Rafinha (footballer, born 1982)

Rafael Scapini de Almeida (born 29 June 1982), commonly known as Rafinha (Portuguese pronunciation: [ʁɐˈfĩɲɐ]), is a Brazilian footballer. He currently plays for Finnish team AC Oulu of the Veikkausliiga. Besides Brazil, he has played in Finland and Belgium.[1]

Rafinha
Rafael Scapini de Almeida 2018.jpg
Rafinha with HJK in 2018.
Personal information
Full name Rafael Scapini de Almeida
Date of birth (1982-06-29) 29 June 1982 (age 39)
Place of birth Brazil
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Position(s) Midfielder, Defender
Club information
Current team
AC Oulu
Number 11
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
0000–2005 Campinas
2005–2007 AC Oulu 67 (13)
2008–2009 Tampere United 48 (8)
2010–2011 HJK Helsinki 44 (3)
2011–2016 Gent 101 (2)
2016–2019 HJK Helsinki 95 (4)
2020– AC Oulu 37 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 July 2021

It has been widely speculated in the Finnish media whether Rafinha would apply for the Finnish citizenship. Former national team manager Mixu Paatelainen expressed his interest in adding Rafinha to the national team roster. Rafinha has a Finnish wife and two children.

Career statisticsEdit

As of match played on 21 April 2018[2]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Tampere United 2008 Veikkausliiga ? 1 0 0 4[a] 0 4 1
2009 25 7 0 0 25 7
Total 25 8 0 0 0 0 4 0 29 8
HJK 2010 Veikkausliiga 24 1 4 0 7 1 6[b] 0 41 2
2011 20 2 2 0 7 0 5[c] 1 34 3
Total 44 3 6 0 14 1 11 1 75 5
Gent 2011–12 Belgian Pro League 20 1 3 0 23 1
2012–13 24 0 4 0 1[d] 0 29 0
2013–14 21 0 4 0 25 0
2014–15 19 1 4 0 23 1
2015–16 17 0 3 0 7[e] 0 27 0
Total 101 2 18 0 0 0 8 0 127 2
HJK 2016 Veikkausliiga 13 1 1 0 14 1
2017 31 2 7 1 4[d] 0 42 3
2018 1 0 5 1 6 1
Total 45 3 13 2 0 0 4 0 62 5
Career totals 215 16 37 2 14 1 28 1 294 20
  1. ^ Appearance in the UEFA Champions League
  2. ^ Four Appearances in the UEFA Champions League, Two Appearances in the UEFA Europa League
  3. ^ Three Appearances in the UEFA Champions League, Two Appearances in the UEFA Europa League
  4. ^ a b Appearance(s) in the UEFA Europa League
  5. ^ Six Appearances in the UEFA Champions League, One Appearance in the Belgian Super Cup

HonoursEdit

HJK
K.A.A. Gent
AC Oulu

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Ykkösen tähdet tutuiksi: Rafinha palloliitto.fi
  2. ^ Rafinha at Soccerway. Retrieved 22 April 2018.

External linksEdit