Casemiro

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Casemiro
Casemiro with Brazil in 2018
Personal information
Full name Carlos Henrique Casimiro[1]
Date of birth (1992-02-23) 23 February 1992 (age 32)[2]
Place of birth São José dos Campos, Brazil
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)[3]
Position(s) Defensive midfielder
Team information
Current team
Manchester United
Number 18
Youth career
2002–2010 São Paulo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2013 São Paulo 92 (9)
2013Real Madrid Castilla (loan) 15 (1)
2013Real Madrid (loan) 1 (0)
2013–2022 Real Madrid 221 (24)
2014–2015Porto (loan) 28 (3)
2022– Manchester United 41 (5)
International career
2009 Brazil U17 7 (1)
2011 Brazil U20 15 (3)
2011– Brazil 75 (7)
Medal record
Men's football
Representing  Brazil
Copa América
Winner 2019 Brazil
Runner-up 2021 Brazil
FIFA U-20 World Cup
Winner 2011 Colombia
South American U-20 Championship
Winner 2011 Peru
South American U-17 Championship
Winner 2009 Venezuela
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 19:14, 24 February 2024 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 14:46, 18 October 2023 (UTC)

Carlos Henrique Casimiro (born 23 February 1992), known as Casemiro,[4] is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder for Premier League club Manchester United and captains the Brazil national team. Regarded as one of the best defensive midfielders in the world, he is known for his defensive abilities, ball-winning skills, and tackling.[5][6][7] He was included in the FIFA FIFPro World XI in 2022.[8]

Casemiro began his career with São Paulo and progressed through the ranks. He scored 11 goals in 111 games as a midfielder for the club. His defensive abilities caught the attention of Real Madrid, and he joined the club on loan in January 2013. He played 15 games for Real Madrid Castilla during his loan spell. Afterward, he was signed permanently by Real Madrid for a fee of £5.1 million, becoming a part of their first-team squad at the Santiago Bernabéu.

After joining Real Madrid, Casemiro initially struggled to break into the first team. He was loaned to FC Porto for €15 million in order to gain more playing time. During his time at Porto, Casemiro performed impressively and helped the team reach the Champions League quarterfinals.[9] Real Madrid decided to reacquire him for €7.00m in the summer transfer window of 2015.[10] After returning to the club, Casemiro played a crucial role in Real Madrid's success, contributing to their triumphs in various competitions. He has won numerous trophies, including three La Liga titles, three Supercopa de España, three FIFA Club World Cups, three UEFA Super Cups, one Copa del Rey, and five UEFA Champions Leagues. In 2022, after winning his fifth Champions League title at Madrid, he joined Manchester United for a transfer worth a reported €70.65m. He won the EFL Cup in his first season there.[11]

A full international since 2011, Casemiro was in Brazil's squad at the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups, as well as four Copa América tournaments, winning the 2019 Copa América and the runners-up of the 2021 edition.

Club career[edit]

São Paulo[edit]

2003–2010: Youth career[edit]

Born in São José dos Campos, São Paulo, Casemiro was a product of São Paulo's youth system. From the age of 11 upwards, he acted as captain to its sides;[12][13] he was known as "Carlão" – an augmentative form of his first name in Portuguese – early on, and would be called up for the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup.[14]

2010–2013: Consistent success[edit]

Casemiro made his Série A debut on 25 July 2010, in an away loss against Santos. He scored his first goal as a professional on 15 August, helping to a 2–2 draw with Cruzeiro.[15]

On 7 April 2012, Casemiro scored the first goal of a 2–0 win over Mogi Mirim at the Arena Barueri in that year's Campeonato Paulista after replacing the injured Fabrício early on, but was later sent off.[16] São Paulo also won the Copa Sudamericana, with the player making one substitute appearance in a 5–0 home success against Universidad de Chile in the quarter-final second leg on 7 November.[17]

Real Madrid[edit]

2013–2015: First successes and loan to Porto[edit]

On 31 January 2013, Casemiro was loaned to Real Madrid in Spain, being assigned to the B-team in Segunda División.[18] He played his first game in the competition on 16 February, starting in a 1–3 defeat at Sabadell.[19] Casemiro made his La Liga debut on 20 April, playing the full 90 minutes in a 3–1 home win over Real Betis.[20] On 2 June, he scored his first goal in Europe, opening the reserves' 4–0 win over Alcorcón at the Alfredo Di Stéfano Stadium.[21] Eight days after his first goal for Real Madrid Castilla, the move was made permanent for four years and a fee of R$18.738 million was paid.[22][23][24]

Casemiro was loaned to Porto on 19 July 2014 in a season-long loan.[25] He totalled 41 games overall for the Portuguese club, scoring four goals,[26] including a free kick on 10 March 2015 in a 4–0 home win over Basel in the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League.[27]

2015–2016: Becoming first-choice[edit]

Casemiro playing for Real Madrid in 2015

On 5 June 2015, Casemiro returned to Real Madrid who activated his buyback clause,[28] and two months later his contract was extended until 2021.[29] On 13 March 2016, he scored his first competitive goal for the Merengues, heading home an 89th-minute corner kick by Jesé in a 2–1 victory at Las Palmas.[30] After being mostly a reserve player under Rafael Benítez, Casemiro became first-choice under his successor Zinedine Zidane,[31] and contributed with 11 appearances in that season's Champions League. In the final against Atlético Madrid, he featured the full 120 minutes, as Real Madrid won their 11th title in a penalty shoot-out after a 1–1 draw.[32]

2016–2022: Prolific success[edit]

Casemiro scored four goals in 25 matches in the 2016–17 La Liga, helping his team win the league title for the first time in five years.[33][34] He then scored a long-range strike in the Champions League final against Juventus, helping his team to a 4–1 victory.[35] He again found the net on 8 August, putting his team ahead in a 2–1 victory over Manchester United in the 2017 UEFA Super Cup.[36]

During the 2017–18 Champions League, Casemiro made 12 appearances while scoring one goal,[37] as Madrid won their third consecutive and 13th overall title in the competition.[38] He was a regular starter during the season, as Real Madrid won the 2019–20 La Liga.[39] In August 2021, he extended his contract until June 2025.[40] Casemiro was a starter for Real Madrid when they won their 14th Champions League title. Casemiro was named Man of the Match, as Real Madrid defeated Eintracht Frankfurt 2–0 for the 2022 Super Cup.[41]

Manchester United[edit]

Casemiro during his unveiling as a new Manchester United player at Old Trafford in 2022

On 19 August 2022, Real Madrid and Manchester United announced that they had reached an agreement for the transfer of Casemiro.[42][43] Three days later, he signed a four-year contract with the English club, with an option for an additional year's extension.[44] The deal was reportedly worth £60 million, plus £10 million in add-ons.[45] Casemiro was later reported as having previously told his agent to relay a message to Manchester United that he would bring them back into form after their 4-0 defeat at the hands of Brentford, saying "Tell them I’ll fix it."[46] He made his debut for the club when he came on as a substitute in a Premier League win away at Southampton on 27 August.[47] On 22 October, he scored his first Premier League goal from a header in the 94th minute in a 1–1 away draw against Chelsea.[48]

Casemiro was highly praised by his manager Erik ten Hag in January, who commented: "Casemiro is magnificent. In front of the back line, always taking good positions, in and out of position. And he can deal with the ball, he can give the right pass. So, he can accelerate the game and if necessary, he can score."[49] On 4 February, Casemiro was given a red card for violent conduct during a match against Crystal Palace for putting his hands around the neck of Will Hughes during a confrontation which also saw Antony and Jeffrey Schlupp receive yellow cards. This resulted in a three-match domestic ban; United would go on to win the match 2–1.[50] On 26 February, Man Utd won the EFL Cup, Casemiro's first trophy at the club and United's first trophy since 2017, with Casemiro scoring the opening goal in the 33rd minute of the 2–0 victory against Newcastle United in the final. His performance also earned him the Alan Hardaker Trophy. On 12 March, Casemiro was given a red card for a tackle on Carlos Alcaraz in a match against Southampton where referee Anthony Taylor overturned his initial yellow card decision for a straight red card after a VAR review, and Casemiro received a four match suspension; Man Utd would go on to draw the match 0–0.[51] Casemiro would be the only player of the 2022–23 Premier League to receive 2 red cards, and the only Man Utd player to receive a red card for that season.[52]

On 20 September 2023, he scored a brace in a 4–3 defeat against Bayern Munich on his 100th appearance in European competitions, in the opening match of the 2023–24 Champions League season.[53]

International career[edit]

Youth teams[edit]

Casemiro scored one goal in seven appearances for the Brazil under-17 team.[54] He played for the Brazil under-20 team at the 2011 South American U-20 Championship and the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup,[55] scoring three goals in 15 appearances in total at this level.[54]

Senior team[edit]

Casemiro playing for Brazil in 2018

Casemiro made his debut for the Brazil senior team on 14 September 2011, in a 0–0 draw against Argentina, aged 19.[56] He was named by manager Dunga in the Brazilian squad for the 2015 Copa América, but did not play any matches in the quarter-final exit in Chile.[57]

On 5 May 2016, he was named among the 23-man list for the Copa América Centenario to be held in the United States.[58]

In May 2018, Casemiro was selected by manager Tite for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.[59] He made his debut in the competition on 17 June, playing 60 minutes in a 1–1 group stage draw to Switzerland.[60]

In May 2019, he was included in Brazil's 23-man squad for the 2019 Copa América on home soil.[61] In the final group game at the Arena Corinthians against Peru, he scored his first international goal to open a 5–0 victory, but was also sent off for two yellow cards and suspended from the next match.[62] He started in Brazil's 3–1 victory over Peru in the 2019 Copa América Final on 7 July, at the Maracanã Stadium.[63]

He was named to the 2021 Copa América squad on 9 June 2021.[64] In Brazil's third group match on 23 June, he scored the match–winning goal following a Neymar corner in injury time, to help his team defeat Colombia 2–1.[65] On 10 July, he started in his nation's 1–0 defeat to rivals Argentina in the final.[66]

On 7 November 2022, Casemiro was named in the squad for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.[67] On 28 November, he scored the winning goal in the second group match against Switzerland.[68] Brazil were eliminated by Croatia in the quarter-finals on 9 December, following a 4–2 penalty shoot-out loss after a 1–1 draw following extra-time, although Casemiro was able to net his spot kick.[69]

Style of play[edit]

Casemiro mainly plays as a defensive midfielder,[70] although he has also been deployed in anchor man role in the centre of the pitch,[71][72] or even as a centre-back on occasion.[73] Casemiro is an intelligent, physically strong, mobile, aggressive, and hard-tackling midfielder, with an extremely high work-rate and good technical ability.[74][72][75][76] While he is mainly known for his ability to provide balance to his teams by supporting his more offensive-minded teammates defensively, and distributing the ball to them accurately after winning back possession, he is also a well-rounded midfielder, who possesses a powerful shot from outside the penalty area, and reliable distribution, as well as an ability to get forward with his runs off the ball, or start attacks with his passing. These characteristics also enable him to contribute offensively, or even score goals, in addition to breaking up plays.[72][77][78][79][80][81] Moreover, his quick reactions, as well as his excellent positional sense, ability to read the game, and good anticipation, enable him to excel in a holding midfield role in front of the defence, by cutting out counter-attacks and shielding the back-line.[72][74][82][83][84]

Often described as a "destroyer" in the media,[85] he has drawn praise from pundits for his energetic and combative style of play,[86][87][88] as well as his tactical awareness and abilities as a ball winner, which enable him to cover ground, track back, and press opponents.[77][81][83][89][90][91] His tenacity on the pitch, exemplified by his fierce challenges and stamina,[92] have led Marca to nickname him "The Tank."[93] In addition to his footballing abilities, he also stands out for his competitive spirit, mentality, consistency, and determination on the pitch.[74][94] Despite maintaining a good disciplinary record, he has, however, also come into criticism in the media at times over his excessively aggressive challenges on the pitch.[95] Casemiro's playing style has drawn comparisons with that of former Real Madrid defensive midfielder Claude Makélélé,[74] as well as compatriot Toninho Cerezo.[79]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 24 February 2024
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League State league[a] National cup[b] League cup[c] Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
São Paulo 2010[96] Série A 18 2 0 0 0 0 18 2
2011[96] Série A 21 4 12 1 5 1 2[d] 0 40 6
2012[96] Série A 22 0 18 2 9 1 1[d] 0 50 3
2013[96] Série A 1 0 2[e] 0 3 0
Total 61 6 31 3 14 2 5 0 111 11
Real Madrid Castilla (loan) 2012–13[96] Segunda División 15 1 15 1
Real Madrid (loan) 2012–13[96] La Liga 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Real Madrid 2013–14[96] La Liga 12 0 7 0 6[f] 0 25 0
2015–16[96] La Liga 23 1 1 0 11[f] 0 35 1
2016–17[96] La Liga 25 4 5 0 9[f] 2 3[g] 0 42 6
2017–18[96] La Liga 30 5 1 0 12[f] 1 5[h] 1 48 7
2018–19[96] La Liga 29 3 5 0 6[f] 1 3[i] 0 43 4
2019–20[96] La Liga 35 4 1 0 8[f] 1 2[j] 0 46 5
2020–21[96] La Liga 34 6 1 0 10[f] 1 1[j] 0 46 7
2021–22[96] La Liga 32 1 3 0 11[f] 0 2[j] 0 48 1
2022–23[96] La Liga 1 0 0 0 0 0 1[k] 0 2 0
Total 222 24 24 0 73 6 17 1 336 31
Porto (loan) 2014–15[96][97] Primeira Liga 28 3 1 0 2 0 10[f] 1 41 4
Manchester United 2022–23[98] Premier League 28 4 5 2 6 1 12[l] 0 51 7
2023–24[99] Premier League 13 1 1 0 2 1 2[f] 2 18 4
Total 41 5 6 2 8 2 14 2 69 11
Career total 367 39 31 3 45 4 10 2 102 9 17 1 572 58
  1. ^ Includes Campeonato Paulista
  2. ^ Includes Copa do Brasil, Copa del Rey, Taça de Portugal, FA Cup
  3. ^ Includes Taça da Liga, EFL Cup
  4. ^ a b Appearance(s) in Copa Sudamericana
  5. ^ Appearances in Copa Libertadores
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  7. ^ One appearance in UEFA Super Cup, two in FIFA Club World Cup
  8. ^ One appearance and one goal in UEFA Super Cup, two appearances in Supercopa de España, two in FIFA Club World Cup
  9. ^ One appearance in UEFA Super Cup, two in FIFA Club World Cup
  10. ^ a b c Appearance(s) in Supercopa de España
  11. ^ Appearance in UEFA Super Cup
  12. ^ Appearances in UEFA Europa League

International[edit]

As of match played 17 October 2023[100]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Brazil 2011 1 0
2012 4 0
2013 0 0
2014 2 0
2015 2 0
2016 4 0
2017 7 0
2018 12 0
2019 14 3
2020 2 0
2021 11 1
2022 10 2
2023 6 1
Total 75 7
As of match played 17 October 2023
Scores and results list Brazil's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Casemiro goal[100]
List of international goals scored by Casemiro
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition Ref.
1 22 June 2019 Arena Corinthians, São Paulo, Brazil 39  Peru 1–0 5–0 2019 Copa América [101]
2 6 September 2019 Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, United States 42  Colombia 1–0 2–2 Friendly [102]
3 13 October 2019 National Stadium, Kallang, Singapore 45  Nigeria 1–1 1–1 Friendly [103]
4 23 June 2021 Estádio Olímpico Nilton Santos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 52  Colombia 2–1 2–1 2021 Copa América [104]
5 27 January 2022 Estadio Rodrigo Paz Delgado, Quito, Ecuador 60  Ecuador 1–0 1–1 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification [105]
6 28 November 2022 Stadium 974, Doha, Qatar 67   Switzerland 1–0 1–0 2022 FIFA World Cup [106]
7 25 March 2023 Ibn Batouta Stadium, Tangier, Morocco 70  Morocco 1–1 1–2 Friendly [107]

Honours[edit]

São Paulo

Real Madrid

Manchester United

Brazil U17

Brazil U20

Brazil

Individual

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