Diego Cavalieri

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Diego Cavalieri
Diego Cavalieri Palmeiras.jpg
Cavalieri playing for Palmeiras in 2007
Personal information
Full name Diego Cavalieri
Date of birth (1982-12-01) 1 December 1982 (age 33)
Place of birth São Paulo, Brazil
Height 189 cm (6 ft 2 in)[1]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Number 12
Youth career
2001–2002 Palmeiras
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002 Palmeiras B 0 (0)
2002–2008 Palmeiras 65 (0)
2008–2010 Liverpool 1 (0)
2010 Cesena 0 (0)
2011– Fluminense 152 (0)
National team
2012–2013 Brazil 3 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:35, 11 September 2015 (UTC).

† Appearances (goals)

Diego Cavalieri (born 1 December 1982) is a Brazilian footballer who plays for Fluminense as a goalkeeper. He is of Italian ancestry and holds both an Italian and Brazilian passport.[2]

Club career[edit]


Born in São Paulo, 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, conceding 47 goals.[3]


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.[4][5]

Cavalieri became the third Brazilian player at the club, following the signings of Fábio Aurélio and Lucas. Upon his arrival, Cavalieri was handed the number 1 shirt, last worn by Jerzy Dudek.[6] Cavalieri made his competitive debut on 23 September 2008 against Crewe Alexandra in the 3rd round of the League Cup. Cavalieri made his UEFA Champions League debut on 9 December against PSV Eindhoven and made his FA Cup debut against Preston almost a month later. Cavalieri appeared 4 times during the 2009/2010 season, taking his total of appearances to 8 for the club, though he never made his league debut. On 29 July, Cavalieri played the full 90 minutes in Liverpool's 1st leg of their UEFA Europa League 3rd qualifying round tie against Rabotnicki Skopje. 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 Diego Cavalieri would join Cesena after the UEFA 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 10 games in two years for Liverpool, none in the Premier League.[7] Cavalieri did not feature in a league 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 Italian Cup, with Cesena to Novara by 3 goals to 1.[clarification needed]


On 29 December 2010, he was signed by Fluminense.[8] 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.

National team[edit]

On November 13, 2012, Cavalieri was called up, by Mano Menezes, for seleção brasileira that will play Superclásico de las Américas.[9] Playing 90 minutes, Cavalieri, in his début, won the title with Seleção.




National team[edit]



  1. ^ "Diego Cavalieri". fifa.com. FIFA. Retrieved 21 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Diego Cavalieri profile". Liverpool F.C. Retrieved 30 July 2008. 
  3. ^ "Diego Cavalieri Profile". ZeroZeroFootball. Retrieved 27 September 2009. 
  4. ^ "Liverpool sign keeper Cavalieri". BBC Sport. 11 July 2008. Retrieved 30 July 2008. 
  5. ^ "Rafa 'making progress' on targets". Eurosport. 2008-07-12. Retrieved 2008-07-20. [dead link]
  6. ^ "Liverpool sign keeper Cavalieri". BBC Sport. 11 July 2008. Retrieved 30 July 2008. 
  7. ^ "Stopper on the move". Liverpool F.C. 23 August 2010. Retrieved 23 August 2010. 
  8. ^ "Diego Cavalieri chega ao Rio nesta semana" (in Portuguese). Fluminense Football Club. 29 December 2010. Retrieved 2 January 2011. 
  9. ^ Mano Menezes convoca seleção e atende a pedidos (Portuguese)

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