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Roberto Carlos
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Personal information
Full name Roberto Carlos da Silva Rocha[1]
Date of birth April 10, 1973 (1973-04-10) (age 36)
Place of birth Garça, São Paulo, Brazil
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Playing position Left wingback
Club information
Current club Corinthians
Number 6
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1992 União São João 33 (10)
1992-1992 Atlético Mineiro 3 (0)
1993–1995 Palmeiras 68 (5)
1995–1996 Internazionale 30 (5)
1996–2007 Real Madrid 370 (47)
2007–2010 Fenerbahçe 65 (6)
2010– Corinthians 9 (1)
National team
1992–2006[2] Brazil 125 (11)
* 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 October 6, 2007
This is a Portuguese name; the first family name is Da Silva and the second is Rocha.

Roberto Carlos da Silva Rocha (born 10 April 1973 in Garça, São Paulo, Brazil) commonly known as simply Roberto Carlos, is a Brazilian footballer. He was a member of the Brazil national team in three World Cups, helping the team reach the final in the 1998 competition and win the 2002 tournament. He is also known for his trademark free kicks, explosive running speed and powerful curling banana trajectory shot.

Before joining Fenerbahçe, he played for Spanish club Real Madrid for 11 years, winning four leagues, three UEFA Champions League trophies, and two Intercontinental Cups. He is also one of only six players to have played more than 100 matches in the Champions League, as of February 2008.[3] He finished second to countryman Ronaldo in the 1997 FIFA World Player of the Year award poll and was named as one of the top 125 greatest living footballers by Pelé in March 2004. Encyclopædia Britannica heralds Roberto Carlos as "an excellent exponent of the wing back position."[4]

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Club career

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União São João

Roberto Carlos began his professional career playing for União São João, a football club based in Araras (São Paulo state). Despite playing at what was seen as a lesser club, he was called up for the Brazil national football team.

Palmeiras

At Palmeiras, Roberto Carlos was recognized as one of the greats of Brazilian football, winning two consecutive Brazilian Leagues.

Internazionale

After almost signing for Bryan Robson's Middlesbrough side in 1995, Roberto Carlos chose a move to F.C. Internazionale Milano, in the Serie A, playing one season for the Nerazzurri. The then-coach of Inter, Roy Hodgson, wanted him to play as a left winger, but Carlos preferred to play only as a left back.

Real Madrid

Roberto Carlos played at Real Madrid C.F. for 11 seasons, playing a total of 584 matches and scoring 71 goals in all competitions. 370 of them were league matches, in which he scored 46 goals from his left-back position. He famously set up Zinedine Zidane to score the winner for Real Madrid to win the Champions League in 2002. His consistently high standard and dynamic displays saw him voted into the uefa.com users' UEFA Team of the Year in 2002 and 2003.[5]

On 2 August 2005, he received dual Spanish and Brazilian citizenship. This proved important for Real Madrid, as it meant that he now counted as a European Union player. In January 2006, he set a club record for the most league matches played by a non-Spanish born player by making his 330th appearance for Madrid. He broke the previous mark of 329 held by Alfredo di Stéfano.[6]

Having played 30 or more league matches for ten consecutive seasons and being one of the most consistent players in the squad, he was heavily criticized for conceding the ball early during the second leg of the Champions League Round of 16 against Bayern Munich, which led to Roy Makaay's goal, the quickest goal in the tournament's history. On 9 March 2007, he announced his decision to not renew his contract with Real Madrid. But in one of the last few games of the season in the dying seconds against Recreativo de Huelva, Fernando Gago played a beautiful pass and Roberto Carlos slotted it home. As a result, Real Madrid were on course for their 30th La Liga championship. He was linked with a move to Chelsea in the summer of 2006.[7]

Fenerbahçe

On 19 June 2007, Roberto Carlos signed a two-year contract and one year optional with the Turkish Super League champions Fenerbahçe at the stadium in front of thousands of fans.[8][9] In the first official match he played with the team, Fenerbahçe won the Turkish Super Cup against Beşiktaş by two goals. During a league match against Sivasspor, he scored his first goal for Fenerbahçe on 25 August 2007 on a diving header, which was only the third headed goal of his career.

He was injured during the final period of the same season and missed the title race between Fenerbahçe and Galatasaray.[10] His team eventually lost the title to their rivals, while guaranteeing a place for themselves in Champions League knockouts for the next season. He announced that he was unhappy about the final result and would do his best to carry the domestic trophy back to the Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium.[11]

On 7 October 2009 Roberto Carlos announced that he would leave Fenerbahçe upon the expiration of his contract in December 2009. He offered to return to Real Madrid and play for free, though he also said return to the Brazilian domestic leagues was a possibility[12] and announced on 25 November 2009 his departure.[13]

He played in his last match for the Turkish club when he came on in the 89th minute as a substitute against Sheriff Tiraspol in the Europa League on 17 December 2009. Team-mates gave Carlos a goodbye shower after the match as Fenerbahçe fans chanted "I love you Carlos," giving him a standing ovation.[14]

International career

Roberto Carlos amassed 125 caps, scoring 11 goals[15] for the Brazilian national team. At the 1998 FIFA World Cup, he played seven matches, including the final loss to France. After a qualifying game for the 2002 FIFA World Cup, Paraguay goalkeeper José Luis Chilavert spat on Roberto Carlos, an action which caused FIFA to give Chilavert a three-match suspension and forced him to watch the first game of the World Cup from the stands. Roberto Carlos also played seven matches in the finals, scoring a goal from a free kick against China. He also was a starter in the final against Germany, with Brazil winning 2–0.

He is especially famous for a free kick against France in the inaugural match of Tournoi de France 1997 on 3 June 1997. He shot from 35 m (115 ft) from the centre-right channel, and scored. The ball curved so much that the ball boy 10 yards to the right ducked instinctively, thinking that the ball would hit him. Instead, it eventually curled back on target, much to the surprise of goalkeeper Fabien Barthez, who just stood in place.[16]

In July 2006, after Brazil's 1-0 defeat to France in the 2006 FIFA World Cup quarter-finals, Roberto Carlos announced his retirement from the national team, saying, "I've stopped with the national team. It was my last game."[17] He said he no longer wanted to play for Brazil because of the criticism he faced from fans and Brazilian media for his failure to mark goal scorer Thierry Henry on France's winning goal.[2] However, upon signing with Corinthians in January 2010, Roberto Carlos said he told TV Globo that he hoped to play at the 2010 FIFA World Cup and believed his return to Brazilian football may help him return to the national team, as manager Dunga had yet to settle on a left back.[2]

Career statistics

As of August 25, 2009.
Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Brazil League Copa do Brasil South America Total
1993 Palmeiras Série A 20 1 - - 20 1
1994 24 2 - - 24 2
1995 24 2 - - 24 2
Italy League Coppa Italia Europe Total
1995-96 Internazionale Serie A 30 5 2 1 2 1 34 7
Spain League Copa del Rey Europe Total
1996-97 Real Madrid La Liga 37 5 5 0 - 42 5
1997-98 35 4 1 1 9 2 45 7
1998-99 35 5 4 0 8 0 47 5
1999-00 35 4 3 0 17 3 55 7
2000-01 36 5 0 0 14 4 50 9
2001-02 31 2 6 1 13 2 50 5
2002-03 36 5 1 0 18 2 55 7
2003-04 33 6 7 1 8 2 48 9
2004-05 34 3 2 0 9 1 45 4
2005-06 35 5 3 1 7 0 45 6
2006-07 23 3 1 0 8 0 32 3
Turkey League Türkiye Kupası Europe Total
2007-08 Fenerbahçe Süper Lig 22 2 3 0 9 0 34 3
2008-09 32 4 8 2 10 1 50 7
2009-10 11 0 0 0 8 1 19 1
Brazil League Copa do Brasil South America Total
2010 Corinthians Série A 0 0 - 0 0 0 0
Total Brazil 68 5 - 0 0 68 5
Italy 30 5 2 1 2 1 34 7
Spain 370 47 34 4 111 16 514 67
Turkey 65 6 11 2 27 2 103 11
Career Total 533 62 45 7 140 19 719 90

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Preceded by
Roberto Ayala
UEFA Champions League Best Defender
2001-02, 2002-03
Succeeded by
Ricardo Carvalho

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