Kaká (footballer, born 1981)
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|Full name||Claudiano Bezerra da Silva|
|Date of birth||16 May 1981|
|Place of birth||São José do Belmonte, Brazil|
|Height||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|2003||→ São Caetano (loan)||0||(0)|
|2003||→ Ituiutaba (loan)|
|2004–2005||→ Luverdense (loan)|
|2006||→ Jaciara (loan)|
|2010||→ Omonia (loan)||8||(0)|
|2011||→ Braga (loan)||12||(0)|
|2011–2012||→ APOEL (loan)||20||(0)|
|2013||→ Deportivo La Coruña (loan)||6||(0)|
|2013–2014||Deportivo La Coruña||11||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 May 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Claudiano Bezerra da Silva (born 16 May 1981), commonly known as Kaká (Portuguese pronunciation: [kaˈka] ( )), is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays for APOEL FC in Cyprus, as a central defender.
Kaká was born in São José do Belmonte, Pernambuco. Until 2006 he was on contract to União Bandeirante Futebol Clube, also being loaned to several modest Brazilian clubs. For 2006–07 he made the move to Europe, joining Portuguese side Académica de Coimbra and being an undisputed starter in his second season in the top division (all 30 games played, 2,700 minutes of action), as the Students finished in 12th position.
In the 2008 summer Kaká signed with Bundesliga's Hertha BSC, for €1.9 million. He made his debut in the competition on 17 August, playing the full 90 minutes in a 2–0 away win against Eintracht Frankfurt, and finished his debut campaign with 12 matches; after only appearing twice for the Berlin-based team in the first half of 2009–10 – the season eventually ended in relegation – he was loaned to AC Omonia in Cyprus on 31 January 2010, helping it win the First Division title for the first time in seven years.
After his return Kaká continued to be rarely played at Hertha and, in another winter transfer window move, returned to Portugal and joined S.C. Braga, yet on loan. With the Minho club he established himself as a regular, finishing the 2010–11 campaign with 20 official appearances, including eight in the team's UEFA Europa League run to the final, with the player playing in the decisive match against F.C. Porto (0–1 loss).
At the end of the season, Kaká returned to Hertha. On the last day of the 2011 summer transfer window he was once again loaned, this time to Cypriot champions and UEFA Champions League contenders APOEL FC. Kaká made his debut in the Champions League on 19 October 2011 in a 1–1 draw with Porto at the Estádio do Dragão. He added a further three appearances in the competition as APOEL eventually became the first Cypriot club to reach both the knockout stages and the quarterfinals for the first time ever.
In the summer of 2012, Kaká signed with Hungarian club Videoton FC. In late January of the following year he moved to La Liga, loaned to Deportivo de La Coruña, and the move was made permanent in July.
On 29 January 2014 Kaká signed an 18-month contract with APOEL, returning to his former club after one-and-a-half years. He made his debut on 9 February, coming on as an 84th minute substitute in a 2–1 league home win against Apollon Limassol, and scored his first goal one week later, in his team's 3–1 success at Alki Larnaca FC.
On 17 May 2014, in the league title decider between AEL Limassol and APOEL, Kaká suffered a head injury and rushed to the hospital when he was hit by a firecracker launched by AEL fans. The match was abandoned in the 51st minute when the score was still at 0–0, and replayed fifteen days later; he eventually helped his team to the national championship, adding the domestic cup.
- "Hertha BSC verleiht Kaka an Sporting Braga" [Hertha BSC loans Kaka to Sporting Braga] (in German). Hertha BSC. 27 January 2011. Retrieved 27 January 2011.
- "Ausleihe beendet: Europacup-Held Kaka kehrt zu Hertha zurück" [Loan over: Europacup-hero Kaka returns to Hertha] (in German). Die Welt. 20 May 2011. Retrieved 22 May 2011.
- "Kaka wechelt nach Zypern" [Kaka transfers to Cyprus] (in German). Hertha BSC. 31 August 2011. Retrieved 1 September 2011.
- "Porto draw keeps APOEL on top". UEFA.com. 19 October 2011. Retrieved 9 December 2011.
- Ákos Wéninger (28 August 2012). "Kaká a Vidiben folytatja" (in Hungarian). Videoton FC. Retrieved 22 September 2012.
- "El Deportivo ficha al central brasileño Kaká" [Deportivo signs Brazilian centre-back Kaká] (in Spanish). La Voz de Galicia. 31 January 2013. Retrieved 2 July 2014.
- "Kaká quiere demostrar en el Deportivo más de lo que rindió en sus cinco meses en A Coruña" [Kaká wants to show at Deportivo more than what he did in five months in A Coruña] (in Spanish). La Voz de Galicia. 10 July 2013. Retrieved 2 July 2014.
- "Στον Αρχάγγελο ο Claudiano Bezerra Da Silva (Kaka)" [Claudiano Bezerra Da Silva (Kaka) at Archaggelos] (in Greek). APOEL FC. 29 January 2014. Retrieved 29 January 2014.
- "APOEL vs. Apollon 2–1". Soccerway. 9 February 2014. Retrieved 9 February 2014.
- "Alki vs. APOEL 1–3". Soccerway. 15 February 2014. Retrieved 15 February 2014.
- "APOEL Nicosia vs AEL Limassol title decider abandoned due to Kaka's head injury from missile attack will be replayed". Daily Mail. 23 May 2014. Retrieved 23 May 2014.
- "Sheridan strike hands APOEL Cypriot title". UEFA.com. 31 May 2014. Retrieved 31 May 2014.
- "ΕΡΜΗΣ ΑΡΑΔΙΠΠΟΥ 0–2 ΑΠΟΕΛ" (in Greek). APOEL FC. 21 May 2014. Retrieved 21 May 2014.
- APOEL official profile
- Stats and profile at Zerozero
- Stats at ForaDeJogo
- Kaká at fussballdaten.de (German)
- Soccerway profile