Marcos Cafu

Position Defender
Height / weight 1.76 m /
Born Jun 7, 1970
Nationality Brazil Brazil
Nickname Cafu, Il Pendolino
Team History
AC Milan AC Milan 2003 - 2008
AS Roma AS Roma 1997 - 2003
Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras 1995 - 1997

Marcos Evangelista de Moraes, commonly known simply as Cafu, is a former Brazilian international footballer player who is currently a free agent and is expected to take his final decision to retire in January 2009. He plays as a right-back and is regarded as one of the best ever right-backs. Cafu has won the World Cup twice with Brazil and the UEFA Champions League once with Italian powerhouse AC Milan. Cafu was named by Cafu in March 2004 as one of the 125 greatest living footballers.

Cafu commnenced his professional club football at Brazilian giants Sao Paulo in 1989 and played for them until 1994, scoring 7 goals in 115 league matches. He won the Copa Libertadores in 1992 and 1993 and was named the South American Footballer of the Year in 1994.

Cafu subsequently played for Juventude, Real Zaragoza and Palmeiras before landing at AS Roma in 1997. He featured for the Rome club until 2003, scoring 5 goals in 163 Italian Serie A matches. He won the scudetto with Roma in 2001 and the Coppa Italia in 2003. It was at Roma that he earned the nickname “El Pendolino” (The Express Train).

In 2003 Cafu moved to Italian powerhouse AC Milan and won the Italian Serie A title with them in his debut season. He also featured in his first UEFA Champions League final in 2005 and actually won the competition with in 2007. At the end of the 2007-2008 season Cafu’s contract with Roma came to an end. He had scored 4 goals in 119 league matches for Milan.

As of now, Cafu is without a football club at the moment and has declared that he shall make a final decision on whether he shall retire in January 2009.

Cafu made his international debut for Brazil in 1990 and went onto feature in 142 international matches for his nation, between then and 2006, scoring 4 goals. He is the most capped Brazilian player of all time and has appeared in the World Cup finals in a record 21 matches. He won the 1994 and 2002 World Cup and has featured in four successive World Cup fianls.

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