Casemiro with Real Madrid in 2015
|Full name||Carlos Henrique José Francisco Venâncio Casimiro|
|Date of birth||23 February 1992|
|Place of birth||São José dos Campos, Brazil|
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Defensive midfielder|
|2013||→ Real Madrid B (loan)||15||(1)|
|2013||→ Real Madrid (loan)||1||(0)|
|2014–2015||→ Porto (loan)||28||(3)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:53, 18 March 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23 March 2017
Carlos Henrique José Francisco Venâncio Casimiro (born 23 February 1992), known as Casemiro, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Brazilian national team as a defensive midfielder.
Born in São José dos Campos, São Paulo, Casemiro was a product of São Paulo FC's youth system. From the age of 11 upwards, he acted as captain to its sides; 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.
On 7 April 2012, Casemiro scored the first goal of a 2–0 win over Mogi Mirim Esporte Clube at the Arena Barueri in that year's Campeonato Paulista after replacing the injured Fabrício early on, but was later sent off. São Paulo also won the Copa Sudamericana, with the player making one substitute appearance in a 5–0 home success against Club Universidad de Chile in the quarter-final second leg on 7 November.
In late January 2013, Casemiro was loaned to Real Madrid in Spain, being assigned to the B-team in Segunda División. He played his first game in the competition on 16 February, starting in a 1–3 defeat at CE Sabadell FC.
Casemiro made his La Liga debut on 20 April 2013, playing the full 90 minutes in a 3–1 home win over Real Betis. On 2 June he scored his first goal in Europe, opening the reserves' 4–0 win over AD Alcorcón at the Alfredo di Stéfano Stadium; eight days later the move was made permanent, for four years and a fee of R$18.738 million.
Casemiro was loaned to FC Porto on 19 July 2014, in a season-long loan. He totalled 40 games overall for the Portuguese, netting four times including a free kick on 10 March 2015 in a 4–0 home win (5–1 aggregate) over FC Basel in the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League.
On 5 June 2015, Casemiro returned to Real Madrid who activated his buyback clause, and two months later his contract was extended until 2021. On 13 March of the following year, he scored his first competitive goal for the Merengues, heading home an 89th-minute corner kick by Jesé in a 2–1 victory at UD Las Palmas.
After being mostly a reserve player under Rafael Benítez, Casemiro became first-choice under his successor Zinedine Zidane, and contributed with 11 appearances in the season's Champions League as the tournament ended in win. In the final against Atlético Madrid, he featured the full 120 minutes in a 1–1 draw in Milan (penalty shootout triumph).
After appearing with the under-20s at the 2011 South American U-20 Championship, Casemiro made his debut for the Brazilian full side on 14 September 2011 in a 0–0 draw against Argentina, aged just 19. He was named in the squad for the 2015 Copa América, but did not play any matches in the quarter-final exit in Chile.
|Real Madrid B||2012–13||15||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||15||1|
- São Paulo
- Real Madrid
- UEFA Champions League: 2013–14, 2015–16
- Copa del Rey: 2013–14
- UEFA Super Cup: 2016
- FIFA Club World Cup: 2016
- Brazil: the talent factory 2010 featuring Eron, Casemiro, Lucas Moura, Alan Patrick, Bernardo, Elkeson and Neto Berola; Pitaco do Gringo, 20 September 2010
- Casemiro & Neymar, forever rivals; FIFA.com, 12 September 2013
- 11 jogadores que “mudaram de nome” durante a carreira (11 players who “changed names” during their careers); UOL Esporte, 15 October 2016 (in Portuguese)
- No finzinho, São Paulo empata com o Cruzeiro em ótimo jogo no Morumbi (In the very end, São Paulo draws with Cruzeiro in great game at the Morumbi); Globo Esporte, 15 August 2010 (in Portuguese)
- "Líder, São Paulo freia Mogi Mirim e completa dez vitórias seguidas" [Leader, São Paulo restrains Mogi Mirim and completes ten consecutive victories] (in Portuguese). Placar. 7 April 2012. Retrieved 16 March 2016.[permanent dead link]
- "Sao Paulo terminó con el sueño de U. de Chile en la Copa Sudamericana" [São Paulo ended the dream of U. de Chile in the South American Cup] (in Spanish). Radio Cooperativa. 7 July 2012. Retrieved 16 March 2016.
- São Paulo empresta Casemiro ao Real Madrid, e volante começará no time B (São Paulo loans Casemiro to Real Madrid, and midfielder will start in B-team) Archived 19 December 2013 at the Wayback Machine.; Lance Net, 31 January 2013 (in Portuguese)
- 3–1: Aníbal lidera la victoria del Sabadell ante el Castilla (3–1: Aníbal leads Sabadell win against Castilla); Mundo Deportivo, 16 February 2013 (in Spanish)
- Ozil at the double for faltering Real Archived 1 January 2014 at the Wayback Machine.; ESPN FC, 20 April 2013
- Jiménez, Rubén (2 June 2013). "Fiesta de graduación del Castilla que complica al Alcorcon" [Castilla graduation party makes life harder for Alcorcón] (in Spanish). Marca. Retrieved 16 March 2016.
- Real make Casemiro deal permanent; FIFA.com, 11 June 2013
- Real Madrid anuncia oficialmente a compra de Casemiro (Real Madrid officially announces purchase of Casemiro) Archived 13 June 2013 at the Wayback Machine.; Gazeta Esportiva, 10 June 2013 (in Portuguese)
- "Relatório da diretoria 2013" [Directorial report 2013] (PDF) (in Portuguese). São Paulo FC. 18 April 2014. Retrieved 9 June 2015.
- "Official announcement: Casemiro". Real Madrid. 19 July 2014. Retrieved 19 July 2014.
- "Ex-FC Porto Casemiro é o exemplo de Lucas Silva" [Former FC Porto man Casemiro is Lucas Silva's model] (in Portuguese). O Jogo. 13 November 2015. Retrieved 16 March 2016.
- "Yacine Brahimi and Casemiro turn on the style to help Porto defeat Basel". The Guardian. 10 March 2015. Retrieved 16 March 2016.
- "Official announcement: Casemiro". Real Madrid. 5 June 2015. Retrieved 5 June 2015.
- "Official announcement: Casemiro". Real Madrid. 31 August 2015. Retrieved 31 August 2015.
- "Las Palmas 1–2 Real Madrid". BBC Sport. 13 March 2016. Retrieved 14 March 2016.
- "La diferencia es Casemiro" [Casemiro is the difference] (in Spanish). Marca. 3 April 2016. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
- "Spot-on Real Madrid defeat Atlético in final again". UEFA.com. 28 May 2016. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
- Bolas na trave não resolvem: Brasil e Argentina ficam no zero em Córdoba (Balls in the bar do not solve it: Brazil and Argentina stay blank in Córdoba); Globo Esporte, 14 September 2011 (in Portuguese)
- "Oscar left out of Brazil's Copa America squad". Goal.com. 5 May 2015. Retrieved 16 March 2016.
- "Casemiro". Soccerway. Retrieved 17 September 2014.
- Casemiro at ESPN FC