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Juliano Belletti
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Personal information
Full name Juliano Haus Belletti
Date of birth June 20, 1976 (1976-06-20) (age 33)
Place of birth Cascavel, Brazil
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10+12 in)
Playing position Right back, Midfielder
Club information
Current club Chelsea
Number 35
Youth career
1992–1994 Cruzeiro
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1996 Cruzeiro 22 (0)
1996–2002 São Paulo 54 (4)
1999 Atlético Mineiro (loan) 17 (5)
2002–2004 Villarreal 59 (6)
2004–2007 Barcelona 70 (0)
2007– Chelsea 53 (5)
National team
2001–2005 Brazil 23 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12:39, 19 October 2009 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 25 November 2006

Juliano Haus Belletti (born 20 June 1976 in Cascavel), is a Brazilian footballer who currently plays for Chelsea as a right back, although he can also play as a midfielder. He was awarded the Silver Ball by Placar for his consistently great performances for Atlético Mineiro during the 1999 Brazilian Série A.[1]

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Club career

Belletti started his career playing as a central-midfielder in Brazil for the youth team of Cruzeiro in 1992. His professional debut happened in November 1994. In march of 1996, he was involved in a deal that sent him and Serginho to São Paulo FC in exchange for five players: Aílton, Donizete, Gilmar, Palhinha and Vitor. Playing for São Paulo, he eventually became a right-back.

In 1999, he was loaned to Atlético Mineiro. Playing as an attacking-midfielder, Belletti helped the club to finish second in the Brazilian League and managed to win a Silver Ball, award handed by Placar Magazine to the players nominated to the Brazilian League Squad of The Year (except for the best one, who takes a Golden Ball).

After returning to São Paulo, he became a regular in the Brazilian national team by playing in the right-back once again. Rumors linked him with a move to Spanish La Liga side Valencia CF in 2001, but the move fell apart at the last minute.[citation needed] In 2002, he finally moved to Europe with Villarreal CF. In 2004, after a successful spell at Villarreal, he signed for FC Barcelona where he became the first-choice right back and a key set-piece taker in the squad.

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Barcelona

After winning the Spanish La Liga title in his first season, Belletti gradually fell out of favor both in Barcelona and in the national team. From being a regular in the 2004–05 season, he faced tough competition from the Catalan Oleguer Presas and spent his second season in-and-out of the first team.

Belletti scored his first and only goal with Barcelona in the 2006 UEFA Champions League Final. On 17 May 2006 at the Stade de France in Paris, Barcelona played English club Arsenal in the 2006 UEFA Champions League Final. Oleguer was preferred to start rather than Belletti, and he had to make do with a place on the substitute bench. But when manager Frank Rijkaard brought him on for Oleguer, he scored the second goal in a 2–1 come-from-behind win which gave them the 2006 Champions League crown.

His third season was marked by injuries, and competition from new rival Gianluca Zambrotta proved too much for him. He played very little in Barcelona's season that ended without silverware.

Chelsea

On 23 August 2007, Chelsea officially announced that Belletti had signed a three-year contract after the player agreed personal terms and passed a medical.[2] He made his Premier League debut for Chelsea on 25 August when he came on as a substitute for John Obi Mikel in the 64th minute of their home game against Portsmouth, the game ending 1–0 to Chelsea.[3]

He made his first start for Chelsea against Aston Villa at Villa Park. Despite a strong debut, Chelsea lost the game 2-0. Following the departure of José Mourinho, Belletti became a regular starter in the right-back position for Premier League, Champions League, and Carling Cup games, facing competition from Paulo Ferreira and Michael Essien for his place in the team. In his first season at Chelsea, Belletti scored two goals, both shots from long-range, the first away at Wigan Athletic in November 2007 and the second at Stamford Bridge against Tottenham Hotspur in January 2008. The latter was eventually voted by Chelsea supporters as "Chelsea Goal of the Season" in 2007–08.[4]

José Bosingwa's arrival at Chelsea at the start of the 2008–09 season caused Belletti to relinquish the right-back position at Stamford Bridge. However, Luiz Felipe Scolari instead deployed Belletti as a utility player, providing valuable back-up in the central midfield, defensive midfield and right wing positions. His long-range shots have given him cult status among Chelsea supporters. In October 2008, he added to his collection of spectacular goals with a powerful shot from 30 yards into the top corner against Middlesbrough at the Riverside, his fourth league goal for the club.[5] Belletti scored his third goal of the 2008-09 season against Stoke City, to draw the teams level before teammate Frank Lampard scored the winner in the dying seconds.[6]

A year later, in January 2010, Belletti was linked with a move to Flamengo in his home country Brazil, but the Blues rejected their offer.[7] In Chelsea's game against Preston North End in the FA Cup fourth round, Belletti hobbled off the ground with a knee injury just 20 minutes in and was replaced by Florent Malouda.

National Team

Belletti was called up for the first time in 1995 by head coach Zagallo to serve the Brazilian national team. However, his debut would happen only in 2001, becoming the second choice for the right-back behind Cafu. He was part of 2002 World Cup winning squad, playing the semi-final match against Turkey after replacing Kléberson in the second half.

Honours

Belletti during a match against Levski Sofia.

Cruzeiro

São Paulo

Atlético Mineiro

Villareal

Barcelona

Chelsea

Brazil

References

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Simple English

Juliano Belletti
Personal information
Full name Juliano Haus Belletti
Date of birth 20 June 1976 (1976-06-20) (age 34)
Place of birth    Cascavel, Brazil
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8+12 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Chelsea
Number 35
Senior clubs
Years Club
1994-1995
1996-2002
1999
2002-2004
2004-2007
2007-
Cruzeiro
São Paulo
→Atlético Mineiro (loan)
Villarreal
Barcelona
Chelsea
National team
2001-2005 Brazil

Juliano Belletti (born 20 June 1976) is a Brazilian football player. He plays for Chelsea.

Club career statistics

[1]

Club Performance League CupLeague CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
BrazilLeague Copa do Brasil League Cup South AmericaTotal
1994CruzeiroSérie A5050
1995170170
1996São PauloSérie A131131
1997121121
19984141
1999Atlético MineiroSérie A175175
2000São PauloSérie A110110
2001141141
20020000
SpainLeague Copa del Rey Copa de la Liga EuropeTotal
2002/03VillarrealLa Liga31330343
2003/04283111394
2004/05BarcelonaLa Liga31080390
2005/0627010101381
2006/071302030180
EnglandLeague FA Cup Football League Cup EuropeTotal
2007/08ChelseaPremier League232206070382
2008/09203402080343
2009/10
CountryBrazil 939939
Spain 1306303521688
England 4356080150725
Total 26620908050233322

International career statistics

Brazil national team
YearAppsGoals
200171
200270
200340
200430
200520
Total231

References


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