Raffael (footballer)

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Raffael
Raffael vs Bayer04 2015.jpg
Raffael in 2015
Personal information
Full name Raffael Caetano de Araújo
Date of birth (1985-03-28) 28 March 1985 (age 32)
Place of birth Fortaleza, Brazil
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Borussia Mönchengladbach
Number 11
Youth career
2001–2003 Juventus-SP
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2005 Chiasso 61 (30)
2005–2007 FC Zürich 77 (39)
2008–2012 Hertha BSC 140 (33)
2012–2013 Dynamo Kyiv 9 (1)
2013 Schalke 04 (loan) 16 (2)
2013– Borussia Mönchengladbach 109 (44)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 February 2017.

Raffael Caetano de Araújo (born 28 March 1985), simply Raffael, is a Brazilian footballer[1] who plays for Borussia Mönchengladbach in the Bundesliga, mainly as an attacking midfielder.

Football career

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.

Borussia Mönchengladbach

On 20 June 2013, he left Dynamo Kyiv to sign for Borussia Mönchengladbach.[2]

Personal life

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.

Raffael is a member of Jehova's Witnesses.[3]

Career statistics

Club

As of 4 February 2017[4][5]
Club Season League Cup Other Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
FC Zürich 2005–06 31 14 5 4 4 3 40 21
2006–07 31 13 5 3 2 0 38 16
2007–08 15 12 4 2 8 1 27 15
Total 77 39 14 9 0 0 14 4 105 52
Hertha BSC 2007–08 15 4 0 0 15 4
2008–09 33 6 2 0 8 2 43 8
2009–10 31 7 2 2 7 1 40 10
2010–11 30 10 1 0 31 10
2011–12 31 6 1 0 2 1 34 7
Total 140 33 6 2 2 1 15 3 163 39
Dynamo Kyiv 2012–13 9 1 1 0 3 0 13 1
Total 9 1 1 0 0 0 3 0 13 1
Schalke 04 (loan) 2012–13 16 2 0 0 0 0 16 2
Total 16 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 2
Borussia Mönchengladbach 2013–14 34 14 1 0 35 15
2014–15 31 12 2 0 9 2 42 14
2015–16 31 13 2 0 6 2 39 15
2016–17 13 5 1 0 7 5 21 10
Total 109 44 6 0 0 0 22 9 137 54
Career Totals 351 119 27 11 2 1 54 16 434 148

Honours

FC Zürich
Hertha Berlin

References

  1. ^ "Raffael". worldfootball.net. Retrieved 26 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "Duncan flattered by Sunderland interest; Tiene joins Montpellier". soccernews.com. 20 June 2013. Retrieved 20 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "Darum feiere ich seit 15 Jahren keinen Geburtstag". Bild.de (in German). Retrieved 14 December 2015. 
  4. ^ "Raffael Caetano de Araujo «Raffael»". Die Spiele des FC Zürich. Retrieved 22 October 2015. 
  5. ^ "Raffael". Soccerway. Retrieved 22 October 2015. 

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