Rafael (football goalkeeper, born 1982)
|Full name||Rafael de Andrade Bittencourt Pinheiro|
|Date of birth||3 March 1982|
|Place of birth||São Paulo, Brazil|
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|1995||Nacional (SP)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 07:39, 19 March 2017 (UTC).
Rafael de Andrade Bittencourt Pinheiro (born 3 March 1982) simply known as Rafael, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Cagliari. He also holds an Italian passport.
He arrived in Italy after playing 17 (of 19) matches in 2007 Campeonato Paulista, ahead of Maurício. He was an understudy of Júlio Sérgio, Fábio Costa and Doni at Santos FC. In Verona, after missing only three games (of a possible 136) in four seasons of Lega Pro, the third highest football league in Italy, Rafael played a crucial role in helping his team reach the 2010-2011 Lega Pro Division One playoffs and win them, to return to Serie B after a four-year absence. Two seasons later, the Brazilian goalkeeper and his teammates of Verona reach the second place and were promoted to Serie A, with Rafael that impose itself as the best goalkeeper in the junior category (only 29 goals conceded in 40 games).
Rafael was successively confirmed as first choice keeper for the club's Serie A comeback season in 2013, despite the signing of Bulgarian international Nikolay Mihaylov, playing 37 games out of 38 during the full championship.
As of 15 July 2015.
- "Scheda anagrafica di De Andrade Bittencou Rafael Pinheiro" (in Italian). AIC Football. Retrieved 25 September 2014.
- "Muralha brasileira na Itália: Sem sofrer gols fora de casa há quase um ano, Rafael, do Verona, é o goleiro menos vazado do calcio na temporada". Esporte Site (in Portuguese). 3 March 2010. Retrieved 15 December 2010.
- In this name, Andrade Bittencourt Pinheiro is the surname. According to Portuguese customs, the last one, Pinheiro usually his paternal surname but sometimes "Bittencourt–Pinheiro" is also possible. Moreover, the first surname Andrade may be his paternal surname, in although it is rare in Portuguese culture. However the first surname Andrade, is his paternal surname is common in Spanish name. When lack of information, he may refer as "Mr. Pinheiro" or "Rafael" in although other possibility existed.
- "Carriera di Rafael De Andrade Bittencourt Pinheiro". Tutto Calciatori. Retrieved 28 December 2008.
- "L'entusiasmo dei nuovi, Rafael e Iovine". Hellas Verona FC (in Italian). 21 July 2007. Retrieved 15 February 2010.
- "Rafael De Andrade Bittencourt Pinheiro". Hellas Verona F.C. Retrieved 2011-11-16.
- [Serie B 2012-2013 http://www.gazzetta.it/speciali/risultati_classifiche/2013/calcio/serieb/classifiche.shtml#]
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