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Jorge Paulo Cadete Santos Reis (born 27 August 1968 in Pembamarker, former Overseas Province of Mozambiquemarker, now Mozambiquemarker), known as Cadete, is a former Portuguese football, who played as a striker.

Born to Portuguese settlers, he was groomed in Sporting Clube de Portugal's prolific youth system, and later was noted while at Celtic FC, as he led the goalscoring charts in 1996-97.

Club career

Early career/Sporting Lisbon

Cadete began his footballing career with Associação Academica de Santarém at age 15, scoring an amazing 43 goals in just 18 games. His exploits alerted first division giants Sporting Clube de Portugal and S.L. Benfica, with the former winning the race to sign the promising youngster, as Cadete cited the quality of the club's youth department and the presence of Manuel Petronilho and Manuel Ferrão as influential factors.

He broke into the senior team at in 1987-88, making six starts. He was sent on loan to Vit√≥ria de Set√ļbal during the next season, where he scored 10 times. His skill quickly brought him back to Sporting in 1989-90, where he would play for the following five complete seasons uninterrupted, helping the capitalmarker side to the 1995 Portuguese Cup - 2-0 against C.S. Mar√≠timo - his only piece of silverware (in 1992-93, he was the national championship's topscorer, with 18 goals); he finished his Sporting career with 70 goals in over 180 appearances overall.

Towards the end of his Sporting spell, Cadete was also loaned, now to Italymarker's Brescia Calcio, in November 1994. He remained with the Serie A side for exactly one year, and only managed one goal in 13 appearances.

A new beginning/Life in Scotland

In April 1996, after a lengthy transfer wrangle, Cadete's contract was rescinded and he signed for Celtic FC on a free transfer, in the middle of the 1995-96 season, and went on to eventually gain star status. His debut came against Aberdeen at Celtic Parkmarker; Cadete came off the bench to score Celtic's fifth goal in a 5-0 victory, thus becoming an instant hit.

Controversy

Cadete's transfer to Celtic turned out to be controversial. Despite being signed prior to the transfer deadline, the Scottish Football Association delayed processing his registration in time for a Scottish Cup tie against Rangers at Ibroxmarker. Following a complaint from Celtic chairman Fergus McCann, SFA chief Jim Farry was relieved of his duties after being found guilty of deliberately holding back the player's registration.

Making a mark

The following season, Cadete's only full in Scotlandmarker, was unarguably the greatest of his career. The player finished the year as the country's top scorer with 33 goals in 44 appearances in all competitions and, to his great pride, without the aid of penalty kicks. Despite this, his side lost the league title to arch-rivals Rangers. Cadete played his last match against Dundee United at the end the season, where he bowed to the Celtic fans before kissing the turf, sparking rumours of an imminent departure.

Unhappiness

Celtic manager Tommy Burns made way for new coach Wim Jansen, and Cadete remained a Celtic player throughout the close season. Then, citing mental health issues and a failure to adjust to life in Scotland without his family, he requested a transfer. After failing to show for pre-season training, he was transferred to La Liga outfit Celta de Vigo for a fee of around £3,500,000. Along with Pierre van Hooijdonk and Paolo Di Canio, Cadete was labelled as one of the "Three Amigos" by Celtic chairman McCann.

To Spain and beyond

Cadete played for Celta Vigo in one full season and, in January 1999, moved to Benfica, alongside former Celtic teammate Van Hooijdonk. In January of the following year, he joined newly promoted English Premier League side Bradford City on loan until the end of the season. He made his debut for the club coming on as a substitute in a 1-1 draw with Aston Villa at Valley Parademarker, and amassed a further four games in the same predicament (plus two starts), without scoring.

In 2000-01, Cadete was loaned to Lisbon-based C.F. Estrela da Amadora. As newly promoted St. Mirren FC looked for a striker to bolster their chance of top flight survival, Cadete almost made a return to the country. However, the proposed January switch fell through and he remained in Estrela, subsequently seeing out his Benfica contract without any impact whatsoever.

Exile from football

Following his release from Benfica, Cadete found himself without a club. After failing to find a club for the new season he retired from football at the relatively young age of 33. He went on to make an appearance on the celebrity version of the Big Brother reality TV show.

Return to football, return to Scotland

At the start of 2003-04 season, Cadete decided to end his footballing exile and, at the age of 35, began his search for a new club. He returned to Scotland to make a guest appearance on Tam Cowan's Scottish football show "Offside", where he spoke of his love for Celtic and how he regretted leaving. He also invited Celtic boss Martin O'Neill to give him a trial for his former club.

His return to the public eye in Scotland prompted rookie co-managers Derek Whyte and Gerry Britton to take a gamble on the striker. He signed a short term contract for SPL relegation battlers Partick Thistle in late January 2004, ending his 18-month exile from the game. The move was controversial however, as Cadete had already agreed to sign for Raith Rovers, even being photographed in the team shirt by the media. He made his debut for the Jags on 22 February against former club Celtic, and received a mixed reception, with jeers from some Celtic fans as he came off the bench due to the manner of his Celtic departure six years earlier.

Following his debut, Cadete returned to old ways when he reported back for training 24 hours late and was subsequently disciplined by the club. He was a shadow of his former self and scored only once for Thistle in the eight first team appearances he made for the club, and subsequently was not offered a contract extension. He attempted to find a new club with hopes of playing in the Scottish second level, the English Football League, Japanmarker or Qatarmarker, but nothing came of it.

Return home

In 2004-05, Cadete returned to Portugal, joining third category's Clube Desportivo Pinhalnovense, where he stayed until his retirement at the end of the season. He cited the major factor in signing for the club was working with coach Paco Fortes.

In the following three years, Cadete played amateur football in the Beja region, with S√£o Marcos da Ataboeira, being rejoined by some former professionals in the country, namely former Benfica's and S.C. Farense Hassan Nader.

International career

Cadete obtained 33 caps for the Portuguese national team scoring five goals, 22 while at Sporting, nine while at Celtic and two as a Celta player. His first game came on 29 August 1990, a 0-0 draw in a friendly against Germany.

He was chosen for the UEFA Euro 1996 finals by António Oliveira, after playing the last game in the qualifying rounds as a substitute, and netting in the decisive 3-0 home win against Republic of Ireland.

Cadete's last game was a 0-3 defeat to England, on April 22, 1998, in another friendly match.

References

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