Caçapa playing for Newcastle United
|Full name||Cláudio Roberto da Silva|
|Date of birth||29 May 1976|
|Place of birth||Lavras, Brazil|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13:31, 2 November 2011 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Cláudio Roberto da Silva, commonly known as Cláudio Caçapa or simply Caçapa (born 29 May 1976) is a retired Brazilian footballer who played as a central defender. Having made his senior debut in 1996 for Atlético Mineiro, Caçapa went on to play for Lyon, Newcastle United, Cruzeiro, Évian and Avaí. He was capped three times by the Brazil national team.
Caçapa began his career in 1996 with Brazilian club Atlético Mineiro, where he established himself as a first team regular. He received the Bola de Ouro (Golden Ball) award in 1999 after being voted the best defender in Série A that season.
In 2001 Caçapa began attracting interest from European clubs and he signed for Lyon in 2001 and played his first game in the French Ligue 1 championship on 17 February 2001. He was captain of Lyon for five seasons, winning the French championship in each of these seasons. He became a French citizen in October 2006 after living in the country for over 5 years.
His contract with Lyon expired in the summer of 2007 and he refused to sign a new deal with the club.
Caçapa signed for Newcastle United on a Free transfer after his contract with previous club Lyon expired, on 3 August 2007, signing an initial two year deal with an option for a third. He made his debut for Newcastle as an 89th minute substitute during the goalless draw against Aston Villa on 18 August, and in doing so he became the 1,000th player to represent the Magpies in a competitive match.
He made his home debut for Newcastle in a 2–0 win over Barnsley on 29 August, and then his Premier League home debut three days later in a 1–0 win over Wigan Athletic on 1 September. He scored his first goal for the club with a header against Tottenham Hotspur on 22 October in a 3–1 win.
On 3 November, Caçapa suffered a setback, being substituted out of Newcastle's game against Portsmouth after only 18 minutes. It was later announced that his poor play in the game was due to a "slight hamstring strain". Caçapa made a triumphant return to the Newcastle squad on 15 December, when he was named Man of the Match in their away win at Fulham.
He was ruled out for 5 weeks on 22 March after suffering a groin injury before the 2–0 win over Fulham. Caçapa had an indifferent 2007–08 campaign, he was in and out of the starting XI, and although turning in some impressive performances, he struggled for consistency.
In the 2008–09 season he has been utilised both as a defender and a midfielder due to Newcastle having both a small squad and numerous injuries to players. Most of Caçapa's 2008–09 campaign was blighted by injury. He made his last appearance in December, failing to appear throughout 2009 as Newcastle were relegated before being released on 1 July 2009 when his contract expired.
The Lyons ex-defender and captain moved to Évian in the Ligue 2 when he signed for a six-months contract on 25 January 2011.
After his contract with Évian expired, he has received an offer from Avaí and agreed to sign for the club on 25 July 2011.
Caçapa's impressive form at Atlético Mineiro was rewarded with a call-up to the Brazilian national team. He made his debut for his country on 23 February 2000 against Thailand and has so far made three international appearances and one unofficial international appearance in a match against Japanese club Tokyo Verdy.
Sporting titles and awards
- Atlético Mineiro
- Ligue 1: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
- Trophée des champions: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
- Coupe de la Ligue: 2001
He and his wife had their first child in 2006.
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- Cláudio Caçapa is the new coach of Brazil U15
- ESPNsoccernet: Claudio Cacapa
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