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Lucimar Ferreira da Silva (born 8 May 1978), commonly known as Lúcio, is a FIFA World Cup-winning Football in Brazil who plays for Italy Serie A club F.C. Internazionale Milano and the Brazil national team. Lúcio is a strong defender with good aerial play, who adds presence in the attack.

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Lúcio biography

Lucimar Ferreira da Silva (born 8 May 1978), commonly known as Lúcio, is a FIFA World Cup-winning Football in Brazil who plays for Italy Serie A club F.C. Internazionale Milano and the Brazil national team. Lúcio is a strong defender with good aerial play, who adds presence in the attack.

Lúcio began Lúcio professional career in 1997, in one of Brazil's larger clubs, Sport Club Internacional. After three years in the club, Lúcio moved to Bayer 04 Leverkusen, with whom Lúcio reached the 2002 UEFA Champions League Final against Real Madrid C.F. of Spain. Lúcio scored a header in the final, which Real Madrid won with the score of 2–1. In 2004, Lúcio arrived at FC Bayern Munich, where Lúcio won three Fußball-Bundesligas and one German Cup title. Since coach Louis van Gaal did not have a place for Lúcio at Bayern, Lúcio decided to search for a new team. Lúcio moved to Inter in the summer of 2009, and helped Inter win the 2010 UEFA Champions League Final against Lúcio former club Bayern Munich.

With Brazil, Lúcio has accumulated a number of significant accomplishments, winning 2002 FIFA World Cup, and the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup.

Club career

1997–2000: Internacional

Lúcio played for youth teams Planaltina EC and CR Guará before signing for Lúcio first professional club, Sport Club Internacional, in 1997.

2001–2004: Bayer Leverkusen

In January 2001, Lúcio moved to Fußball-Bundesliga side Bayer 04 Leverkusen. The following season was bittersweet for Leverkusen, as the club surrendered a five point lead atop the Fußball-Bundesliga 2001-02 by losing two of its last three matches while Borussia Dortmund swept ahead with three consecutive victories in the final matches to finish a point ahead of Leverkusen. They also experienced defeat in the DFB-Pokal 2001–02, losing 4–2 to FC Schalke 04, and in the 2002 UEFA Champions League Final against Real Madrid C.F., in which Lúcio cancelled out Raúl González's eighth minute goal just five minutes later with a header, only for Zinedine Zidane to give Real a 2–1 win with a sublime volley just before half-time. Despite the disappointing end to the season, Lúcio's impressive individual displays drew the attention of several of Europe's top clubs. In July 2003, A.S. Roma made an official bid, but the deal fell through.

2004–2009: Bayern Munich

In 2004, Lúcio joined FC Bayern Munich on a six-year contract, where Lúcio became a vital part of the team. Following Oliver Kahn's retirement in 2008, Netherlands Mark van Bommel was named club captain with Lúcio as vice-captain. When Bayern were playing against Real Madrid in the Round of 16 in the 2006–07 Champions League, Lúcio scored. The goal was in the 66th minute, while the score was 1–0 in favour of Bayern. The goal took Bayern through to the quarter-finals, where they lost to eventual champions A.C. Milan. In the 2008–09 DFB Pokal, Lúcio scored in the quarter-finals against Lúcio former club, Bayer Leverkusen. Bayern were already down 3–0 when Lúcio scored, and even though Miroslav Klose scored again, Lúcio's goal did not matter as Stefan Kießling scored again to win it for Leverkusen 4–2.

2009–: Internazionale

On 16 July 2009, Lúcio moved to Italian club F.C. Internazionale Milano, signing a three-year contract with the Serie A champions. Lúcio scored Lúcio first goal with Inter on 23 September 2009 against S.S.C. Napoli with a header from a corner kick. Lúcio also scored an own goal in the UEFA Champions League in the group stages against FC Dynamo Kyiv, resulting in a draw. On 22 May, Lúcio was in the Inter team that won the 2010 UEFA Champions League Final by defeating Lúcio former club, Bayern Munich, by 2–0 to seal a historic treble and end a 45-year wait to be crowned European Champions.

International career

2000 Olympics

At junior level, Lúcio played for Brazil in the Football at the 2000 Summer Olympics in the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

2002 World Cup

In the 2002 FIFA World Cup quarter-final match against England national football team, Lúcio made a mistake that allowed Michael Owen to score the opening goal. Luiz Felipe Scolari rightly defended him, stating that Lúcio had made no other mistakes. In the final against Germany national football team, Lúcio bore the full brunt of a free-kick, but managed to stay on Lúcio feet to complete playing all 630 minutes of the tournament. Lúcio was one of three players to do so along with goalkeeper Marcos Roberto Silveira Reis and right back captain Cafu.

2006 World Cup

In the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Lúcio set a FIFA-record by playing 386 consecutive minutes without committing a foul, a streak which was finally broken in Brazil's 1–0 quarter-final loss to French national football team.

In August 2006, Lúcio was appointed as captain by Brazil manager Dunga.

2009 Confederations Cup

Lúcio's next international tournament was 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup. On 28 June 2009, the Brazilian captain scored the game-winning goal in the 84th minute for Brazil in the finals of the Confederations Cup against the United States men's national soccer team. Lúcio converted on a header from an Elano corner-kick, which beat American goalkeeper Tim Howard.

2010 World Cup

The 2010 FIFA World Cup was Lúcio's third World Cup. Lúcio played in the Seleçãos first match against Korea DPR national football team on 15 June 2010, leading Lúcio team to a narrow 2–1 win.

On 4 June 2011, Lúcio played Lúcio 100th game for Brazil, which consists of 98 official caps and 2 unofficial caps in friendly matches against Spanish club Sevilla FC in 2005 and against Swiss club FC Luzern in 2006.

International goals

Personal life

Lúcio is married to Dione, with whom Lúcio has three children: Victoria, João Vítor, and Valentinna.

Lucio is an Evangelical Christian, and frequently talks about the way Lúcio faith sustains Lúcio life in professional football.


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