Robson de Souza
(born January 25, 1984 in São Vicente, São
Paulo), nicknamed Robinho
, is a Brazilian footballer
currently playing for Spanish La Liga club Real Madrid C.F. and the
Brazilian national team.
Robinho was born in Parque Bitaru, a poor neighbourhood of São
Vicente in Santos, where he began playing football at an early age.
When he was six years old, he was signed to the Beira-Mar, a local
football academy; his team won the championship in his first year.
One of his teammates at the time was Marcelo, currently Robinho's
teammate at Madrid. In 1993, at the age of just nine, Robinho scored
73 goals for the Portuários futsal team. He later joined Santos'
youth program, which at the time was overseen by Brazilian football
In 2002, at the age of eighteen, Robinho signed his first
professional contract with Santos Futebol Clube, making 24
appearances in his debut season and scoring nine goals as Santos won
the 2002 Campeonato Brasileiro. He enjoyed his best offensive output
in 2004, scoring 21 goals in 37 league games and winning another
league title with Santos.
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His form had brought him to the attention of many European clubs
in the summer of 2004, but Robinho remained with Santos after the
Brazilian club rejected all offers. However, his form suffered in
the 2004-05 season after his mother, Marina da Silva Souza, was
kidnapped by gunmen at her Praia Grande home on November 6, but she
was released unharmed six weeks later after a ransom was paid.
He managed only four goals in eight league games, but his value
nonetheless continued to increase and at the end of the year, Santos
were finding it increasingly difficult to hold on to their star
player. Finally in July 2005 Spanish giants Real Madrid signed
Robinho by agreeing to pay 60 percent of the buyout clause in his
contract belonging to Santos (€24 million).
||Robson de Souza
|Date of birth
||January 25, 1984
|Place of birth
||São Vicente, Brazil
||1.72 m (5 ft
1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 18:11, 25 January 2008 (UTC).
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 17:24, 7 September 2007 (UTC).
* Appearances (Goals)
Robinho played his first Primera Liga game on 28 August 2005 in a
2-1 win against Cádiz, coming on as a 65th-minute replacement for
Thomas Gravesen. He ended up making 37 appearances and scored eight
goals in his first season with Los Blancos.
But at the start of the 2006-07 campaign Robinho fell out of
favour with new manager Fabio Capello and spent much of the first few
months of the season on the bench, but worked his way back into the
starting eleven after the winter break. Robinho was given permission
by FIFA to skip a Copa América training session with Brazil so he
could take part in Madrid's season finale against Mallorca on 18
June 2007, which they won 3-1 and in the process claimed their 30th
league title, which was also the third of Robinho's career so far.
Robinho earned his first cap for Brazil in the 2003 CONCACAF Gold
Cup final on July 27, which Brazil lost 1-0 to Mexico.
He played in four of Brazil's five 2006 FIFA World Cup matches as
a reserve, going scoreless. However, he was in top form in the 2007
Copa América a year later. For the tournament, he wore the number
11 jersey, the same number his childhood hero Romario. 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 quarterfinal
thrashing of Chile. Brazil took home the trophy, and Robinho reaped
the individual honours, finishing as the Golden Boot winner in
addition to being named the best player of the tournament.
On 18 October 2007 Robinho and Ronaldinho were at the centre of a
controversy when they were both benched for the upcoming weekend by
their league clubs after they had missed their flights from Brazil
back to Spain. Reports by Brazilian newspaper O Globo
described both players partying with other teammates into the early
morning hours at popular Rio de Janeiro nightclub Catwalk, as a
celebration of Brazil's 5-0 win over Ecuador the day before. The
report alleged that Robinho was seen dancing with women and that he
had asked a security guard for 40 condoms before leaving the
nightclub at 5 a.m. He denied the allegations, adding that he was
planning to marry his girlfriend, pregnant with their first child,
in early 2008.
Robinho is one of the most talented attacking players to emerge
from Brazil in the last few years. His most obvious strengths are
his pace and his dribbling skills, which have been likened to the
great Garrincha. He is also well known for using his trademark
pedalada (or 'step-over') in one-on-one situations against
As of 26 January 2008
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