Renato (footballer, born 1979)
Renato in training with Sevilla
|Full name||Renato Dirnei Florêncio Santos|
|Date of birth||15 May 1979|
|Place of birth||Santa Mercedes, Brazil|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 December 2017.
A central midfielder with good heading ability in spite of a small frame, he played most of his professional career in Spain with Sevilla, appearing in 286 official games with the club (39 goals scored).
Renato was born in Santa Mercedes, São Paulo. Known as Renatinho during his beginnings, he was a Guarani Futebol Clube youth graduate, and made his senior debut on 17 April 1996 when he started in a 0–1 Campeonato Paulista home loss against São Paulo FC. He scored his first professional goal on 6 September 1998, netting the first in a 2–0 home win over Sport Club Internacional.
Renato scored his first goal for the Fish on 7 February 2001, netting the first in a 3–0 home win against CR Vasco da Gama for the Torneio Rio–São Paulo championship. He added a further five during the campaign, being a regular starter.
In 2003, Renato scored a career-best nine goals in the year's Brasileirão, and was also an ever-present figure for the team in their Copa Libertadores run.
On 7 July 2004, Renato signed a five-year contract with Sevilla FC from Spain, aged 25. Alongside compatriots Adriano and Daniel Alves, as well as several club youth graduates, he would play an essential part in the Andalusians' La Liga consolidation, making his competition debut on 29 August: after just one minute on the pitch, in the start of the second half of the home fixture against Albacete Balompié, he scored the game's only goal.
From 2005 to 2007, Renato played 16 UEFA Cup games in both seasons combined, as Sevilla won the tournament twice in a row. His only goal was a decisive one, as he scored in the 2–0 home win against CA Osasuna in the second leg of the semi-finals of the 2006–07 edition (2–1 on aggregate); he was also utilized in both finals.
In the 2008–09 season, Renato netted eight times in 32 matches to help the side finish in third position. Four of those came from December 2008 to January 2009, against Real Madrid (4–3 win, away), Villarreal CF (1–0, at home), Deportivo de La Coruña (3–1 triumph, away) and CD Numancia (1–0, at home).
On 4 October 2009, Renato scored through a header in a 2–1 home win against Real Madrid. He contributed with 33 games and four goals to Sevilla's fourth-place finish, with the subsequent qualification to the UEFA Champions League. At the end of the campaign he extended his link to the club for a further year, until June 2012.
He was a regular starter during his first two years at the club, forming a strong midfield unit alongside internationals Nicolás Lodeiro and Clarence Seedorf, but later served as a backup to Gabriel; he was also marred by injuries during the 2013 season.
On 13 May 2014, Renato left Botafogo and returned to Santos, signing a deal until the end of the campaign. He was named among the substitutes two days later, but remained unused during the 4–2 home win against Princesa do Solimões Esporte Clube.
After struggling with injuries, Renato was mainly used as a backup to Arouca and Alison, playing as a defensive midfielder. On 13 January 2015, despite appearing in only 14 matches after his return, he renewed his contract for a further year.
On 1 March 2015, Renato scored his first goal after his return, netting his team's second in a 4–2 home win over Clube Atlético Linense. He was a regular starter during the season, partnering Thiago Maia and contributing with 53 appearances and two goals.
On 13 April 2016, aged already 36, Renato agreed to an extension with Santos until the end of 2017. The following 27 January, after being an ever-present figure during the year, he renewed his contract until December 2018.
Renato made his debut for Brazil in 2003, being picked for the squads at the 2004 Copa América and the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup: in the former he played all six matches – all minutes – and made five substitute appearances in the latter, with the national side winning both competitions.
- Appearance(s) in Torneio Rio–São Paulo
- Appearance(s) in Copa Libertadores
- Appearance(s) in UEFA Cup
- Appearance(s) in UEFA Super Cup
- Appearance(s) in UEFA Champions League
- Two appearances in Supercopa de España, one appearance in UEFA Super Cup
- Two appearances in UEFA Champions League, two appearances in UEFA Europa League
- Appearance(s) in Copa Sudamericana
- As of 4 November 2015
- Campeonato Brasileiro Série A: 2002, 2004
- Campeonato Paulista: 2015, 2016
- Copa do Brasil: Runner-up 2015
- Copa del Rey: 2006–07, 2009–10
- Supercopa de España: 2007; Runner-up 2010
- UEFA Cup: 2005–06, 2006–07
- UEFA Super Cup: 2006; Runner-up 2007
- Bola de Ouro: 2003
- "Guarani 0x1 São Paulo" (in Portuguese). Jogos do Guarani. Retrieved 7 December 2015.
- "Santos negocia volta de Viola após um ano" [Santos negotiate Viola's return after a year] (in Portuguese). Folha de S. Paulo. 11 July 2000. Retrieved 7 December 2015.
- "Santos derrota o Vasco e avança no Rio-São Paulo" [Santos defeat Vasco and advance in Rio-São Paulo] (in Portuguese). Folha de S. Paulo. 11 July 2000. Retrieved 7 December 2015.
- "Renato and Sales head for Seville". UEFA.com. 7 July 2004. Retrieved 23 June 2016.
- "Renato debuta y salva la papeleta al Sevilla" [Renato makes debut and saves Sevilla's bacon] (in Spanish). El País. 30 August 2004. Retrieved 23 June 2016.
- "El Sevilla sigue soñando con el triplete" [Sevilla are still dreaming of treble] (in Spanish). Marca. 3 May 2007. Retrieved 23 June 2016.
- "Sevilla run away with the trophy". UEFA.com. 11 May 2006. Retrieved 23 June 2016.
- "Palop ensures cup joy for Sevilla". UEFA.com. 17 May 2007. Retrieved 23 June 2016.
- Great effort goes unrewarded; Real Madrid CF, 7 December 2008
- Sevilla's Renato plays hero again; FIFA.com, 14 December 2008
- "El Sevilla se levanta con uno menos y remonta ante el Deportivo" [Sevilla rise with one less and come back from behind against Deportivo] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 10 January 2009. Retrieved 23 June 2016.
- "Renato rescata un barco a la deriva" [Renato rescues drifting boat] (in Spanish). Marca. 17 January 2009. Retrieved 15 May 2014.
- Renato uses his head to earn Sevilla victory against Real Madrid; The Guardian, 4 October 2009
- Renato signs on at Sevilla; UEFA.com, 28 May 2010
- "Official: Renato leaves Sevilla for Botafogo". Goal.com. 26 May 2011. Retrieved 26 May 2011.
- ""Artesão", Renato renasce no Bota em fase decisiva e briga por espaço" ["Craftsman", Renato is reborn at Bota in decisive phase and fights for a place] (in Portuguese). UOL Esporte. 18 November 2013. Retrieved 17 May 2014.
- "Santos FC acerta retorno do volante Renato" [Santos FC agree return of defensive midfielder Renato] (in Portuguese). Santos FC. 13 May 2014. Retrieved 17 May 2014.
- "Renato assina contrato por mais uma temporada" [Renato signs contract for a further season] (in Portuguese). Santos FC. 13 January 2015. Retrieved 15 January 2015.
- "Ídolo, volante Renato renova contrato com o Peixe até dezembro de 2017" [Idol, defensive midfielder Renato renews contract with the Fish until December 2017] (in Portuguese). Santos FC. 13 April 2016. Retrieved 17 April 2016.
- "Ídolo do Santos FC, meia Renato prorroga contrato até 31 de dezembro de 2018" [Santos FC idol, midfielder Renato extends contract until 31 December 2018] (in Portuguese). Santos FC. 27 January 2017. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
- Renato – FIFA competition record
- "Renato". Soccerway. Retrieved 8 November 2014.
- "Renato". Footballdatabase. Retrieved 13 July 2014.