Raphael Martinho

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Raphael Martinho
Personal information
Full name Raphael Martinho Alves de Lima
Date of birth (1988-04-15) 15 April 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth Campo Grande, Brazil
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Left Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Hellas Verona F.C.
Number 6
Youth career
Atlético PR
Paulista FC
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009 Votoraty FC 25 (4)
2009–2010 Paulista FC 6 (0)
2010–2013 Catania 11 (0)
2011–2012 Cesena 18 (0)
2012–2013 Verona 30 (10)
2013– Verona 20 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of May 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Raphael Martinho Alves de Lima, commonly referred to as Raphael Martinho (born 15 April 1988), is a Brazilian footballer, currently playing for Hellas Verona, in the Italian Serie A, on a co-ownership agreement with Calcio Catania.

Club career[edit]

Paulista Futebol Clube[edit]

Martinho started his career within the youth ranks of Brazilian club Atlético PR, before an early-career transfer to Paulista. Since 2007 his registration rights were owned by a "football club" from Monte Alegre do Sul, and were originally loaned to Paulista. After a youth career with the São Paulo based club, the player was sent on loan in 2009 to Campeonato Paulista Série A3 side Votoraty from Monte Alegre. Following his loan spell with the club, he returned to Paulista in June 2009. Following his return to Paulista FC, still on loan from Monte Alegre FC, along with teammate, Rafael Serrano,[1] Martinho finally made his debut for the club, and during the 2010 season, he made 6 first team appearances 2010 Campeonato Paulista.[2] On 21 May 2010, the Brazilian midfielder would move to Sicilian giants, Calcio Catania of Italian Serie A was confirmed by Paulista. Martinho completed the deal in August after his European Union citizenship was confirmed.[3]

Calcio Catania[edit]

On 21 May 2010, Raphael Martinho was officially announced to have joined Calcio Catania.[4][5][6] In his first season with the club, Martinho was limited to just 11 league appearances, just 5 of which were starts. Due to his limited game time for the Sicilians, the club opted to loan the midfielder to newly promoted A.C. Cesena for the 2011-12 Serie A season.. With the Seahorses, Martinho appeared 18 times in the league, but was unable to help his club avoid relegation to Serie B, as Cesena finished 20th. Martinho returned to Catania on 30 June 2012.

Hellas Verona[edit]

On 19 July 2012, Catania sent Martinho on a season-long loan deal to Serie B club, Hellas Verona, who also obtained the option to a co-ownership deal upon the expiration of the loan deal.[7] The move proved very successful for the Brazilian, as he featured in 30 league matches, scoring 10 league goals, helping the Bentegodi-based club finish second in the 2011-12 Serie B league table and gain promotion to Serie A for the first time since 2002. At the conclusion of the loan deal, Hellas Verona took up their option to purchase 50% of the player's registration rights ahead of their return to the pinnacle of Italian football.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Atletas se reapresentam após empréstimo". Paulista Futebol Clube (in Portuguese). 29 June 2009. Retrieved 24 August 2010. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Paulista vence, fica na Série A e impõe fim melancólico ao Palmeiras no Estadual" (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. 7 April 2010. 
  3. ^ "Martinho è un giocatore del Catania". Calcio Catania (in Italian). 31 August 2010. Retrieved 14 September 2010. 
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  7. ^ http://hellasverona.it/news.php?id=19814

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