Rolando (footballer)

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This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Pires and the second or paternal family name is Fonseca.
Rolando
Rolando – Portugal vs. Argentina, 9th February 2011.jpg
Rolando playing for Portugal (2011)
Personal information
Full name Rolando Jorge Pires Fonseca
Date of birth (1985-08-31) 31 August 1985 (age 28)
Place of birth São Vicente, Cape Verde
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Porto
Youth career
1999–2003 Campomaiorense
2003–2004 Belenenses
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2008 Belenenses 97 (7)
2008– Porto 112 (7)
2013 Napoli (loan) 7 (0)
2013–2014 Internazionale (loan) 29 (4)
National team
2006–2008 Portugal U21 7 (0)
2009– Portugal 19 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 May 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 5 March 2014

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 F.C. Porto, as a central defender.

Club career[edit]

Belenenses[edit]

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.

Porto[edit]

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.[1][2] 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,[3] 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.[4] 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.[5]

On 10 August 2013 Internazionale confirmed the signing of Rolando, in a season-long loan with the option to make the move permanent afterwards.[6] He scored his first goal for the club on 27 October, contributing to a 4–2 home win over Hellas Verona FC.[7]

International career[edit]

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.

Honours[edit]

Porto

References[edit]

  1. ^ Porto lure Rolando away from Lisbon; UEFA.com, 16 April 2008
  2. ^ "Porto sign Belenenses defender". Agence France-Presse. 15 April 2008. Retrieved 16 April 2008. 
  3. ^ "Guarín gives Porto narrow win in Seville". UEFA.com. 17 February 2011. Retrieved 18 February 2011. 
  4. ^ "Rolando double fires Porto to Super Cup triumph". PortuGOAL. 7 August 2011. Retrieved 30 April 2012. 
  5. ^ "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. 
  6. ^ Rolando bolsters Nerazzurri rearguard; Inter's official website, 10 August 2013
  7. ^ "Inter 4–2 Verona. The goals came from Palacio, Cambiasso, Rolando and an own goal by Moras". La Gazzetta dello Sport. 27 October 2013. Retrieved 27 October 2013. 

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