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Lucio


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Lucio Biography


Lucimar Ferreira da Silva, or just Lucio, is a Brazilian center-back who currently plays for Gama in the Campeonato Brasiliense in Brazil. Lucio was born on 8 May 1978 in Planaltina, Brazil.


He is known for his aerial ability, and his presence in attacks. He is also good at clearances, and is always sharp inside his own box.


Having played for a variety of big clubs, Lucio is very well known for his goal for Bayer Leverkusen in the 2-1 defeat to Real Madrid in the 2002 Champions League final.


Background


Lucio began his youth career at his hometown club of Planaltina EC in 1995, where he played for 2 years. He began his professional career in 1997 at Guara, where he did not make any appearances, and played for Internacional in Portugal in the same year.


Lucio began as a forward in his youth club, but later switched to the position of a central defender which worked out very well for him. After he was purchased by Internacional, he became a regular feature in the starting XI and that earned a call-up to the national team in 2000. He was looked upon as one of the best Brazilian defenders of that time.


Lucio has represented the following teams - Planaltina EC, Guara, Internacional, Bayer Leverkusen, Bayern Munich, Inter Milan, Juventus, São Paulo, Palmeiras, FC Goa and Gama.


Debut


Lucio made his international in 2000 for Brazil in the 2000 Olympics and impressed everyone with his ice-cool defensive nature. He was awarded the Bola de Prata as one of the two best centre-backs in Brazil.


His club career began in 1997 for Internacional, where he was a trusted centre-back who could defend, and score goals from time to time as well.


Rise to Glory


After he earned his call-up for the Brazilian side in the 2000 Olympics, Lucio would become a regular starter in the team, along with other greats like Roberto Carlos. He was a part of the Brazilian side that won the 2002 FIFA World Cup. Lucio played a crucial role in defence, and made very few mistakes, one of which included an error against England to let Michael Owen score.


In the 2006 World Cup, Lucio made a record of playing for 386 consecutive minutes without committing any kind of foul, but was not able to prevent a 1-0 collapse to France in the quarterfinal. In the same year, Lucio was made captain of the side by manager Dunga.


In 2009, Lucio helped Brazil win the Confederations Cup by scoring an elusive header in the 84th minute in the final against the USA. Lucio then played his third world cup in 2010, and the 2011 Copa America, which was his last major tournament for the Selecao. He is one of the very few players to have more than a 100 caps.


Club Career


A career that began at Internacional, picked up pace and helped him become one of the most decorated Brazilian center-backs.


Lucio made 49 appearances for the Portuguese club and scored 6 goals. His performances drew attention from other European clubs, and German club Bayer Leverkusen bought him in 2001. Lucio was very impressive for Bayer, where he made 92 appearances and scored 15 goals.


He was a part of the Bayer side that let a crucial five-point lead slip away into the hands of rivals Borussia Dortmund, and also the side that reached the 2002 Champions League final.


In 2004, Lucio moved to Bayern Munich where he spent the prime of his career. He won the Bundesliga and the DFB-Pokal three times with them, and was also named their vice-captain. He made 144 appearances for the Bundesliga giants.


Lucio then joined Inter on a 3-year deal in 2009, where he won the treble by winning the Champions League with them. He made 96 appearances for them and scored 3 goals.


Lucio’s career nearing an end, he has played for other clubs such as Sao Paulo and Palmeiras in Brazil. He signed for the Indian Super League in 2015, becoming FC Goa’s marquee player. He currently plays for Gama in his own state and looks to end his glorious career there.

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