Rafael Cabral

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Rafael Cabral
Personal information
Full name Rafael Cabral Barbosa
Date of birth (1990-05-20) 20 May 1990 (age 24)
Place of birth Sorocaba, Brazil
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Napoli
Number 1
Youth career
2003–2010 Santos
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2013 Santos 89 (0)
2013– Napoli 7 (0)
National team
2012 Brazil Olympic 1 (0)
2011– Brazil 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 July 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 July 2013

Rafael Cabral Barbosa (born 20 May 1990) is a Brazilian footballer who currently plays as a goalkeeper for Italian Serie A side Napoli.

Club career[edit]

He was formed in the Santos youth system.

Rafael broke his right leg in a split with the centre back Domingos, who then played for Santos, where he was sidelined for four months recovering from broken leg.

Rafael played in the second half of the match between Santos and the New York Red Bulls in the United States. It was won by Red Bull by 3–1 but Rafael did not concede a goal, the three goals from New York were scored in the first half, when the goalkeeper was Fábio Costa.

His debut in the first team for Santos in an official game took place on 2 June 2010, the match between Santos and Cruzeiro in Mineirão, where the score was 0–0. He took the place of Felipe, who had played all previous 37 games that season.

On 20 August 2012, Rafael Cabral's right eye started bleeding when he collided with Juan Manuel Martínez in a 2012 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A fixture between Santos and Corinthians. He then recovered and was able to continue the game. Santos won the game 3–2.[1]

On 28 June 2013, Rafael was sold from Santos to Italian side Napoli. Azzurri paid €5 million for the Brazilian goalkeeper.[2] Rafael made his UEFA Champions League debut against Arsenal in a group stage match in Naples. Napoli won the match 2-0 and Rafael was able to keep a clean sheet against the English side. Nevertheless, Napoli was unable to advance out of the group stages.

International career[edit]

Rafael made his debut for Brazil against the U.S.A. on 30 May 2012, in a 4–1 win.

He was called up to represent Brazil national under-23 football team at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London but was later replaced due to injury.

Career statistics[edit]

(Correct as of 20 Febbruary 2014)
Club Season League Cup Continental Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Santos 2010 0 0 2 0 2 0 - - 36 0
2011 20 −19 - - 14 0 2 −5 68 0
2012 14+25 −13+ -29 - - 12 −10 2 0 53 0
2013 23+5 −26+ -6 4 -2 - - - 32 0
Total 151 -174 7 -5 30 -24 4 -5 189 0
S.S.C. Napoli 2013-14 8 0 1 -1 1+1 0+0 0 0 11 0
Career total 159 0 7 0 30 0 4 0 200 0

Honours[edit]

Santos
Napoli

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Goleiro Rafael é cortado e está fora da Olimpíada". Estadão. 24 July 2012. Retrieved 24 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "Santos acerta venda do goleiro Rafael para o Napoli". Estadão. 28 June 2013. Retrieved 28 June 2013. 

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