Diego Cavalieri

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Diego Cavalieri
Diego Cavalieri Palmeiras.jpg
Cavalieri playing for Palmeiras in 2007
Personal information
Full name Diego Cavalieri[1]
Date of birth (1982-12-01) 1 December 1982 (age 36)[1]
Place of birth São Paulo, Brazil
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)[2]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Number 12
Youth career
2001–2002 Palmeiras
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2008 Palmeiras 65 (0)
2008–2010 Liverpool 0 (0)
2010 Cesena 0 (0)
2010–2017 Fluminense 204 (0)
2018 Crystal Palace 0 (0)
2019– Botafogo 0 (0)
National team
2012–2013 Brazil 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 28 February 2018

Diego Cavalieri (born 1 December 1982) is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Botafogo.

Cavalieri is of Italian ancestry and holds both an Italian and Brazilian passport.[3] He has earned three caps for the Brazil national team between 2012 and 2013 and was part of the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup winning team.

Club career[edit]


Born in São Paulo,[1] Cavalieri started his career at Palmeiras, where he made his debut on 24 June 2002 in a 4–0 away win over Rio Claro. Cavalieri played 33 times in the Brazilian Championship.[4]


On 11 July 2008, he signed a four-year contract with Liverpool for an undisclosed fee believed to be in the region of £3 million.[5][6]

Cavalieri became the third Brazilian player at the club, following the signings of Fábio Aurélio and Lucas. Upon his arrival, he was handed the number 1 shirt, last worn by Jerzy Dudek.[7] Cavalieri made his competitive debut on 23 September 2008 against Crewe Alexandra in the third round of the League Cup. He made his UEFA Champions League debut on 9 December against PSV and his FA Cup debut against Preston North End almost a month later. Cavalieri appeared four times during the 2009–10 season, taking his total of appearances to eight for the club, though he never made an appearance in the Premier League. On 29 July, Cavalieri played the full 90 minutes in Liverpool's first leg of their UEFA Europa League third qualifying round tie against Macedonian side Rabotnički. Liverpool won 2–0 thanks to a David N'Gog header and a Steven Gerrard penalty.


On 18 August 2010, former Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson confirmed Cavalieri would join Cesena after the Europa League tie against Trabzonspor. Cavalieri had been unable to dislodge Pepe Reina at Anfield since the Brazilian keeper joined Liverpool from Palmeiras in 2008. The deal was confirmed on 23 August 2010, with Brad Jones taking the vacated number 1 shirt. He left Anfield for an undisclosed fee, having played ten games in two years for Liverpool, none in the Premier League.[8] Cavalieri did not feature in a Serie A game during his six-month stint with Cesena, with head coach Massimo Ficcadenti preferring 41-year-old veteran Francesco Antonioli to him. However, he did play a game in the Coppa Italia, with Cesena losing to Novara by 3 goals to 1.


On 29 December 2010, Cavalieri returned to Brazil, signing with Fluminense.[9] After securing his place in the starting XI during 2011, he was an essential part on Fluminense's title campaign in 2012 First Division, and his displays earned him his debut on national team and the Best Goalkeeper award in that year.

Crystal Palace[edit]

On 2 March 2018, Cavalieri was signed by Premier League club Crystal Palace on a short-term contract.[10] He was released by the club in June on expiry of his contract.[11]

International career[edit]

On 13 November 2012, Cavalieri was called up by Mano Menezes for the Brazil squad that will play Superclásico de las Américas.[12] Playing 90 minutes, Cavalieri, in his debut, won the title.







  1. ^ a b c "Cavalieri: Diego Cavalieri: Player". BDFutbol. Retrieved 30 December 2017.
  2. ^ "Diego Cavalieri". FIFA. Archived from the original on 22 March 2014. Retrieved 21 January 2014.
  3. ^ "Diego Cavalieri profile". Liverpool F.C. Archived from the original on 30 July 2008. Retrieved 30 July 2008.
  4. ^ "Diego Cavalieri Profile". ZeroZeroFootball. Retrieved 27 September 2009.
  5. ^ "Liverpool sign keeper Cavalieri". BBC Sport. 11 July 2008. Retrieved 30 July 2008.
  6. ^ "Rafa 'making progress' on targets". Eurosport. 12 July 2008. Retrieved 20 July 2008.[dead link]
  7. ^ "Liverpool sign keeper Cavalieri". BBC Sport. 11 July 2008. Retrieved 30 July 2008.
  8. ^ "Stopper on the move". Liverpool F.C. 23 August 2010. Archived from the original on 26 August 2010. Retrieved 23 August 2010.
  9. ^ "Diego Cavalieri chega ao Rio nesta semana" (in Portuguese). Fluminense Football Club. 29 December 2010. Retrieved 2 January 2011.
  10. ^ "Cavalieri Joins Palace". cpfc.co.uk. 2 March 2018. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  11. ^ "Three First-Team Players To Depart Palace". cpfc.co.uk. 8 June 2018. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  12. ^ Mano Menezes convoca seleção e atende a pedidos (Portuguese)
  13. ^ "Conheça os grandes vencedores do futebol brasileiro" [Meet the big winners of Brazilian football] (in Portuguese). CBF. 23 November 2012. Archived from the original on 30 November 2012. Retrieved 23 November 2012.

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