Lúcio playing for Inter in 2009
|Full name||Lucimar Ferreira da Silva|
|Date of birth||8 May 1978|
|Place of birth||Planaltina, DF, Brazil|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|2003||Bayer Leverkusen II||1||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 May 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
He is a strong defender with good aerial play, who also adds presence in the attack. 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.
- 1 Club career
- 2 International career
- 3 Personal life
- 4 Career statistics
- 5 Honours
- 6 Notes
- 7 References
- 8 External links
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.
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.
On 16 July 2009, Lúcio moved to Italian club Inter Milan, signing a three-year contract with the Serie A champions. 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. 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.
On 4 July 2012, Lúcio signed a two-year contract with Serie A titleholders Juventus, keeping him there until 2014. On 17 December 2012, Lúcio left Juventus after his contract was terminated by mutual consent.
On 18 December 2012, one day after leaving Juventus, Lúcio signed for two years with Brazilian side São Paulo. After twelve years in Europe, Lucio said that he needed to familiarize himself again with Brazil. 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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
2002 World Cup
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
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
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.
2010 World Cup
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
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, 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.
2011 Copa America
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.
|Lúcio – goals for Brazil|
|1.||9 February 2005||Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong, China||Hong Kong||
||2005 Carlsberg Cup|
|2.||12 November 2005||Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, UAE||United Arab Emirates||
|30 May 2006||St. Jakob-Park, Basel, Switzerland||FC Luzern Selection||
|3.||9 September 2007||Soldier Field, Chicago, United States||United States||
|4.||28 June 2009||Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa||United States||
||2009 FIFA Confederations Cup Final|
Lúcio is married to Dione, with whom he has three children: Victoria, João Vítor, and Valentinna.
|Brazil||League||Copa do Brasil||State League||South America||Total|
|Italy||League||Coppa Italia||Supercoppa||Europe[n 1]||Total|
|Brazil||League||Copa do Brasil||State League||South America||Total|
|2013||São Paulo||Série A||0||0||–||11||1||8||0||19||1|
1Includes four matches from the knockout stage.
- Also played 1 (2008) DFL-Supercup match (unofficial).
|Brazil national team|
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