Rolando playing for Portugal (2011)
|Full name||Rolando Jorge Pires Fonseca|
|Date of birth||31 August 1985|
|Place of birth||São Vicente, Cape Verde|
|Height||1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
(on loan from Porto)
|2013||→ Napoli (loan)||7||(0)|
|2013–2014||→ Internazionale (loan)||5||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 October 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Rolando Jorge Pires da Fonseca (born 31 August 1985 in São Vicente, Cape Verde), simply known as Rolando, is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Internazionale on loan from F.C. Porto, as a central defender.
After beginning his career in the youth ranks of lowly S.C. Campomaiorense, Rolando finished his football formation with Lisbon's C.F. Os Belenenses, which he joined at nearly 18. In his first division debut, on 28 August 2004, he played 90 minutes and scored a goal in a 3–0 home win against C.S. Marítimo.
Rolando went on to become an essential defensive figure onwards, appearing in all 30 games in the 2007–08 season as the club finished in eighth place.
On 15 April 2008, F.C. Porto confirmed that Rolando had agreed to part ways with Belenenses and join them on a four-year contract. In his first season he quickly beat competition from veteran Pedro Emanuel, partnering Bruno Alves in the centre and netting three times in 28 matches as the northerners won the league and the domestic cup.
In 2010–11 Rolando rarely missed a game for Porto, who won another national championship. On 17 February 2011 he opened the score at Sevilla FC through a header, in an eventual 2–1 win for the season's UEFA Europa League, which ended in conquest.
Rolando started the 2011–12 campaign in scoring fashion, netting both Porto goals in the season's Portuguese Supercup, a 2–1 win against Vitória de Guimarães in Aveiro. On 30 January 2013, completely ostracized by manager Vítor Pereira as practically all Portuguese players, he was transferred to S.S.C. Napoli in the Serie A, being loaned until June.
On 10 August 2013 Internazionale confirmed the signing of Rolando, in a season-long loan with the option to make the move permanent afterwards. He scored his first goal for the club on 27 October, contributing to a 4–2 home win over Hellas Verona FC.
Although born in Cape Verde, Rolando moved to Portugal at age of 14 and became a naturalized citizen in 2006, immediately starting playing for the nation's U-21s, for whom he appeared at the 2007 UEFA European Football Championship.
On 11 February 2009 Rolando was first called up to the full side but did not make his debut, in a friendly match with Finland in Faro (1–0 win). He was selected for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, but did not leave the bench.
- UEFA Europa League: 2010–11
- Portuguese League: 2008–09, 2010–11, 2011–12
- Portuguese Cup: 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11
- Portuguese Supercup: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
- UEFA Super Cup: Runner-up 2011
- Portuguese League Cup: Runner-up 2009–10
- Porto lure Rolando away from Lisbon; UEFA.com, 16 April 2008
- "Porto sign Belenenses defender". Agence France-Presse. 15 April 2008. Retrieved 16 April 2008.
- "Guarín gives Porto narrow win in Seville". UEFA.com. 17 February 2011. Retrieved 18 February 2011.
- win "Rolando double fires Porto to Super Cup triumph". PortuGOAL. 7 August 2011. Retrieved 30 April 2012.
- "Ufficiale: Rolando e Radosevic al Napoli. Ceduti Uvini al Siena e Fernandez al Getafe" [Official: Rolando and Radosevic to Napoli. Loaned Uvini to Siena and Fernandez to Getafe] (in Italian). Napoli's official website. 31 January 2013. Retrieved 1 February 2013.
- Rolando bolsters Nerazzurri rearguard; Inter's official website, 10 August 2013
- "Inter 4–2 Verona. The goals came from Palacio, Cambiasso, Rolando and an own goal by Moras" (in English). La Gazzetta dello Sport. 27 October 2013. Retrieved 27 October 2013.
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