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Márcio Rafael Ferreira de Souza, commonly known as Rafinha [ʁɐˈfiɲa], (born 7 September 1985) is a Brazilian footballer who plays as a right back for Flamengo. He signed with the Brazilian club after spending eight seasons with Bayern Munich[3], he also represented Brazil national team. His name translated from Portuguese literally means "Little Rafa". He is known as a skilled defender with good passing skills, quick pace, agility and a strong shot.[4]

Rafinha
Rafinha 2016.jpg
Rafinha with Bayern Munich in 2016
Personal information
Full name Márcio Rafael Ferreira de Souza[1]
Date of birth (1985-09-07) 7 September 1985 (age 34)
Place of birth Londrina, Paraná, Brazil
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)[2]
Playing position Right back
Club information
Current team
Flamengo
Number 13
Youth career
1992–1997 Gremio Londrina
1997–2001 P.S.T.C.
2001–2002 Londrina
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2005 Coritiba 37 (3)
2005–2010 Schalke 04 153 (7)
2010–2011 Genoa 34 (2)
2011–2019 Bayern Munich 179 (5)
2019– Flamengo 8 (0)
National team
2002–2005 Brazil U20 8 (2)
2008 Brazil U23 8 (0)
2008– Brazil 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 September 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13 June 2017

Club careerEdit

Brazil and SchalkeEdit

 
Rafinha with Schalke 04 in 2005

Rafinha began his football career at the age of seven, playing for Gremio Londrinense, a futsal team from his home town of Londrina, Paraná. By age 12, he had begun training with PSTC, a local football club, before signing for Londrina Esporte Clube in 2001 at the age of 16. At the end of his first year with Londrina, Rafinha was signed by Coritiba. This meant moving hundreds of kilometres from his home town, but allowed Rafinha to display his talents on the national stage. For Coritiba, Rafinha made 23 appearances in the 2004 season and scored three goals in 13 appearances in the 2005 season.[5]

At Coritiba, Rafinha eventually found his way into the Brazil under-20 national team, and played in the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship in the Netherlands. During the tournament, he scored two goals and played an integral part in Brazil's progress to the bronze medal. Rafinha's performance at the tournament alerted numerous European teams to his ability, with German club Schalke 04 ultimately signing the right-back from Coritiba for an estimated €5 million on a four-year contract.[6] At Schalke, he made 42 appearances in 2005–06 season,[7] two goals in 35 appearances in the 2006–07 season,[8] five goals in 46 appearances in the 2007–08 season,[5] two goals in 40 appearances in the 2008–09 season,[9] and two goals in 35 appearances in the 2009–10 season.[10]

GenoaEdit

On 4 August 2010, it was confirmed that Rafinha moved from Schalke to Italian side Genoa.[11][12] The transfer had cost Genoa €8 million.[13] He scored two goals in 34 appearances in his only Serie A season. After Genoa had failed to pay the transfer fee in time, however, Rafinha's former club Schalke sued Genoa through the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).[14]

Bayern MunichEdit

On 1 June 2011, Bayern Munich confirmed Rafinha's transfer from Genoa, as well as of his former Schalke teammate Manuel Neuer. Rafinha signed a three-year contract and reports say Bayern paid €5.75 million for him.[13][15] He scored his first goal for Bayern against Villarreal, as a substitute in a 2–0 UEFA Champions League win on 14 September 2011.[16] He finished the 2011–12 season with a goal in 35 appearances.[17] Entering as an 83rd-minute substitute on 20 October 2012 during an away match against Fortuna Düsseldorf, he scored his first Bundesliga goal for Bayern in a 5–0 win.[18] He played a total of 13 Bundesliga games throughout the season, adding another goal on 13 April in a 4–0 win over 1. FC Nürnberg.[19] He finished the 2012–13 season with two goals in 17 appearances.[20]

During the 2013–14 season, after fellow right back Philipp Lahm was moved to defensive midfield, Rafinha found more opportunities to play regularly. He made 46 appearances across all competitions,[5] including the entire DFB-Pokal Final in which Bayern secured a second consecutive double after defeating Borussia Dortmund.[21]

He finished the 2014–15 season with 41 appearances.[22]

He started the 2015–16 season by coming in as a substitute for Robert Lewandowski in the 72nd minute of the German Super Cup.[23] He finished the 2015–16 season with 34 appearances.[23][24]

He started the 2016–17 season by coming in as a substitute for Thomas Müller in the 87th minute of the German Super Cup.[25] He finished the 2016–17 season with a goal in 28 appearances.[25][26]

He started the 2017–18 season by starting in the German Super Cup.[27] He finished the 2017–18 season with a goal in 39 appearances.[27][28]

Rafinha was an unused substitute in the German Super Cup.[29] He made his first appearance of the 2018–19 season in the German Cup.[30] He started the match and played the full 90 minutes.[30] He finished the 2018–19 season with a goal in 26 appearances.[31]

FlamengoEdit

On 9 June 2019, Flamengo confirmed Rafinha's transfer from Bayern Munich. Rafinha signed a two-year contract.[32]

International careerEdit

BrazilEdit

U-23 (2008 Olympics)Edit

 
Rafinha (right) representing Brazil at the 2008 Summer Olympics.

In the summer of 2008, Rafinha was involved in a dispute with his club about his participation for Brazil at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

Schalke 04 (to send Rafinha) along with Werder Bremen (Diego) and Barcelona (Lionel Messi) did not want to release their players for the Olympic games so that they could help them in their domestic and European competitions. The case was taken to FIFA, which ruled that all clubs should release their players aged under 23 for the Games.

Schalke, Werder Bremen and Barcelona, however, took their case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) who eventually ruled in the clubs' favour, stating, "The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has upheld the appeals filed by FC Schalke 04, SV Werder Bremen and FC Barcelona against the decision issued on 30 July 2008 by the Single Judge of the FIFA's Players' Status Committee that consequently has been set aside in its entirety."[33]

Schalke continued its bar on Rafinha from attending the Olympics. Despite his club's wishes, however, he ultimately did compete for the Brazil squad, which won bronze. On 24 September 2008, Schalke fined Rafinha a record amount of €700,000, as they argued his 35 days in Beijing for the Games were "in serious breach of contract".[citation needed]

Senior teamEdit

Rafinha made his senior debut for Brazil on 26 March 2008 in a friendly match against Sweden.[34] He then went through a six-year absence from the national team, having made his second and last appearance in a friendly against South Africa on 5 March 2014. In May 2014, he was named by Brazil head coach Luiz Felipe Scolari as a standby player for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[35]

On 17 September 2015, Rafinha was called up by head coach Dunga for two qualifying fixtures for the 2018 World Cup, but five days later turned it down, while also denying claims of rejecting the call-up to represent his adopted homeland Germany.[36]

In June 2017, Rafinha was called up for international friendlies against Argentina and Australia.[37]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of matches played on 16 September 2019.
Club Season League Cup[a] Continental Other Total Ref.
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Coritiba 2004 24 0 0 0 24 0 [5]
2005 13 3 0 0 13 3 [5]
Totals 37 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 37 3
Schalke 04 2005–06 29 0 1 0 12[b] 0 42 0 [7]
2006–07 31 2 2 0 2[c] 0 35 2 [8]
2007–08 32 2 3 1 10[d] 1 1[e] 0 46 4 [5]
2008–09 30 2 3 0 7[c] 0 40 2 [9]
2009–10 31 1 4 1 35 2 [10]
Totals 153 7 13 2 31 1 1 0 198 10
Genoa 2010–11 34 2 3 0 37 2 [5]
Bayern Munich 2011–12 24 0 4 0 7[d] 1 35 1 [17]
2012–13 13 2 2 0 2[d] 0 0 0 17 2 [20]
2013–14 28 0 6 0 9[d] 0 3[f] 0 46 0 [5]
2014–15 26 0 4 0 11[d] 0 0 0 41 0 [22]
2015–16 25 0 4 0 4[d] 0 1[g] 0 34 0 [23][24]
2016–17 20 1 2 0 5[d] 0 1[g] 0 28 1 [25][26]
2017–18 27 1 3 0 8[d] 0 1[g] 0 39 1 [27][28]
2018–19 16 1 4 0 6[d] 0 0 0 26 1 [31]
Totals 179 5 29 0 52 1 6 0 266 6
Flamengo 2019 8 0 1 0 4 0 13 0
Totals 8 0 1 0 4 0 0 0 13 0
Career totals 411 17 46 2 87 2 7 0 551 21
  1. ^ Appearances in the DFB-Pokal, Coppa Italia and Copa do Brasil.
  2. ^ Appearances in the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Cup.
  3. ^ a b Appearances in the UEFA Cup.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i Appearances in the UEFA Champions League.
  5. ^ Appearances in the DFL-Ligapokal.
  6. ^ Appearances in the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup.
  7. ^ a b c Appearances in the DFL-Supercup.

InternationalEdit

As of 15 November 2017

Brazil national team
Year Apps Goals
2008 1 0
2014 1 0
2017 2 0
Total 4 0

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Player Profile". FC Bayern Munich AG. Retrieved 1 July 2012.
  3. ^ "Official: Bayern Munich's Rafinha has signed with Flamengo". bavarianfootballworks.com. 10 June 2019. Retrieved 10 June 2019.
  4. ^ "Player Profile". whoscored.com. Retrieved 1 July 2012.
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  12. ^ "Rafinha makes Genoa switch". Schalke 04. 4 August 2010. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 17 June 2014.
  13. ^ a b Genoa C.F.C. SpA bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 31 December 2011 (in Italian)
  14. ^ "Rafinha bringt Schalke noch 4,4 Millionen Euro" (in German). kicker.de. 26 March 2014. Retrieved 17 June 2014.
  15. ^ "Genoa selling Rafinha to Bayern Munich today". tribalfootball.com. 30 May 2011. Retrieved 14 July 2011.
  16. ^ "Villarreal bow to Bayern excellence". UEFA. 14 September 2011. Retrieved 27 May 2014.
  17. ^ a b "Rafinha". kicker,de (in German). kicker. Retrieved 18 August 2018.
  18. ^ "Müllers Doppelschlag beim bayerischen Fünferpack [Müller's brace in Bayern's five]". kicker. 29 October 2012. Retrieved 27 May 2014.
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  27. ^ a b c "Bayerns erster Titel dank Flippertor und Ulreich". kicker.de (in German). Retrieved 18 August 2018.
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  29. ^ "FCB gewinnt Supercup - Lewandowski macht den Unterschied". kicker.de (in German). kicker. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
  30. ^ a b "Lewandowski rettet den FC Bayern vor der Verlängerung". kicker.de (in German). kicker. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
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  33. ^ "Trio win Olympics appeal". skysports.com. 6 August 2008. Retrieved 24 September 2008.
  34. ^ a b "Rafinha". Soccerway. Retrieved 18 July 2014.
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  36. ^ "Rafinha: I did not quit Brazil for Germany". Goal.com. Retrieved 24 September 2015.
  37. ^ Colangelo, Anthony (6 June 2017). "Brazil's Rafinha says Argentina and Socceroos will be out to get 'Selecao' at MCG". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 8 April 2018.

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