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Cafu in 2010
Cafu in 2010
Personal information
Full name Marcos Evangelista de Morais
Date of birth (1970-06-07) 7 June 1970
Place of birth São Paulo, Brazil
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Right Back
Youth career
1988–1990 São Paulo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1994 São Paulo 117 (7)
1995 Real Zaragoza 16 (0)
1995 Juventude 2 (0)
1995–1997 Palmeiras 35 (0)
1997–2003 Roma 163 (5)
2003–2008 Milan 119 (4)
Total 452 (16)
National team
1990–2006 Brazil 142 (5[1])

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Marcos Evangelista de Morais (born 7 June 1970), known as Cafu , is a Brazilian former professional footballer. He is the most internationally capped male Brazilian player and also made history playing for São Paulo, Roma and Milan. He is the only player to have appeared in three World Cup finals, winning two, 1994 and 2002.

Cafu is best known for his time at Roma and Milan. He is regarded to be one of the greatest fullbacks ever to grace the Serie A,[2][3] and as one of the greatest Brazilian players of his generation.[4] In 1994, he was named South American Footballer of the Year, and in 2004, he was named by Pelé one of the 125 Greatest Living Footballers at a FIFA Awards ceremony.[5] Cafu was a dynamic and energetic right-sided full-back or wing-back, and he is mostly remembered for his great pace, stamina, tactical intelligence, and technical ability, as well as his discipline and his characteristically cheerful demeanour.[6][7][8]


  • Early life 1
  • Club career 2
    • Passport controversy 2.1
  • International career 3
  • Career statistics 4
    • Club 4.1
    • International 4.2
  • Honours 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Early life

One of six children, Cafu was raised in the Jardim Irene favela of São Paulo. At the age of seven, he was able to attend a football academy and soon moved up to the junior sides of Nacional-SP, Portuguesa and Itaquaquecetuba. He also played futsal for two years.

In the early 1980s he was rejected from the youth squads of Corinthians, Palmeiras, Santos, Atlético Mineiro, and Portuguesa. It was not until 1988 that he made the youth squad of hometown club São Paulo, and subsequently won the Copa São Paulo youth tournament that year, but he warmed the bench the next season as São Paulo won the 1989 Campeonato Paulista.

Club career

It was during this time, however, that São Paulo youth coach Telê Santana became Cafu's mentor. He suggested that Cafu move from the midfield to wingback, a spot into which Cafu made the transition with ease despite never previously playing the position. He had soon anchored onto the first team, as São Paulo won back-to-back Copa Libertadores in 1992 and 1993. In 1994, he was named the South American Footballer of the Year. Cafu began the 1995 season with Brazil squad Juventude but finished in Spain with Real Zaragoza, winning the 1995 Cup Winners' Cup with the latter.

After a brief stint back in Brazil with Palmeiras in 1996, Cafu returned to Europe once again the next year, this time with Roma, and won the Scudetto in 2001, followed by the Supercoppa Italiana. It was during his tenure at Roma that Cafu earned the nickname Il Pendolino ("The Express Train" or "The Commuter"). Despite making the Coppa Italia final in 2003 with Roma, he moved to Milan after turning down a move to Japan with Yokohama F. Marinos. With the Rossoneri, he won his second career Scudetto in 2004, followed by his second Supercoppa Italiana, and he played in his first UEFA Champions League final in 2005.

Cafu playing for Milan

Despite his success with Milan, he continued to hold fond memories of his Roma years, and it was for that reason that on 4 March 2007 – the day after Milan eliminated Celtic in the first knockout round of the 2006–07 UEFA Champions League – he candidly revealed in a chat that he did not want Milan to be drawn against the Giallorossi in the quarterfinal round. He got his wish, as Milan were drawn against Bayern Munich. Milan's successful Champions League campaign saw Cafu finally pick up a long-awaited winners' medal, in a rematch of the 2005 final.

Cafu signed a contract extension in May 2007 that would keep him with Milan until the end of the 2007–08 season, during which he won another UEFA Supercup, and the first FIFA Club World Cup of his career. On 16 May 2008, it was announced that Cafu and compatriot Serginho would be leaving Milan at the end of the season. In Cafu's last game of his Milan career, and maybe his footballing career, he scored a goal in their 4–1 victory over Udinese. Milan's vice-president Adriano Galliani has opened the doors to him to return to work for the club.

He is one of eleven members of Hall of Fame of A.S. Roma.

Passport controversy

Cafu was accused along with several other

  • Cafu – FIFA competition record
  • Official Cafu Foundation site (Portuguese)
  • Cafu profile by Aaron Marcus –
  • Career stats –
  • Cafu statistics and biography at
  • Champions League profile –

External links

  • Roma clinch Italian title – BBC Sport, 6/17/01
  • "Commuter" Cafu finally arrives at his destination – Reuters, 5/23/05
  • Cafu: I've lived in hell – Deutschland 2006, 2/8/06
  • Surprise, sadness and anger following Brazil's World Cup exit – People's Daily Online, 7/4/06
  • Chat session –, 3/4/07
  1. ^ "Marcos Evangelista de Morais "CAFU" – Century of International Appearances".  
  2. ^
  3. ^ "World's greatest XI: the best ever football team in pictures". The Daily Telegraph (London). 28 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "Cafu cacciato via dallo spogliatoio". Retrieved 2 December 2014. 
  5. ^ "Pele's list of the greatest". BBC Sport. 4 March 2004. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "Pendolino Cafu: il campione che non perdeva mai…il sorriso". Retrieved 2 December 2014. 
  7. ^ "'"Cafu: The double World Cup winner with 'two hearts. Retrieved 2 December 2014. 
  8. ^ """Il saluto di CAFU': " In Italia ho dato tanto. Retrieved 2 December 2014. 
  9. ^ Kennedy, Frances (28 June 2001). "Players banned over false passport scandal". The Independent (UK). Retrieved 9 March 2010. 
  10. ^ "'s Marcotti: End foreign-player limits". 6 February 2001. Retrieved 29 October 2008. 
  11. ^ "Cafu and Sensi could go to court over passport charges". (The Star Online). Reuters. 6 March 2004. Retrieved 9 March 2010. 
  12. ^ "Cafu and Sensi could go to court over passport charges". ( Archive). Australian Associated Press. 5 March 2004. Retrieved 9 March 2010. 
  13. ^ "Cafu could face prison over false passport affair". World Cup Soccer. 12 June 2006. Retrieved 29 October 2008. 
  14. ^ "Cafu acquitted". Calcutta, India: The Telegraph. 14 June 2006. Retrieved 29 October 2008. 
  15. ^
  16. ^
  17. ^ a b "A.C. Milan Hall of Fame: Marcos Evangelista de Morais (Cafu)". Retrieved 1 April 2015. 
  18. ^ "South American Team of the Year". 16 January 2009. Retrieved 10 March 2015. 
  19. ^ "2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan: Report and Statistics" (PDF). Retrieved 18 January 2015. 
  20. ^ FIFA XI´s Matches - Full Info
  21. ^ "A.S. Roma Hall of Fame: 2013". A.S. Roma. 22 July 2013. Retrieved 4 June 2015. 



Brazil national team
Year Apps Goals
1990 3 0
1991 9 0
1992 2 0
1993 12 0
1994 7 1
1995 5 0
1996 3 0
1997 20 0
1998 12 2
1999 12 0
2000 10 2
2001 6 0
2002 12 0
2003 7 0
2004 9 0
2005 8 0
2006 5 0
Total 142[16] 5


Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Brazil League Copa do Brasil South America Total
1990 São Paulo Série A 20 1 20 1
1991 20 1 20 1
1992 21 1 21 1
1993 18 1 18 1
1994 16 2 16 2
Spain League Copa del Rey Europe Total
1994–95 Real Zaragoza La Liga 16 0 1 0 17 0
Brazil League Copa do Brasil South America Total
1995 Palmeiras Série A 19 0 19 0
1996 16 0 16 0
1997 0 0 0 0
Italy League Coppa Italia Europe Total
1997–98 Roma Serie A 31 1 5 0 36 1
1998–99 20 1 5 0 25 1
1999–2000 28 2 4 0 5 0 37 2
2000–01 31 1 2 0 7 0 40 1
2001–02 27 0 1 0 10 2 38 2
2002–03 26 0 3 1 12 0 41 1
2003–04 Milan Serie A 28 1 1 0 9 0 38 1
2004–05 33 1 12 0 45 1
2005–06 19 1 1 0 5 0 25 1
2006–07 24 0 3 0 8 0 35 0
2007–08 15 1 2 0 1 0 18 1
Total Brazil 130 6 130 6
Spain 16 0 1 0 17 0
Italy 282 9 22 1 74 2 378 12
Career total 428 15 22 1 75 2 525 18


Career statistics

Cafu was named by Pelé as one of the top 125 greatest living footballers in March 2004. Cafu has been known as the best right back of his generation.

Cafu and Brazil fell short of high expectations placed on the squad four years later in 2006, as Brazil meekly exited in the quarterfinals after a 1–0 defeat by France. Coach Carlos Alberto Parreira was criticized for featuring fading veterans, most notably the 36-year-old Cafu and 33-year-old Roberto Carlos, in the starting eleven in lieu of younger players. Cafu was one of only a few Brazil players who spoke to the press in the midst of a hailstorm of criticism from Brazilian fans and media alike following the team's return home. He nonetheless expressed interest in participating in the 2010 FIFA World Cup; however he did not, as he retired completely from football in 2008.

Brazil endured a rocky qualification for the 2002 tournament, during which Cafu came under heavy criticism from coach Wanderley Luxemburgo, who stripped him of the team captaincy after he was sent off in a qualifier against Paraguay. Shortly after that, though, Luxemburgo was out of a job, and replacement Luiz Felipe Scolari made Emerson his new choice for captain. However, Emerson missed the cut after he dislocated his shoulder in training, which allowed Cafu to regain the armband. After Brazil defeated Germany 2–0 in the final match (Cafu's third consecutive World Cup final), he stood on the victory podium during the postmatch celebration and, as he raised the trophy, shouted to his wife, "Regina, eu te amo!" ("Regina, I love you!").

He earned his first cap in a friendly against Copa América in 1997 and 1999, the 1997 FIFA Confederations Cup, and reached the 1998 FIFA World Cup final.

Cafu is the most-capped Brazilian men's player of all time with 142, including a record 21 World Cup games. He has won two World Cups in 1994 and 2002, as well as being the only player to participate in three World Cup final matches. Cafu also held the record of winning the most number of matches in World Cups with 15 (along with two games Brazil won on penalty kickoffs), before being surpassed by Germany's Miroslav Klose in the 2014 Fifa World Cup.

Cafu playing for Brazil.

International career

On 12 June 2006, less than 24 hours before Brazil were to begin their 2006 World Cup campaign against Croatia, Rome prosecutor Angelantonio Racanelli called for the imprisonment of Cafu, his wife Regina de Morais, and his agent for nine months following the resurfacing of a false-passport scandal.[13] The very next day, however, Cafu, his wife, and agent were acquitted of all charges.[14]

[12][11] went to court.Franco Sensi Cafu acquired Italian nationality through marriage. In 2004, Cafu and Roma president [10], accused that Cafu's wife, Regina used falsified documents to claim Italian nationality through Italian descent.Juan Sebastián Verón But Cafu faced another controversy that similar to [9]

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