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This is a Portuguese name; the family name is Da Silva.
Zé Roberto
Personal information
Full name José Roberto da Silva Jr.
Date of birth 6 July 1974 (1974-07-06) (age 35)
Place of birth Ipiranga, São Paulo, Brazil
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7+12 in)
Playing position Central midfielder / Left winger
Club information
Current club Hamburger SV
Number 8
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1997 Portuguesa 61 (1)
1997–1998 Real Madrid 15 (0)
1998 Flamengo 11 (0)
1998–2002 Bayer Leverkusen 113 (17)
2002–2006 Bayern Munich 110 (5)
2006–2007 Santos (loan) 31 (5)
2007–2009 Bayern Munich 59 (9)
2009– Hamburg 14 (5)
National team
1995–2007 Brazil 84 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:02, 3 March 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18:18, 27 Jan 2010 (UTC)

José Roberto da Silva Jr. (born 6 July 1974 in Ipiranga), commonly known as Zé Roberto, is a Brazilian footballer who plays for Hamburger SV in the German Bundesliga.




Club career

Zé Roberto began his career at Portuguesa in São Paulo, Brazil. He then joined Real Madrid for a brief spell where he helped them win La Liga, before moving back to Brazil to play for Flamengo. He joined Bayer Leverkusen in the summer of 1998. It was at Leverkusen that he made a real name for himself, fast becoming a popular figure at the club.

Ze Roberto playing for Bayern Munich

In the summer of 2002, he joined Bayern Munich for €9.5 million,[1] where he claimed the domestic league and Cup double three times between 2002 and 2006. He found his starting spot threatened under coach Felix Magath. Following the announcement that he would not return to Bayern Munich, he publicly criticized the club's style of play and predicted struggles if changes were not made.

On 31 August 2006, Zé Roberto signed a one-year deal with Santos FC and helped the team to win the 2007 Campeonato Paulista in a brilliant style. The win was his first and only title (to date) in a Brazilian competition. He scored seven goals in the Copa Libertadores 2007, where Santos reached the semi-finals.

On 22 June 2007, Bayern Munich officially announced the return of Zé Roberto on a Bosman transfer. He had completed his medical with the German club a day before and was offered a two-year contract.[2]

He stated, "It was as if I’d never been away," en route to winning a fourth domestic double with the Bavarians. During Bayern's 2007-08 season, he scored five goals and was influential in Bayern's domestic and cup double. The revitalised Zé Roberto demonstrated all his newly-acquired skills by scoring five goals and forming a rock-solid partnership with Mark van Bommel in his new role in central defensive midfield.

He made a successful start to the 2008–09 season - scoring four goals in 11 starts (as of 30 October 2008).[1]

His contract with Bayern ran until 30 June 2009. The club offered him a contract until 2010, though Zé Roberto declined.[3]

Bundesliga side Hamburger SV officially announced signing Zé Roberto to a two year contract on 2 July 2009 for €4 million.[4]

International career

Zé Roberto was part of the Brazil squad at the 1998 FIFA World Cup and 2006 FIFA World Cup. Zé Roberto scored Brazil's third and final goal in a man of the match performance in Brazil's second round match against Ghana in the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany.





Brazil national team

Personal life

Zé Roberto is a devout Christian and is married to Luciana, with whom he has three children: Endrik, Miriá, and Isabelli.[5] He is considering to become a pastor, once his career in sports has run its course.


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