Raffael with Mönchengladbach in 2015
|Full name||Raffael Caetano de Araújo|
|Date of birth||28 March 1985|
|Place of birth||Fortaleza, Brazil|
|Height||1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Position(s)||Forward, attacking midfielder|
|2013||→ Schalke 04 (loan)||16||(2)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:43, 27 June 2020 (UTC)|
Early career in SwitzerlandEdit
Born in Fortaleza, Ceará, Raffael moved still in his teens to Switzerland, first representing lowly FC Chiasso. At age 20, he moved to FC Zürich, being instrumental in the club's 2005–06 and 2006–07 league conquests; during both seasons, he led the competition in assists, while also adding 40 goals during his two-and-a-half-year spell.
In mid-January 2008, Raffael signed with German outfit Hertha BSC, being reunited with former Zürich teammates Lucien Favre and Steve von Bergen (respectively manager and player). His first game in the Bundesliga was on 2 February, in a 0–3 home defeat against Eintracht Frankfurt; the following matchday, at VfB Stuttgart, he netted his first goal, as Hertha won it 3–1.
Making 140 appearances over four and a half years, Raffael experienced both the high and low points of the Berlin-based club's recent history, including a fourth-place finish 2008–09 season, in which Hertha lead the table for some time, and relegations in 2009–10 and 2011–12. On 27 July 2012, Raffael left the club to sign for Dynamo Kyiv.
On 20 June 2013, he left Dynamo Kyiv to sign for Borussia Mönchengladbach. On 25 June 2020, the sports director of Borussia Mönchengladbach Max Eberl confirmed that the contract of Raffael will not be renewed.
Raffael's younger brother, Ronny, is also a professional footballer. A midfielder, he represented most notably Hertha BSC, for whom he has played more than 100 games. From 2010 to 2012, the brothers played together for Hertha.
|Schalke 04 (loan)||2012–13||16||2||0||0||—||0||0||16||2|
- FC Zürich
- Hertha Berlin
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