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"Almeida was a star of the lengthy semi-final against the USA and is a major reason for his team's presence in the final."
-- Ginny Weasley's team overview in the Daily Prophet, 11 July 2014 (Pm)

Raul Almeida

Quidditch player, Keeper for the Brazil National Team (2014).

As the Brazilian team's Keeper at the Quidditch World Cup 2014 tournament, Almeida was key to Brazil's victory over the USA in the semi-final, repeatedly stopping the American Chasers from scoring, thus allowing the match to be decided by Tony Silva's Snitch catch. He also played well in the team's earlier matches against Haiti and Wales (Pm).

Only the brilliance of Bulgarian Seeker Viktor Krum allowed Bulgaria to beat Brazil in the final. As the Brazilians are such a youthful team, however, they are expected to be able to compete again at the next Quidditch World Cup in four years time (Pm).

Other canon notes and references

Since Viktor Krum (born 1976) was the oldest player at the tournament (Pm), Almeida must have been born after 1976.

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Etymology

Raul is the Portuguese and Italian form of Radulf (related to Ralph), which comes from the the Old Norse name Ráðúlfr (ráð meaning "counsel" and úlfr meaning "wolf") (Behind the Name).
Almeida derives from the town of Almeida in the province of Beira, Portugal. The name is Arabic in origin: "The family (Al) which lives on the plateau (ma'ida)" (Internet Surname Database).

Notes

As he comes from Brazil, Almeida may have attended the Castelobruxo Wizarding School.

From the Web

Writing by J.K. Rowling on Pottermore: History of the Quidditch World Cup

Screenshots of the Daily Prophet's coverage of the 2014 Quidditch World Cup: http://imgur.com/a/AXutv

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