Nélson Cabral Semedo (born 16 November 1993), is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a defender for Benfica and the Portugal national team.
Semedo began his career at Sintrense before joining Benfica in 2012. After spending a season on loan at Fátima, he initially appeared for Benfica B, before making his first team debut in August 2015. He made his senior international debut in October 2015.
Born in Lisbon, Semedo is a youth prospect from Sport União Sintrense; debuting in the first-team at age 17. On 12 January 2012, he and Manuel Liz signed a five-year deal with Benfica, set to begin the ensuing season. His first season was spent on loan to third tier side Fátima.
He returned to Benfica in the following season, being placed on the reserve side, and having his professional debut on 10 August 2013, in a 2013–14 Segunda Liga game against Trofense. After nearly 60 appearances for the B-team, he was touted as a future replacement for Maxi Pereira.
With Maxi Pereira's departure, Semedo extended his contract with Benfica until 2021 and joined the first-team on their pre-season tour in North America in July 2015. On 9 August 2015, he made his debut for Benfica's main squad in the domestic Super Cup loss against Sporting CP. A week later, Semedo scored his first goal for them, against Estoril in the Primeira Liga. After establishing himself in the starting eleven, Semedo suffered a setback in October 2015, when he sustained an injury while with the national team. The injury to his right knee required surgery, with Semedo expected to miss two months.
Semedo was born in Portugal to parents of Cape Verdean descent. On 2 October 2015, Semedo was called up to play for the Portugal national team, in UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying matches against Denmark and Serbia. He debuted in the latter game on the 11th, playing the entirety of a 2–1 win at the Partizan Stadium in Belgrade.
- As of match played 18 January 2017
|Benfica B||2012–13||Segunda Liga||0||0||—||—||—||—||0||0|
|Fátima (loan)||2012–13||Segunda Divisão||29||0||2||0||—||—||—||31||0|
- As of match played 11 October 2015
- Primeira Liga: 2015–16
- Taça da Liga: 2015–16
- Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira: 2016; Runner-up 2015
- O Jogo Team of the Year: 2016