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Adilson Tavares Varela

Personal information
Full nameAdilson Tavares Varela
Height0 m ( ft in)
Playing positionDefensive Midfielder
Center Back
Club information
Current clubBasel

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Adilson Tavares Varela (born 22 October 1988 in Praia), commonly known as Cabral, is a Cape Verdean-Swiss footballer who currently plays as midfielder in the Swiss Super League for FC Basel.

Cabral came through the ranks at FC Lausanne-Sport and made his debut in 2005. He went on to play 26 games for the club before leaving for FC Basel in 2007 on a free transfer, signing a 3 year deal. However, he played just a handful of games during his first season at Basel and the 2008/09 season saw him go on loan to Sevilla FC's B Team, Sevilla Atlético, where he made 22 appearances, scoring one goal. When he returned to Basel, Christian Gross had been sacked and Thorsten Fink was now in charge. Also, he was an improved player after his season in Spain. During the 2009/10 with Basel, he broke into the first team squad and scored his first goal for the club in a 3 2 home win over AC Bellinzona on 6 December 2009. His best goal was in the 2010/2011 UEFA Champions League against A.S. Roma when he dribbled around the defence and then lobed the ball over Bogdan Lobonţ to the final score of 3:1.

Despite being born in the West African country of the Cape Verde islands, he has represented Switzerland at Under-19 and Under-21 level.

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