Fred (footballer)

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This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Chaves and the second or paternal family name is Guedes.
Fred Silver Boot, Confederations Cup 2013.jpg
Fred with Brazil, holding the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup Silver Boot.
Personal information
Full name Frederico Chaves Guedes[1]
Date of birth (1983-10-03) 3 October 1983 (age 30)
Place of birth Teofilo Otoni, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)[2]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Number 9
Youth career
1988–2002 América Mineiro
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2004 América Mineiro 26 (29)
2004–2005 Cruzeiro 43 (61)
2005–2009 Lyon 88 (37)
2009– Fluminense 96 (46)
National team
2005–2014 Brazil 39 (18)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 December 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 8 July 2014

Frederico Chaves Guedes (born 3 October 1983), known as Fred (Brazilian Portuguese: [ˈfɾɛd(ʒ)i]), is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Campeonato Brasileiro Série A club Fluminense and played for the Brazil national team.

Fred began his career at América Mineiro before transferring to local rivals Cruzeiro in 2004. After two seasons there, he moved to Lyon of France in a protracted transfer saga, and won three consecutive Ligue 1 titles. He made his international debut for Brazil in 2005 and was selected for the 2006 World Cup, and was also part of their victories at the 2007 Copa América and the 2013 Confederations Cup. Since 2009, Fred has played for Fluminense, where he won two Campeonato Brasileiro Série A titles in 2 years (2010 and 2012) and Campeonato Carioca (2012 – scoring in final).

Fred scored one of the fastest goals in professional football history while playing for América Mineiro, against Vila Nova during a Copa São Paulo de Juniores match. The goal was scored 3.17 seconds after the match started.[3][4]

Club career[edit]

Brazil & transfer saga[edit]

Fred spent four seasons at América-MG of Belo Horizonte, before he left for their city rival Cruzeiro in middle of the 2004 season. As Feyenoord had an agreement with América, the Dutch club got Magrão from Cruzeiro,[5] and retained 10% economic rights on Fred, and Fred himself held 15%.[5]

After scoring 41 goals in 43 games for Cruzeiro in the 2005 season, Fred was signed by defending Ligue 1 champions Lyon for €15 million.[5] (of which €3 million was received by Fred, 5% as a solidarity contribution, €1.4 million to Lyon's agent and €510,913 in Brazilian taxes).[5][6] Feyenoord then claimed Cruzeiro's 10% of the transfer fee, as the club alleged the fee was €1.5 million instead of the €933,908.70 in Cruzeiro's viewpoint.[5] The Dutch club sued to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and won.[5]


With 14 goals in his first season, Fred was the second highest goal scorer in the 2005–06 Ligue 1 season, and won his first league title with Lyon. Although he missed two months of the 2006–07 season,[7] Fred still scored 11 goals in 20 games, and was the club's top scorer as Lyon defended their title. However, during the 2007–08 season, Fred was injured during a training session at the 2007 Copa América.[8] He made his comeback in October 2007, but due to competition with new signing Milan Baroš and youth product Karim Benzema, Fred had limited first team opportunities.

Fred played 15 games out of possible 20 for Lyon in the 2008–09 season. He played his last match for Lyon on 10 January 2009 after he requested to leave the club in December 2008.[9] On 26 February 2009 he was released from his contract with the French club.[10]


After being released from Lyon and refusing to return from Brazil, Fred signed a pre-contract with Brazilian club Fluminense, and consequently agreed to a five-year deal. He scored twice on his debut on 15 March 2009, as Fluminense beat Macaé 3–1.[11] Later in July 2011, he went on to break the record for most goals in the Brasileiro when he scored a brace against Esporte Clube Bahia, taking his tally to 44 goals. The record was previously held by Magno Alves. On 11 November 2012, Fred scored 2 goals in a 3–2 win over Palmeiras, clinching the 2012 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A for Fluminense.[12]

International career[edit]

Fred and Colombia's Cristián Zapata and Juan Guillermo Cuadrado in the quarter-finals of the 2014 FIFA World Cup

Fred made his debut for Brazil as a late substitute in a friendly match against Guatemala on 27 April 2005. He scored his first two international goals on 12 November 2005 in an 8–0 friendly win against the United Arab Emirates.

Although he didn't play during the qualifying campaign, Fred was named in Brazil's 2006 FIFA World Cup squad as a cover for strikers Ronaldo, Adriano and Robinho. After coming on as a substitute, he scored in a 2–0 victory against Australia on 18 June 2006, when he tapped in a shot from Robinho which had rebounded off the inside of Mark Schwarzer's near post in the 90th minute. The result put Brazil into the Last 16 with a game to spare.[13]

Fred playing for Brazil in 2011

In the 2011 Copa América, Fred scored an 89th-minute equaliser against Paraguay in a 2–2 draw. In the quarter-finals, he was one of four Brazil players to miss in a 2–0 penalty shootout loss against the same opposition.

In 2013, Fred was established as Brazil's first choice centre forward by returning manager Luiz Felipe Scolari. On February 6, he scored in a 2–1 defeat to England at Wembley Stadium, and went on to score in the return fixture, becoming the first player to score at the renovated Estádio do Maracanã.[14]

At the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, Fred was the joint top scorer of the tournament with five goals, and was awarded the Silver Shoe.[15] On 22 June, he scored twice against Italy in the in a 4–2 group stage win.[16] He later scored in a 2–1 semi-final victory over Uruguay, and capped his successful Confederations Cup campaign with two goals against Spain in the competition's final to help Brazil to a 3–0 victory.[15]

In May 2014, Fred was named in Brazil's squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[17] In the opening match of the tournament, on 12 June against Croatia in São Paulo, Fred dived in the 69th minute,[18] resulting in a controversial penalty, which Neymar converted for 2–1, and their eventual 3–1 win.[19] After receiving criticism for his performances in the opening two matches,[20] Fred scored his only goal of the tournament in the final group match, a 4–1 defeat of Cameroon which qualified the team for the round of 16.[21] He managed just five shots on target at the tournament, in six matches played.[22] Fred's prolonged run of poor form saw the player receive hostile jeers from the home crowd whenever he touched the ball in the 7-1 defeat to Germany in Belo Horizonte.[23] According to Opta Sports, Fred failed to make a single tackle, cross, run or interception during the match, and spent the most time in possession of the ball on the centre spot due to seven restarts.[24] Following Brazil's 3-0 defeat to the Netherlands in the third place match, Fred announced his retirement from international competition.[25]

Personal life[edit]

Fred is a convert to Protestant Christianity.[26][27]


  1. ^ "2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil: List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 11 June 2014. p. 6. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  2. ^ Fred – Profile. "Confederations Cup Brazil 2013". Retrieved 21 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "Fred finds footing in French fields". FIFA. Sep 1, 2005. Retrieved July 8, 2014. 
  4. ^ The Fastest Goal Ever[unreliable source?]
  5. ^ a b c d e f "Arbitration CAS 2005/O/985 Feyenoord Rotterdam N.V. v. Cruzeiro Esporte Club". Court of Arbitration for Sport. 19 December 2006. Retrieved 26 May 2011. 
  6. ^ "Lyon invest in Brazilian Fred". 30 August 2005. Retrieved 1 June 2009. 
  7. ^ "Fred facing two months out". 13 October 2006. Retrieved 1 June 2009. 
  8. ^ "Fred injury leaves Lyon short". 29 June 2007. Retrieved 1 June 2009. 
  9. ^ "Fred wants out of Lyon". AFP. 18 December 2008. Retrieved 1 June 2009. 
  10. ^ "Fred free to leave Lyon". AFP. 26 February 2009. Retrieved 1 June 2009. 
  11. ^ "Fred marca dois gols na volta ao futebol brasileiro" (in Portuguese). Jornal do Brasil. 15 March 2009. Retrieved 15 March 2009. [dead link]
  12. ^ "Fluminense crowned champions". 12 November 2012. Retrieved 18 December 2012. 
  13. ^ "Brazil 2-0 Australia". BBC Sport. 18 June 2006. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  14. ^ "Brazil 2–2 England: Joe Hart's heroics see the Manchester City star win the ratings war". 2 June 2013. Retrieved 3 June 2013. 
  15. ^ a b "Neymar inspires Samba stars to stunning victory over Spain to lift Confederations Cup... now they want World Cup glory". Daily Mail. 30 June 2013. Retrieved 4 July 2013. 
  16. ^ "Italy 2 Brazil 4". Daily Mail. 22 June 2013. Retrieved 24 June 2013. 
  17. ^ "Brazil World Cup squad: Scolari leaves out Kaká and Philippe Coutinho". The Guardian. 8 May 2014. Retrieved 9 May 2014. 
  18. ^ "Japanese Ref Nichimura Awards Controversial PK To Brazil After Flop By Fred". June 12, 2014. Retrieved July 8, 2014. 
  19. ^ "Brazil 3 Croatia 0". BBC Sport. 12 June 2014. Retrieved 12 June 2014. 
  20. ^ "Alves blasts Shearer's "idiotic" criticism of Fred". SBS. 22 June 2014. Retrieved 24 June 2014. 
  21. ^ "Cameroon 1–4 Brazil". BBC. 23 June 2014. Retrieved 24 June 2014. 
  22. ^ "Four things Brazil did wrong at the World Cup". 9 July 2014. Retrieved 9 July 2014. 
  23. ^ Rice, Simon (8 July 2014). "Fred booed as Brazil fans turn on Selecao". The Independent. Retrieved 9 July 2014. 
  24. ^ De Menezes, Jack (9 July 2014). "Was Fred's performance the worst display by a striker in World Cup history? His heat map makes comical viewing". The Independent. Retrieved 9 July 2014. 
  25. ^ "Fred retires from international football". ESPN. 13 July 2014. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  26. ^ "Reformed Fred happy to be Neymar’s straight man in Brazil’s World Cup bid". 
  27. ^ "Fred diz que aproximação de Deus o ajudou na preparação para Copa". 

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