Rafael Carioca

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Not to be confused with Rafael Felipe Barreto.
Rafael Carioca
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Personal information
Full name Rafael de Souza Pereira
Date of birth (1989-06-18) June 18, 1989 (age 25)
Place of birth Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Playing position Defensive Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Atlético Mineiro
Number 18
Youth career
2006–2008 Grêmio
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008 Grêmio 37 (0)
2009– Spartak Moscow 111 (2)
2010 Vasco da Gama (loan) 46 (0)
2014– Atlético Mineiro (loan) 9 (0)
National team
2007 Brazil U18 0 (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.[1]



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.


On November 29, it was reported that the midfielder was very close to joining Russian club Spartak Moscow. The deal is set to be around of €4 million and must be confirmed after the season's end.[2]


For the season of 2010, Vasco da Gama have loaned the Brazilian midfielder from Spartak Moscow for one year.[3] He remains under contract with the Russian club until 2013.

Atlético Mineiro[edit]

The midfielder joined Atlético Mineiro on August 13, 2014 on a year-long loan deal.[4]


Atlético Mineiro


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