Adriano Correia

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For the Portuguese musician, see Adriano Correia de Oliveira . For the East Timorese beach volleyball player, see Adriano Correia (beach volleyball). For other uses, see Adriano.
This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Correia and the second or paternal family name is Claro.
Adriano
Adriano Correia 2012.jpg
Adriano playing for Barcelona in 2012
Personal information
Full name Adriano Correia Claro
Date of birth (1984-10-26) 26 October 1984 (age 29)
Place of birth Curitiba, Brazil
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Full back / Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Barcelona
Number 21
Youth career
Coritiba
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2004 Coritiba 81 (2)
2005–2010 Sevilla 157 (11)
2010– Barcelona 90 (9)
National team
2003 Brazil U20 4 (0)
2003– Brazil 17 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 May 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 6 February 2013

Adriano Correia Claro (born 26 October 1984), simply known as Adriano, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays for FC Barcelona. One of few players in professional football who are genuinely ambidextrous, he is capable of playing as a defender or midfielder, on both sides of the pitch.[1][2]

After starting his career with Coritiba, Adriano moved to Spain in 2005, going on to spend several seasons in La Liga with Sevilla and Barcelona and win several major titles with both clubs.

Club career[edit]

Early years / Sevilla[edit]

Adriano as a Sevilla player in 2010

Born in Curitiba, Paraná, Adriano started professionally for his hometown club Coritiba Foot Ball Club, making his first-team debuts at not yet 18. In January 2005 he joined Spain's Sevilla FC in a four-and-a-half-year deal,[3] his La Liga debut arriving on the 29th in a 0–4 home loss against eventual champions FC Barcelona; the Andalusians, however, did finish sixth and qualified for the UEFA Cup.

In the following seasons, Adriano continued to feature in several positions for Sevilla with equal success as it won back-to-back UEFA Cups, with the player contributing with 25 games and four goals in both editions combined. In the final of the latter edition, he opened the score against RCD Espanyol in an eventual penalty shootout win;[4] previously, in late September 2006, he had added a further five years to his link.[5]

After three years residing in the country, Adriano was granted Spanish citizenship. He struggled with some injuries during the 2009–10 season, but still contributed with 27 matches (no goals) as Sevilla finished fourth and returned to the UEFA Champions League.

Barcelona[edit]

On 16 July 2010 Adriano signed a 4+1 contract with Barcelona, for 9.5 million plus a conditional fee of €4 million – it also included a buyout clause of €90 million.[6] He was awarded the No. 21 shirt vacated by Ukrainian Dmytro Chygrynskiy who departed after just one season,[7] and made his debut in a pre-season friendly against Vålerenga Fotball, coming on as a second-half substitute; on 14 August he first appeared officially, in the first leg of the season's Supercopa de España, a 1–3 loss at former side Sevilla.

Adriano spent the vast majority of his first season with Barça as a substitute. On 2 February 2011, in a rare start, he scored his first goal for the Catalans, netting in a 3–0 semi-final away win against UD Almería for the season's Copa del Rey (8–0 on aggregate);[8] due to the illness of first-choice left-back Éric Abidal he became a regular starter from March onwards, although the Frenchman recovered in time to start in the 2011 UEFA Champions League Final.

In 2011–12, Adriano was again mostly a reserve for the Pep Guardiola-led side. On 15 December 2011, however, in the 2011 FIFA Club World Cup, he scored the first two goals in a 4–0 semi-final win over Sadd Sports Club, the first coming after a mistake by the Qatari team's defense to open the score in the 25th minute.[9]

Early into the 2012–13 season, Adriano played the role of hero and villain in a matter of days: in the Spanish Supercup second leg he was sent off midway through the first half of an eventual 1–2 away loss against Real Madrid (4–4 aggregate defeat on the away goals rule), for bringing down Cristiano Ronaldo as the last man;[10] On 2 September 2012, however, he scored the game's only goal at home against Valencia CF, through a spectacular right-foot curl.[11]

On 28 May 2013 Adriano signed a new contract with Barcelona, keeping him with Barça until 2017.[12]

International career[edit]

Shortly after helping the U-20s win the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship, Adriano made his full team debut also in that year.

In 2004 he was part of the squad that won the Copa América in Peru.

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Coritiba
Sevilla
Barcelona

Country[edit]

Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 17 May 2014[13]
Club Season League Cup Europe Other[14] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sevilla 2004–05 16 2 - - 4 1 - - 20 3
2005–06 32 3 0 0 13 3 - - 45 6
2006–07 26 2 3 0 11 1 1 0 41 3
2007–08 27 1 - - 6 0 - - 33 1
2008–09 29 3 6 1 5 1 - - 40 5
2009–10 27 0 4 0 4 1 - - 35 1
Total 157 11 13 1 43 7 1 0 214 19
Barcelona 2010–11 15 0 8 1 6 0 2 0 31 1
2011–12 26 1 3 0 7 0 4 2 40 3
2012–13 23 5 3 1 6 0 2 0 34 6
2013–14 26 3 7 1 5 0 0 0 38 4
Total 90 9 21 3 24 0 8 2 143 14
Career Total 247 20 34 4 67 7 9 2 357 33

International[edit]

As of 6 February 2013[15]
National team Year Apps Goals
Brazil 2003 5 0
2004 1 0
2005 0 0
2006 2 0
2007 0 0
2008 0 0
2009 0 0
2010 1 0
2011 4 0
2012 3 0
2013 1 0
Total 17 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ambidextrous talent adds to Barça versatility; Barcelona's official website, 22 July 2010
  2. ^ Adriano: el "relevo" de Luis Enrique (Adriano: Luis Enrique's "replacement"); Barcelona's official website, 22 July 2010 (Spanish)
  3. ^ Sevilla capture Correia; UEFA.com, 21 January 2005
  4. ^ 2006/07: Sevilla defend their honour; UEFA.com, 1 June 2007
  5. ^ Adriano delight at long-term deal; UEFA.com, 22 September 2006
  6. ^ Barça and Sevilla agree Adriano deal; Barcelona's official website, 16 July 2010
  7. ^ Adriano signs four year deal; Barcelona's official website, 17 July 2010
  8. ^ Barca cruise to final; ESPN Soccernet, 2 February 2011
  9. ^ Adriano at the double as Barça cruise; FIFA.com, 15 December 2011
  10. ^ Supercopa success for Real; ESPN Soccernet, 29 August 2012
  11. ^ Barca inspired by Adriano; ESPN Soccernet, 2 September 2012
  12. ^ "Adriano inks new contract with FC Barcelona, to remain at the Club through 2017". Barcelona's official website. 28 May 2013. Retrieved 28 May 2013. 
  13. ^ "Adriano Correia". Soccerway. Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  14. ^ Includes other competitive competitions, including the Supercopa de España, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup
  15. ^ Adriano Correia at National-Football-Teams.com

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