Rafinha (footballer, born 1993)

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Rafinha
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Rafinha playing for Barcelona B in 2011
Personal information
Full name Rafael Alcântara do Nascimento
Date of birth (1993-03-12) 12 March 1993 (age 21)
Place of birth São Paulo, Brazil
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Barcelona
Number 12
Youth career
2006–2011 Barcelona
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2013 Barcelona B 84 (20)
2011– Barcelona 1 (0)
2013–2014 Celta (loan) 32 (4)
National team
2009 Spain U16 2 (0)
2009–2010 Spain U17 8 (2)
2010 Spain U19 4 (1)
2013 Brazil U20 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 August 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19 January 2013
This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Alcântara and the second or paternal family name is do Nascimento.

Rafael Alcântara do Nascimento (born 12 March 1993), commonly known as Rafinha, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays for Spanish club FC Barcelona as an attacking midfielder.

He started his career with Barcelona, making his debut with the first team in 2011. After a loan at Vigo, he played his first league match for Barcelona in 2014.

Rafinha represented both Spain and Brazil at youth level.

Club career[edit]

Born in São Paulo, Brazil,[1] Rafinha joined FC Barcelona's youth ranks at the age of 13. On 8 January 2011 he made his professional debuts with the B-team, coming on as a substitute for Jonathan dos Santos in the 55th minute of a 1–2 home loss against Girona FC for the second division championship.[2]

Rafinha made his debut with FC Barcelona main squad on 9 November 2011, taking the place of Cesc Fàbregas for the last 15 minutes of a 1–0 away win against CE L'Hospitalet for the season's Copa del Rey.[3] He finished the league campaign with 39 games – 35 starts – and eight goals for the reserves.

On 27 June 2013 Rafinha extended his contract with Barça, keeping him at the club until 2016.[4] A few weeks later, he was loaned to fellow La Liga team Celta de Vigo.[5]

Rafinha made his debut in the main category of Spanish football on 19 August 2013, helping Celta to a 2–2 home draw against RCD Espanyol.[6] He scored his first goal for the Galicians 12 days later, in another draw at the Balaídos (1–1, with Granada CF).[7]

Rafinha netted a brace at Real Sociedad on 23 November, but it amounted to nothing as the hosts won it 4–3 with four goals from Carlos Vela.[8]

Rafinha made his La Liga debut for Barcelona on 24 August 2014 at the Nou Camp, in Luis Enrique's first match in charge. He played the first half of an eventual 3–0 win over Elche CF before being substituted for Marc Bartra.[9]

International career[edit]

Rafinha played for Spain at youth level, gaining 14 caps for three different teams.[10] In late 2012, however, he switched allegiance to Brazil, going on to represent the under-20s at the 2013 South American Youth Championship in Argentina.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Rafinha's father, Mazinho, was also a footballer and a midfielder, notably winning the 1994 FIFA World Cup with Brazil. His mother, Valéria, played volleyball, whilst his elder brother, Thiago – another midfielder – also emerged through Barcelona's youth ranks, going on to represent its first team and the Spanish national side. Thiago now plays for German club FC Bayern Munich.[12]

Rodrigo, who played youth football with Real Madrid and went on to spend several seasons with S.L. Benfica, is his cousin.[13]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Barcelona

Country[edit]

Brazil U-20

Club statistics[edit]

As of 24 August 2014[14]
Club Season League Cup Europe Other[15] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Barcelona B 2010–11 9 1 9 1
2011–12 39 8 39 8
2012–13 36 11 36 11
Total 84 20 84 20
Barcelona 2011–12 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
2012–13 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
2014–15 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 4 0
Celta 2013–14 32 4 1 0 33 4
Total 32 4 1 0 33 4
Career totals 117 24 2 0 2 0 0 0 121 24

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rafinha, cedido al Celta de Vigo" [Rafinha, loaned to Celta de Vigo] (in Spanish). Barcelona's official website. 15 July 2013. Retrieved 2 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "El Girona se aprovecha de un loco final" [Girona profits from crazy ending] (in Spanish). Marca. 8 January 2011. Retrieved 17 February 2014. 
  3. ^ Otro 'Iniestazo' (Another 'Iniestazo'); Marca, 9 November 2011 (Spanish)
  4. ^ "FC Barcelona agree to extend Rafinha's contract". Barcelona's official website. 27 June 2013. Retrieved 27 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "Rafinha, cedido al Celta" [Rafinha, loaned to Celta] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 11 July 2013. Retrieved 6 October 2013. 
  6. ^ "Charles makes instant Celta impact". ESPN FC. 19 August 2013. Retrieved 17 February 2014. 
  7. ^ "Celta Vigo hold Granada". ESPN FC. 31 August 2013. Retrieved 17 February 2014. 
  8. ^ "Real Sociedad 4–3 Celta: Carlos Vela reina en la locura de Anoeta" [Real Sociedad 4–3 Celta: Carlos Vela reigns in Anoeta madness] (in Spanish). Goal.com. 23 November 2013. Retrieved 17 February 2014. 
  9. ^ Cryer, Andy (24 August 2014). "Barcelona 3-0 Elche". BBC Sport. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 
  10. ^ Rafa AlcântaraUEFA competition record
  11. ^ Rafinha to play the U20 South American Championship with Brazil; Barcelona's official website, 30 November 2012
  12. ^ "Thiago y Jonathan, ADN fútbol" [Thiago and Jonathan, football DNA] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 21 August 2009. Retrieved 9 January 2011. 
  13. ^ Primos en el césped (Cousins on the pitch); Marca, 5 December 2012 (Spanish)
  14. ^ "Rafinha". Soccerway. Retrieved 17 February 2014. 
  15. ^ Includes other competitive competitions, including the Supercopa de España, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup.

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