• Date of birth : 31/08/1985
  • Position : Defender
  • Country : Portugal Portugal
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A prominent member of the FC Porto side that scooped a hat-trick of major trophies in 2010/11 and won the Liga again the following campaign, Rolando is a dependable central defender who has made intermittent appearances for Portugal since his debut in 2009. An unused squad member at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, he started two UEFA EURO 2012 qualifiers.

• Born in Cape Verde, he moved to mainland Portugal aged 15 and played youth football for SC Campomaiorense before signing professionally at CF Os Belenenses; scored on his Liga debut in August 2004 against CS Marítimo.

• Racked up 97 top-flight appearances for Belenenses (seven goals) over four seasons, starting all 30 games under coach Jorge Jesus in 2007/08; reached the cup final in 2006/07 but lost 1-0 to city rivals Sporting Clube de Portugal.

• Joined Porto on four-year contract in 2008 and established himself as Bruno Alves's regular central defensive partner, starting all ten UEFA Champions League fixtures and scoring an important goal in a 2-1 group stage win at FC Dynamo Kyiv on matchday four.

• Won his first cap for Portugal in a February 2009 friendly against Finland but had just 46 minutes of action in 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying.

• Responsible for some important cup goals in 2010/11 − he opened the scoring in Porto's 2-0 domestic super cup triumph against SL Benfica, repeated the feat in the UEFA Europa League round of 32 first leg at Sevilla FC and was on target in a 6-2 Portuguese Cup final defeat of Vitória SC, which completed a treble for the Dragons.

UEFA honours
UEFA Europa League:
winner 2011

Last updated: 30/04/12 17.21CET

Match log

The home team is listed first.Last updated: 28/05/2016 02:06 CET
17.09.2015UEFA Europa LeagueGroup stageGroningenGroningen0-3MarseilleMarseille800
27.09.2015French Ligue 1MarseilleMarseille1-2AngersAngers9000
01.10.2015UEFA Europa LeagueGroup stageMarseilleMarseille0-1LiberecLiberec9000
04.10.2015French Ligue 1ParisParis2-1MarseilleMarseille9000
18.10.2015French Ligue 1MarseilleMarseille1-1LorientLorient9000
25.10.2015French Ligue 1LOSCLOSC1-2MarseilleMarseille9000
26.11.2015UEFA Europa LeagueGroup stageMarseilleMarseille2-1GroningenGroningen8700
10.12.2015UEFA Europa LeagueGroup stageLiberecLiberec2-4MarseilleMarseille9000
13.12.2015French Ligue 1MarseilleMarseille1-1AjaccioAjaccio9000
20.12.2015French Ligue 1BordeauxBordeaux1-1MarseilleMarseille9000
03.01.2016French CupNinth roundCaenCaen0-0
10.01.2016French Ligue 1MarseilleMarseille0-0GuingampGuingamp9000
13.01.2016French League CupQuarter-finalsToulouseToulouse2-1MarseilleMarseille12000
17.01.2016French Ligue 1CaenCaen1-3MarseilleMarseille9000
24.01.2016French Ligue 1LyonLyon1-1MarseilleMarseille9000
29.01.2016French Ligue 1MarseilleMarseille1-1LOSCLOSC9000
02.02.2016French Ligue 1MontpellierMontpellier0-1MarseilleMarseille9000
07.02.2016French Ligue 1MarseilleMarseille1-2ParisParis9000
11.02.2016French CupRound of 16TrelissacTrelissac0-2MarseilleMarseille9000
14.02.2016French Ligue 1NiceNice1-1MarseilleMarseille9000
18.02.2016UEFA Europa LeagueRound of 32MarseilleMarseille0-1AthleticAthletic9000
21.02.2016French Ligue 1MarseilleMarseille1-1St-ÉtienneSt-Étienne9000
03.03.2016French CupQuarter-finalsGranvillaiseGranvillaise0-1MarseilleMarseille9000
06.03.2016French Ligue 1MarseilleMarseille1-1ToulouseToulouse6300
12.03.2016French Ligue 1LorientLorient1-1MarseilleMarseille3800
18.03.2016French Ligue 1MarseilleMarseille2-5RennesRennes9010
03.04.2016French Ligue 1BastiaBastia2-1MarseilleMarseille9000
20.04.2016French CupSemi-finalsSochauxSochaux0-1MarseilleMarseille9000
14.05.2016French Ligue 1TroyesTroyes1-1MarseilleMarseille9000

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General info

  • Name: Rolando
  • Position: Defender
  • Date of birth (Age): 31/08/1985 (30)
  • Country: Portugal
  • Squad number: 6
  • Club: Marseille ( FRA)

  • Height: 189cm
  • Weight: 77kg

  • Currently playing:
    • UEFA Europa League 2015/16

  • UEFA competition debut:
  • Club: UEFA Cup (First round)
    20/09/07: Bayern 1-0 Belenenses
  • National team: UEFA European Under-21 Championship (Final tournament - Group stage)
    23/05/06: Portugal 0-1 France

Career statistics

National team record in UEFA competitions

Portugal U-2140

Club record in UEFA competitions

UEFA Champions League
UEFA Super Cup
UEFA Europa League
Last updated: 18/05/2016 10:21 CET