Fábio Bilica

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Not to be confused with Douglas Bilica.
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Personal information
Full name Fábio Alves da Silva
Date of birth (1979-01-04) 4 January 1979 (age 38)
Place of birth Campina Grande, Brazil
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Centre back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–1998 Vitória 10 (2)
1998–2002 Venezia 75 (1)
2002–2004 Palermo 12 (0)
2003 Brescia (loan) 11 (0)
2003–2004 Ancona (loan) 16 (1)
2004 Goiás 0 (0)
2004 Grêmio 24 (1)
2005 1. FC Köln 15 (0)
2006–2007 Istres 41 (2)
2007–2008 Universitatea Cluj 17 (0)
2008–2009 Sivasspor 34 (1)
2009–2012 Fenerbahçe 46 (1)
2012–2015 Elazığspor 73 (1)
National team
1999–2000 Brazil U-23 16 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11:25, 12 February 2014 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22 November 2007

Fábio Alves da Silva (born 4 January 1979), commonly known as Bilica, is a retired Brazilian footballer who played as a defender.[1]

Club career[edit]

Bilica is infamous for his statement during his time at Venezia when he claimed that he would break the legs of Roberto Baggio, who was playing for Brescia at that time. Baggio wound up getting injured and stayed on the sidelines for several months.[citation needed]

Bilica made his debut at Bahia. He then later played for clubs including Palermo, Köln and many more.

In 2004, Bilica was approached by Goiás Esporte Clube, as part of the manager Celso Roth's preparations for the 2004 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A. However, the negotiations with the Goiânia club did not go as expected.[2] Bilica was then signed by the Porto Alegre club Grêmio.[3] At Grêmio, Fábio Bilica was part of the squad that was relegated to the Série B. In a disastrous campaign, Grêmio was virtually relegated with four rounds to go to the end of the season, and Bilica was dismissed by the team after problems with the club, such as a verbal altercation with heckling fans, arguments with the coach Cláudio Duarte, and for the poor campaign and financial conditions of the club.[4][5] Bilica was released by the club after the end of the season, amidst problems with the club president, Paulo Odone, and allegations of indiscipline and improper conduct.[6]

In November 2007, he arrived in Romania, at Universitatea Cluj; there he played in 17 matches; he was appreciated, but in the last game of the season against rivals from CFR Cluj, Bilica fouled an opponent in his own penalty area, so CFR Cluj scored their winning goal. After this match, it was suspected that he did not play fair against CFR Cluj, helping them to win the Romanian championship instead of Steaua Bucharest.[citation needed]

Bilica signed for Sivasspor in July 2008 and caught the attention of Fenerbahçe. He later signed with Fenerbahçe on 8 June 2009 in exchange for Yasin Çakmak and €1.5 million.

International career[edit]

Bilica was a member of the Brazil Olympic team at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney where he reached the quarter finals, Brazil lost to Cameroon at the quarter finals. He played in the Olympic team alongside much more famous players as Ronaldinho, Lúcio and Fábio Aurélio.


While playing for Venezia during the 1999–2000 Serie A season, Bilica replaced the goalkeeper who had been sent off and then proceeded to save a penalty from A.C. Milan striker Andriy Shevchenko.




  1. ^ "Bilica" (in German). kicker.de. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Goiás e Cruzeiro buscam segunda vitória no Brasileiro" (in Portuguese). folha.uol.com.br. 24 April 2004. Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Grêmio contrata o zagueiro Fábio Bilica" (in Portuguese). folha.uol.com.br. 13 May 2004. Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Fábio Bilica briga e deixa o Grêmio" (in Portuguese). Otrabuco. Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "Fábio Bilica é dispensado do Grêmio". Esportes.terra.com.br. 26 November 2004. Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  6. ^ [1][dead link]

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