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Ivan Rocha

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Ivan Rocha Limas (born 14 January 1969), known as Rocha, is a Brazilian retired professional footballer who played mainly as a central defender but also as a left back.

Ivan Rocha
Personal information
Full name Ivan Rocha Limas
Date of birth (1969-01-14) 14 January 1969 (age 50)
Place of birth São Paulo, Brazil
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1983–1987 São Paulo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987–1992 São Paulo 35 (2)
1992–1994 Valladolid 56 (12)
1994–1996 Atlético Madrid 13 (2)
1996Valladolid (loan) 0 (0)
1997Logroñés (loan) 5 (0)
1997 Atlético B 14 (1)
1998Mallorca (loan) 7 (0)
1998–1999 Alavés 24 (0)
1999–2000 Numancia 28 (1)
2000–2001 Elche 24 (2)
2002 Sport
2003 União São João
2003 Paulista
National team
1985 Brazil U17 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club careerEdit

Rocha was born in São Paulo, and joined São Paulo FC's youth setup in 1983. Promoted to the first team in 1987, he was first-choice during the team's 1989 Campeonato Paulista-winning campaign while also being a regular starter during the 1990 season where they finished runners-up in the Série A; in the 1992 edition of the Copa Libertadores he featured in both legs of the finals as a left back, position where he acted during most of his spell under Telê Santana as the manager believed he was "more skillful" than Ronaldão, the habitual starter.[1]

In 1992, 23-year-old Rocha joined Real Valladolid and helped to promotion from Segunda División in his first year. Having played in only 21 matches the defender scored an impressive nine goals (mostly from penalties), second-best in the squad with José Amavisca.[2]

After another season, Rocha signed with fellow La Liga club Atlético Madrid. He played very rarely for the Colchoneros, also being loaned several times during his stint in Madrid (Valladolid again, CD Logroñés and RCD Mallorca) and being afflicted by several injuries.[3]

Atlético released Rocha in the summer of 1998, and he played three more seasons in the country, one apiece with Deportivo Alavés, CD Numancia[4] and Elche CF, the latter in the second division. In 2002 he returned to his country and appeared for Sport Club do Recife, União São João Esporte Clube and Paulista Futebol Clube,[5] retiring at the age of 34 and later becoming a players' agent.[6][7][3]



  1. ^ "Ivan Rocha" (in Portuguese). Que Fim Levou?. Retrieved 26 September 2018.
  2. ^ "El ascenso de 1993" [The promotion of 1993]. El Norte de Castilla (in Spanish). Valladolid. 22 April 2007. Retrieved 26 September 2018.
  3. ^ a b Casado, Edu (8 June 2015). "Qué fue de… Ivan Rocha: un central brasileño para siete equipos españoles" [What happened to… Ivan Rocha: a Brazilian stopper for seven Spanish teams]. 20 minutos (in Spanish). Madrid. Retrieved 26 September 2018.
  4. ^ "Breve enciclopedia numantina" [Brief numantina encyclopedia]. Desde Soria (in Spanish). 29 May 2013. Retrieved 14 October 2019.
  5. ^ Torraga, Tales (16 June 2017). "1992: Por onde andam os principais nomes daquele São Paulo x Newell's?" [1992: What happened to the big names of that São Paulo x Newell's?] (in Portuguese). Patadas y Gambetas. Retrieved 27 September 2018.
  6. ^ "Paulista declara guerra a empresário" [Paulista wage war on agent]. O Estado de S. Paulo (in Portuguese). São Paulo. 3 March 2005. Retrieved 27 September 2018.
  7. ^ "Agora agente, Falcão compra direitos de 11 garotos no Corinthians" [Now an agent, Falcão buys rights to 11 kids at Corinthians] (in Portuguese). ESPN Brasil. 10 December 2009. Retrieved 27 September 2018.
  8. ^ a b "São Paulo Futebol Clube Matches – 1991". RSSSF. Retrieved 27 September 2018.
  9. ^ "São Paulo Futebol Clube Matches – 1989". RSSSF. Retrieved 27 September 2018.
  10. ^ "São Paulo FC – All players in Copa Libertadores". RSSSF. Retrieved 27 September 2018.

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