Rafael Pires Vieira

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Rafael
Personal information
Full name Rafael Pires Vieira
Date of birth (1978-08-01) August 1, 1978 (age 35)
Place of birth Criciúma, Brazil
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Centre Forward
Club information
Current team
FC Lahti
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997 HJK Helsinki 21 (11)
1998 FC Jazz 15 (4)
1999 HJK Helsinki 11 (7)
1999 FC Jazz 16 (3)
2000 HJK 21 (12)
2000–2002 SC Heerenveen 8 (0)
2002–2003 Denizlispor 3 (0)
2004 FJK 21 (17)
2005– FC Lahti 142 (60)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 July 2010.
† Appearances (Goals).

Rafael Pires Vieira (born August 1, 1978), better known simply as Rafael, is a Brazilian football center forward. He has been one of the most prolific strikers in the Finnish Veikkausliiga.

He is the top goalscorer in the history of FC Lahti, as well one of the best scorers of all time in the Veikkausliiga. He is nicknamed "Angel" in a reference to the famous Finnish song "Rafaelin enkeli" ("Rafael's Angel") by Pekka Ruuska.

Rafael is a popular sportsman in Finland and currently receives corporate sponsorship from PlanMill, a Finnish software company based in Lahti and Espoo, Finland.

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