Adriano playing for Barcelona in 2012
|Full name||Adriano Correia Claro|
|Date of birth||26 October 1984|
|Place of birth||Curitiba, Brazil|
|Height||1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|Playing position||Full back / Midfielder|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 May 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
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.
Early years / Sevilla
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, 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; previously, in late September 2006, he had added a further five years to his link.
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.
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. He was awarded the No. 21 shirt vacated by Ukrainian Dmytro Chygrynskiy who departed after just one season, 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); 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.
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; On 2 September 2012, however, he scored the game's only goal at home against Valencia CF, through a spectacular right-foot curl.
On 28 May 2013 Adriano signed a new contract with Barcelona, keeping him with Barça until 2017.
- Campeonato Paranaense: 2003, 2004
- Copa del Rey: 2006–07, 2009–10
- Supercopa de España: 2007
- UEFA Cup: 2005–06, 2006–07
- UEFA Super Cup: 2006; Runner-up 2007
- La Liga: 2010–11, 2012–13
- Copa del Rey: 2011–12; Runner-up 2010–11, 2013–14
- Supercopa de España: 2010, 2011, 2013; Runner-up 2012
- UEFA Champions League: 2010–11
- UEFA Super Cup: 2011
- FIFA Club World Cup: 2011
- As of 17 May 2014
- As of 6 February 2013
- Ambidextrous talent adds to Barça versatility; Barcelona's official website, 22 July 2010
- Adriano: el "relevo" de Luis Enrique (Adriano: Luis Enrique's "replacement"); Barcelona's official website, 22 July 2010 (Spanish)
- Sevilla capture Correia; UEFA.com, 21 January 2005
- 2006/07: Sevilla defend their honour; UEFA.com, 1 June 2007
- Adriano delight at long-term deal; UEFA.com, 22 September 2006
- Barça and Sevilla agree Adriano deal; Barcelona's official website, 16 July 2010
- Adriano signs four year deal; Barcelona's official website, 17 July 2010
- Barca cruise to final; ESPN Soccernet, 2 February 2011
- Adriano at the double as Barça cruise; FIFA.com, 15 December 2011
- Supercopa success for Real; ESPN Soccernet, 29 August 2012
- Barca inspired by Adriano; ESPN Soccernet, 2 September 2012
- "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.
- "Adriano Correia". Soccerway. Retrieved 18 April 2014.
- Includes other competitive competitions, including the Supercopa de España, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup
- Adriano Correia at National-Football-Teams.com
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- FC Barcelona profile
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- Adriano Correia at National-Football-Teams.com
- Adriano Correia – FIFA competition record
- Adriano Correia – UEFA competition record