Marcelo Vieira

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Marcelo with Real Madrid in 2010
Personal information
Full name Marcelo Vieira da Silva Júnior
Date of birth (1988-05-12) 12 May 1988 (age 25)
Place of birth Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)[1]
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current club Real Madrid
Number 12
Youth career
2002–2005 Fluminense
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2006 Fluminense 30 (6)
2007– Real Madrid 193 (15)
National team
2005 Brazil U17 3 (1)
2007 Brazil U20 4 (0)
2008–2012 Brazil U23 12 (1)
2006– Brazil 29 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:41, 27 March 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 5 March 2014 (UTC)

Marcelo Vieira da Silva Júnior (born 12 May 1988), commonly known as Marcelo or Marcelo Vieira, is a Brazilian footballer who plays for Real Madrid and the Brazilian national team. Marcelo is said to be gifted with great technical ability, a fierce shot, and good passing. Mainly a left back, he can also operate as a left winger.

He is very often compared to Roberto Carlos, who himself said Marcelo was his heir, the world's best left back and that "Marcelo possesses a better technical ability than me".[2]

After his breakthrough season, Marcelo was praised by football legends such as Paolo Maldini[3] and Diego Maradona,[4] who also called him the best in his position.

Club career[edit]


Marcelo started playing futsal at the age of nine and by the age of 13, he was on the books of Fluminense in Rio de Janeiro. He comes from a very poor background and even considered quitting football, but his club considered him as one of their "crown jewels" and ensured that he continued playing.

Real Madrid[edit]

Marcelo joined Real Madrid during the January transfer window in 2007. On his arrival, club President Ramón Calderón said, "He is an important signing for us. He is a young player who will inject some freshness into the side and is part of our plan to bring younger players into the squad. We're very happy because he's a pearl that half of Europe wanted."[5] Many spectators hailed him as Roberto Carlos' potential successor in the left-back role.

Marcelo made his debut as a substitute in the 2–0 defeat against Deportivo La Coruña on 7 January 2007.[6] On 14 April 2007, then coach Fabio Capello gave Marcelo his first start for Real Madrid against Racing de Santander. Real Madrid controversially lost the game 2–1.[7] In the 2007–08 season, Marcelo had started nearly all of Madrid's league games under the new manager Bernd Schuster. His ability, speed running across the field, attack, and defence had enabled him to become a very important player for Real Madrid.

After a string of poor performances in 2009, Marcelo found himself on the bench for much of the remaining season while under new manager Juande Ramos, mainly as deputy to the more defensive-minded Gabriel Heinze. Ramos deployed Marcelo as a winger on more than one occasion, and the Brazilian adapted well to his new role. He scored his first goal after receiving a heel flick from striker Gonzalo Higuaín and slotting the ball past the goalkeeper in Madrid's 4–0 thumping of Sporting de Gijón. After the game, coach Ramos declared that Marcelo's future would be positioned as a winger, but will push back to defense when required. Marcelo scored his second goal for Real Madrid in a victory over Almería, a powerful strike from outside of the box with his weaker right foot.

On 18 April 2009, he scored his third goal of his Real Madrid career, when he scored the only goal of the game against Recreativo de Huelva away from home.[8] He scored his fourth goal against Sevilla at the Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán in April 2009.

2009–10 season[edit]

Under the next head coach Manuel Pellegrini, Marcelo consistently featured in the starting XI for his versatility and pace along the left flank in offensive and defensive roles. He continued to be employed as a left-winger under Pellegrini, and reached the top of the assist charts of La Liga in the 2009–10 season. He admitted in a press conference at the end of 2009, "I now feel better playing as a winger."[9] His successful performance in Madrid's 2008–10 campaign earned him a contract extension on 5 February 2010 with the club until June 2015.[10] This season proved to be his break-through season at the club.

Marcelo during 2009–10 season

Breakthrough season: 2010–11[edit]

In the 2010–11 season under new coach José Mourinho, Marcelo was back in his natural position of left back. He started all league games, paying back the coach's confidence in him with defensive steel and attacking intent and gained the coach's admiration.[11] On 25 November 2010, Marcelo was named as a part of the 55 player shortlist for the FIFA World XI. He scored his first goal of the new season in a 1–0 win against RCD Espanyol on 13 February.[12] He had a terrific match against Olympique Lyonnais in the Champions League. Showing his attacking flair and defensive skills, he opened the scoring with his first-ever Champions League goal and assisted Karim Benzema's goal, at the end he was named man of the match, of which Real went on to win 3–0, and progressed to the quarter-finals for the first time since 2004.[13] Marcelo then continued his fine season by scoring in the second leg against FC Barcelona in the Camp Nou. The game ended 1–1. Marcelo's successful campaign in the Champions League has earned him a starting spot in UEFA's starting XI. Marcelo was heavily praised by the worldwide media this season, and many called him the best left back in the world. Diego Maradona said he was the third best player in La Liga, after Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.[4]

2011–12 season[edit]

Marcelo was sent off on 17 August 2011 at Madrid's 3–2 loss to FC Barcelona. On 3 December 2011, Marcelo scored Madrid's third goal in a 3–0 victory over Sporting de Gijón in La Liga.

Paolo Maldini gave credits to Marcelo and called him the current left back, "who is a great attacker and a defender, a specialist of both areas."[3]

Roberto Carlos named Marcelo as the world's best left back, saying. “He had more ability than me with the ball and he joins in better,” and even called him his heir.[2] Marcelo had shown great performances as a left back, such as in the Champions League quarter-finals against Cypriot club APOEL, while entering as a substitute in the 75th minute for Fábio Coentrão.

Marcelo was also involved with the Brazilian Olympic football team at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

2012–13 season[edit]

Marcelo scored his first goal of the season against Manchester City, which was the first goal of a 3–2 win at the Santiago Bernabéu. As of February 2013, Marcelo had returned from injury and captained his team Real Madrid on 23 February at Estadio Riazor in Coruña, Spain. On 20 April, Marcelo played as the captain against Real Betis at the Santiago Bernabéu. When it was the 14th minutes, Marcelo sustained a muscle injury after intercepting a long through-ball.

2013–14 season[edit]

Marcelo scored an opening goal for Real Madrid against Chelsea in Guinness International Champions Cup 2013 which was held in the preseason stage of 2013–14 season on 1 August. A Match which Real Madrid won 3–1.

International career[edit]

Marcelo celebrating with Paulinho at the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup

Marcelo scored on his Brazil debut against Wales at Tottenham Hotspur's White Hart Lane (the scored finished 2–0). He picked up the ball just outside the Wales box and shot for a traditional Brazilian full back goal. Marcelo has become one of the preferred choices of Brazil's football coach Scolari. Marcelo has recently been compared to former Real Madrid and Brazilian national team left-back Roberto Carlos. The two had played together during the second half of the 2006–07 season before Carlos' move to Turkish team Fenerbahçe.

He was called up for the 2008 Olympic squad, where he won a bronze medal.

Marcelo was called up for a match against Estonia on 12 August 2009 but had to withdraw due to injury. In May 2010, he was named as one of the seven players serving as backup for Brazil's 2010 FIFA World Cup squad.[14] Despite not being called up by then Brazil coach Dunga, he was selected again by new boss Mano Menezes for a friendly against the United States on 10 August 2010. Marcelo got called up for a friendly against Mexico where he was named Man of the Match and scored a wondergoal where he dribbled past several players and then blasting the goal into the net.

Marcelo was selected as a member of Brazil to play in the 2013 Confederations Cup. He was the starting XI for all 5 matches and helped Brazil strike a 3–0 victory over Spain.

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 5 September 2006 White Hart Lane, London, England  Wales 2–0 2–0 Friendly
2 11 October 2011 Estadio TSM Corona, Torreón, Mexico  Mexico 1–2 1–2 Friendly
3 28 February 2012 AFG Arena, Switzerland  Bosnia and Herzegovina 0–1 1–2 Friendly
4 May 2012 FedEx Field, United States  United States 1–3 1–4 Friendly

Style of play[edit]

Marcelo plays as a traditional Brazilian left back with great offensive play who has outstanding dribbling skills and tricks. He always makes overlapping runs and then crosses into opponent's big box to create chances for the team.

Personal life[edit]

In 2008, Marcelo married his longtime girlfriend Clarisse Alves and on 24 September 2009, they had their first child, a son named Enzo Gattuso Alves Vieira.[15]

Marcelo shares a good friendship with club mates Cristiano Ronaldo and Pepe. He has a number of tattoos, including his shirt number and day of birth (12) tattooed onto his left arm.[16]

His grandfather Pedro is also tattoed on his arm. San Pedro is his grandfather who paid the money so he could keep playing football back in Brazil. Marcelo dedicates every goal to him and his wife. He said for Real Madrid TV that if it wasn't for Pedro he would have never played football for Fluminense.

On 26 July 2011 Marcelo attained Spanish nationality, which allows him to be registered normally rather than as a non-EU player, of which there is a strict quota allowed.


In April 2013, Marcelo was unveiled as one of Adidas' new icons for the German brand during a promotional event at the Bernabéu store showcasing the F50 adiZero in the stylish Cool Blue colourway and he joins an array of Real Madrid team mates that also wear the Adidas brand including Iker Casillas, Xabi Alonso, Angel Di Maria and Karim Benzema.[17] At the event Marcelo said ”Throughout my career, I have achieved some of my dreams, and this is one too. Being next to these stars (his Adidas icon teammates) is fantastic. They have congratulated me, it is a great brand and I am happy.”

Club statistics[edit]

Accurate as of 26 March 2014
Club Season League Cup1 Europe Total
Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists
Fluminense 2005 12 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 2 0
2006 18 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 18 4 0
Total 30 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 30 6 0
Real Madrid 2006–07 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0
2007–08 24 0 2 2 0 0 6 0 1 32 0 3
2008–09 27 4 3 2 0 0 5 0 0 34 4 3
2009–10 35 4 9 2 0 0 6 0 0 43 4 9
2010–11 32 3 4 6 0 1 12 2 2 50 5 7
2011–12 32 3 5 5 0 0 7 0 3 44 3 8
2012–13 14 0 0 3 0 0 2 1 1 19 1 1
2013–14 23 1 5 4 0 0 6 0 1 33 1 6
Total 193 15 28 24 0 1 44 3 8 261 18 37
Career Total 223 21 28 24 0 1 44 3 8 291 24 37

1 Includes Supercopa de España



Real Madrid




  1. ^ "Player Profile". Real Madrid C.F Official Web Site. Retrieved 6 February 2014. 
  2. ^ a b La Liga Headlines: Roberto Carlos: Marcelo best in world. (29 March 2012). Retrieved on 2012-06-21.
  3. ^ a b Paolo Maldini: Tottenham Hotspur's Gareth Bale only knows how to attack. (16 December 2011). Retrieved on 2012-06-21.
  4. ^ a b Diego Maradona tips Tottenham target Sergio Aguero to join Real Madrid one day. (24 February 2011). Retrieved on 2012-06-21.
  5. ^ C.F./12069.html Brazilian Marcelo to join Real Madrid Retrieved 27 October 2007
  6. ^ "Sky Sports – Football – Match Facts – Deportivo v Real Madrid – 7th January 2007". Sky Sports. 
  7. ^ put-the-brakes-on-nine-man-madrids-title-bid/ AFP. (14 April 2007). Retrieved on 2012-06-21.
  8. ^ Real Madrid C.F. – Official Web Site – Offensive onslaught. (15 February 2009). Retrieved on 2012-06-21.
  9. ^ Marcelo "Me encuentro mejor ahora que juego de extremo". (28 December 2009). Retrieved on 2012-06-21.
  10. ^ FINISHED Marcelo Signs Real Madrid Contact Extension. (5 February 2010). Retrieved on 2012-06-21.
  11. ^ Marcelo Vieira da Silva Júnior profile. Retrieved on 2012-06-21.
  12. ^ FIFA Announces 55-Man Shortlist For 2010 World XI. (25 November 2010). Retrieved on 2012-06-21.
  13. ^ Jenson, Pete (17 March 2011). "Marcelo calms Real nerves as Mourinho ends seven-year wait". The Independent (London). 
  14. ^ "Comissão técnica da Seleção Brasileira divulga a lista complementar enviada à FIFA". (in Portuguese). 11 May 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-12. 
  15. ^ Marcelo, do Real, vibra com nascimento do filho: ‘É o gol mais bonito que marquei’ Retrieved 23 October 2009
  16. ^ 2011 Real Madrid Player With Marcelo Tattoos Designs Photos.
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