Rogério Ceni in 2005.
|Full name||Rogério Mücke Ceni|
|Date of birth||22 January 1973|
|Place of birth||Pato Branco, Brazil|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 September 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Most of his professional career, which has spanned more than two decades, is associated with São Paulo FC, with which he has won 17 major titles, including three Brazilian Leagues and two Libertadores Cup (equivalent to the UEFA Champions League in Latin America). He has also scored more than 100 goals during his career, with all of them coming from free kicks and penalties, becoming the first and only player in his position to reach that milestone.
Recognized by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics as the goalkeeper to have scored the most goals in the history of football, surpassing José Luis Chilavert in 2006, Ceni represented Brazil at two World Cups.
Born in Pato Branco, Paraná, Ceni made his senior debuts with Sinop Futebol Clube, still a junior. In 1990, the 17-year old joined São Paulo FC, spending his first six seasons in Série A as a backup or third-choice.
In the 1997 season, after legendary Zetti moved to Santos FC, Ceni was chosen as his replacement. On 14 July 2005, Ceni was São Paulo's captain as the team won the 2005 Copa Libertadores, a third for the club. Two weeks later, in a match against Clube Atlético Mineiro, he broke the record for most appearances for the team, with 618 matches – he wore a special commemorative jersey that had the number "618" printed on the back; on 25 July of the following year, he scored a penalty against Mexican side C.D. Guadalajara (also a match-winner), becoming the Tricolor's all-time leading scorer in the Libertadores.
From 2005–07, he scored an astonishing 47 goals in all competitions combined, as the club won two national championships and the 2005 FIFA Club World Cup; in the latter competition, he netted in the semifinals against Ittihad FC (3–2, through a penalty kick), and was voted Man of the match in the final against Liverpool, as well as the tournament's MVP.
On 20 August 2006, Ceni scored his 63rd and record-breaking goal by netting a free kick against Cruzeiro Esporte Clube in the domestic league, a few minutes after denying a penalty to the opposition. Later in the same match, he scored a goal from the spot and took his total to 64, also tying the match 2–2; this put him two goals ahead of the previous holder, Paraguayan José Luis Chilavert.
On 29 October 2006, Ceni made his 700th official appearance for São Paulo, against Figueirense Futebol Clube in a 2–0 victory. Some of the gloss was taken off the occasion when the player was ordered to change his bright yellow jersey because it clashed with the referee's; at the end of the 2007 season, which ended in league conquest, he was voted by the Brazilian Football Confederation as the Best Player.
In April 2009, Ceni fractured his ankle in training, being initially sidelined for six months, but recovering sooner than expected. On 28 October 2010, against Clube Atlético Paranaense, he played his 700th game as club captain. The following year, on 27 March, he scored from a free kick to win it against Sport Club Corinthians Paulista, shooting from 18 metres for his 100th goal.
On 7 September 2011, Ceni made his 1000th appearance for São Paulo. In late January of the following year, the 39-year old underwent an operation on his shoulder, losing six months of competition.
Despite his being 40 years old, Ceni said that he has an eighteen year-old's spirit for competition. However, according to his words, his recovery after training sessions, nowadays, is harder than years ago. On 14 July 2013, Ceni scored his 111th goal from a free kick in a 3–2 loss to Vitória.
On 20 April 2014, in a 3–0 home win against Botafogo, Ceni had three record recognized by Guinness World Records: football player who most often played as captain of his team, record of goals for a goalkeeper and record for number of games for the same club.
A Brazilian international for nine years, Ceni collected 16 caps. He was selected to the squads that won the 1997 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2002 FIFA World Cup (and the 2006 World Cup, still not fully recovered from knee surgery), but only appeared in two games in final stages, the 3–2 win against Mexico in the first tournament and the 4–1 triumph over Japan in the third.
Style of play
Ceni has been the official kicker of free kicks and penalties of São Paulo FC since 1997, in which time period he scored 120 goals -, he is also known as an excellent goalkeeper. Ceni has been known for brilliant saves like the one made in the final of 2005 FIFA Club World Championship, when São Paulo beat Liverpool FC by 1-0, later going on to win Golden Ball of competition as its best player.
Ceni is also known for his strong personality, and often speaks about things that can cause controversy. Besides this, he is different from several footballers: he prefers rock instead of pagode, a Brazilian musical style, common among football players, and has a more classical style of dressing. According to Ceni: "I like to dress in a good way. I like to kick free kicks. I do not do to make myself. I feel well."
- As of 14 September 2014
|Club||Season||Série A||Copa do Brasil||Continental
- Mato Grosso State League: 1990
- São Paulo
- Brazilian League: 2006, 2007, 2008
- São Paulo State League: 1998, 2000, 2005
- FIFA Club World Cup: 2005
- Intercontinental Cup: 1993
- Copa Libertadores: 1993, 2005
- Copa Sudamericana: 2012
- Recopa Sudamericana: 1993, 1994
- Supercopa Sudamericana: 1993
- Copa CONMEBOL: 1994
- Torneio Rio-São Paulo: 2001
- Silver Ball: 2000, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008 – Best Goalkeeper in Série A by magazine Placar
- Golden Ball: 2008 – Best Player in Série A by magazine Placar
- Copa Libertadores: Best Player 2005
- FIFA Club World Cup: Best Player of the Tournament/Final 2005
- Brazilian Footballer of the Year: 2006, 2007 – Best Player of the Tournament
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- Aos 40, senhor Ceni avisa: ‘Espírito de competição ainda tem 18’
- Rogério Ceni renova com o São Paulo por mais uma temporada
- Rogério Ceni: "Consequência do trabalho"
- "Rogério Ceni opera joelho e desfalca São Paulo por um mês" [Rogério Ceni has knee operation, out for one month] (in Portuguese). Paraná Online. 11 January 2006. Retrieved 1 February 2012.
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- Seleção Brasileira (Brazilian National Team) 1996–1997; at RSSSF
- Seleção Brasileira (Brazilian National Team) 1998–1999
- Seleção Brasileira (Brazilian National Team) 2000–2001
- Seleção Brasileira (Brazilian National Team) 2002–2003
- Seleção Brasileira (Brazilian National Team) 2006–2007
- São Paulo official profile (Portuguese)
- CBF data (Portuguese)
- IFFHS Top Division goal scorer ranking among goalkeepers
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- Goal.com profile
- Official website (Portuguese)