Cabral

Factfile: Cabral

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by Ashley Houghton

Get to know Sunderland's new midfielder.

- Although his full name is Adilson Tavares Varela, he is commonly known as Cabral

- The 24-year-old was born in Praia, Cape Verde Islands on 22nd February 1988

- Cabral holds Swiss citizenship and has played at youth international level for Switzerland, though he is a full international with Cape Verde

- Predominantly a tough-tackling central midfielder, Cabral can also play in defence

- He is the cousin of former Manchester City midfielder Gelson Fernandes

- His first senior club was FC Lausanne Sport where he progressed through the youth ranks and made 26 first-team appearances before moving to FC Basel in 2007

- After signing for Basel, Cabral was sent out on a season-long loan to Sevilla Atletico to gain first-team experience; he played 22 times before returning to Switzerland

- In his first full season with Basel Cabral played 33 games in all competitions, scoring one goal, as Basel completed a league and cup double on top of a narrow exit in the group stages of the UEFA Europa League

- In the 2010-11 season, Cabral added a further 30 appearances to his Basel tally as the Swiss side won consecutive league titles as well as competing in the UEFA Champions League with the midfielder scoring his only goal of the season in a 3-1 victory over AS Roma

- The midfielder continued to be a regular as Basel extended their domestic dominance with their third consecutive league title as well as another Swiss Cup victory in the 2011-12 campaign. Cabral played 29 games in all competitions

- He played 90 minutes as the Swiss side defeated Manchester United in the group stages of the UEFA Champions League

- Last season, Cabral was ever-present for the Swiss side as they made it four league titles in four years on top of a run to the semi-finals of the UEFA Europa League