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 m (5 ft 11 12 in)[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 140 (35)
National team
2014– Brazil 4 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 May 2015.

† 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 his current club Hoffenheim in 2011. He made his international debut for Brazil in November 2014.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Firmino started playing for Figueirense towards the end of 2009 in Serie B. He made his debut against Ponte Preta, coming on as a 46th minute substitute for Toninho.[1]

Hoffenheim[edit]

Firmino signed with Hoffenheim in December 2010, with the contract running until June 2015.[2] He formally arrived at Hoffenheim on 1 January 2011.[3] Then Hoffenheim manager Ernst Tanner commented that they were "pleased to hire a Brazilian talent".[4] He made his debut a month later in a Bundesliga defeat against Mainz, where he came on as a 75th minute substitute for Sebastian Rudy.[1] He scored his first goal for the club on 16 April, scoring the only goal of the game in a league victory against Eintracht Frankfurt.[5]

He was dropped from the first-team squad along with Chinedu Obasi at the end of November 2011 for showing up late for training, missing the league match against Bayer Leverkusen.[6] He would score two more goals that season, against Wolfsburg and Borussia Mönchengladbach.[1][when?]

In the 2012–13 season, Firmino made thirty-six appearances and score seven goals.[1]

Team captain Andreas Beck hailed Firmino's development as "outstanding".[when?][7] On 27 March 2014, Firmino extended his contract with the club, signing a three-year contract extension.[8] He finished the 2013–14 Bundesliga season tied as the fourth highest scorer with 16 goals.[9]


Firmino playing for 1899 Hoffenheim in 2014.

International career[edit]

Firmino said that it was his "dream" to play in the national team though he had no "contact with [national team manager] Dunga".[10] 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".[11] He debuted in a 4–0 win over Turkey on 12 November, replacing fellow debutant Luiz Adriano for the last 17 minutes.[12] Firmino scored his first goal on 18 November 2014 in a 2–1 away friendly win over Austria.[13]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 23 May 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 33 7 3 3 36 10
Total 140 35 11 9 2 2 151 49
Total 178 43 11 9 17 6 204 61

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[13]
2. 29 March 2015 Emirates Stadium, London, England  Chile 1–0 1–0 Friendly[14]

Honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Roberto Firmino profile at Soccerway. Retrieved 19 November 2014.
  2. ^ "Official: Hoffenheim Sign Roberto Firmino From Figueirense". Goal.com. 14 December 2010. 
  3. ^ Roberto Firmino at fussballdaten.de (German)
  4. ^ "Hoffenheim contrata Roberto Firmino, do Figueirense". Esportes Estadao. Retrieved 31 March 2015. 
  5. ^ "Eintracht stürzt weiter ab". FR-Online. Retrieved 27 March 2015. 
  6. ^ "Chinedu Obasi dropped from Hoffenheim squad". BBC Sport. 30 November 2011. 
  7. ^ "Roberto Firmino: "Ich bin wie befreit"". Kicker. Retrieved 27 March 2015. 
  8. ^ "Roberto Firmino verlängert Vertrag bis 2017". TSG 1899 Hoffenheim (in German). 27 March 2014. 
  9. ^ "Top scorers 2013/2014". 
  10. ^ "Firmino: "Ich will noch viel mehr"". Kicker. Retrieved 27 March 2015. 
  11. ^ "Dunga beruft Roberto Firmino in die Seleçao". Kicker. Retrieved 27 March 2015. 
  12. ^ "Roberto Firmino feiert Debüt bei Neymar-Show". Kicker. Retrieved 27 March 2015. 
  13. ^ a b "Roberto Firmino strikes late winner". BBC. Retrieved 27 March 2015. 
  14. ^ "Brazil 1-0 Chile". BBC. Retrieved 29 March 2015. 
  15. ^ "Breakthrough of the Season". bundesliga.com. 23 May 2014. Retrieved 23 May 2014.