Lima (footballer)

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This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Lima and the second or paternal family name is dos Santos.
Lima
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Lima playing for Benfica in 2014
Personal information
Full name Rodrigo José Lima dos Santos
Date of birth (1983-08-11) 11 August 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth Monte Alegre, Brazil
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Benfica
Number 11
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003 Mixto
2004 Vizela 7 (0)
2005 Paysandu-PA
2006 Iraty
2006 J. Malucelli
2006–2009 Astral-PR
2007 Paraná (loan) 17 (1)
2008 Juventus-SP (loan) 0 (0)
2008 Santos (loan) 21 (0)
2009 Avaí (loan) 8 (1)
2009–2010 Belenenses 27 (7)
2010–2012 Braga 60 (26)
2012– Benfica 68 (39)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 December 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Rodrigo José Lima dos Santos (born 11 August 1983), known as Lima, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Portuguese club Benfica.

Club career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Born in Monte Alegre, Pará, Lima played for nine different clubs in his country, without settling at any. In the 2008 Série A he did not manage to score for Santos, who ranked in 15th position.

In the 2009 summer, after failing to sign with Ukrainian side Metalist Kharkiv,[1] Lima moved to Portugal with Belenenses, scoring regularly for the Lisbon club but also suffering relegation from the top flight.

Braga[edit]

Afterwards, Lima joined another team in the country, Braga – which was filled with several of his compatriots – signing a three-year contract. On 24 August 2010, after coming on as a substitute, he netted a hat-trick against Sevilla in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round, in a 4–3 away win (5–3 on aggregate).[2]

Lima finished the 2011–12 season with 20 league goals and 26 overall, as the Minho club finished third and returned to the Champions League. Highlights included three against Gil Vicente (3–0 away win), braces against Paços de Ferreira (5–2, home) and Vitória de Setúbal (3–0 at home), and a penalty kick equalizer against Benfica (1–1, home);[3] he also scored two against eventual champions Porto, in a 2–3 defeat at the Estádio do Dragão.[4]

Benfica[edit]

On 31 August 2012, the very last day of the summer transfer window, Lima signed a four-year contract with Benfica, in a deal that saw Michel move in the opposite direction.[5][6] He wasted no time on making an impact, also taking long time incumbent striker Óscar Cardozo's starting place, and found the net in his first two official games: one goal against Académica in a 2–2 away draw,[7] and two in a 2–1 win over Paços de Ferreira (also away);[8] he added a third in the Champions League 1–2 group stage loss at Spartak Moscow.[9] He ended the season with 30 goals, as the club top scorer in the league.[10]

On 26 January 2013 Lima scored his eighth league goal of the campaign, helping to a 2–1 win at former side Braga.[11] On 30 March he netted his first hat-trick in the Portuguese League, helping to a 6–1 home demolition of Rio Ave.[12]

Lima took his 2013–14 season tally to 20 all competitions comprised on 20 April 2014, scoring both of Benfica's goals as they defeated Olhanense 2–0 at home and clinched their 33rd national championship.[13] He also scored in the following game, a 2–1 win over Juventus in the first leg of the UEFA Europa League semi-finals also at the Estádio da Luz, where he broke the tie in the 84th minute.[14] His 21 goals in the season, helped the club win three competitions in a historic treble.[15]

On 21 September 2014, Lima scored his first goal of the season, against Moreirense, ending a 12 match stretch without goals, that dated back to 24 April 2014.[16][17] On 14 December 2014, Lima scored two goals in a Benfica win at Porto (0–2).

Club statistics[edit]

As of match played 14 December 2014.[18][19]
Club Season League Cup1 League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Belenenses 2009–10 27 7 3 4 2 1 0 0 32 12
Total 27 7 3 4 2 1 0 0 32 12
Braga 2010–11 28 6 1 0 2 3 19 5 50 14
2011–12 30 20 2 0 3 2 9 4 44 26
2012–13 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 4 0
Total 60 26 3 0 5 5 30 9 98 40
Benfica 2012–13 27 20 7 5 3 3 12 2 49 30
2013–14 28 14 6 2 4 0 13 5 51 21
2014–15 13 5 1 0 0 0 6 0 20 5
Total 68 39 14 7 7 3 31 7 120 56
Career total 155 72 20 11 14 9 61 16 250 108

1Other tournaments include the Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira.

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Paysandu
Braga
Benfica

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Metalist, acquistato l'attaccante brasiliano Lima (Metalist, signs Brazilian forward Lima); Ita Sport Press, 21 July 2009 (Italian)
  2. ^ "Braga beat Sevilla in Spain to reach Champions League group stage". The Guardian. 25 August 2010. Retrieved 26 August 2010. 
  3. ^ "Braga 1–1 Benfica". PortuGOAL. 6 November 2011. Retrieved 14 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "Unstoppable Hulk puts Porto back on top". PortuGOAL. 27 November 2011. Retrieved 14 May 2012. 
  5. ^ "Benfica buy Braga's Lima". UEFA.com. 1 September 2012. Retrieved 19 September 2012. 
  6. ^ "Lima no Benfica e Michel no Braga" [Lima in Benfica and Michel in Braga] (in Portuguese). Diário de Notícias. 31 August 2012. Retrieved 2 September 2012. 
  7. ^ "Benfica drop two points in Coimbra". PortuGOAL. 23 September 2012. Retrieved 23 October 2012. 
  8. ^ "Lima brace gives Benfica victory". PortuGOAL. 28 September 2012. Retrieved 23 October 2012. 
  9. ^ "Spartak profit from Jardel misfortune". UEFA.com. 23 October 2012. Retrieved 23 October 2012. 
  10. ^ "Lima e a marca dos trinta golos". Record (in Portuguese). 12 May 2013. Retrieved 21 September 2014. 
  11. ^ "Braga 1–2 Benfica". PortuGOAL. 26 January 2013. Retrieved 7 February 2013. 
  12. ^ "Benfica goleia Rio Ave (6–1)" [Benfica routs Rio Ave (6–1)] (in Portuguese). A Bola. 30 March 2013. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  13. ^ "Lima double clinches title for Benfica". PortuGOAL. 20 April 2014. Retrieved 22 April 2014. 
  14. ^ "Lima puts Benfica on top against Juventus". UEFA.com. 24 April 2014. Retrieved 24 April 2014. 
  15. ^ "Lima: “Benfica é um Clube exigente que procura sempre mais”". SL Benfica.pt (in Portuguese). 21 May 2014. Retrieved 21 September 2014. 
  16. ^ "Benfica-Moreirense, 3-1 (crónica)". Maisfutebol (in Portuguese). 21 September 2014. Retrieved 21 September 2014. 
  17. ^ "Lima não marca há 12 jogos". A Bola (in Portuguese). 19 September 2014. Retrieved 21 September 2014. 
  18. ^ UEFA.com stats
  19. ^ "Lima". Soccerway. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  20. ^ "Spot-on Sevilla leave Benfica dreams in tatters". UEFA.com. 14 May 2014. Retrieved 15 May 2014. 

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