|Full name||Matuzalém Francelino da Silva|
|Date of birth||10 June 1980|
|Place of birth||Natal, Brazil|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Current club||Genoa (on loan from Lazio)|
|2002–2003||→ Brescia (loan)||30||(0)|
|2013–||→ Genoa (loan)||6||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 October 2011.
† Appearances (Goals).
Matuzalém Francelino da Silva, commonly known as just Matuzalém (born 10 June 1980), is a Brazilian footballer who currently plays in the Italian Serie A for Lazio . He is a midfielder known for his passing and technique. His usual position is central midfielder as well as attacking midfielder and left midfielder.
Matuzalém began his career at Esporte Clube Vitória and quickly established his place in lower level of the Brazil national team. Known as a goalscoring midfielder,[according to whom?] he first emerged in the 1997 FIFA World Youth Championship in Egypt. There, he scored three goals in six games, including a critical goal in the final match.
In 1999, Matuzalém left Vitória, and joined Napoli in Italy, via Parma in a temporary deal, where he remained for two seasons, the first spent in Serie B and the second season in what would be Napoli's last in Serie A for six years. The club signed Matuzalém in co-ownership deal for 5 billion lire in summer 2000, Matuzalém was a regular at Napoli, but only scored twice during his time there.
Piacenza and Brescia
Following his Napoli spell, Matuzalém was bought back by Parma and re-sold half to Piacenza in another co-ownership deal in the summer of 2001, for 6 billion Lire (€3,098,741)). Matuzalém stayed at Piacenza along with Amauri, Nicola Mora and Matteo Guardalben which all owned by Parma.
With Piacenza at 2001–02 season, the team finished 14th in the league. In the opening round of this season Matuzalem became the first foreigner to score for Piacenza in the Serie A. In June 2002 Parma acquired all rights again.
The second season of the loan spell saw Matuzalém switch to Brescia on loan, where he played nearly every match and the deal was made permanent at season's end. However, he only lasted one more year, before Ukrainian giants Shakhtar Donetsk signed him.
In June 2004, Shakhtar Donetsk signed Matuzalém from Brescia, paid Brescia €8million, Matuzalém's agents €3.75M and €221,092 to Matuzalém's former clubs as solidarity contribution. It was a Ukrainian record at the time. After the transfer of Anatoliy Tymoschuk to Zenit St. Petersburg, he became the new captain of the club for the 2006–07 season and was voted the club's player of the year.
Real Zaragoza and breach of contract saga
On 2 July 2007, Matuzalém notified in writing Shakhtar of the fact that he unilaterally terminated their contractual relationship with immediate effect. On 5 July, Shakhtar replied Matuzalém and/or his new club should pay the sum in the release clause of €25M, or Shakhtar would start legal action. The actual phrasing in the contract, however, stated that Shakhtar would be under an obligation to release him if the new club offered to pay that amount. It was not, strictly speaking, a penalty clause.
However, on 18 July, he was presented as the latest signing of Real Zaragoza. And Shakhtar informed Zaragoza to request the club to pay the fee. After played four games and scoring once, Matuzalém was reported injured since September 2007 and returned in March 2008. He finished the season with just 14 appearances.
On 19 March 2008, Shakhtar appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) as the club think the fee set by FIFA DRC is too low. On 20 March Matuzalém and Zaragoza also made an appeal to CAS for the compensation. On 19 May 2009 the CAS ordered Matuzalém to pay €11,858,934 to Shakhtar for breach of contract. The decision was upheld by the Swiss Federal Tribunal. Zaragoza paid €500,000 to Shakhtar on 1 September 2010.
Neither Matuzalém or Zaragoza were able to pay the ordered compensation. For this reason further sanctions, including banning Matuzalém from all football-related activities, where imposed by FIFA on 31 August 2010. This FIFA decision was appealed to the CAS. The appeal was rejected on 29 June 2011. The CAS decision was appealed to the Swiss Federal Tribunal. In its decision rendered on 27 March 2012 the Swiss Federal Tribunal annulled the CAS decision, as they found the ban on Matuzalém "a severe infringement of [his] right to privacy". The tribunal also questioned whether the sanction was likely to lead to the payment of the compensation, which was the stated purpose of the ban. The compensation to be paid to Shakhtar was not affected by this case. This remains the only case where a CAS decision has been overturned based on the merits of the case.
Injury plagued his season, yet when fit he established a place for himself in the centre of the Lazio midfield alongside Cristian Ledesma. He claimed some silverware as Lazio won their fifth Coppa Italia, however a booking in the semi-final against Juventus meant he missed the final against Sampdoria.
At the end of the season, Lazio exercised the option to keep him on a permanent basis, but for €5.31M in 5-year contract.
- Ukrainian Premier League: 2005 and 2006 with Shakhtar Donetsk
- Coppa Italia: 2009 with Lazio
- Supercoppa Italiana: 2009 with Lazio
- Campeonato do Nordeste in 1997 and 1999 with Vitória
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- Parma AC SpA Report and Accounts on 30 June 2002 (Italian)
- "Liverpool a caccia di Rui Costa" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. 20 May 2002. Retrieved 1 September 2009.
- "CAS 2008/A/1519 – FC Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine) v/ Mr. Matuzalem Francelino da Silva (Brazil) & Real Zaragoza SAD (Spain) & FIFA
CAS 2008/A/1520 – Mr. Matuzalem Francelino da Silva (Brazil) & Real Zaragoza SAD (Spain) v/ FC Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine) & FIFA
ARBITRAL AWARD delivered by the COURT OF ARBITRATION FOR SPORT". Court of Arbitration for Sport. 19 May 2009. Retrieved 6 November 2009.
- "Zaragoza get Pavón and Matuzalem". UEFA. 18 July 2007. Retrieved 21 February 2008.
- "Matuzalem signed off at Zaragoza". UEFA. 27 September 2007. Retrieved 21 February 2008.
- "FIFA Dispute Resolution Chamber Decision (Labour Disputes 117623)". FIFA. 2 November 2007. Retrieved 6 November 2009.
- "Shakhtar win "Matuzalem Case"". shakhtar.com. 19 May 2009. Retrieved 9 May 2009.
- "FIFA takes note of Matuzalem decision". FIFA.com. 19 May 2009. Retrieved 20 May 2009.
- Swiss Federal Tribunal 4A_320/2009 of 2 June 2010
- Roy Levy: Swiss Federal Tribunal overrules CAS award in a landmark decision: FIFA vs Matuzalem
- Corriere dello Sport: Ufficiale – Matuzalem e` della Lazio
- "Infermeria". SS Lazio (in Italian). 15 March 2010. Retrieved 2 May 2010.[dead link]
- Matuzalém at cbf.com.br (Portuguese)
- (Portuguese) Sambafoot.com Profile
- (Spanish) 
- Matuzalém – FIFA competition record