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DadyFull name: Eduardo Fernando Pereira Gomes
Position: Forward
Date of Birth: 13 August 1981
Birthplace: Cape Verde

Giant Cape Verdean striker, Eduardo Fernando Gomes, known to the football world simply as Dady, is living proof that hard work and persistence will eventually be rewarded.

The powerful marksman, standing 1.91 metres tall, as well as being a potent aerial threat has a deft touch for such a large man. Add to these assets ice-cool finishing and you have the ingredients that have seen Dady become one of the leading goalgetters in the Portuguese game.

However, Dady had to work his way to the top the hard way. Born in the African archipelago of Cape Verde, his family joined the large Cape Verdean community residing in Portugal concentrated chiefly in and around the capital Lisbon, in search of a better life.

Curiosity – Mr Generosity

The likeable Dady is known for his magnanimous nature and for having a huge circle of friends. When Belenenses reached the Portuguese Cup final in May 2007, the player purchased 120 tickets costing over 5,000 euros to distribute among family and friends.

Dady showed promise at an early age, earning a chance to impress at both Lisbon giants, Benfica and Sporting, but failed to break through the youth ranks. Undeterred, the striker steadily worked his way up the football ladder in Portugal, playing for lower league clubs Aldenovense, Odivelas and Estoril-Praia before earning a move to top-flight side Belenenses in January 2006.

After playing second fiddle to Cameroonian striker Albert Meyong, who finished top scorer in Portugal in 2005/06, it was the following season that Dady quite literally shot himself to fame. After acquiring the confidence that he truly had what it takes to succeed at top-level football, the goals flowed at an impressive rate, propelling Belenenses to a memorable season after several years in the doldrums.

Magnificent season

The historical club – one of only two teams outside Portugal’s big three to win a Portuguese championship – finished fifth in the league, reached the final of Portuguese Cup and qualified for the Uefa Cup.

Dady’s contribution was key to the success, finishing second highest scorer in the Bwin Liga with 12 goals, as well as netting three times in the Lisbon club’s exciting Cup run.

His goals increasingly caught the attention of bigger clubs around Europe, but Dady remained loyal to the club that had thrust him into the limelight, signing a contract extension with Belenenses until 2011.

Bearer of dual Portuguese and Cape Verdean nationality, Dady has chosen to represent the nation of his birth, Cape Verde.

by Tom Kundert (12/07/2007)


* League appearances only

** Up to May 2009

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