Emerson Sheik

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Emerson
Emerson 2012 FIFA Club World Cup.jpg
Emerson at the 2012 FIFA Club World Cup final
Personal information
Full name Márcio Passos de Albuquerque
Date of birth (1978-09-06) 6 September 1978 (age 36)
Place of birth Nova Iguaçu, Brazil
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Forward / Winger
Club information
Current team
Botafogo
Number 7
Youth career
1996–1998 São Paulo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–1999 São Paulo 11 (2)
2000 Consadole Sapporo 34 (31)
2001 Kawasaki Frontale 18 (19)
2001–2005 Urawa Red Diamonds 100 (71)
2005–2007 Al-Sadd 32 (24)
2007–2008 Stade Rennais 3 (0)
2008–2009 Al-Sadd 2 (0)
2009 Flamengo 14 (7)
2009–2010 Al Ain FC 14 (9)
2010–2011 Fluminense 12 (8)
2011–2014 Corinthians 72 (12)
2014– Botafogo 1 (2)
National team
1999 Brazil U-20 6 (0)
2008 Qatar 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Márcio Passos de Albuquerque (born 6 September 1978 in Nova Iguaçu, Brazil), also known as Emerson, is a Brazilian-Qatari football striker, who plays for Botafogo.[1]

Controversy[edit]

Emerson played for Qatari club Al-Sadd and was detained by the Brazilian federal police on his way back to Qatar on 20 January 2006 for allegedly falsifying a birth certificate to show that he was three years younger than his actual age. The "fake birth certificate", which was used to issue his passport, said that he was born on 6 December 1981 in Nova Iguaçu with the name "Márcio Emerson Passos", but his original shows he was born September 6, 1978, with the name "Márcio Passos de Albuquerque".[2]

Kiss issue[edit]

On August 18, 2013, after the 1-0 victory by Corinthians against Coritiba FC in the Brazilian League, Emerson celebrated the alvinegro triumph by kissing his friend and posting the photo on Instagram.[3]

On August 19, one day after the incident, Corinthians club supporters protested against the kiss at Joaquim Grava Training Center where Corinthians were undertaking a training session. Emerson called the protests an "idiotic prejudice".[4]

On August 21, in the first game after the incident, a 1-0 loss against Luverdense in the 2013 Copa do Brasil, Emerson was sent off along with opposition player Zé Roberto after they argued on field. Speaking to the press after the game, Zé Roberto in reference to Emerson, said: "I am not the guy that takes a kiss from anyone, I do not accept this kind of thing."[5]

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

As a promising teenager, Emerson developed in São Paulo FC's youth system. He made his senior side debut in 1998.

Japan[edit]

Emerson went to Japan to join Consadole Sapporo of the second division, for whom he scored 31 goals in 34 games during the 2000 season. After the season, he joined another second division team, Kawasaki Frontale, with whom he continued his goal-scoring domination, registering 19 goals in 18 league games. In the middle of the 2001 season, however, he left Frontale to join the first division Urawa Red Diamonds, for whom he has yet again excelled. He scored 71 league goals in 100 appearances for the Reds and won 2003 J. League top scorer and 2004 J. League MVP.

Al-Sadd[edit]

Emerson later joined Qatar outfit Al-Sadd with the transfer fee of 8 million US dollars in 2005.

Move to France[edit]

On 25 August 2007, Emerson signed a three-year contract with French side Stade Rennais FC.[6]

Return to Al-Sadd[edit]

Emerson could not break into the first team at Rennes. Meanwhile, his previous team Al-Sadd were going through a lean phase. They had many bad results and were 14 points behind unbeaten leaders Al-Gharafa by the end of 2007. Their new import Mauro Zarate did not link up nicely with Emerson's ex-striking partner, Carlos Tenorio up front. The fans of Al-Sadd started rooting for the return of Emerson. So Al-Sadd started negotiations with Emerson in December and on 19 December, the club's official website announced Emerson's return.[7]

Flamengo[edit]

On 20 March 2009 the former São Paulo FC and Rennes forward has signed a season long deal with childhood favorite Flamengo; the 30-year old was a free agent after leaving Al-Sadd. He's generally kept a good scoring record for the club, which long sought a competent striker before his arrival. In the Série A 2009 season, his partnership with Adriano has been one of the league's most effective frontlines. Club legend Andrade praised both players' performance.[8]

Al Ain FC[edit]

On 5 September 2009 he signed a two-year deal with Al Ain FC. He was presented to the press on 6 September 2009 and was handed a number 8 shirt.

Fluminense[edit]

On 16 June 2010, Emerson signed for Fluminense Football Club. On 5 December 2010, Emerson scored the winning goal for Fluminense to conquer the 1st division Brazilian title, making him Brazilian champion two years in a row.

Sport Club Corinthians Paulista[edit]

On 18 May 2011, Emerson signed for Sport Club Corinthians Paulista. On 4 December 2011, he won his third Brazilian championship in a row with Corinthians, making him the first player in history to win three straight Brazilian championships with three different teams. On 4 July 2012, Emerson scored two goals in the second match of the 2012 Copa Libertadores Finals, helping Corinthians to win their first Copa Libertadores.[9][10] On 16 December 2012, he was part of the Corinthians team which won the FIFA World Club Championship, beating Chelsea 1–0.[11] In the last few minutes of the game, he was involved in an off-the-ball incident with Gary Cahill, in which Emerson fell to the ground holding his face. Cahill received a red card, but claims Emerson fouled him first before diving.[12]

In a interview for Esporte Espetacular, an attraction of Rede Globo, Sheik showed some sorrow with Mano Menezes, coach of club. According Emerson: "I do not wanna work with him [Mano] anymore." Still, according to the former corintiano: "I think he [Mano] is a very limited coach, I did not see anything special in him, and I do not think he will improve, because he does not have humility to ask something."[13]

Botafogo[edit]

In April 2014, he signed a contract to play for Botafogo, his third club in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He took the t-shirt number 7, used before for the biggest idol of the club Garrincha.

I was born and grew up in a very simple place, and I saw things that most of you probably (journalists) haven't seen. You asked me if I'd feel pressure, or like that, when playing at La Bombonera. Pressure is sleeping afraid of stray bullets hitting your face, your chest, that's pressure. Playing in a packed stadium, with a brand new ball, perfect grass, that's something to enjoy, not to feel pressured.

Emerson Sheik, after the title of 2012 Copa Libertadores[14]

International career[edit]

Emerson played 1999 South American Youth Championship for U-20 Brazil, while he was still known as aged 18 instead of 21.[15] He was offered Qatari citizenship by Al-Sadd so that they could accommodate one more foreign player in their line-up. He accepted and he became a Qatari citizen in 2008. He made his international debut for the Qatar national team on 4 March 2008 in a friendly against Bahrain. He also played the next friendly on 16 March and World Cup qualifying match on 26 March.

Nationality issue

In April 2008, it was revealed that Emerson had also played for the Brazil under-20 team which makes him ineligible to play for the Qatari national team. Taking that into consideration, and that he represented Qatar in the World Cup qualifier against Iraq on 26 March, Qatar breached the FIFA rules, and Qatar could have lost the 3 points they gained from the game against Iraq. FIFA confirmed the breach of laws but said that QFA is not responsible for any wrongdoing, and that Emerson has since not played for Qatar. Although FIFA has loosened the nationality transfer of uncapped players and players with multi-nationality, it was not beneficial to Emerson, because he did not hold multi-nationality when representing Brazil.

Career statistics[edit]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Domestic League Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Brazil League Copa do Brasil League Cup South America Campeonato Paulista Total
1998 São Paulo Série A 3 0 - - - 0 0 3 0
1999 8 2 - - - 0 0 8 2
Japan League Emperor's Cup League Cup Asia Domestic League Total
2000 Consadole Sapporo J. League Division 2 34 31 0 0 1 0 - 0 0 35 31
2001 Kawasaki Frontale J. League Division 2 18 19 - 1 1 - 0 0 19 20
2001 Urawa Red Diamonds J. League Division 1 13 7 0 0 1 0 - 0 0 14 7
2002 24 15 0 0 6 6 - 0 0 30 21
2003 25 18 0 0 9 8 - 0 0 34 26
2004 26 27 0 0 6 4 - 0 0 32 31
2005 12 4 - 5 5 - 0 0 17 9
Qatar League Emir of Qatar Cup League Cup Asia Domestic League Total
2005–06 Al-Sadd Qatari League 7 6 1 0 3 2 1 1 0 0 12 9
2006–07 25 18 3 1 8 6 2 2 0 0 38 27
France League Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue Europe Domestic League Total
2007–08 Stade Rennais Ligue 1 3 0 - - - 0 0 6 0
Qatar League Emir of Qatar Cup League Cup Asia Domestic League Total
2007–08 Al-Sadd Qatari League 2 0 2 2 3 2 4 2 0 0 11 6
2008–09 0 0 0 0 4 8 0 0 0 0 4 8
Brazil League Copa do Brasil League Cup South America Campeonato Carioca Total
2009 Flamengo Série A 14 7 5 3 - 5 1 2 0 26 11
United Arab Emirates League President's Cup League Cup Asia Domestic League Total
2009/10 Al-Ain UAE League 14 9 5 4 - 3 1 0 0 22 14
Brazil League Copa do Brasil League Cup South America Campeonato Carioca Total
2010 Fluminense Série A 12 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 8
2011 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 7 1 9 1
Brazil League Copa do Brasil League Cup South America Campeonato Paulista Total
2011 Corinthians Série A 28 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 28 6
2012 14 4 0 0 0 0 13 5 10 3 37 12
2013 30 2 3 0 0 0 8 0 18 3 59 5
2014 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0 8 0
Total Brazil 109 29 8 3 23 5 45 7 190 44
Japan 152 121 0 0 29 24 - 0 0 181 145
Qatar 34 24 6 3 18 18 7 5 0 0 65 50
France 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 6 0
United Arab Emirates 14 9 5 4 - 3 1 0 0 22 14
Career total 312 183 18 10 47 42 36 11 45 7 464 253

FIFA Club World Cup

Season Club League Apps Goals
2012 Corinthians FIFA Club World Cup 2 0
Total 2 0

[16]

Qatar national team
Year Apps Goals
2008 3 0
Total 3 0

Honors and awards[edit]

Club[edit]

Urawa Red Diamonds
Consadole Sapporo
Al Ain FC
Flamengo
Fluminense
Corinthians

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

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