|Full name||Rúben Afonso Borges Semedo|
|Date of birth||4 April 1994|
|Place of birth||Amadora, Portugal|
|Height||1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Position(s)||Centre-back, defensive midfielder|
|2013–2014||Sporting CP B||23||(1)|
|2014–2015||→ Reus (loan)||16||(0)|
|2015–2016||→ Vitória Setúbal (loan)||15||(0)|
|2018–2019||→ Huesca (loan)||11||(0)|
|2019||→ Rio Ave (loan)||14||(2)|
|2022||→ Porto B (loan)||3||(0)|
|2022||→ Porto (loan)||1||(0)|
|*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 01:19, 10 September 2023 (UTC)|
Developed at Sporting CP, he went to on to serve two loans then make 48 competitive appearances for its first team. In 2017 he signed with Villarreal and, after two years and as many loans, joined Olympiacos where he won several titles, including two Super League Greece championships.
Born in Amadora in the Lisbon metropolitan area of Cape Verdean descent, Semedo joined Sporting CP's youth system at the age of 16. On 11 August 2013, he made his debut with the first team, scoring in a friendly with Fiorentina.
Semedo spent the 2013–14 season with the B team in the Segunda Liga, his first appearance in the competition occurring on 25 August 2013 as he played the full 90 minutes in a 1–0 home win against Trofense. On 26 August 2014, he, alongside teammate Vítor, was loaned to Spanish side Reus.
For the 2015–16 campaign, Semedo was promoted to Sporting's main squad. He made his competitive debut – winning his first trophy in the process – on 9 August, coming on as a late substitute in a 1–0 victory over Benfica in the Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira. Five days later, however, he was loaned to fellow top-flight club Vitória de Setúbal.
Semedo was sent off twice during his brief spell in Setúbal, including once in a game against Rio Ave for the Taça de Portugal. In the 2016 January transfer window, he was recalled by the Lions due to a defensive injury crisis.
On 18 February 2016, Semedo played his first game in European competition, being sent off after two bookable offences in a 1–0 home loss to Bayer Leverkusen in the last 32 of the UEFA Europa League. On 9 March he signed a new contract until 2022, with a release clause being set at €45 million.
Semedo was transferred to Villarreal on 7 June 2017, for €14 million. He made his La Liga debut on 25 August, playing the entire 3–0 away defeat against Real Sociedad. After Javier Calleja took over as head coach on 25 September he fell out of favour, and having seen himself become a rotation player his stint was also plagued by injuries, which ultimately required surgery in December.
On 19 July 2018, Semedo was loaned to newly promoted club Huesca for the upcoming season. The decision to sign him attracted some criticism, but sporting director Emilio Vega stated that the player would be in good shape once the season began because he played some matches while in prison. Moreover, Vega stated that they would not be monitoring his off-field behaviour. "I was very keen to play again and Huesca have given me an opportunity to do so in the first division. I didn't hesitate to accept their offer", Semedo said at his introductory press conference.
On 25 June 2019, Semedo joined Olympiacos for €4.5 million signing a four-year contract; Villarreal retained a 20% resale rate on the player and he was to earn around €700,000 per year, being the club's second-most expensive defender after Belgian Björn Engels was bought from Club Brugge for €7 million in 2017 and sharing teams with compatriots Pedro Martins (manager), Daniel Podence and José Sá. He scored his first goal for the team on 30 July, with a close-range effort following a corner from Giorgos Masouras after Aleš Hruška saved Yassine Meriah's shot, in a 4–0 home win over Viktoria Plzeň in the UEFA Champions League's second qualifying round. He repeated the feat in the next stage of the same competition, as the hosts beat İstanbul Başakşehir 2–0 and won 3–0 on aggregate.
Semedo won the Super League Greece and Cup double in his first season in Piraeus. He was a late substitute in the latter's final on 12 September 2020, a single-goal victory against AEK Athens. The following summer, he was lined up to join several compatriots at Wolverhampton Wanderers, but he was denied a work permit by the UK Home Office due to his criminal record.
On 1 December 2021, in his first match for nearly four months due to off-the-field issues, Semedo scored in a 3–2 defeat at Levadiakos in the last 16 of the cup. The following month, he was hospitalised after being beaten at his doorstep by hooded men.
On 31 January 2022, Semedo moved to Porto on a five-month loan worth €350,000, with the deal including an unspecified buying option. In order to regain his fitness, he started playing with the reserve team.
Semejo joined Al-Duhail of the Qatar Stars League on 1 August 2022, on a three-year contract with an annual salary of €5 million; Olympiacos retained 50% of the player's rights. Managed by Hernán Crespo, he won a treble of the league, cup and league cup in his first season in Doha.
On 24 March 2016, Semedo marked his debut for the Portugal under-21 team with a goal, scoring the opener in a 4–0 home defeat of Liechtenstein in the 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifiers played in Ponta Delgada. In October 2019, while still awaiting trial for alleged crimes in Spain, he received his first call-up for the senior team ahead of UEFA Euro 2020 qualification matches against Luxembourg and Ukraine.
Legal issues and convictions
In January 2018, it was announced that Semedo would stand trial for an altercation in a bar in Valencia the previous November, when the player allegedly brandished a pistol and made threats while he was nursing an injury. He was arrested again for a separate incident on 20 February, this time for allegedly tying up and torturing a man in his home alongside two others, then going to the victim's house to burgle it. For the latter incident, he was charged with attempted murder and placed in preventive detention.
Semedo was released from prison on 13 July 2018, after paying bail of €30,000. Facing a maximum 151⁄2-year sentence, he confessed two years later to kidnap, robbery, wounding and illegal firearm possession; he was fined €46,000 and banned from entering Spain for the next eight years.
On 30 August 2021, Semedo was arrested in Athens following a gang rape allegation filed by a 17-year-old teenager after a night out in Oropos. Police arrested a second man, also accused of leading the girl to Semedo's house where the actions allegedly took place. The player was freed from custody days later after paying a €10,000 bond.
- As of match played 22 August 2022
|Club||Season||League||National Cup[a]||League Cup[b]||Europe||Other||Total|
|Sporting CP B||2013–14||Segunda Liga||23||1||—||—||—||—||23||1|
|Sporting CP||2013–14||Primeira Liga||0||0||1||0||0||0||—||—||1||0|
|Reus (loan)||2014–15||Segunda División B||16||0||—||—||—||—||16||0|
|Vitória Setúbal (loan)||2015–16||Primeira Liga||15||0||3||0||1||0||—||—||19||0|
|Huesca (loan)||2018–19||La Liga||11||0||1||0||—||—||—||12||0|
|Rio Ave (loan)||2018–19||Primeira Liga||14||2||—||—||—||—||14||2|
|Olympiacos||2019–20||Super League Greece||27||1||4||0||—||14[f]||4||—||45||5|
|2020–21||Super League Greece||30||1||5||0||—||9[g]||0||—||44||1|
|2021–22||Super League Greece||0||0||1||1||—||4[e]||0||—||5||1|
|Porto B (loan)||2021–22||Liga Portugal 2||3||0||-||-||-||-||3||0|
|Porto (loan)||2021–22||Primeira Liga||1||0||0||0||—||1||0||—||2||0|
|Al-Duhail||2022–23||Qatar Stars League||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||4||0|
- Includes Taça de Portugal, Copa del Rey, Greek Cup
- Includes Taça da Liga
- Appearance(s) in UEFA Europa League
- Appearance in Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira
- Appearance(s) in UEFA Champions League
- Twelve appearances and four goals in UEFA Champions League, two appearances in UEFA Europa League
- Eight appearances in UEFA Champions League, one appearance in UEFA Europa League
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