Nando Rafael

Nando Rafael
Nando Rafael
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Personal information
Full name Nando Rafael
Date of birth 10 January 1984 (1984-01-10) (age 27)
Place of birth Luanda, Angola
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Augsburg
Number 11
Youth career
1994–2001 Ajax
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2002 Ajax 0 (0)
2001–2002 Ajax II 18 (2)
2002–2006 Hertha BSC 70 (16)
2006–2008 Borussia Mönchengladbach 44 (9)
2008–2010 AGF 33 (10)
2010 FC Augsburg (loan) 10 (4)
2010– FC Augsburg 27 (14)
National team
2005–2006 Germany U-21 13 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 May 2011.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 3 November 2006

Nando Rafael (born 10 January 1984 in Luanda) is an Angolan-German football striker, currently playing for FC Augsburg.


Early life

He fled from the Angolan Civil War at the age of eight after both of his parents had been killed, and resided at first illegally in the Netherlands. There he did not receive a work permit and was therefore unable to play football professionally, forcing him to move elsewhere.


In 2002 he signed for Hertha BSC in Germany. In 2006 he was signed by Borussia Mönchengladbach. His first season at AGF was partly spoiled by injuries, making his impact on the team less significant than expected. His physically strong appearance makes him a solid target player, but he also has good technical skills and is a competent goal scorer. He joined from AGF on 10 January 2010 on loan to FC Augsburg for one season.[1] On 19 July 2010, Rafael signed a two-year contract with FC Augsburg.[2]

International career

Rafael eventually received a German passport, enabling him to play for the Germany national football team.


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