UEFA.com works better on other browsers
For the best possible experience, we recommend using Chrome, Firefox or Microsoft Edge.

Rafael reunited with Villas-Boas

FC Porto coach André Villas-Boas has raided former club A. Académica de Coimbra to strengthen his defence with the signing of left-back Emídio Rafael on a three-year deal.

Emídio Rafael (left) in action against Porto
Emídio Rafael (left) in action against Porto ©Getty Images

FC Porto coach André Villas-Boas has raided former club A. Académica de Coimbra for defender Emídio Rafael.

Villas-Boas was named as Jesualdo Ferreira's successor at Porto last month having guided Académica to an 11th-placed finish in his first season as a senior coach. He has now returned to his former employers to add Portugal Under-23 international Rafael to his squad ahead of the new season. The 24-year-old defender, a product of the Sporting Clube de Portugal academy who played 26 league games for Académica last term, has signed a three-year contract. Porto will enter the UEFA Europa League play-offs having finished third in the Portuguese First Division.