Raffael Caetano de Araújo

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Raffael in 2009
Personal information
Full name Raffael Caetano de Araújo
Date of birth (1985-03-28) 28 March 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth Fortaleza, Brazil
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current club Borussia Mönchengladbach
Number 11
Youth career
2001–2003 Juventus-SP
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2005 Chiasso 61 (30)
2005–2007 FC Zürich 77 (40)
2008–2012 Hertha BSC 140 (33)
2012–2013 Dynamo Kyiv 9 (1)
2013 Schalke 04 (loan) 16 (2)
2013– Borussia Mönchengladbach 29 (15)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 7 April 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Raffael Caetano de Araújo (born 28 March 1985), simply Raffael, is a Brazilian footballer[1] playing for Borussia Mönchengladbach in the Bundesliga, mainly as an attacking midfielder.

Football career[edit]

Born in Fortaleza, Ceará, Raffael moved still in his teens to Switzerland, first representing lowly FC Chiasso. At age 20, he moved to FC Zürich, being instrumental in the club's 2005–06 and 2006–07 league conquests; during both seasons, he led the competition in assists, while also adding 40 goals during his two-and-a-half-year spell.

In mid-January 2008, Raffael signed with German outfit Hertha BSC, being reunited with former Zürich teammates Lucien Favre and Steve von Bergen (respectively manager and player). His first game in the Bundesliga was on 2 February, in a 0–3 home defeat against Eintracht Frankfurt; the following matchday, at VfB Stuttgart, he netted his first goal, as Hertha won it 3–1.

Making 140 appearances over four and a half years, Raffael experienced both the high and low points of the Berlin-based club's recent history, including a fourth place finish 2008–09 season, in which Hertha lead the table for some time, and relegations in 2009–10 and 2011–12. On 27 July 2012, Raffael left the club to sign for Dynamo Kyiv.

Borussia Mönchengladbach[edit]

On 20 June 2013, he left Dynamo Kyiv to sign for Borussia Mönchengladbach.[2]


Raffael's younger brother, Ronny, is also a professional footballer. A midfielder, he represented most notably Sporting Clube de Portugal. From 2010 to 2012, the pair played together for Hertha.


  1. ^ "Raffael". worldfootball.net. Retrieved 26 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "Duncan flattered by Sunderland interest; Tiene joins Montpellier". soccernews.com. 20 June 2013. Retrieved 20 June 2013. 

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