Rafael Scheidt

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Rafael Scheidt
Personal information
Full name Rafael Scheidt
Date of birth (1976-02-10) February 10, 1976 (age 38)
Place of birth Porto Alegre, Brazil
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
Grêmio
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1996 Grêmio 7 (0)
1997 Kawasaki Frontale 26 (5)
1998–1999 Grêmio 39 (2)
1999–2000 Celtic 3 (0)
2000–2002 Corinthians 35 (1)
2003–2004 Atlético Mineiro 35 (2)
2004–2006 Botafogo 73 (1)
2007–2008 Shaanxi Baorong 38 (2)
Total 256 (13)
National team
1999 Brazil 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of January 3, 2008.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of January 3, 2008

Rafael Felipe Scheidt (born February 10, 1976 in Porto Alegre, Brazil) is a Brazilian footballer. He was signed by the John Barnes/Kenny Dalglish management of Celtic from Grêmio for £5 million and failed to make an impact. Plagued by injury and finding it hard to settle he started one game in the 1999-00 in Scottish football against St Johnstone[1] and was let out on loan to Corinthians by new manager Martin O'Neill after just three appearances. Indeed, Scheidt later admitted that following an umimpressive showing in a pre-season friendly O'Neill had told him "I like footballers who are not like you", further adding "I like footballers who play well."[2] The Guardian newspaper called Scheidt the second worst transfer in the history of soccer in an article published in 2001.[3]

Scheidt's loan spell at Corinthians came to an end in 2002, and he maintained his hope of making it at Celtic, informing the Sunday Herald that "I want this year to be known as the Scheidt year".[2] However, he no longer met UK work permit requirements and Celtic paid off the remainder of his contract. He then returned to Brazil, joining Atlético Mineiro.[2] A year later he signed for Botafogo,[2] before being released by them in 2006.

Scheidt won three caps for Brazil in 1999 shortly prior to his transfer to Celtic. These games were friendlies and rumours later surfaced that Brazilian based players at that time were being handed caps in return for sweeteners from their clubs wanting to sell them to European clubs for large transfer fees.[2]

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