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Not to be confused with Uruguayan footballer Diego Ribas.
Diego
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Personal information
Full name Diego Ribas da Cunha
Date of birth 28 February 1985 (1985-02-28) (age 25)
Place of birth Ribeirão Preto, Brazil
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)[1]
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current club Juventus
Number 28
Youth career
1996–2001 Santos
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2004 Santos 63 (21)
2004–2006 Porto 44 (7)
2006–2009 Werder Bremen 84 (38)
2009– Juventus 25 (5)
National team
2004–2008 Brazil U23 15 (6)
2005– Brazil 23 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 March 2010.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 May 2008

Diego Ribas da Cunha (born 28 February 1985) commonly known as just Diego, is an international Brazilian footballer who plays for Italian Serie A club Juventus and is also member of the Brazilian national team.

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Italian Roots

Diego is of Italian ancestry with both of his paternal great grandparents immigrating from Italy to Brazil. His paternal great grandfather, Carlo Lazzari, came from Ferrara, Italy, and his paternal great grandmother, Maria Concetta Viola, came from Naples, Italy. As a result of his Italian ancestry, Diego received his Italian passport in 2004.[2]

Club career

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Santos

Diego was first signed by the São Paulo team Santos at the age of 12. Diego developed in the Santos youth system, making his first team debut at the age of 16 in the Rio-São Paulo Championship in 2002 and in the same year he won the domestic Campeonato Brasileiro championship. He, Robinho, Elano and Alex were known as a famous group when they played for Santos.

Porto

Diego was then signed by Portuguese club FC Porto in July 2004 as a replacement for the FC Barcelona-bound Deco. However, in 2005–06, Diego did not maintain a stable place in the Porto team under coach Co Adriaanse and he subsequently left Porto for Werder Bremen.

Werder Bremen

2006–07 season

In May 2006, Diego signed a contract with Werder Bremen until 2010 for a transfer fee of €6 million.[3]

His first match for Werder Bremen came in the DFB-Ligapokal (League Cup). Werder Bremen won the cup beating Bayern Munich in the final on 5 August.

The 2006–07 Bundesliga season began well for Diego. He scored the first goal and set up two more for Bremen in their 4-2 win over Hannover 96, on 13 August. In his second match in the Bundesliga he set up both goals in the 2-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen.

Thanks to his good performances in August, both in the Bundesliga and in the Premiere Ligapokal, Diego won the August Player of the Month award.[4] As the Bundesliga season went on, Diego made several amazing performances and became one of the most valuable players for Werder Bremen, along with his team-mate Torsten Frings. They are called the "two motors of Bremen's midfield." In October 2006, he won a second Player of the Month award and again in December 2006. He was then named as the Best Player of the first half of the Bundesliga.

Werder Bremen finished in third place in Group A in the Champions League group stages, and they moved to the UEFA Cup, where they reached the semi-finals, beating AZ from the Netherlands in the quarter-finals, due in part to Diego's creative play.

On 15 April, Diego again played well, scoring in the 2-0 win over Borussia Dortmund. Five days later, on 20 April, Bremen played against Alemannia Aachen. Although Diego's performance was good, he did not score until stoppage time when he scored from 62.5 metres, which later was elected as goal of the year. Bremen won the game 3-1 and topped the table with 60 points.

Following his good performances in the first half of the Bundesliga, Diego got called up to the Brazilian national football team in November.

After the 2006–07 season ended, Diego won the Bundesliga Player of the Season award organised by popular magazine Kicker.[5] He got just over 50 percent of the votes. Unfortunately, his team did not win the Bundesliga after finishing 3rd in the table, behind champions VfB Stuttgart and Schalke 04.

2007–08 season

Diego started his season well, scoring a penalty on the first matchday. Diego gave many outstanding performances. He was crucial as Bremen got through to the Champions League's group phase. They beat Croatian club Dinamo Zagreb 3-2 in Zagreb, with Diego scoring two penalties.

On the first Champions League Group Stage matchday, Bremen lost 2-1 to Real Madrid, but Diego's performance aroused interest in Real Madrid's coach Bernd Schuster. But the stories were put to an end when Diego signed a new contract which would last until 2011.[6]

After the loss to Real Madrid, Bremen faced VfB Stuttgart, the defending German champions, at home. Werder won 4-1, with Diego leading the midfield. Later on in the season, Bremen achieved a historical 8-1 win over Arminia Bielefeld, with Diego assisting three goals and scoring one himself.

Diego was voted Player of the Month in September.[7]

He then scored two goals on the way to the UEFA Cup quarter final with Bremen.

2008–09 season

Diego's last season in Werder Bremen was his most successful. Diego scored 20 goals in total (more than his two first seasons in the club), while although Bremen did finish just 10th in the bundesliga and was knocked out into uefa cup from the Champions League group stage, Diego has kept on a great performance throughout the season.

In Uefa Cup competition that season, Diego scored 6 goals, all in knockout stages (since Bremen dropped out from the Uefa Champions League into Uefa Cup's round of 32).

He scored against AC Milan the in round of 32, equalizing after 84' minutes, and assisting Claudio Pizarro in the second leg to one goal. He helped his team through the round of 16, And in the quarter final against Udinese, he brilliantly scored four goals out of six in the two meetings, and assisting one.

Diego playing for Juventus

In the semi finals, after losing 1-0 in their hometown to Hamburg, Diego helped his team back in the second leg with an early equalizer to Ivica Olic's early critical goal. Later on that game, he assisted a corner to Frank Baumann's 3rd Bremen goal. In that game, Diego received an unfortunate yellow card, preventing him from playing in the final, but still with a 3-2 heroic away win, he ended his Uefa Cup participation, leading Bremen to their first Uefa Cup final ever.

Without Diego in the 2009 Uefa Cup final, Bremen lost the game 2-1 in extra time to Ukranian team Shakhtar Donetsk.

In his last match with Bremen, Diego gave the assist to Mesut Özil's victory goal against Bayer Leverkusen in the German Cup final, to win the German Cup for the sixth time.

Juventus

On 26 May 2009, Diego signed a five-year contract to join Juventus at the end of the season. The fee paid to Bremen by Juventus is worth 24.5 million. The price can rise by a further 2.5 million in case of the fulfillment of established sports objectives in the next five years.[8]

Diego made his Juventus debut against the Korean side Seongnam where they won 3-0. In the first half Diego made the pass to Camoranesi whose pass followed up to a goal. Diego then scored in the second half and then subbed out at the 60th minute.[9] On his Serie A debut he assisted Iaquinta's goal from a set-piece.[10] In the second fixture of the campaign, Diego recorded his first Serie A goal, scoring twice in Juventus' 3-1 victory against Roma on 30 August 2009.[11]

Since his arrival at Juventus, Diego has failed to impress, forming part of one of Juventus's worst seasons in recent years.

International career

Diego with the Brazilian national team.

Diego made his international debut in April 2003 in a friendly match against Mexico. He was later included in Brazil U-23 team that competed in 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup alongside Santos' teammate Robinho. Although Brazil compete as an under-23 team, the international appearances and goals were recorded as FIFA acknowledge the tournament as senior-team matches. He appeared five times and scored two goals as Brazil U-23 lost out to Mexico senior-team in the final.

In 2004, Diego was called up for the Brazil national squad for the Copa América 2004, and he was instrumental in securing the tournament victory for Brazil when he scored in the penalty shootout against Argentina in the final.

However, due to his decline in performance with FC Porto between 2004 and 2006, he was often left out of the Brazil squad. He was mostly playing as deputy to Kaká and was also left out of the Brazil squad for the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

After a move to Werder Bremen, he regained his form and subsequently recalled to the Brazil squad for a in November 2006. He was then included in Brazil's squad for Copa América 2007, which Brazil went on to win, once again defeating Argentina in the final.

Diego also participated with Brazil U-23 team for 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Brazil went on to achieve Bronze medal with a third place finish in the tournament.

Honours

Santos
2002
Porto
2004
2004
2006
Werder Bremen
2006
2009
International
  • Salerno Mundialito: 1
2000
2001
2002
2004, 2007
2008

Career statistics

Club career

As of 16 March 2010 (2010 -03-16)
Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Brazil League Copa do Brasil League Cup South America Total
2002 Santos Série A 22 8 22 8
2003 33 9 33 9
2004 9 4 9 4
Total Brazil 64 21 64 21
Portugal League Cup of Portugal Portuguese League Cup Europe Total
2004-05 Porto Portuguese Liga 30 3 6 1 36 4
2005-06 19 1 4 1 23 2
Total Portugal 49 4 10 2 59 6
Germany League DFB-Pokal Premiere Ligapokal Europe Total
2006–07 Werder Bremen Bundesliga 33 13 1 0 14 2 48 15
2007–08 30 13 3 1 8 2 41 16
2008–09 21 12 5 2 13 7 39 21
Total Germany 84 38 9 3 35 11 128 52
Italy League Coppa Italia League Cup Europe Total
2009–10 Juventus Serie A 25 5 2 2 7 0 34 7
Total Italy 25 5 2 2 7 0 34 7
Career Total 222 68 11 5 0 0 52 13 285 86

International career

As of 1 April 2009.[12][13][14][15][16]
National team Season Apps Goals
Brazil 2003 7 2
2004 5 0
2004–2005 0 0
2005–2006 0 0
2006–2007 10 1
2007–2008 9 1
2008–2009 2 0
Total 33 4

References

  1. ^ "Diego Profile". Diego. 3 September 2009. http://www2.diego10.com.br/content/profile. Retrieved 3 September 2009. 
  2. ^ "ESCLUSIVA CALCIOMERCATO/ Juventus, avvocato Basile: io interista, ho dato a Diego la cittadinanza italiana" (in Italian). ilsussidiario.net. 29 January 2009. http://www.ilsussidiario.net/articolo.aspx?articolo=19691. Retrieved 29 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "Diego making his mark in Bremen". 25 October 2006. http://www.fifa.com/worldfootball/clubfootball/news/newsid=106944.html. Retrieved 23 September 2009. 
  4. ^ "Fußballer des Monats - August 2006" (in German). http://www.fussballer-des-monats.de/. Retrieved 6 October 2007. 
  5. ^ "Bundesliga - Diego crowned Bundesliga's best". Eurosport.com. 29 May 2007. http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/29052007/58/bundesliga-diego-crowned-bundesliga-s-best.html. Retrieved 6 October 2007. 
  6. ^ "Diego Extends Until 2011". werder.de. 22 September 2007. http://www.werder.de/english/news/meldung.php?id=963. Retrieved 6 October 2007. 
  7. ^ "Fußballer des Monats - September 2007" (in German). http://www.fussballer-des-monats.de/. Retrieved 6 October 2007. 
  8. ^ "Diego is officially a Juventus player". Juventus Football Club. 26 May 2009. http://juventus.com/site/eng/NEWS_newsseriea_65E44289495641DF881D1CE321ACABB5.asp. Retrieved 26 May 2009. 
  9. ^ "Diego Scores A Cheeky Goal In Juventus Debut". totalprosports.com. 29 July 2009. http://www.totalprosports.com/blog/index.php/2009/07/diego-scores-a-cheeky-goal-in-juventus-debut/. Retrieved 23 September 2009. 
  10. ^ "Diego's idea, Iaquinta's header Juve down Chievo". La Gazzetta dello Sport. 23 August 2009. http://english.gazzetta.it/Football/23-08-2009/diego-s-idea-iaquinta-s-headerjuve-down-chievo-501117857512.shtml. Retrieved 23 September 2009. 
  11. ^ "Serie A: Diego double spells trouble for Roma". ESPN. 30 August 2009. http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story?id=672234&sec=europe&cc=5739. Retrieved 23 September 2009. 
  12. ^ "Seleção Brasileira (Brazilian National Team) 2002-2003". rsssfbrasil.com. http://www.rsssfbrasil.com/sel/brazil200203.htm. Retrieved 23 September 2009. 
  13. ^ "Seleção Brasileira (Brazilian National Team) 2004-2005". rsssfbrasil.com. http://www.rsssfbrasil.com/sel/brazil200405.htm. Retrieved 23 September 2009. 
  14. ^ "Seleção Brasileira (Brazilian National Team) 2006-2007". rsssfbrasil.com. http://www.rsssfbrasil.com/sel/brazil200607.htm. Retrieved 23 September 2009. 
  15. ^ "Seleção Brasileira (Brazilian National Team) 2008-2009". rsssfbrasil.com. http://www.rsssfbrasil.com/sel/brazil200809.htm. Retrieved 23 September 2009. 
  16. ^ "Seleção Brasileira Restritiva (Brazilian National Restrictive Team) 2004-2008". rsssfbrasil.com. http://www.rsssfbrasil.com/sel/brazil200408r.htm. Retrieved 23 September 2009. 

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Diego
File:Diego
Personal information
Full name Diego Ribas da Cunha
Date of birth 28 February 1985 (1985-02-28) (age 25)
Place of birth    Ribeirão Preto, Brazil
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Juventus
Number 28
Senior clubs
Years Club
2002-2004
2004-2006
2006-2009
2009-
Santos
Porto
Werder Bremen
Juventus
National team
2003-2008 Brazil

Diego Ribas da Cunha (born 28 February 1985) is a Brazilian football player. He plays for Juventus.

Club career statistics

Club Performance League CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
BrazilLeague Copa do Brasil South AmericaTotal
2002SantosSérie A228228
2003339339
20049494
PortugalLeague Cup of Portugal EuropeTotal
2004/05PortoPortuguese Liga30361364
2005/0618141232
GermanyLeague DFB-Pokal EuropeTotal
2006/07Werder BremenBundesliga3313101424815
2007/08301331824116
2008/092112521373921
ItalyLeague Coppa Italia EuropeTotal
2009/10JuventusSerie A
CountryBrazil 64216421
Portugal 484102586
Germany 843893351112852
Italy 00000000
Total 1966393451325079

International career statistics

[1]

Brazil national team
YearAppsGoals
200372
200450
200500
200610
2007121
200881
Total334

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