Márcio Rafael Ferreira de Souza
, commonly known as Rafinha
, (born 7 September 1985) is a Brazilian footballer
who plays as a right back
for Bayern Munich
in the Bundesliga
. His name translated to English literally means 'Little Rafa'.
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
. By the age of twelve, 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 Foot Ball Club
. This meant moving hundreds of kilometres from his home town, but allowed Rafinha to display his talents on the national stage.
At Coritiba Rafinha eventually found his way into the Brazilian Under-20 team
, and played in the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship
in the Netherlands
. During the tournament Rafinha 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, and eventually it was Schalke
who were able to prise 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 Genoa
FC Bayern Munich
On 1 June 2011, along with Manuel Neuer
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