Gabriel Vasconcelos Ferreira
|Full name||Gabriel Vasconcelos Ferreira|
|Date of birth||27 September 1992|
|Place of birth||Unaí, Brazil|
|Height||1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 December 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Gabriel Vasconcelos Ferreira (Portuguese pronunciation: [ɡabɾiˈew vaʃkõˈsɛluʃ fɨˈʁɐjɾɐ]; born 27 September 1992), commonly known as simply Gabriel, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Serie A club Milan. He won the silver medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
Gabriel started his footballing career in the youth teams of Cruzeiro in 2007. During the 2010 and 2011 seasons he also featured as an unused substitute with the first team on four occasions, including one game of the 2011 Campeonato Mineiro, which Cruzeiro eventually won.
At the beginning of the 2012–13 season Gabriel was signed by Milan to serve as backup for Christian Abbiati and Marco Amelia. After making no appearances during his first year at the club, Gabriel's official debut came on 19 October 2013, as manager Massimiliano Allegri chose him to start in place of an injured Abbiati for a home game against Udinese; the Brazilian kept a clean sheet in the 1–0 win.
Gabriel was part of the Brazil under-20 squad that won the South American Youth Championship in February 2011, appearing in eight games out of nine. The following August he was called up by manager Ney Franco to take part also in the FIFA under-20 World Cup. He played in all seven games as a starter, as Brazil claimed the trophy by defeating Portugal 3-2 in the final at El Campín stadium.
Gabriel was called up by Brazil under-23 to take part in the 2012 Olympic Football tournament as a replacement for the injured Rafael Cabral two days before the start of the competition. After remaining on the bench for the first two games, Gabriel made his debut in the tournament in the third and last match of the group stage against New Zealand, which Brazil won 3–0. He retained his place as a starter in each of the following three games, as Brazil went on to win the silver medal after being defeated 2–1 by Mexico in the final.
Three days after playing in the Olympic final, on 15 August 2012, Gabriel made his senior debut for Brazil, featuring as a starter in a 3–0 friendly win over Sweden, having the distinction of playing his first professional match at full international level.
- As of 14 March 2014
- South American Youth Championship (1): 2011
- FIFA U-20 World Cup (1): 2011
- Olympic Silver Medal (1): 2012
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- "Classificação do Campeonato Mineiro 2011" [2011 Campeonato Mineiro table]. esporte.uol.com.br (in portuguese). Universo Online. Retrieved 6 August 2012.
- "Adriano Galliani and the Gabriel surprise". acmilan.com (Associazione Calcio Milan). 24 May 2012. Retrieved 31 July 2012.
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- Pietro Mazzara (19 October 2013). "Stop Abbiati, gioca Gabriel. Amelia titolare con il Barcellona". milannews.it (in Italian). Retrieved 19 October 2013.
- "Milan 1–0 Udinese". legaseriea.it. Lega Nazionale Professionisti Serie A. 19 October 2013. Retrieved 19 October 2013.
- "Brasil divulgó los nombres de sus 20 para Sub-20 de Perú; Neymar a la cabeza". terra.com.pe (in Spanish) (Terra Networks Perù, S.A.). 6 January 2011. Retrieved 31 July 2012.
- "Sudamericano Sub 20: Brasil se consagró campeón con fiesta ante Uruguay (0-6)". goal.com (in Spanish) (PERFORM). 12 February 2011. Retrieved 31 July 2012.
- "Brazil – Squad list". fifa.com. FIFA. Retrieved 31 July 2012.
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- "Oscar treble wins thrilling final for Brazil". fifa.com (FIFA). 20 August 2011. Retrieved 31 July 2012.
- "Brazil – Team roster". london2012.com. The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Limited. Retrieved 31 July 2012.
- "Brazilian G Rafael out of Olympics". espn.go.com (ESPN). 24 July 2012. Retrieved 31 July 2012.
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- "First round Group C – Brazil 3–0 New Zealand". london2012.com. The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Limited. 1 August 2012. Retrieved 1 August 2012.
- "Peralta nets match-winning brace for Mexico". london2012.com (The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Limited). 11 August 2012. Retrieved 13 August 2012.
- "Gold Medal Match – Brazil 1–2 Mexico". london2012.com. The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Limited. 11 August 2012. Retrieved 13 August 2012.
- "Pato brace downs Sweden". ESPN Soccernet (ESPN). 15 August 2012. Retrieved 16 August 2012.
- Cannone, Mauricio (15 August 2012). "Pato show davanti a Pelé". gazzetta.it (in Italian) (La Gazzetta dello Sport). Retrieved 16 August 2012.
- Pietro Mazzara (16 August 2012). "Brasile, Gabriel: "Spero di esordire presto con la maglia del Milan"". milannews.it (in Italian). Retrieved 11 September 2012.
- "Soccerway profile". Soccerway. Retrieved 14 March 2014.