MÃƒ¡rcio Rafael Ferreira de Souza, commonly known as Rafinha is a Brazilian footballer who plays as a right back for Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga. He is known as a skilled defender with good passing skills, quick pace, agility and a strong shot.
Brazil and Schalke
Rafinha began his football career at the age of seven, playing for Gremio Londrinense, a futsal team from his home town of Londrina, ParanÃƒ¡. By age 12, he had begun training with PSTC, a local football club, before signing for Londrina Esporte Clube in 2001 at the age of 16. At the end of his first year with Londrina, Rafinha was signed by Coritiba. This meant moving hundreds of kilometers from his home town, but allowed Rafinha to display his talents on the national stage.
Rafinha with Schalke 04 in 2005
At Coritiba, Rafinha eventually found his way into the Brazil under-20 national team, and played in the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship in the Netherlands. During the tournament, he scored two goals and played an integral part in Brazil's progress to the bronze medal. Rafinha's performance at the tournament alerted numerous European teams to his ability, with German club Schalke 04 ultimately signing the right-back from Coritiba for an estimated €5 million on a four-year contract.
On 4 August 2010, it was confirmed that Rafinha moved from Schalke to Italian side Genoa. The transfer had cost Genoa €8 million. He scored two goals in 34 appearances in his only Serie A season.
On 1 June 2011, Bayern Munich confirmed Rafinha's transfer from Genoa, Rafinha signed a three-year contract and reports say Bayern paid €5.75 million for him. He scored his first goal for Bayern against Villarreal, as a substitute in a 2–0 UEFA Champions League win on 14 September 2011. Entering as an 83rd-minute substitute on 20 October 2012 during an away match against Fortuna Dusseldorf, he scored his first Bundesliga goal for Bayern in a 5–0 win.
During the 2013–14 season, after fellow right back Philipp Lahm was moved to defensive midfield, Rafinha found more opportunities to play regularly. He made 46 appearances across all competitions, including the entire DFB-Pokal Final in which Bayern secured a second consecutive double after defeating Borussia Dortmund.
U-23 (2008 Olympics)
In the summer of 2008, Rafinha was involved in a dispute with his club about his participation for Brazil at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.Despite his club's wishes, however, he ultimately did compete for the Brazil squad, which won bronze.
Rafinha made his senior debut for Brazil on 26 March 2008 in a friendly match against Sweden. In May 2014, he was named by Brazil head coach Luiz Felipe Scolari as a standby player for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Club: Bayern Munich
Bundesliga: 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16
DFB-Pokal: 2012–13, 2013–14, 2015–16
DFL-Supercup: 2012, 2016
UEFA Champions League: 2012–13
UEFA Super Cup: 2013
FIFA Club World Cup: 2013