• 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: 30/11/2015 06:28 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

UEFA Best Player in Europe Award

Team of the Year


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: 27/11/2015 01:28 CET