Almir Barbosa

Almir Barbosa (born June 2, 1980) is a Cape Verdean footballer.

Almir Barbosa
Personal information
Full name Almir Barbosa
Date of birth (1980-06-02) June 2, 1980
Place of birth Praia, Cape Verde
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
Fidjus Terra, Alianca CV, Clube Tabanka
20002003 Spartanburg Spartans
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004 Rhode Island Stingrays 4 (2)
2005 New Hampshire Phantoms 12 (5)
20062007 Kristianstads FF (5)
20062007 New Hampshire Phantoms 39 (16)
2008 Harrisburg City Islanders 16 (1)
2009 Western Mass Pioneers 19 (9)
2010 New Hampshire Phantoms 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of August 8, 2010

Career

College and Amateur

Born in Cape Verde, Barbosa spent his early childhood in Portugal, before moving to Quincy, Massachusetts, in the United States aged 15. He played for the Massachusetts-based Cape Verdean ethnic Fidjus Terra, Alianca CV, and Clube Tabanka,[1] and played college soccer at the University of South Carolina Spartanburg, where he was a National Soccer Coaches Athletic Association All-American in 2000 and received All-Conference honors in 2003.

Professional

Barbosa turned professional in 2004, and began his career in the USL Second Division, then moving to Sweden, playing for Kristianstads FF, before returning to the United States when he signed for the New Hampshire Phantoms in the USL Second Division in 2006. Barbosa was named to the USL Division 2 All-League First Team and tied for second in the league in scoring with 10 goals in his debut season with the Phantoms.

Barbosa moved to the Harrisburg City Islanders in 2008 making 16 appearances, following the Phantoms' relegation to the USL Premier Development League,[2] and spent one year in Pennsylvania before signing for the Western Mass Pioneers in 2009. He played 19 games and scored 9 goals for the Pioneers in USL-2 in 2009. Barbosa was named to the USL Division 2 All-League Team, but was released at the end of the year when the Pioneers also self-relegated to the PDL. Barbosa, also had the honor of being selected as one of USL's Division 2 player of the decade.

Having been unable to secure a professional contract elsewhere, Barbosa returned to play for the New Hampshire Phantoms in the USL Premier Development League in 2010.[3]

References

  1. Clube Tabanka Teams up with Cabo Verde Children Project
  2. Harrisburg Welcomes Barbosa
  3. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-04-29. Retrieved 2010-05-14.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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