Roberto Firmino

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Roberto Firmino
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Firmino training with Brazil in 2014
Personal information
Full name Roberto Firmino Barbosa de Oliveira[1]
Date of birth (1991-10-02) 2 October 1991 (age 23)[1]
Place of birth Maceió, Brazil[1]
Height 1.81 metres (5.9 ft)[1]
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
1899 Hoffenheim
Number 10
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2010 Figueirense 38 (8)
2011– 1899 Hoffenheim 133 (38)
National team
2014– Brazil 4 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 06:51, 27 March 2015 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 29 March 2015

Roberto Firmino Barbosa de Oliveira (born 2 October 1991) is a Brazilian international footballer who plays professionally for German club 1899 Hoffenheim, as an attacking midfielder.

Starting his career with Figueirense in 2009, Firmino joined current club 1899 Hoffenheim in Germany in 2011. He made his international debut for Brazil in November 2014.

Club career[edit]


Firmino started playing for Figueirense in 2009 in Serie B.[1] He made his debut against Ponte Preta.[1] In that match, he came as a 46th minute substitute for Toninho.[2] He further played a match against São Caetano.[1] In the following season, he played 36 times and also scored 8 goals as his side won promotion to Serie A.[1] He would open his scoring against São Caetano, and would score goals in consecutive matches against Bahia, Icasa, and the last goal was scored against Paraná.[1]



Firmino moved from Figueirense to 1899 Hoffenheim in December 2010, signing a contract until June 2015.[3] He formally signed for Hoffenheim on 1 January 2011.[4] He signed a contract till June 2015. The then Hoffenheim manager Ernst Tanner commented that they were "pleased to hire a Brazilian talent".[5] He was dropped from the first-team squad in November 2011 for showing up late for training.[6] His first involvement with the club was being an unused substitute against Bayern Munich.[1] He finally made his debut in a defeat against FSV Mainz 05[1] where he would come on as a 75th minute substitute for Sebastian Rudy.[7] However, he had to wait until 16 April to score his first goal, when he scored the only goal in a victory against Eintracht Frankfurt.[8] He would further go on scoring two more goals in that season in consecutive matches against 1. FC Nürnberg and VfL Wolfsburg.[1]

Firmino kicked off the 2011–12 season by starting in a 2–1 defeat against Hannover 96.[9] He started scoring goals in that season against SV Werder Bremen, also scored in the following match against FSV Mainz 05, and also scored a brace against VfL Wolfsburg.[1] His goal scoring form continued as he again scored a goal, this time finding the net in a draw against SC Freiburg.[10] However in the DFB-Pokal, though he played three times, he failed to open his account.[1]

In the 2012–13 season, Firmino would make thirty six appearances and score seven goals.[1] He would start the season by scoring a 66th minute goal against Borussia Mönchengladbach.[11] He would further score goals against Greuther Fürth,[12] Schalke 04 and Fortuna Düsseldorf, scoring five league goals.[1] He also saves his team from relegation to 2. Bundesliga by scoring a brace in the relegation play-off match against 1. FC Kaiserslautern.[13]


The 2013–14 season, proved to be his most successful season, as he became a goalmachine scoring regularly. He started the season by scoring a brace against third tier club SG Aumund-Vegesack in a DFB-Pokal match which Hoffenheim would win 9–0.[14] In the second match of Bundesliga, he would again score twice and give three assists against Hamburger SV in a 5–1 victory.[15] He said that it was his " best game of the season". The team captain Andreas Beck hailed Firmino's development as "outstanding".[16] His goalscoring form would continue, as he would again score against VfB Stuttgart, Energie Cottbus and Schalke 04 in successive matches.[1] He would again score a brace in the league against Hannover 96.[17] On 27 March 2014, Firmino extended his contract with the club, signing a three-year contract extension.[18] He finished the 2013–14 Bundesliga season tied as the fourth highest scorer with 16 goals and tied as the second highest assister with 12 assists in the league.[19] He was then linked to a move away from his club to Premier League club Chelsea.[20] But later he squashed such rumours.[21]

Firmino played his first game of the 2014–15 season against FC Augsburg.[1] In the next match only against Werder Bremen, he would find the net.[1] He scored twice in a match against FSV Frankfurt in a DFB-Pokal match.[22] He scored his fourth Bundesliga brace agaist 1.FC Köln, in a "seven goal thriller".[23] He would again find the net and became "the hero" when he scored a last minute goal against Eintracht Frankfurt, as Hoffenheim won the match 3–2.[24] In March 2015, it was again reported that Hoffenheim would sell Firmino for a transfer fee of 30 million.[25]

Firmino playing for 1899 Hoffenheim in 2014.

International career[edit]

After scoring 16 goals in the Bundesliga, Firmino said that it was his "dream" to play in the national team though he had no "contact with Dunga".[26] On 23 October 2014, Firmino received his first call up to Brazil national football team for the friendly matches against Turkey and Austria. He commented "I'm very happy about the nomination and would especially like to thank the team".[27] He debuted in a 4–0 win over Turkey on 12 November, replacing fellow debutant Luiz Adriano for the last 17 minutes.[28] Firmino scored his first goal on 18 November 2014 in a 2–1 away friendly win over Austria.[29] In March 2015, he was again called up to the national team for friendly matches against France and Chile.[30] reported that he was expected to "start" in the match against France.[31] He did so, only to be replaced by Luiz Adriano in the 88th minute.[32] In the second friendly against Chile at London's Emirates Stadium, he scored the only goal of the game in the 73rd minute.[33]

Career statistics[edit]


As of 27 March 2015.[1]
Club Season League Cup Continental Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Figueirense 2009 2 0 2 0
2010 36 8 15 4 51 12
Total 38 8 15 4 53 12
1899 Hoffenheim 2010–11 11 3 11 3
2011–12 30 7 3 0 33 7
2012–13 33 5 1 0 2 2 36 7
2013–14 33 16 4 6 37 22
2014–15 26 6 2 2 28 8
Total 133 37 10 8 2 2 145 47
Total 171 45 10 8 17 6 198 59

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Brazil's goal tally first:
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 18 November 2014 Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna, Austria  Austria 2–1 2–1 Friendly[29]
2. 29 March 2015 Emirates Stadium, London, England  Chile 1–0 1–0 Friendly[33]



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  25. ^ "Firmino vor dem Abgang bei Hoffenheim". Spiegel Online. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
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  28. ^ "Roberto Firmino feiert Debüt bei Neymar-Show". Kicker. Retrieved 27 March 2015. 
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  30. ^ "Gustavo and Firmino called up to Brazil squad". Bundesliga. Retrieved 29 March 2015. 
  31. ^ "Roberto Firmino set for Brazil start". Goal. Retrieved 29 March 2015. 
  32. ^ "France vs Brazil". Soccerway. Retrieved 29 March 2015. 
  33. ^ a b "Brazil 1-0 Chile". BBC. Retrieved 29 March 2015. 
  34. ^ "Breakthrough of the Season". 23 May 2014. Retrieved 23 May 2014.