Firmino training with Brazil in 2014
|Full name||Roberto Firmino Barbosa de Oliveira|
|Date of birth||2 October 1991|
|Place of birth||Maceió, Brazil|
|Height||1.81 m (5 ft 11 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Forward, attacking midfielder|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:04, 21 May 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 4 May 2017
Roberto Firmino Barbosa de Oliveira (born 2 October 1991), commonly known as Roberto Firmino or solely as Firmino, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays for Premier League club Liverpool and the Brazil national team as an attacking midfielder, forward or winger.
Starting his career with Figueirense in 2009, he spent four-and-a-half seasons at Hoffenheim. His 16 goals in 33 games for the 2013–14 Bundesliga season earned him the award for the league's Breakthrough Player. In July 2015, he signed for Premier League club Liverpool.
Born in Maceió, Alagoas, Firmino joined Figueirense's youth setup in 2008, aged 17, after starting out at CRB. He was discovered by a dentist, Marcellus Portella. With the latter, he was mainly used as a defensive midfielder.
Firmino made his professional debut on 24 October 2009, coming on as a half-time substitute for Toninho in a 1–2 home loss against Ponte Preta, for the Série B championship. In January 2010 he was definitely promoted to the main squad.
Firmino scored his first professional goal on 8 May 2010, netting the winner in an away success against São Caetano. He contributed with eight goals in 36 appearances during the season, as Figueira returned to Série A after a two-year absence.
Firmino signed with Hoffenheim in December 2010, with the contract running until June 2015. He formally arrived at Hoffenheim on 1 January 2011. Then Hoffenheim manager Ernst Tanner commented that they were "pleased to hire a Brazilian talent". He made his debut a month later in a Bundesliga defeat against Mainz, where he came on as a 75th-minute substitute for Sebastian Rudy. He scored his first goal for the club on 16 April, the only goal of a league victory against Eintracht Frankfurt.
He was dropped from the first-team squad along with Chinedu Obasi at the end of November 2011 for showing up late for training, missing the league match against Bayer Leverkusen. He would score two more goals that season, against Wolfsburg and Borussia Mönchengladbach.[when?] In the 2012–13 season, Firmino made 36 appearances and scored seven goals.
Team captain Andreas Beck hailed Firmino's development as "outstanding".[when?] On 27 March 2014, Firmino extended his contract with the club, signing a three-year extension. He finished the 2013–14 Bundesliga season tied as the fourth highest scorer with 16 goals, and was named the league's Breakthrough Player.
On 23 June 2015, while he was competing for Brazil at the Copa América, Hoffenheim and Firmino agreed terms for him to transfer to Premier League club Liverpool for up to £29 million on conclusion of the tournament, subject to a work permit. Liverpool confirmed the signing the following day, subject to a medical. The deal was finalised on 4 July.
Firmino made his Liverpool debut in a pre-season friendly away to Swindon Town on 2 August, and his league debut a week later, replacing Jordon Ibe for the final 12 minutes of a 1–0 win at Stoke City. On 21 November, Firmino scored his first goal for Liverpool in a 4–1 victory over Manchester City at the City of Manchester Stadium. In January 2016, Firmino was described by Paul Little of the Irish Examiner as steadily improving during his first season in England, although an inability to combine with centre forward Christian Benteke drew criticism.
However, in 2016 Firmino's form improved as manager Jürgen Klopp played him alone up front in a False 9 role. He scored braces against Arsenal and Norwich City that month; the latter performance, in which he also assisted in a 5–4 win, earned comparisons to Raheem Sterling. With his form improved, Firmino was voted to be Liverpool's Player of the Month in January. Firmino ended the season as Liverpool's league top scorer with ten goals.
Firmino said that it was his "dream" to play in the national team though he had no "contact with national team manager Dunga". On 23 October 2014, Firmino received his first call up to Brazil national football team for the friendly matches against Turkey and Austria. He commented, "I'm very happy about the nomination and would especially like to thank the team". He debuted in a 4–0 win over Turkey on 12 November, replacing fellow debutant Luiz Adriano for the last 17 minutes. Firmino scored his first goal six days later in the latter match, a 2–1 away win.
In May 2015, Firmino was included in Brazil's 23-man squad for the 2015 Copa América to be held in Chile. On 21 June, he scored in a 2–1 defeat of Venezuela to qualify the Seleção for the knockout stage as Group C winners.
Style of play
Firmino primarily plays as an attacking midfielder, but he can also play as a forward, winger or central midfielder, with Firmino using his speed, close control and vision wherever he is deployed.
Ryan Babel, a teammate of Firmino's at Hoffenheim, described him as "a tricky player. He can dribble, shoot, he has a great shot, he can play a lot of through balls and his assists are very good", while also praising a heading ability which would not be common amongst other players of Firmino's stature. Babel also stated that Firmino had a humble mentality and no problems with attitude.
Firmino is married to Larissa Pereira, with whom he has two children.
- As of 21 May 2017.
- As of 4 May 2017.
|Brazil national team|
- Scores and results list Brazil's goal tally first:
|1.||18 November 2014||Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna, Austria||Austria||2–1||2–1||Friendly|
|2.||29 March 2015||Emirates Stadium, London, England||Chile||1–0||1–0||Friendly|
|3.||10 June 2015||Estádio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre, Brazil||Honduras||1–0||1–0||Friendly|
|4.||21 June 2015||Estadio Monumental David Arellano, Santiago, Chile||Venezuela||2–0||2–1||2015 Copa América|
|5||6 October 2016||Arena das Dunas, Natal, Brazil||Bolivia||5–0||5–0||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|
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