Lúcio

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For the leftback, see Lúcio Carlos Cajueiro Souza.
This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Ferreira and the second or paternal family name is Da Silva.
Lúcio
Lúcio - Inter Mailand (1).jpg
Lúcio playing for Inter in 2009
Personal information
Full name Lucimar Ferreira da Silva
Date of birth (1978-05-08) 8 May 1978 (age 36)
Place of birth Planaltina, DF, Brazil
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)[1]
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Palmeiras
Number 3
Youth career
1995–1997 Planaltina EC[2]
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2000 Internacional 49 (6)
2001–2004 Bayer Leverkusen 92 (15)
2003[3] Bayer Leverkusen II 1 (0)
2004–2009 Bayern Munich 144 (7)
2009–2012 Internazionale 96 (3)
2012 Juventus 1 (0)
2013 São Paulo 10 (1)
2014– Palmeiras 6 (1)
National team
2000–2011 Brazil 105 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 May 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16 May 2013

Lucimar Ferreira da Silva (born 8 May 1978), commonly known as Lúcio, is a Brazilian footballer who plays for Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras as a central defender.

He is a strong defender with good aerial play, who also adds presence in the attack.[4] Lúcio began his professional career in 1998 with Sport Club Internacional. After three years in the club, he moved to Bayer Leverkusen, with whom he reached the 2002 Champions League final against Real Madrid of Spain. He scored a header in the final, which Real Madrid won with the score of 2–1. In 2004, he arrived at Bayern Munich, where he won one German Cup and three Bundesliga titles. Since coach Louis van Gaal did not have a place for him at Bayern, he decided to search for a new team. He moved to Inter in the summer of 2009, and helped Inter Milan win the 2010 Champions League against his former club Bayern Munich.

With Brazil, Lúcio has accumulated a number of significant accomplishments, winning the 2002 World Cup, 2005 Confederations Cup and 2009 Confederations Cup.

Club career[edit]

Internacional[edit]

Born in Planaltina, in Brazil, Lúcio started playing football for his hometown club,[5] before signing for his first professional club, Internacional, in 1998.

Bayer Leverkusen[edit]

In January 2001, he moved to Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen. The following season was bittersweet for Leverkusen, as the club surrendered a five point lead atop the Bundesliga by losing two of its last three matches while Borussia Dortmund swept ahead with three consecutive victories in the final matches to finish a point ahead of Leverkusen. They also experienced defeat in the DFB Pokal Final, losing 4–2 to Schalke 04, and in the 2002 UEFA Champions League Final against Real Madrid, in which Lúcio cancelled out Raúl's eighth minute goal just five minutes later with a header, only for Zinedine Zidane to give Real a 2–1 win with a sublime volley just before half-time. Despite the disappointing end to the season, Lúcio's impressive individual displays drew the attention of several of Europe's top clubs. In July 2003, Roma made an official bid, but the deal fell through.[6]

Bayern Munich[edit]

In 2004, he joined Bayern Munich on a six-year contract, where he became a vital part of the team. Following Oliver Kahn's retirement in 2008, Dutchman Mark van Bommel was named club captain with Lúcio as vice-captain. When Bayern were playing against Real Madrid in the Round of 16 in the 2006–07 Champions League, Lúcio scored. The goal was in the 66th minute, while the score was 1–0 in favour of Bayern. The goal took Bayern through to the quarter-finals, where they lost to eventual champions Milan. In the 2008–09 DFB Pokal, he scored in the quarter-finals against his former club, Bayer Leverkusen. Bayern were already down 3–0 when he scored, and even though Miroslav Klose scored again, Lúcio's goal did not matter as Stefan Kießling scored again to win it for Leverkusen 4–2.[7]

Lúcio playing for Inter Milan in 2009

Internazionale[edit]

Lucio in action with Inter.

On 16 July 2009, Lúcio moved to Italian club Inter Milan, signing a three-year contract with the Serie A champions.[8] He was given the number 6 shirt. He scored his first goal with Inter on 23 September 2009 against Napoli with a header from a corner kick. Lúcio also scored an own goal in the UEFA Champions League in the group stages against Dynamo Kyiv, resulting in a draw. On 22 May, Lúcio was in the Inter team that won the Champions League by defeating his former club, Bayern Munich, by 2–0 to seal a historic treble and end a 45-year wait to be crowned European Champions.[9] On 29 June 2012, it had been announced that Lúcio would be leaving Inter Milan after it was agreed to cancel the final two years of his contract by mutual consent.[10]

Juventus[edit]

On 4 July 2012, Lúcio signed a two-year contract with Serie A titleholders Juventus, keeping him there until 2014.[11] On 17 December 2012, Lúcio left Juventus after his contract was terminated by mutual consent.[12]

São Paulo[edit]

On 18 December 2012, one day after leaving Juventus, Lúcio signed for two years with Brazilian side São Paulo.[13] After twelve years in Europe, Lucio said that he needed to familiarize himself again with Brazil.[14] He scored his first goal for São Paulo against Botafogo in 7 April 2013.

In July 2013, after a change of coaches in club – Ney Franco was replaced for Paulo Autuori – Lúcio was removed from team. The episode gained force after the 1–0 loss against Internacional, in a Brazilian League match. Lúcio didn't accept Autuori's criticism, that the Colorado goal, scored by Leandro Damião, would have been scored after a fail from former captain of Seleção Brasileira. This way, reporting an insubordination, Autuori preferred to take off Lúcio from his staff.[15]

Then, removed by Autuori, Lúcio did not travel to Germany to play 2013 Audi Cup, and São Paulo FC lost a part of value would receive for taking part in the tournament. Lúcio's presence was required by his former club Bayern Munich and without him, Tricolor earned 40,000 less than initially accorded. The German side understood the explanations of the directors of the Brazilian club about the insubordination issues but insisted on the contract.[16]

Training apart from the main staff, Lúcio has become a "problem" to club. The defender did not accept proposes from clubs of Middle East and Japan, preferring to stay in Brazil, and did not receive proposes from Brazilian teams. Directors of Tricolor don't want to sign his rescission, claiming about the high value to do this. Lúcio, however, no playing, also earns a high salary.[17] With Antônio Carlos and Roger Carvalho arriving, Lúcio has lost his chances at the club. Now São Paulo tries to transfer him to a European club until the transfer window closes.[18]

In December 2013, after almost six months, Lucio broke the silence and spoke about his bad phase in club. According him, "I felt humiliated. I though 'Oh, my god, what did I do to deserve this?". With these words, he explained his feelings about his trainings apart from Tricolor's main squad.[19]

Palmeiras[edit]

On 1 January 2014, Lúcio broke his contract with São Paulo FC, that would run until December, and signed with Tricolor's rivals SE Palmeiras. Following the departure of former team captain and centre-back, Henrique, an idol in Verdão, Lúcio will now play a major leadership role on the team's defensive group, alongside goalkeeper and current team captain Fernando Prass. Upon signing his contract, Lúcio agreed to only earn a third of the salary he had in at São Paulo, being further compensated through prizes based on his performance on the field.[20]

International career[edit]

Lúcio and Brazilian President Lula in 2009

2000 Olympics[edit]

At junior level, he played for Brazil in the football tournament in the 2000 Olympics.

2002 World Cup[edit]

In the 2002 FIFA World Cup quarter-final match against England, Lúcio made a mistake that allowed Michael Owen to score the opening goal. Luiz Felipe Scolari rightly defended him, stating that he had made no other mistakes. In the final against Germany, Lúcio bore the full brunt of a free-kick, but managed to stay on his feet to complete playing all 630 minutes of the tournament. He was one of three players to do so along with goalkeeper Marcos and right back captain Cafu.

2006 World Cup[edit]

In the 2006 FIFA World Cup, he set a FIFA-record by playing 386 consecutive minutes without committing a foul, a streak which was finally broken in Brazil's 1–0 quarter-final loss to France. In August 2006, Lúcio was appointed as captain by Brazil manager Dunga.

2009 Confederations Cup[edit]

Lúcio playing for Brazil in 2011

Lúcio's next international tournament was 2009 Confederations Cup. On 28 June 2009, the Brazilian captain scored the game-winning goal in the 84th minute for Brazil in the finals of the Confederations Cup against the United States. Lúcio converted on a header from an Elano corner-kick, which beat American goalkeeper Tim Howard.[21]

2010 World Cup[edit]

The 2010 FIFA World Cup was Lúcio's third World Cup. He played in the Seleção's first match against North Korea on 15 June 2010, leading his team to a narrow 2–1 win.

In the tournament Lúcio partnered Juan in the defense. In Group E, Brazil won against Ivory Coast and played a 0–0 draw against Portugal, which was enough to lead Brazil to the knockout stage. Chile was beaten by Brazil, 3–0, and the Seleção made it to the quarter finals. There, Brazil faced the Netherlands. Wesley Sneijder scored twice for Netherlands and the Netherlands won the match by 2–1.

After World Cup 2010[edit]

After Dunga was sacked from the Brazil's head coach position, Brazil hired Mano Menezes as their new head coach. Menezes also had faith in the experienced Lúcio, who kept his starting centre back role in the team. Even though Lúcio kept his place, his centreback partner Juan was dropped from the Brazilian squad, and Thiago Silva was Lúcio's new partner in Brazil's defense.

On 4 June 2011, Lúcio played his 100th game for Brazil,[22] which consists of 98 official caps and 2 unofficial caps in friendly matches against Spanish club Sevilla in 2005 and against Swiss club Luzern in 2006.[23][24]

2011 Copa America[edit]

Lúcio was also named in Brazil's squad for 2011 Copá America. Brazil barely survived the group stage and in the quarter finals the team faced Paraguay, which eliminated Brazil after penalty shootout.

In later 2011, Menezes dropped Lúcio from the Brazil's squad, and Robinho became the team's new captain. Lúcio played for Brazil for the last time, in September 2011.

International goals[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Lúcio is married to Dione, with whom he has three children: Victoria, João Vítor, and Valentinna.[25]

Lúcio is an Evangelical Christian, and frequently talks about the way his faith sustains his life in professional football.[26]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 16 May 2013[3][27][28][29][30]

Season Club Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Brazil League Copa do Brasil State League South America Total
1997 Guará 1 0 1 0
1998 Internacional Série A 10 0 0 0 10 0
1999 19 2 2 0 21 2
2000 201 3 4 0 24 3
Germany League DFB-Pokal Ligapokal Europe Total
2000–01 Bayer Leverkusen Bundesliga 15 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 5
2001–02 29 4 4 1 0 0 18 3 51 8
2002–03 21 3 1 1 0 0 6 0 28 4
2003–04 27 3 1 1 28 4
2004–05 Bayern Munich 32 3 6 0 1 0 9 0 48 3
2005–06 30 2 5 0 1 0 7 0 43 2
2006–07 26 0 2 0 1 0 8 2 37 2
2007–08 24 1 6 0 3 0 13 2 46 3
2008–09 32 1 4 1 8 0 44 2
Italy League Coppa Italia Supercoppa Europe[n 1] Total
2009–10 Internazionale Serie A 31 1 4 1 1 0 12 0 48 2
2010–11 31 1 4 0 1 0 11 0 47 1
2011–12 34 1 0 0 0 0 7 1 41 2
2012–13 Juventus 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 4 0
Brazil League Copa do Brasil State League South America Total
2013 São Paulo Série A 0 0 11 1 8 0 19 1
Country Brazil 49 5 7 0 11 1 8 0 75 6
Germany 236 22 29 4 6 0 69 7 340 33
Italy 97 3 8 1 3 0 32 1 140 5
Career total 382 30 44 5 20 1 109 8 555 44

1Includes four matches from the knockout stage.

International[edit]

[31]

Brazil national team
Year Apps Goals
2000 1 0
2001 12 0
2002 11 0
2003 9 0
2004 2 0
2005 13 2
2006 10 0
2007 8 1
2008 8 0
2009 14 1
2010 8 0
2011 9 0
Total 105 4

Honours[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Also includes appearances in 2010 UEFA Super Cup (1 game) and 2010 FIFA Club World Cup (2 games)

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "São Paulo acerta com Lúcio por duas temporadas" (in Portuguese). São Paulo. 18 December 2012. Retrieved 18 December 2012. 
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  5. ^ "Trajetória de sucesso" (in Portuguese). São Paulo. 18 December 2012. Retrieved 18 December 2012. 
  6. ^ "Statement regarding Brazilian footballer Lucio" (in Italian). AS Roma. 10 July 2003. Retrieved 3 November 2012. 
  7. ^ "DFB-Pokal 2008/2009" (in German). DFB. Retrieved 11 June 2010. 
  8. ^ "Lucio to Inter". Bayern Munich. 16 July 2009. Retrieved 16 July 2009. 
  9. ^ "Bayern Munich 0 – 2 Internazionale". ESPN Soccernet. 22 May 2010. Retrieved 24 May 2010. 
  10. ^ "Inter exit for Lucio". Sky Sports. 29 July 2012. Retrieved 29 July 2012. 
  11. ^ "Official: Lucio completes Juventus switch". Goal.com. 4 July 2012. Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
  12. ^ "Lucio, contract terminated". juventus.com. 17 December 2012. Retrieved 17 December 2012. 
  13. ^ "Lúcio acerta por dois anos e é oficializado como reforço são-paulino" (in Portuguese). gazetaesportiva.net. 18 December 2012. Retrieved 18 December 2012. 
  14. ^ "Acostumado à Europa, Lúcio tenta deixar timidez de lado no Brazil". gazetaesportiva.net (in Portuguese). 17 January 2013. Retrieved 17 January 2013. 
  15. ^ "São Paulo descarta Lúcio após zagueiro não aceitar críticas de Autuori" (in Portuguese). saopaulofc.com.br. 29 July 2013. Retrieved 29 July 2013. 
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  17. ^ "Sem zagueiros, São Paulo vê impasse com o descartado Lúcio" (in Portuguese). rodrigomattos.blogosfera.uol.com.br. 12 August 2013. Retrieved 13 August 2013. 
  18. ^ "Com contratos longos, SP pode levar reforços fracassados para 2014" (in Portuguese). esporte.uol.com.br. 22 August 2013. Retrieved 22 August 2013. 
  19. ^ "Lúcio fala pela primeira vez após afastamento: 'Me senti humilhado'" (in Portuguese). GloboEsporte.com. 13 December 2013. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
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  22. ^ "100 games for Lucio". sambafoot.com. 4 June 2011. Retrieved 6 June 2011. 
  23. ^ "Seleção Brasileira (Brazilian National Team) 2004–2005". rsssfbrasil.com. Retrieved 6 June 2011. 
  24. ^ "Seleção Brasileira (Brazilian National Team) 2006–2007". rsssfbrasil.com. Retrieved 6 June 2011. 
  25. ^ "Vaterfreuden für Lucio" (in German). Bayern Munich. 13 April 2007. Retrieved 13 April 2007. 
  26. ^ "Lucio". thegoal.com. Retrieved 9 March. 
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  28. ^ "Lúcio Brazilian stats". Soccerway. Retrieved 19 April 2013. 
  29. ^ "Brazilian stats". Globo.com. Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
  30. ^ "Lúcio UEFA stats". UEFA.com. Retrieved 19 January 2013. 
  31. ^ "Lúcio – Century of International Appearances". RSSSF. Retrieved 25 July 2012. 

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