you're searching for a particular famous Cape Verde soccer player you can use the "search" box to find what you're looking for.

The list you're viewing is made up of a variety of different players, including Luís Carlos Almada Soares and Nilson Antonio.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the best Cape Verde footballers?" and "Who is the greatest Cape Verde soccer player of all time?"

You can click on the names of these popular soccer players of Cape Verde in order to get more information about each one. If you're a sports lover then you can use this list of popular Cape Verde soccer players to discover some new athletes that you might really enjoy watching.
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    Forward, Midfielder
    Luís Carlos Almeida da Cunha ComM (born 17 November 1986), commonly known as Nani (Portuguese pronunciation: [naˈni]), is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a winger for Orlando City...  more
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    Fernando Damián Tissone Rodrigues (born 24 July 1986) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder for Portuguese club Nacional....  more
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    Mickaël Tavares

    Mickaël Zidro Tavares (born 25 October 1982) is a Senegalese footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder, and who is currently a free agent. He has twenty-five caps for the Senegalese national...  more
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    Jailson Moreira

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    Janício Martins

    Janício de Jesus Gomes Martins (born 30 November 1979), known simply as Janício, is a Cape Verdean retired footballer who played as a right back....  more
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    Ryan Mendes

    Ryan Isaac Mendes da Graça (born 8 January 1990) is a Cape Verdean football winger who plays for Sharjah....  more
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    Fernando Varela

    Defender, Midfielder
    Fernando Varela may refer to: Fernando Varela (Spanish footballer) (born 1979), Spanish footballer Fernando Varela (Cape Verdean footballer) (born 1987), Cape Verdean footballer Fernando Varela...  more
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    Valter Borges

    Valter Gazalanas Borges (born 9 November 1988) is a Cape Verdean international footballer who plays professionally as a midfielder....  more
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    Ianique dos Santos Tavares (born 20 May 1988), commonly known as Stopira, is a Cape Verdean professional footballer who plays for Hungarian club Fehérvár FC as a left back....  more
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    Fredson Tavares

    Fredson Jorge Ramos Tavares (born 25 July 1982), known as Fock, is a Cape Verdean footballer who plays for Batuque FC as a goalkeeper....  more
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    Nando Maria Neves

    Fernando "Nando" Maria Neves (born June 9, 1978) is a retired Cape Verdean football defender who played for the Cape Verde national football team....  more
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    Héldon Ramos

    Forward, Midfielder
    Héldon Augusto Almeida Ramos (born 14 November 1988), known simply as Héldon and sometimes nicknamed Nhuck (pronounced [ɲuk]), is a Cape Verdean professional footballer who plays for Saudi club...  more
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    Gelson da Conceição Tavares Fernandes (born 2 September 1986) is a Swiss professional footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder for German club Eintracht Frankfurt. He also plays for the...  more
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    José Emílio Robalo Furtado (born 14 March 1983) is a Cape Verdean professional former footballer who played as a striker. He also holds Portuguese citizenship....  more
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    Oceano da Cruz

    Oceano Andrade da Cruz (born 29 July 1962), known simply as Oceano, is a Portuguese retired footballer, and is the assistant manager of the Colombian national team. A defensive midfielder with...  more
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    Rolando Jorge Pires da Fonseca (born 31 August 1985), known simply as Rolando, is a Portuguese footballer who last played for French club Olympique de Marseille as a central defender. ...  more
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    David Silva

    David Mendes da Silva (born 11 October 1986 in Coimbra) is a Portuguese-born Cape Verdean footballer as a winger....  more
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    Edson Rolando Silva Sousa (born 9 March 1983 in São Vicente, Cape Verde) is a Portuguese football manager and former player. He is the head coach of Falcões do Norte in Cape Verde. He played as a...  more
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    Zé Luís

    José Luís Mendes Andrade (born 24 January 1991), known as Zé Luís, is a Cape Verdean professional footballer who plays for Portuguese club FC Porto as a striker....  more
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    José Andrade

    José Manuel Gomes de Andrade (born 1 June 1970), also known as Zé de Angola, is a Cape Verdean retired professional footballer who played as a striker. He also held Portuguese nationality, due to...  more
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    Ericson Silva

    Ericson Jorge Silva Rodrigues Duarte is a Cape Verdian footballer playing for Vitória Setúbal in Primeira Liga as a midfielder....  more
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    Joazimar Sequeira

    Joazimar Sequeira is a Cape Verdean footballer who plays for Marítimo Funchal B....
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    Nilton Rogério Cardoso Fernandes (born 7 March 1979), known simply as Nilton, is a Cape Verdean former footballer who played as a midfielder. He spent most of his career in Portugal, amassing...  more
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    Sténio Santos

    Sténio dos Santos is a Cape Verdean footballer who plays as a midfielder for Cherno More Varna in the Bulgarian A Football Group....  more
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    Jorge Djaniny Tavares Semedo, known as Djaniny, is a Cape Verdean professional footballer who plays for Mexican club Santos Laguna as a forward....  more