Vinícius Freitas

Vinícius de Freitas Ribeiro, commonly known as Vinícius Feitas or simply Vinícius (born 7 March 1993), is a Brazilian footballer who plays as a left back for Botafogo-SP, on loan from Chapecoense.

Vinícius Freitas lateral esquerdo brasileiro em ação pelo FC Zurich.
Personal information
Full name Vinícius de Freitas Ribeiro
Date of birth (1993-03-07) 7 March 1993 (age 26)
Place of birth Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current team
(on loan from Chapecoense)
Number 17
Youth career
2009–2013 Cruzeiro
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2013 Cruzeiro 0 (0)
2013–2017 Lazio 2 (0)
2014Padova (loan) 10 (1)
2014–2015Perugia (loan) 15 (0)
2015–2016FC Zürich (loan) 24 (0)
2017–2018 AEK Athens 10 (1)
2018– Chapecoense 17 (0)
2019–Botafogo-SP (loan) 9 (0)
National team
2014– Brazil U21 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12:47, 20 June 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17 November 2014


Born in Rio de Janeiro, Vinícius started his youth career at Fluminense, but moved to Cruzeiro in October 2009. In September 2012 he was promoted to the latter's first team,[1] but failed to make an appearance and was demoted back to the youth squad in January 2013.[2]

On 5 July 2013 Vinícius moved to Serie A side Lazio on a free transfer.[3] After only appearing on the bench for the Biancazzurri, he was loaned to Serie B side Padova until June.[4]

On 15 March 2014 Vinícius made his professional debut, as a substitute in a 3–0 success at Varese.[5]

Then on 28 August, he was again loaned out, this time to Perugia.[6]

During the next campaign, Vinícius spent time on loan at Swiss Super League side Zurich, managing a total of 20 league appearances for the Swiss club, and a further four appearances in the 2015–16 Swiss Cup, as Der Stadtclub won 0–1 away to Lugano in the final of the Schweizer Cup.[7]

AEK AthensEdit

On 30 January 2017, AEK have agreed terms with Lazio left-back as they start negotiations with Lazio hoping to clinch a deal before the end of the January transfer window. Vinicius's contract runs out at the end of the season and AEK have already agreed terms with the Brazilian left-back.[8] A day later he signed a 2,5 years contract with AEK for an undisclosed fee. On 6 April 2017 he opened the score in a 2-0 away win against Platanias, in which he also received the MVP award.[9] The Brazilian didn't manage to impress coach Manolo Jiménez and eventually left the club, going to Chapecoense in the Brazilian league.[10]


In his first season with Chapecoense, Vinícius struggled to make an impact, competing for a spot with Bruno Pacheco and suffering an injury. He made 13 appearances across all competitions, four of which were in 2018 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A.[11] In May 2019, having extended his contract with Chapecoense for two years, he signed on loan for Botafogo-SP until the end of the 2019 Campeonato Brasileiro Série B season.[12]



FC Zürich[7]


  1. ^ Ex-juniores, Mayke e Vinícius Freitas começam a treinar nos profissionais (Former youth players, Mayke and Vinícius Freitas start training with the professionals); Cruzeiro's official website, 4 September 2012 (in Portuguese)
  2. ^ Promovido ano passado por Roth, lateral Vinícius Freitas retorna à base do Cruzeiro (Promoted last year by Roth, full-back Vinícius Freitas returns to Cruzeiro's youth squad); UOL Esporte, 9 January 2013 (in Portuguese)
  3. ^ Revelação do Cruzeiro, lateral Vinícius é aguardado no Lazio para exames (Cruzeiro's pearl, full-back Vinícius is awaited in Lazio for medical examinations); Globo Esporte, 5 July 2013 (in Portuguese)
  4. ^ Il brasiliano Vinícius al Padova in prestito dalla Lazio (Brazilian Vinícius to Padova on loan from Lazio) Archived 2014-02-01 at the Wayback Machine; Padova's official website, 30 January 2014 (in Italian)
  5. ^ "Varese vs Padova 0–3". Scoresway. Retrieved 20 June 2019.
  6. ^ "Official: Zurich loan Vinicius". 12 August 2015.
  7. ^ a b "Lugano 0 - 1 Zürich". Soccerway. 29 May 2016. Retrieved 2 September 2016.
  8. ^ "Επίσημο: Ανακοινώθηκε από την ΑΕΚ ο Βινίσιους". 31 January 2017. Retrieved 4 February 2017.
  9. ^ Νίκη για την ΑΕΚ στα Χανιά! (in Greek). Retrieved 2017-04-06.
  10. ^ Θέλει Βινίσιους η Λέφσκι Σόφιας! (in Greek). Retrieved 2017-11-07.
  11. ^ "Chape tem acordo com Vinicius Freitas para renovação por duas temporadas" (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. 19 December 2018.
  12. ^ "Recém apresentado, Vinicius Freitas é relacionado pelo Botafogo-SP para duelo contra o Vila Nova" (in Portuguese). Lance!. 17 May 2019.

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