Rubinho (footballer)

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Personal information
Full name Rubens Fernando Moedim
Date of birth (1982-08-04) 4 August 1982 (age 36)
Place of birth São Paulo, Brazil
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Number 16
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2005 Corinthians 34 (0)
2005–2006 Vitória Setúbal 12 (0)
2006–2009 Genoa 95 (0)
2009–2011 Palermo 6 (0)
2010–2010Livorno (loan) 11 (0)
2010–2011Torino (loan) 26 (0)
2012–2016 Juventus 2 (0)
2016–2017 Como 0 (0)
2017 Genoa 2 (0)
2018– Avaí 0 (0)
National team
2000–2003 Brazil U20 19 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 28 May 2017

Rubens Fernando Moedim (born 4 August 1982), known as Rubinho, is a Brazilian footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Avaí FC.

After starting out at Corinthians, he went on to spend most of his professional career in Italy.

Club career[edit]

Having started at Sport Club Corinthians Paulista, São Paulo-born Rubinho played his first four professional seasons there. In January 2006 he signed with Portugal's Vitória de Setúbal,[1] helping the Sadinos achieve a final comfortable eighth position in the Primeira Liga.

Subsequently, Rubinho moved to Italy's Serie B, joining Genoa C.F.C. where he was an undisputed starter from early on, achieving promotion to Serie A in his first season (29 games played). He appeared in the exact number of matches in the following campaign, as the team ranked tenth.[2]

On 6 August 2009, Rubinho joined U.S. Città di Palermo signing a five-year contract, with Marco Amelia, whom occupied the same position, moving in the opposite direction – both players were valued at 5 million.[3][4] He was loaned out to A.S. Livorno Calcio on February of the following year, after losing his place to young Salvatore Sirigu.[5]

On 29 June 2010, A.C. ChievoVerona initially agreed with Palermo to sign Rubinho on loan, subject to Stefano Sorrentino's sale.[6] The deal eventually collapsed[7] but, on 31 August, he signed for Torino F.C. in division two, in the same predicament.[8]

Despite Sirigu refusing to sign a new contract with Palermo and being eventually cast aside, Benussi was used in the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League third qualifying round, which ended in elimination at the hands of FC Thun, and Rubinho even lost his second-choice status for that tie, with Giacomo Brichetto taking his place. On 16 December 2011, he terminated his contract with the club.[9]

On 29 August 2012, after training with Grêmio Barueri Futebol in his country and going on trial with A.S. Varese 1910, even signing with the latter,[10] Rubinho joined Juventus F.C. on a one-year deal.[11] During his spell, he played second-fiddle to Gianluigi Buffon and Marco Storari,[12] although he became known as a key dressing room personality for the Turin side.[13] He made his competitive debut on 18 May 2013, coming on for Storari in the 80th minute of a 2–3 away defeat to U.C. Sampdoria on the final match of the season as the club had already been crowned champions;[14] subsequently, he renewed his contract.[13]

Rubinho made his second appearance for the club on 18 May 2014, coming on for Buffon and keeping a clean sheet in a 3–0 home win over Cagliari Calcio as the Old Lady celebrated another league title under manager Antonio Conte with a record 102 points.[15] In late June 2014, he agreed to another extension.[16]

On 30 August 2015, whilst on the bench of an away fixture against A.S. Roma, Rubinho received a straight red card in the 65th minute of the eventual 1–2 loss for unsportsmen-like conduct.[17] After four seasons with the club, he left Juventus on 30 June 2016 following the expiration of his contract.[2]

International career[edit]

Rubinho represented Brazil in the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship, being first-choice.[18]

Style of play[edit]

A reliable and experienced shot-stopper,[2] Rubinho was also known for his leadership and vocal presence in goal, being considered a key dressing room personality for his teams throughout his career.[13] As a goalkeeper, he also stood out for his speed when rushing off his line to collect the ball or anticipate opponents who had beaten the off-side trap, and was known for his ability to get to ground quickly to parry shots. Moreover, he was effective in his distribution and competent with the ball at his feet.[19]

Personal life[edit]

Rubinho's older brother, Zé Elias, was also a professional footballer. A midfielder, he played for nearly 15 clubs during 16 years, including Inter Milan.[20]




  1. ^ Italy calling for Artmedia starlet;, 12 January 2006
  2. ^ a b c "Valeu, Rubinho" [Kudos, Rubinho]. Juventus F.C. 1 July 2016. Retrieved 21 November 2016.
  3. ^ "Amelia al Genoa, preso Rubinho" [Amelia to Genoa, Rubinho comes] (in Italian). U.S. Palermo. 5 August 2009. Retrieved 12 August 2011.
  4. ^ Genoa CFC 2009 annual report. (in Italian). C.C.I.A.A. 28 April 2010.
  5. ^ "Scambio di portieri con il Livorno Rubinho-Benussi" [Goalkeeper exchange with Livorno Rubinho-Benussi] (in Italian). U.S. Palermo. 1 February 2010. Retrieved 1 February 2010.
  6. ^ "L'Arena: "Rubinho è gialloblu. Anche il Palermo vuole Meggiorini"" [L'Arena: "Rubinho is gialloblu. Palermo also wants Meggiorini"] (in Italian). Chievo Calcio. 30 June 2010. Archived from the original on 6 July 2010. Retrieved 1 July 2010.
  7. ^ "Sorrentino, fumata grigia" [Sorrentino, Greek smoke] (in Italian). Chievo Calcio. 2 July 2010. Archived from the original on 6 July 2010. Retrieved 4 July 2010.
  8. ^ "Movimenti in uscita del Palermo" [Exit movements in Palermo] (in Italian). U.S. Palermo. 31 August 2010. Retrieved 31 August 2010.
  9. ^ "Formalizzata la rescissione di Rubinho" [Rubinho rescision official] (in Italian). U.S. Palermo. 16 December 2011. Retrieved 15 February 2012.
  10. ^ "A tu per tu... con Rubinho" [Face to face... with Rubinho] (in Italian). Tutto Mercato Web. 9 August 2012. Retrieved 4 September 2012.
  11. ^ "Rubinho in bianconero" [Rubinho in black-and-white] (in Italian). Juventus F.C. 29 August 2012. Archived from the original on 6 December 2012. Retrieved 4 September 2012.
  12. ^ "Non solo Buffon e Storari, la Juventus ha un parco portieri da gestire: anche Leali e Pinsoglio..." [Not only Buffon and Storari, Juventus has a pool of goalkeepers to manage: Leali and Pinsoglio as well...] (in Italian). 1 July 2014. Retrieved 2 October 2015.
  13. ^ a b c Claudio Colla (1 February 2013). "Possibile rinnovo con la Juve per l'ex-granata Rubinho" [Possible renewal with Juve for the former granata Rubinho] (in Italian). Tutto Mercato Web. Retrieved 15 December 2015.
  14. ^ "Rubinho a JC: "Esordio? Non ho parole, non me l'aspettavo. Serata indimenticabile. Facile inserirsi in questo gruppo bello, unito e vincente"" [Rubinho to JC: "Debut? I have no words, I didn't expect it. An unforgettable night. It's easy to fit into this wonderful, united, and successful group at Juve"] (in Italian). Tutto Juve. 18 May 2013. Retrieved 15 December 2015.
  15. ^ G.B. Olivero (18 May 2014). "Juventus-Cagliari 3–0. Autorete Silvestri, gol di Llorente e Marchisio. I punti sono 102" [Juventus-Cagliari 3–0. Silvestri own-goal, goals from Llorente and Marchisio. 102 points] (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. Retrieved 15 December 2015.
  16. ^ "Rubinho: "Che felicità: ho rinnovato con la Juve"" [Rubinho: "What happiness: I have renewed my contract with Juve"] (in Italian). Tutto Sport. 24 June 2014. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 15 December 2015.
  17. ^ "Pjanic, Dzeko score; Rubinho, Evra see red as Juventus fall to Roma". Fox Sports. 30 August 2015. Retrieved 2 October 2015.
  18. ^ RubinhoFIFA competition record
  19. ^ "Rubinho, il brasiliano perfetto maestro nelle uscite a terra" [Rubinho, the Brazilian a perfect master when rushing out to ground] (in Italian). La Repubblica. 20 March 2009. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  20. ^ "Sorpresa: un portiere brasiliano è Rubinho, fratello di Ze Elias" [Surprise: a Brazilian goalkeeper is Rubinho, Ze Elias's brother] (in Italian). La Repubblica. 17 July 2006. Retrieved 17 November 2015.
  21. ^ "Rubinho – Trophies". Soccerway. Retrieved 17 November 2015.

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