"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)
As their Keeper at the 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
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).
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
- 2014 Quidditch World Cup reports
- 2014 Quidditch World Cup final
- The Daily Prophet
Pottermore enhanced reading experience: Quidditch World Cup
Screenshots of the original Daily Prophet coverage of the 2014 Quidditch World Cup on Pottermore: Imgur archive
Harry Potter Wikia: Raul Almeida