2 Nélson Semedo

Nélson Cabral Semedo


Semedo is the typical Barça full back: fast, accurate and buzzing with potential

Nélson Cabral Semedo, born 16 November 1993, joined Benfica in 2012 from Sintrense. He went back on loan to his former club for a year before becoming a full time member of the Eagles’ reserves. He performed brilliantly for the second team, and made his first team debut in the 2015 Portuguese Super Cup against Sporting Lisbon.

In two seasons with the first team, Semedo confirmed his early promise, making 63 appearances, including eleven in the Champions League. At Portugal’s most successful club he won two leagues, one cup, one league cup and one super cup.

On 14 July 2017 he was presented as a new FC Barcelona player.

He made his full international debut for Portugal on 11 October 2015 and was in the squad that finished third at the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia, playing in two of his country’s games.

Technical profile

The Portuguese international defender is an attack-minded right back who provides speed and depth and excels for his positional sense. He has an almost 80% pass completion rate and made six assists in the 2016/17 Portuguese league season. He is also a fine dribbler and controls the ball well. Although he is primarily known for moving the ball forward, he is also thoroughly efficient with his defensive duties.

At a height of 1.78 metres, Semedo is a strong defender in the air. He is ideal for adding pace to the wing, and disrupts opposing midfields with his strong positional sense, marvellous skill and powerful runs on the ball.