Rolando (footballer)

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This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Pires and the second or paternal family name is Fonseca.
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Rolando playing for Anderlecht in 2015
Personal information
Full name Rolando Jorge Pires da Fonseca
Date of birth (1985-08-31) 31 August 1985 (age 31)
Place of birth São Vicente, Cape Verde
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Number 6
Youth career
1999–2003 Campomaiorense
2003–2004 Belenenses
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2008 Belenenses 97 (7)
2008–2015 Porto 112 (7)
2013 Napoli (loan) 7 (0)
2013–2014 Internazionale (loan) 29 (4)
2015 Anderlecht (loan) 6 (0)
2015– Marseille 33 (4)
National team
2006–2008 Portugal U21 7 (0)
2009–2014 Portugal 19 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 27 January 2017.

Rolando Jorge Pires da Fonseca (born 31 August 1985), known simply as Rolando, is a Portuguese footballer who plays for French club Olympique de Marseille as a central defender.

Club career[edit]


Rolando was born in São Vicente, Cape Verde. After beginning his career in the youth ranks of lowly S.C. Campomaiorense, he finished his football formation with Lisbon's C.F. Os Belenenses, which he joined at nearly 18. In his Primeira Liga debut, on 28 August 2004, he played 90 minutes and scored a goal in a 3–0 home win against C.S. Marítimo.

Rolando went on to become an essential defensive figure onwards, appearing in all 30 games in the 2007–08 season as the club finished in eighth place.


On 15 April 2008, FC Porto confirmed that Rolando had agreed to part ways with Belenenses and join them on a four-year contract.[1][2] In his first season he quickly beat competition from veteran Pedro Emanuel, partnering Bruno Alves in the centre and netting three times in 28 matches as the northerners won the league and the domestic cup; in the 2009 summer, the club acquired an additional 10% of his economic rights, and the player also extended his link until 30 June 2014.[3]

In 2010–11, Rolando rarely missed a game for Porto, who won another national championship. On 17 February 2011 he opened the score at Sevilla FC through a header, in an eventual 2–1 win for the season's UEFA Europa League,[4] which ended in conquest.

Rolando started the 2011–12 campaign in scoring fashion, netting both Porto goals in the season's Portuguese Supercup, a 2–1 win against Vitória de Guimarães in Aveiro.[5] On 30 January 2013, completely ostracized by manager Vítor Pereira as practically all Portuguese players, he was transferred to S.S.C. Napoli in the Serie A, being loaned until June.[6]

On 10 August 2013, Internazionale confirmed the signing of Rolando in a season-long loan, for €600,000.[7][8] He scored his first goal for the club on 27 October, contributing to a 4–2 home win over Hellas Verona FC.[9]

In February 2015, after spending the first half of the new campaign ousted from the squad due to a run-in with the board of directors after he refused to join the team's pre-season,[10][11] Rolando was loaned to R.S.C. Anderlecht until June.[12]


On 1 September 2015, Rolando was signed by Olympique de Marseille.[13]

International career[edit]

Although born in Cape Verde, Rolando moved to Portugal at age of 14 and became a naturalized citizen in 2006. He immediately started playing for the nation's under-21s, for whom he appeared at the 2007 UEFA European Championship.

On 11 February 2009, Rolando was first called up to the full side but did not make his debut, in a friendly match with Finland in Faro (1–0 win). He was selected for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, but did not leave the bench.




  1. ^ Porto lure Rolando away from Lisbon;, 16 April 2008
  2. ^ "Porto sign Belenenses defender". Agence France-Presse. 15 April 2008. Retrieved 16 April 2008. 
  3. ^ "Relatório e contas 2009/2010" [Report and finance 2009/2010] (PDF) (in Portuguese). CMVM. 29 October 2010. Retrieved 23 January 2016. 
  4. ^ "Guarín gives Porto narrow win in Seville". 17 February 2011. Retrieved 18 February 2011. 
  5. ^ "Rolando double fires Porto to Super Cup triumph". PortuGOAL. 7 August 2011. Retrieved 30 April 2012. 
  6. ^ "Ufficiale: Rolando e Radosevic al Napoli. Ceduti Uvini al Siena e Fernandez al Getafe" [Official: Rolando and Radosevic to Napoli. Loaned Uvini to Siena and Fernandez to Getafe] (in Italian). S.S.C. Napoli. 31 January 2013. Retrieved 1 February 2013. 
  7. ^ F.C. Internazionale Milano S.p.A. bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 30 June 2014 (in Italian), PDF purchased from Italian C.C.I.A.A.
  8. ^ Rolando bolsters Nerazzurri rearguard; Inter Milan, 10 August 2013
  9. ^ "Inter 4–2 Verona. The goals came from Palacio, Cambiasso, Rolando and an own goal by Moras". La Gazzetta dello Sport. 27 October 2013. Retrieved 27 October 2013. 
  10. ^ "Lei Webster não garante saída a Rolando" [Webster Act does not guarantee Rolando departure] (in Portuguese). Rádio Renascença. 1 August 2014. Retrieved 4 February 2015. 
  11. ^ "FC Porto dificulta saída de Rolando" [FC Porto makes it hard for Rolando to leave]. Correio da Manhã (in Portuguese). 3 December 2014. Retrieved 4 February 2015. 
  12. ^ "Rolando Jorge Pires Fonseca to RSCA!". R.S.C. Anderlecht. 2 February 2015. Retrieved 8 February 2015. 
  13. ^ "Rolando: "L'OM, mon cadeau d'anniversaire"" [Rolando: "L’OM, my birthday present"] (in French). Olympique Marseille. 1 September 2015. Retrieved 23 January 2016. 

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