Neto (footballer, born 1989)
Neto warming up with Fiorentina
|Full name||Norberto Murara Neto|
|Date of birth||19 July 1989|
|Place of birth||Araxá, Brazil|
|Height||1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 May 2018|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 24 September 2013
Neto began his career with Brazilian side Atlético Paranaense and later played for Italian side Fiorentina. He joined Juventus in 2015, where he won the domestic double in each of his two seasons with the club, serving as a back-up to starter Gianluigi Buffon in the league, but appearing in all of the club's games in both of their victorious Coppa Italia campaigns.
Born in Araxá, Minas Gerais, Neto was installed as Atlético Paranaense's first-choice goalkeeper for the 2010 Brazilian Série A season. After being sent off in the first match of the campaign and serving a two-match suspension, he returned and started every game for the club until October, when he was forced to miss several games after being called up for the Brazil national team.
Neto agreed a deal to play for Italian club Fiorentina on 5 January 2011, signing the contract three days later. He made his competitive debut for Fiorentina in the 4th round of the 2011–12 Coppa Italia on 24 November 2011 against fellow Tuscans Empoli, winning 2–1.
Neto joined Juventus on a four-year contract on 3 July 2015. On 23 September 2015, Neto made his Juventus debut, starting in a 1–1 home draw against Frosinone. On 16 December 2015, Neto achieved his first clean sheet with the club in a 4–0 win over cross-city rivals Torino during a Coppa Italia match. He kept his first clean sheet in the league in the club's final match of the season, on 14 May 2016, which ended in a 5–0 home win over Sampdoria, as Juventus celebrated their Serie A title victory. On 21 May, he kept another clean sheet to win the Coppa Italia 1–0 against Milan in Rome's Stadio Olimpico.
In his second season with the club, Neto made his UEFA Champions League debut on 7 December 2016, in Juventus's final group match, keeping a clean sheet in a 2–0 home win over Dinamo Zagreb. Although he served as a back-up to Buffon in the league, he was Juventus's starting goalkeeper in the Coppa Italia, featuring in all of the club's matches in the competition, including the 2–0 victory over Lazio in the final on 17 May 2017, as Juventus won their 12th Coppa Italia title, becoming the first team to win three consecutive championships and league-cup doubles.
On 7 July 2017, Neto joined Valencia CF on a four-year contract in a €7 million deal, plus an additional €2 million in conditional bonuses. He made his debut for the club on 18 August, starting in a 1–0 La Liga home win against UD Las Palmas.
Neto was in the Brazil squad for the 2012 Olympic tournament, playing in their two opening group stage wins over Egypt and Belarus before being replaced by Gabriel as the nation went on to win the silver medal.
He was one of seven stand-by players named by Dunga for the senior team at the 2015 Copa América, but was eventually called into the main squad after a knee injury to Diego Alves. Neto remained on the bench as Jefferson played as first-choice goalkeeper, and Brazil reached the quarter-finals.
- As of 5 May 2018
|Atlético Paranaense||2009||Série A||2||0||0||0||—||—||2||0|
- "Neto deixa o Atlético-PR e acerta com a Fiorentina" [Neto leaves Atlético-PR and joins Fiorentina]. Lance! (in Portuguese). January 5, 2011. Archived from the original on April 1, 2012. Retrieved January 6, 2011.
- "Neto passa nos exames e é confirmado na Fiorentina" [Neto passes tests and is confirmed as a Fiorentina player]. Globo Esporte (in Portuguese). January 8, 2011. Retrieved January 9, 2011.
- "Coppa Italia final: Rafael Benitez's Napoli beat Fiorentina 3–1". BBC Sport. 3 May 2014. Retrieved 13 May 2014.
- "Official: Neto joins Juventus". Football Italia. 3 July 2015. Retrieved 23 November 2015.
- "Juventus held to draw at home by minnows Frosinone". ESPN FC. 23 September 2015. Retrieved 23 November 2015.
- "Coppa: Four-star Juve crush Toro". Football Italia. 16 December 2015. Retrieved 16 December 2015.
- "Juve celebrate in the sign of Five". Football Italia. 14 May 2016. Retrieved 14 May 2016.
- "Juventus 5 Sampdoria 0: Dybala double wraps up season in style". FourFourTwo. 14 May 2016. Retrieved 14 May 2016.
- "AC Milan 0-1 Juventus (aet)". bbc.com. 21 May 2016. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
- "CL: Higuain breaks Juve drought". Football Italia. 7 December 2016. Retrieved 8 December 2016.
- "JUVENTUS WINS HISTORIC THIRD STRAIGHT COPPA ITALIA". beinsports.com. 17 May 2017. Retrieved 17 May 2017.
- "Neto, new Valencia CF player until 2021". 7 July 2017.
- "Official: Valencia sign Neto". Football Italia. 7 July 2017. Retrieved 18 July 2017.
- "Este Valencia pinta bien" [This Valencia look good] (in Spanish). Marca. 18 August 2017. Retrieved 18 August 2017.
- Mark Meadows (3 January 2015). "Fiorentina keeper Neto rejects new contract". Reuters. Retrieved 6 February 2016.
- "Kaka among 7 alternates in Brazil's Copa America squad". ESPN. Associated Press. 12 May 2015. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
- "Diego Alves Ruled Out of Copa America With Serious Knee Injury". beIN Sports. 24 May 2015. Retrieved 26 May 2015.
- "Neto". Soccerway. Retrieved 23 November 2015.
- "Neto: Medals in Men's Football". BBC Sport. Retrieved 28 February 2017.
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