Sergio Claudio dos Santos
Serginho with Milan in 2007
|Full name||Sérgio Cláudio dos Santos|
|Date of birth||June 27, 1971|
|Place of birth||Nilópolis, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Height||1.81 m (5 ft 11 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Left back|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Sérgio Cláudio dos Santos (Serginho for short; born June 27, 1971 in Nilópolis, Brazil) is a former association footballer, who last played as a left winger and left back for A.C. Milan. His nickname is Il Concorde, due to his quick and tireless pace on the pitch.
Style of play
He was an incredibly pacey player who could play either at left back or left wing. He maintained his extraordinary pace well into his mid-late 30's. He was also a terrific crosser of the ball as well regularly assisting at least 10 goals a season.
He played for Cruzeiro EC and Bahia, and moved to AC Milan from São Paulo FC in 1999. At Milan, Serginho was always a fringe player, starting on the bench but often being the first substitute. He contributed to Milan's 2003 UEFA Champions League victory over Juventus, scoring the first of Milan's three penalty scores in the shootout. 2005 was a reversal of fortune as Milan made the CL final again but lost on penalties to Liverpool, with Serginho whistling his shot over the crossbar.
The apex of Serginho's Milan career was when he scored a goal and contributed three assists in a 6–0 thrashing of crosstown rival Internazionale on May 11, 2001.
On May 16, 2008 it was announced that Serginho and compatriot Cafu would be leaving Milan at the end of the season. Serginho also immediately announced his retirement at the end of the season. On May 18 he played the final minutes of the match against Udinese and appeared quite moved at the end of the game.
On September 4, 2011, Serginho played for Milan Glorie (combination of former AC Milan players) in an exhibition match against Indonesia All-Star Legend (combination of former Indonesian football players) at Gelora Bung Karno Stadium where he netted four times in a 5-1 victory. Another Milan Glorie's goal was scored by Dida who was re-deployed as striker. Indonesia All-Star Legend's consolation goal was scored by Ricky Yacobi.
- A.C. Milan
Serie A: 2004
Coppa Italia: 2003
UEFA Champions League: 2003, 2007
FIFA Club World Cup: 2007
UEFA Supercup: 2003, 2007
- Profile at UEFA.com