Cacau

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Cacau
Cacau 2011 VfB Stuttgart.jpg
Cacau with VfB Stuttgart in 2011.
Personal information
Full name Claudemir Jerônimo Barreto
Date of birth (1981-03-27) 27 March 1981 (age 33)
Place of birth Santo André, São Paulo, Brazil
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
VfB Stuttgart
Number 18
Youth career
1994–1997 Palmeiras[1]
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–1999 Nacional
1999–2001 Türkgücü München 31 (7)
2001–2002 1. FC Nürnberg II 18 (9)
2001–2003 1. FC Nürnberg 44 (8)
2003–2014 VfB Stuttgart 263 (80)
National team
2009–2012 Germany 23 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 May 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 26 May 2012

Claudemir Jerônimo Barreto[2][3][4][5] (born 27 March 1981 in Santo André, São Paulo[6]), commonly known as Cacau (Portuguese pronunciation: [kaˈkaw], German: [kaˈkaʊ]), is a Brazilian-born German football striker who is currently playing for VfB Stuttgart in the Bundesliga. Cacau received German citizenship in February 2009 and made his international debut in May that year in a friendly match against China. He was part of the German national team at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.[7]

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Cacau's career in Germany started with fifth-division side Türk Gücü München in the 2000–01 season, after which he went on to join 1. FC Nürnberg's reserve team. Following his good performances with the reserves, he was given his Bundesliga debut against Hansa Rostock on 18 November 2001. In only his second Bundesliga match, against Bayer 04 Leverkusen on 8 December 2001, he scored two goals in Nürnberg's 4–2 defeat. He finished his first Bundesliga season with six goals in 17 appearances, but failed to repeat the success the following season, when he only scored two goals in 27 appearances and Nürnberg were relegated.

VfB Stuttgart[edit]

Having already signed a contract with VfB Stuttgart in January 2003, Cacau joined the club for the 2003–04 season. In his first season with Stuttgart, he also made four appearances in the UEFA Champions League In the 2004–05 season, he scored 12 Bundesliga goals and was the club's second-best goalscorer. In the first part of the same season, he also had a successful UEFA Cup campaign, netting three consecutive braces in Stuttgart's first three matches of the competition.

After an unsuccessful season in 2005–06, in which he only scored four Bundesliga goals for Stuttgart, he went on to be one of the key players in the club's run to the league title in 2007, once again becoming their second-best goalscorer with 13 goals, crucially netting both goals in their 2–0 win over Bayern Munich as well as the winning goal in a 3–2 away win over VfL Bochum in the final five rounds of the season. During the 2006–07 season, he also helped Stuttgart reach the final of the DFB-Pokal, scoring five goals in six matches, including the opening goal in the final against his former team Nürnberg. However, he was sent off 11 minutes later and Stuttgart went on to lose the final 3–2 after extra time.

In the 2007–08 season, he made further five appearances for Stuttgart in the UEFA Champions League and also scored his first goal in the competition, netting the equaliser in a 3–2 win over Rangers. He also helped the club finish sixth in the Bundesliga, netting nine goals in 27 appearances during the season. In 2008–09, he scored seven Bundesliga goals in 25 league matches, helping Stuttgart to finish third in the league.

On 20 February 2010, Cacau scored four goals in a 5–1 victory in an away game against 1. FC Köln.[8] On 30 April Cacau scored his final goal of the season in a 2–1 win away at TSG Hoffenheim. This brought his tally to eight Bundesliga goals on the campaign. Following this on 1 May 2010, Cacau extended his contract with VfB Stuttgart until the summer of 2013.[9]

Cacau started the 2011–12 Bundesliga campaign in good form, scoring on a header against Schalke 04 on 6 August helping his side to a 3–0 win.[10] He was called up to the German squad for their game against his native Brazil the following Wednesday.[11]

On 22 March 2013, Cacau took a contract option which extended his contract with Stuttgart until June 2014.[12]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 10 May 2014
Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Germany League DFB-Pokal Europe Total
2000–01 Türk Gücü München Landesliga 31 7 0 0 0 0 31 7
2001–02 1. FC Nürnberg Bundesliga 17 6 0 0 0 0 17 6
2002–03 27 2 2 0 0 0 29 2
2003–04 VfB Stuttgart 16 4 3 1 4 0 23 5
2004–05 32 12 3 2 8 7 43 21
2005–06 20 4 1 1 5 0 26 5
2006–07 32 13 6 5 0 0 38 18
2007–08 25 9 1 0 5 1 31 10
2008–09 25 7 1 1 6 0 32 8
2009–10 25 13 2 2 6 1 33 16
2010–11 27 8 2 2 7 1 36 11
2011–12 33 8 3 3 0 0 36 11
2012–13 5 1 2 0 4 0 11 1
2013–14 21 1 2 0 4 0 27 1
Career total 338 93 28 17 49 10 415 120

International career[edit]

Although Cacau was born in Brazil, he was never called up by the Brazilian national team.

In February 2009, he became eligible to play for Germany after he acquired a German passport[13] having lived and played in Germany for over 8 years.[14]

On 19 May 2009, Cacau was called up by the German national team's coach Joachim Löw for their friendly matches against China and the United Arab Emirates.[15] He made his international debut on 29 May 2009 in Germany's 1–1 draw against China, playing 27 minutes as a substitute for Mario Gomez.[16] He also appeared in Germany's 7–2 win against the United Arab Emirates four days later, playing the entire second half as a substitute for Lukas Podolski and providing an assist for Mario Gomez's third and Germany's fifth goal of the match just over a minute into the second half.[17] He opened his account with the German national team, scoring a brace in a 3–0 win over Malta on 13 May 2010. He scored his first International Goal for Germany in the group stage of the 2010 FIFA World Cup on 13 June 2010, coming on as a substitute against Australia, and scoring in 1-minute 52 seconds to make it 4–0.[18] He later received a yellow card for diving in the match.[19][20][21] After Miroslav Klose had been sent off against Serbia, he played against Ghana but couldn't score in the 1–0 win. In the third place World Cup game, Germany faced Uruguay on 10 July 2010. Cacau started for his German side, but was eventually subbed out. Germany defeated Uruguay 3–2, taking third place at the 2010 South African World Cup.

Cacau remained regular for Germany in the qualifications for UEFA Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine. However, Cacau didn't make the cut for Germany's 2012 UEFA Euro squad, even though he was in the 30-men preliminary squad. Cacau wasn't selected for Germany's 2014 FIFA World Cup winning squad.

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 13 May 2010 New Tivoli, Aachen, Germany  Malta 1–0 3–0 Friendly
2. 13 May 2010 New Tivoli, Aachen, Germany  Malta 2–0 3–0 Friendly
3. 29 May 2010 Stadium Puskás Ferenc, Budapest, Hungary  Hungary 3–0 3–0 Friendly
4. 13 June 2010 Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban, South Africa  Australia 4–0 4–0 FIFA World Cup 2010
5. 6 September 2011 PGE Arena, Gdańsk, Poland  Poland 2–2 2–2 Friendly
6. 29 February 2012 Weserstadion, Bremen, Germany  France 1–2 1–2 Friendly
Correct as of 29 February 2012

Honours[edit]

VfB Stuttgart

National team[edit]

Germany

Personal life[edit]

His brother Vlademir Jeronimo Barreto, more commonly known by his nickname Vlademir, is also a footballer and lives in Mogi das Cruzes. He plays professionally for Paraná Clube.[22]

Cacau is a committed Christian and says his faith is a big part of his life.[23]

Nickname "Helmut"[edit]

Since his naturalization as a German citizen in early 2009, his nickname at VfB (and later also at the Germany national football team) is "Helmut". This nickname was given to him by his Swiss VfB team mate at the time, Ludovic Magnin, who stated that, as a German, Cacau should also have a "proper German name".[24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Geschichte – Wie alles begann". Cacau's official website (in German). Archived from the original on 8 March 2012. Retrieved 30 March 2011. 
  2. ^ "Profil". Cacau's official website (in German). Retrieved 31 March 2010. 
  3. ^ "18 Cacau". VfB Stuttgart (in German). 31 March 2010. Retrieved 31 March 2010. 
  4. ^ "Cacau". kicker (in German). Retrieved 31 March 2010. 
  5. ^ "Player and corresponding CBF id". CBF. Retrieved 31 March 2010. 
  6. ^ "Ich will einfach nur spielen" [I just want to play]. Der Spiegel (in German). 12 June 2010. Retrieved 17 June 2010. 
  7. ^ "19 Cacau". FIFA. Retrieved 13 June 2010. 
  8. ^ "FC Cologne 1–5 VfB Stuttgart". ESPN. 20 February 2010. Retrieved 23 February 2010. 
  9. ^ "Cacau staying at VfB". VfB Stuttgart. 1 May 2010. Retrieved 1 May 2010. 
  10. ^ "VfB Stuttgart 3–0 Schalke 04". ESPN Soccernet. 6 August 2011. Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
  11. ^ "Real Madrid's Mesut Ozil & Sami Khedira left out as Ilkay Gundogan included in Germany squad to face Brazil". goal.com. 4 August 2011. Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
  12. ^ "Cacau signs on for a further year". VfB Stuttgart. 22 March 2013. Retrieved 22 March 2013. 
  13. ^ "Dual-Nationality for Cacau". VfB Stuttgart. 3 February 2009. Retrieved 3 February 2009. 
  14. ^ "FIFA Status (2009 Edition): REGULATIONS GOVERNING THE APPLICATION OF THE STATUTES Article 17". FIFA. Retrieved 24 August 2009. 
  15. ^ "Four newcomers for Asia-trip". DFB. 19 May 2009. Retrieved 18 May 2009. 
  16. ^ "China trotzt dem DFB-Team". kicker (in German). 29 May 2009. Retrieved 29 May 2009. 
  17. ^ "Gomez ist wieder da – Neuer überzeugt voll und ganz". kicker (in German). 2 June 2009. Retrieved 17 July 2009. 
  18. ^ Lyon, Sam (13 June 2010). "Germany 4–0 Australia". BBC Sport. Retrieved 23 June 2010. 
  19. ^ "Rage at the referees". The Globe and Mail. Canada. 14 June 2010. Retrieved 28 June 2010. 
  20. ^ "Germany vs Aust: As it happened". TVNZ. Reuters. Retrieved 18 October 2010. 
  21. ^ Fensom, Michael. "World Cup Matchday: Germany beats Australia, 4–0". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved 18 October 2010. 
  22. ^ "Wolfgang Frank testet Bundesligatauglichkeit von Cacaus Bruder". SpVgg Unterhaching (in German). 27 May 2003. Retrieved 12 May 2009. 
  23. ^ "Cacau: Football can set things in motion". FIFA. 2 December 2013. Retrieved 2 December 2013. 
  24. ^ "Stuttgarts Stürmer Cacau wird bei der Nationalmannschaft Helmut genannt". bild.de (in German). 21 June 2010. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 

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