Jefferson (footballer, born 1983)
|Full name||Jefferson de Oliveira Galvão|
|Date of birth||2 January 1983|
|Place of birth||São Vicente, Brazil|
|Height||1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|2003–2005||→ Botafogo (loan)||52||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26 November 2018|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 8 October 2015
Having begun his career at Cruzeiro and spent time on loan at Botafogo, Jefferson then spent four seasons in the Turkish Süper Lig in service of Trabzonspor and Konyaspor before returning to Botafogo. He is one of the eight footballers with the most appearances Botafogo club history, with 459 between the years of 2003 to 2005 and 2009 to 2018.
A former world champion at under-20 level, Jefferson made his senior debut for Brazil in 2011 and was named in their squads for two Copa América tournaments, the 2014 FIFA World Cup and their victory at the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup.
Born in São Vicente, São Paulo, Jefferson was an amateur sprinter before joining Ferroviária's youth setup in 1995, aged 12. He was a forward during his starts at the club, but was reconverted to goalkeeper in the process.
In 2003, after committing a number of high-profile mistakes at Cruzeiro, he was loaned to Botafogo in the same division.
In the summer of 2005, Jefferson joined Turkish Süper Lig team Trabzonspor in a four-year deal as a replacement for Australian goalkeeper Michael Petkovic. He made his debut abroad on 8 June, starting in a 2–1 home success against Kayserispor.
Jefferson appeared in further 14 matches in the season as Botafogo narrowly avoided relegation. On 18 April 2010, he saved a penalty from Adriano, which granted his side's title of Campeonato Carioca.
On 28 June 2011, Jefferson signed a contract extension through to the end of 2014. He was also elected the best goalkeeper of that year.
Jefferson was a starter for the Brazil under-20 team which became world champions in 2003, in the United Arab Emirates. In July 2011, he was called up to the main squad ahead of 2011 Copa América, acting as a backup to Júlio César, who started in all matches.
On 14 September 2011, he made his first international appearance with the main squad, starting in a 0–0 draw at Argentina, for that year's Superclásico de las Américas. Jefferson also started in the second leg, a 2–0 home success.
Jefferson was named to the 23-man squad ahead of the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2014 FIFA World Cup, both on home soil, with Brazil winning the Confederations Cup and reaching the semi-finals in World Cup. Jefferson played in Brazil's 2–0 win over Argentina in the 2014 Superclásico de las Américas in Beijing, saving a penalty from Lionel Messi. He was Brazil's starting goalkeeper at the 2015 Copa América, playing every minute as they reached the quarter-finals, losing in a penalty shoot-out to Paraguay.
Jefferson is known for being a devout Christian. On 22 October 2017, he was the victim of a carjacking when he was forced from his vehicle at gun point on his way to training in Rio de Janeiro. He was unharmed during the incident and his vehicle, a black Range Rover, was recovered by police later that day.
- As of 26 November 2018
|Club||Season||National League||National Cup||Continental[i]||Other[ii]||Total|
- Copa Sul-Minas: 2001, 2002
- Supercampeonato Mineiro: 2002
- Rio de Janeiro State League: 2010, 2013, 2018
- Taça Guanabara: 2010, 2013, 2015
- Taça Rio: 2010, 2012, 2013
- Campeonato Brasileiro Série B: 2015
- "2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil: List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 11 June 2014. p. 6. Retrieved 10 July 2014.
- "Jefferson – Profile". Confederations Cup Brazil 2013. FIFA.com. Archived from the original on 10 November 2013. Retrieved 21 January 2014.
- Jefferson foi velocista e ajudante de palhaço antes de chegar à Seleção (Jefferson was a sprinter and clown helper before getting to Seleção); G1, 24 May 2014 (in Portuguese)
- Jefferson resmen Trabzonspor’da (Jefferson officially in Trabzonspor); NTV, 7 July 2005 (in Turkish)
- Trabzonspor 2–1 Kayserispor; TFF, 8 June 2005 (in Turkish)
- Jefferson Konyaspor'da (Jefferson in Konyaspor); LIG TV, 10 July 2008 (in Spanish)
- Botafogo acerta com Jefferson, e goleiro pode ser apresentado nesta sexta (Botafogo signs Jefferson, and goalkeeper may be presented this friday); Globo Esporte, 25 August 2009 (in Portuguese)
- Bota e Flu empatam e seguem abraçados na zona de rebaixamento (Bota and Flu draw and keep embraced in the relegation zone); Globo Esporte, 13 September 2009 (in Portuguese)
- Botafogo vence, espanta "freguesia" e leva título antecipado (Botafogo wins, amazes "clientage" and gets anticipated title); Terra, 18 April 2010 (in Portuguese)
- Jefferson prorroga contrato com o Botafogo até 2014 (Jefferson extends contract with Botafogo until 2014); Diário Lance!, 28 June 2011 (in Portuguese)
- Superclássico? Argentina e Brasil fazem jogo sem sal (Superclássico? Argentina and Brazil play a boring game); Diário Lance!, 14 September 2011 (in Portuguese)
- Brasil derrota Argentina e fatura Superclássico das Américas (Brazil defeats Argentina and wins Superclássico de las Américas); O Estado de S. Paulo, 29 September 2011 (in Portuguese)
- "Felipão convocou os 23 jogadores para a Copa das Confederações" [Scolari called on 23 players for the FIFA Confederations Cup] (in Portuguese). CBF. 14 May 2013. Archived from the original on 7 June 2013. Retrieved 17 May 2013.
- World Cup 2014: Kaka and Robinho omitted from Brazil squad; BBC Sport, 7 May 2014
- "Argentina 0-2 Brazil". BBC Sport. 11 October 2014. Retrieved 11 October 2014.
- "Anderson Hernanes".
- "Neymar's Religion Helps Ease Burden Amid Concern of Divisiveness".
- Giana Guterres (5 March 2013). "Jefferson, goleiro do Botafogo, lê Salmo 91 antes de todos os jogos". The Christian Post (in Portuguese). Retrieved 12 July 2014.
- Blanchette, Rob (24 October 2017). "Brazilian Goalkeeper Jefferson Carjacked at Gunpoint on Way to Training". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 24 October 2017.
- Jefferson at Soccerway
- "Jefferson". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman.
- "Os eleitos do Prêmio Craque do Brasileirão!" (in Portuguese). Lance!. 6 December 2011. Archived from the original on 26 April 2012. Retrieved 24 December 2011.
- "Éverton Ribeiro leva o bi no Craque do Brasileirão; veja lista de premiados" (in Portuguese). sportv.com. 1 December 2014. Retrieved 1 December 2014.