|Full name||Rafael de Souza Pereira|
|Date of birth||June 18, 1989|
|Place of birth||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Height||1.79 m (5 ft 10 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Defensive Midfielder|
|2010||→ Vasco da Gama (loan)||46||(0)|
|2014–||→ Atlético Mineiro (loan)||9||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 December 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Rafael de Souza Pereira (born January 16, 1989 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), most commonly known as Rafael Carioca, is a Brazilian defensive midfielder who currently plays for Atlético Mineiro on loan from Spartak Moscow.
Rafael came to Grêmio in 2006, as an amateur player. In 2007, he captained the Under-20 side and featured in the Sendai Cup for the Brazil Under-18 national team in the same year but was an unused substitute in the tournament. He was promoted to the first team after captaining the youth side in the Copa São Paulo de Futebol Júnior by the coach Vágner Mancini, but soon was relegated to the youth squad because of his lack of commitment in pre-season training. Before the beginning of the 2008 Brazilian Serie A, Mancini was fired and Rafael earned a new chance from the coach Celso Roth, the same coach who promoted Ronaldinho to the first team in 1998. He became the team's first-choice in the central midfield and created a strong partnership with William Magrão. Appearing as a defensive midfielder, Rafael missed just one league match and received just five yellow cards during the season.
The midfielder joined Atlético Mineiro on August 13, 2014 on a year-long loan deal.
- Atlético Mineiro
- "СПАРТАК" И "АТЛЕТИКО МИНЕЙРО" ДОГОВОРИЛИСЬ ОБ АРЕНДЕ РАФАЭЛА КАРИОКИ (in Russian). FC Spartak Moscow. 9 August 2014.
- "Rafael Carioca thrilled to join Spartak". UEFA.com. 2008-12-15. Retrieved 2008-12-26.
- "Mandarino diz que Vasco já fechou com Rafael Carioca" (in Portuguese). Netvasco. 2009-12-12. Retrieved 2009-12-24.
- "Rafael Carioca destaca qualidade e vontade do Galo e revela conversa com goleiro Victor". Superesportes.co.br. 2014-08-13. Retrieved 2014-08-13.
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