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Luís Fabiano
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Personal information
Full name Luís Fabiano Clemente
Date of birth November 8, 1980 (1980-11-08) (age 29)
Place of birth Campinas, Brazil
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Sevilla
Number 10
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–2000 Ponte Preta 12 (3)
2000–2001 Rennes 11 (0)
2001–2004 São Paulo 87 (61)
2004–2005 Porto 22 (3)
2005– Sevilla 119 (56)
National team
2003– Brazil 36 (25)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of March 15, 2010.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of September 22, 2009

Luís Fabiano Clemente (born 8 November 1980 in Campinas, São Paulo), commonly known as Luís Fabiano, is a Brazilian football player, who currently plays for Sevilla FC as a striker.

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Club career

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Early career

He enjoyed great success at Brazilian side São Paulo, with a disappointing spell at French side Rennes sandwiched in between.[1] His strength on the ball, accurate finishing and pace made him a vital part of the side that fell in the semi-finals of the 2004 Copa Libertadores de América. Fabiano was labeled the 'bad boy' of Brazilian football when playing for São Paulo after a number of brawls. During a 2003 Copa Sudamericana match for São Paulo against River Plate of Argentina, a fight between the players broke out. Fabiano ran behind a River player and kicked him just below the neck. While being escorted off the field, Fabiano said that "he would rather fight than take a penalty"[2] He was given a three-match ban from all competitions.

Porto

The right foot ace moved to Porto in 2004 for a reported €10 million. There, Fabiano reunited with his international teammate Diego, who he played with in Copa América 2004.[3] However, he had a troublesome season, scoring only 3 goals in 22 matches. This led to Fabiano being transferred to La Liga side Sevilla.

Sevilla

On 10 May 2006, Fabiano scored a header during Sevilla's 4–0 victory over Middlesbrough in the UEFA Cup final. The success continued in the 2007–08 season, as Fabiano finished runner-up in the Pichichi Trophy with 24 goals, with 2 of them scored came from the penalty spot, second only to Dani Güiza with a total of 27 goals. This led to Fabiano being recalled to the Seleção. On November 29, Fabiano was sent off for elbowing FC Barcelona's Sergio Busquets. He had to be restrained by the Sevilla staff.[4] In 2009, Fabiano extended his contract with Sevilla to 2011.[5]

On 4 July 2009, AC Milan made an official offer for the Brazilian according to the striker's agent and Fabiano reportedly pleaded with his club Sevilla to allow him to make the switch to the San Siro.[6] However, Milan refused to pay Sevilla's asking price of €20m, thus explaining why Fabiano has continued to feature for Sevilla.

International career

Fabiano made his début for Brazil on June 11, 2003 in a friendly match against Nigeria. He marked his international debut with a goal before being substituted. He was also included in Brazil's squad for 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup, but did not make any appearances.

Fabiano (right) playing for Brazil

He won the Copa América 2004 tournament with Brazil, where he started in all five matches alongside fellow striker, Adriano. However, due to his struggle in Europe with Porto and Sevilla, he did not make any international appearances for more than 3 years. He was finally recalled to the national team on November 2007 for a World Cup qualifying match. Since then, he earned a regular starting spot on Brazil's attack alongside Robinho. On November 19, 2008, Fabiano scored his first international hat-trick in a friendly match against Portugal in Brasília. The match ended in a 6–2 victory for Brazil.[7]

On June 28, 2009, he scored two goals in the Confederations Cup final win against the United States.[8] He won the golden shoe as the tournament's top scorer with 5 goals.[9] He scored two goals on September 5th, 2009, for the Brazilian national team against Argentina in Rosario.

Career statistics

Club career

As of August 31, 2008
Club Season League Cup[10] Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Ponte Preta 1998 7 2 - - - - 7 2
1999 5 1 - - - - 5 1
Rennes 2000-01 11 0 0 0 - - 11 0
São Paulo 2001 22 9 0 0 - - 22 9
2002 23 18 0 0 0 0 21 19
2003 34 29 0 0 0 0 34 29
2004 8 5 0 0 0 0 8 5
Porto 2004-05 22 3 0 0 - - 22 3
Sevilla 2005–06 23 5 2 0 12 2 37 7
2006–07 26 10 3 1 9 4 38 15
2007–08 30 24 4 2 10 8 44 34
2008–09 26 8 7 7 4 2 37 17
2009–10 13 9 2 3 5 2 20 14
Total 116 56 18 13 40 18 173 87
Career Total 244 121 16 10 37 17 299 152

International statistics

As of September 6, 2009[11][12][13][14]
National team Club Season Apps Goals
Brazil São Paulo 2003 3 1
2004 9 5
Sevilla
2007–2008 8 3
2008–2009 11 13
2009–2010 5 3
Total 36 25

Personal life

Fabiano is married to Juliana Clemente, and has two children, Giovanna and Gabriela.[15] In 2005, his mother was kidnapped by gunmen in Campinas.[16] She was rescued by police 62 days later.[17]

Honours

São Paulo

Porto

Sevilla

Brazil

Individual

References

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