Serginho (footballer, born 1971)
Serginho with Milan in 2007
|Full name||Sérgio Cláudio dos Santos|
|Date of birth||27 June 1971|
|Place of birth||Nilópolis, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Height||1.81 m (5 ft 11 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Left Back|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Sérgio Cláudio dos Santos (Serginho for short; born 27 June 1971 in Nilópolis, Brazil) is a former association footballer, who last played as a left winger and left back for Italian club A.C. Milan in 2008. Prior to joining Milan in 1999, he played for several Brazilian clubs. Known for his energetic attacking runs down the wing, with Milan he won the Champions League twice, in 2003 and 2007, as well as the Serie A title in 2004, among other trophies. At international level, he also represented Brazil at the 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup, and was part of the team that won the 1999 Copa América.
Serginho initially began his professional footballing career in his home-country, and played for clubs Cruzeiro EC, Bahia, and São Paulo FC. He moved to Italian side A.C. Milan in 1999, where he was initially a fringe player, starting on the bench but often being the first-choice substitute. The apex of Serginho's Milan career was when he scored a goal and contributed three assists in a 6–0 thrashing of crosstown rivals Internazionale on May 11, 2001. He also contributed to Milan's 2003 UEFA Champions League victory over Juventus, scoring the first of Milan's three successful penalties in the shootout. The 2005 Champions League final was a reversal of fortune, however, as Milan surrendered a 3–0 lead at half-time and eventually lost on penalties to Liverpool, with Serginho whistling his shot over the crossbar. Serginho also won the 2003–04 Serie A title with Milan and the 2006–07 edition of the UEFA Champions League, amont other trophies.
On May 16, 2008 it was announced that Serginho and compatriot Cafu would be leaving Milan at the end of the 2007–08 season. Serginho also immediately announced his retirement at the end of the season. On May 18 he played the final minutes of the match against Udinese and appeared quite moved at the end of the game.
Serginho earned ten caps with the Brazilian national team between 1998 and 2001, scoring one goal. He would undoubtedly have won more caps, if not for the ever-present Roberto Carlos as the national team's starting left-back during Serginho's whole career. Internationally, Serginho represented his nation at the 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup, where his team won a runners-up medal, and at the 1999 Copa América, winning the latter tournament.
On September 4, 2011, Serginho played for Milan Glorie (combination of former A.C. Milan players) in an exhibition match against Indonesia All-Star Legend (combination of former Indonesian football players) at Gelora Bung Karno Stadium where he netted four times in a 5–1 victory. Another Milan Glorie's goal was scored by Dida who was re-deployed as striker. Indonesia All-Star Legend's consolation goal was scored by Ricky Yacobi.
Style of play
Serginho was an incredibly fast and hard-working, offensive-minded player, who could play either as left back or wing back, or even on the left wing. He maintained his extraordinary pace and stamina well into his mid-late 30s. In addition to his speed and energy, he was also known to be an excellent crosser of the ball, and for having a knack for making overlapping runs and getting into good attacking positions, which allowed him to regularly contribute to his team's offence with several assists and even goals. His nickname throughout his career was Il Concorde (The Concorde), due to his quick and tireless attacking runs down the left flank of the pitch.
- Campeonato Baiano: 1994
- São Paulo
- Paulista Championship: 1998
- A.C. Milan
- Serie A: 2003–04
- Coppa Italia: 2002–03
- Supercoppa Italiana: 2004
- UEFA Champions League: 2002–03, 2006–07
- UEFA Supercup: 2003
- FIFA Club World Cup: 2007
- A.C. Milan Hall of Fame
- 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup Final
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