Monday, February 27, 2012

Robinho

Robson de Souza (born 25 January 1984 in São Vicente, São Paulo State, Brazil), more commonly known as Robinho, is a Brazilian professional footballer who currently plays as second striker and winger for Serie A club Milan. He is also a member of the Brazilian national team.

In 1999, at only 15 years of age, Robinho was personally picked by Brazil legend Pelé as his heir apparent and went on to lead Santos to their first Campeonato Brasileiro title since Pelé himself played for the club. Since then he has won another title with Santos and two more with Spanish club Real Madrid. He won the Italian Serie A title in his first season at AC Milan. Robinho has won one Copa América title and two Confederations Cups with Brazil.

Robinho earned his first cap for Brazil in the 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup match on July 13, which Brazil lost 1–0 to Mexico. Although Brazil chose to send their under-23 team, the CONCACAF Gold Cup matches are considered as full international matches by FIFA. He was part of Brazil squad for 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup, which Brazil went on to win.

He played in four of Brazil's five matches as a reserve, but finished the tournament goalless. However, Robinho was in top form in the Copa América 2007 a year later. For the tournament, he wore the number 11 shirt, the same number that his childhood hero Romário wore. Robinho scored all four of Brazil's group stage goals via a hat-trick in Brazil's 3–0 group stage match against Chile, and a penalty in a 1–0 win over Ecuador. His last two goals came in a 6–1 quarter-final thrashing of Chile. Robinho reaped the individual honors, finishing as the Golden Boot winner in addition to being named the best player of the tournament. On 28 June 2009, he was a member of the Brazil team that won the 2009 Confederations Cup in South Africa. He played in every game in the competition, as Brazil defeated the United States 3–2 to win the tournament. On 28 June 2010, he scored against Chile as Brazil won 3–0 to advance to the quarter-finals of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. He scored the opener in the quarter-final match against Netherlands on 2 July 2010, but Brazil eventually lost 2–1 and was eliminated.

Years Team Apps
2002–2005 Santos
2005–2008 Real Madrid
2008–2010 Manchester City
2010 → Santos
2010– Milan

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