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Published: Saturday 1 January 2011, 15.42CET
Published: Saturday 1 January 2011, 15.42CET


Clubs: São Paulo FC, EC Juventude, Real Zaragoza, SE Palmeiras, AS Roma, AC Milan

UEFA honours
UEFA Champions League:
runner-up 2005, winner 2007
UEFA Super Cup: 2007
European/South American Cup: winner 1992, 1993 users' Team of the Year: 2004

• Born in a Sao Paulo favela, Cafu came to professional football relatively late but made up for lost time by helping his first club, São Paulo, to a succession of trophies during a five-year spell, including back-to-back triumphs in the Copa Libertadores and European/South American Cup.

• Had a brief spell with Zaragoza which climaxed with victory in the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, though he did not play in the final, before returning to Brazil with Palmeiras.

• Joined Roma in 1997 and became one of Serie A's leading attractions with his galloping runs down the right touch line, his six-year stay peaking with a Scudetto triumph in 2001.

• Enjoyed his greatest fame with the Brazilian national team, winning the FIFA World Cup in 1994 and 2002 (the latter as captain), and also appearing in the 1998 final

• The only player to have appeared in three World Cup showpieces, he also became Brazil's most-capped footballer of all time, departing from the scene with 142 international appearances after his fourth World Cup participation, in 2006.

• Ended his club career at Milan, with whom he won a second Scudetto in his first season, 2003/04, and reached the final of the UEFA Champions League in his second.

Won Europe's top club trophy two years later but was an unused substitute in the final − like 2005 it was also against Liverpool FC − and retired from the game, aged 38, the following year.

Last updated: 12/01/11 18.27CET

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