José Carlos Fortes was born on March 20, 1968 in Praia, Kap Verde and made his IFK Göteborg debut in the 1988 season, which was also the debut season of team mate Håkan Mild. Fortes was part of IFK Göteborg's youth program before making his debute with the first team, and is as a result of that regarded by the club as a home-grown player. At 20 years, 0 months and 28 days, on April 17, 1988, he took part his first competetive game against Västra Frölunda IF in an Allsvenskan game that ended 0–0. He has spent one season with the IFK Göteborgs first team, and during his career he played in 10 first team games and scored 1 goals. Out of these 10 first team games, 1 were Allsvenskan games.. 52 year old Fortes completed his last season with IFK Göteborg 1988.