Igor Rossi Branco

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This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Rossi and the second or paternal family name is Branco.
Igor Rossi
Personal information
Full name Igor Rossi Branco
Date of birth (1989-03-10) March 10, 1989 (age 27)
Place of birth Campinas, Brazil
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 12 in)
Playing position Centre-back
Club information
Current team
Heart of Midlothian
Number 4
Youth career
Internacional
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2010 Internacional 3 (0)
2011–2015 Marítimo B 47 (5)
2011–2015 Marítimo 25 (2)
2015– Heart of Midlothian 33 (2)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:43, 27 August 2016 (UTC).


Igor Rossi Branco or Igor Rossi for short (born 10 March 1989 in Campinas, São Paulo) is a Brazilian professional footballer, who plays for Scottish Premiership side Heart of Midlothian, as a centre-back. In addition to playing centre-back, Rossi can also play at left-back.[1] He has previously played for Internacional and Marítimo.

Football career[edit]

Marítimo[edit]

Igor Rossi began his career in Internacional. In 2010, moved to Marítimo, and started to play in the Marítimo's B team. At the end of the 2010–11 season, Igor Rossi was promoted to the first team.[2]

After included as an un-used substitute in the opening game of the season against Beira-Mar,[3] Igor Rossi made his debut for the senior team in the Primeira Liga on 11 December 2011, in a 1–0 against Benfica.[4] Rossi later made five appearance in the 2011–12 season.

In the 2012–13 season, Igor was included in the 25 man squad.[5] Igor then scored his first goal in a game against Benfica.[6] In his final season before being released, he played only four matches – two as a starter – and ten for the reserves in Segunda Liga.[7][8]

Heart of Midlothian[edit]

On 22 July 2015, he signed a one-year deal at Heart of Midlothian, newly returned to the Scottish Premiership.[7]

He made his debut eight days later in the first round of the season's Scottish League Cup at home against Arbroath, replacing double goalscorer Osman Sow for the final 13 minutes of a 4–2 victory.[9] On 2 August he played the full 90 minutes of his first league game, a 4–3 win against St Johnstone.[10]

Personal life[edit]

He is the older brother of Raphael Rossi Branco, who is also a defender, for Swindon Town in England.[11]

Igor Rossi has an Italian passport, allowing him to play in the United Kingdom without a work permit.[12]

Career statistics[edit]

Club statistics[13]
Club Season League League Cup National Cup Europe Other Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Marítimo 2011–12 5 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
2012–13 6 1 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 10 1
2013–14 12 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 1
2014–15 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total 25 2 4 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 33 2
Heart of Midlothian 2015–16 29 2 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 35 2
2016–17 4 0 1 0 0 0 3 2 0 0 8 2
Total 33 2 5 0 2 0 3 2 0 0 43 4
Career total 58 4 9 0 2 0 7 2 0 0 76 6

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Igor Rossi Branco: I'm perfect fit for Hearts". Edinburgh Evening News. 23 July 2015. Retrieved 13 August 2015. 
  2. ^ "Pedro Martins anuncia regressos e saídas" (in Portuguese). Pedro Martins anuncia regressos e saídas. 20 May 2011. Retrieved 13 August 2015. 
  3. ^ "Pedro Martins convoca todos os disponíveis" (in Portuguese). Record. 13 August 2011. Retrieved 13 August 2015. 
  4. ^ "Pedro Martins convoca todo o plantel" (in Portuguese). Record. 10 December 2011. Retrieved 13 August 2015. 
  5. ^ "Apresentação com 25 e sem surpresas" (in Portuguese). Record. 21 July 2012. Retrieved 13 August 2015. 
  6. ^ "1–2: El Benfica da un nuevo paso hacia el título al vencer al Marítimo de Funchal" (in Portuguese). Mundo Deportivo. 29 April 2013. Retrieved 13 August 2015. 
  7. ^ a b "Hearts: Igor Rossi Branco signs after Maritimo exit". BBC Sport. 22 July 2015. Retrieved 3 August 2015. 
  8. ^ "Ebinho e Micolta dispensados" (in Portuguese). A Bola. 6 June 2015. Retrieved 13 August 2015. 
  9. ^ Wilson, Richard (30 July 2015). "Hearts 4–2 Arbroath". BBC Sport. Retrieved 3 August 2015. 
  10. ^ Lindsay, Clive (2 August 2015). "Hearts 4–3 St Johnstone". BBC Sport. Retrieved 3 August 2015. 
  11. ^ Righetto, Guilherme (31 July 2015). "Branco sonhar em parar Firmino e Coutinho em amistoso contra o Liverpool" [Branco dreams of stopping Firmino and Coutinho in friendly against Liverpool] (in Portuguese). Futebol Interior. Retrieved 3 August 2015. 
  12. ^ "Branco 'will bring aggressive defending to Hearts'". 
  13. ^ Igor Rossi Branco profile at Soccerway

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