|Márcio Rafael Ferreira de Souza
|Date of Birth
|September 7, 1985
|5 ft 7 in (1.71 m)
|Carolina Santana (Spouse), Marcos Ferreira de Souza (Sibling), Cicero Ferreira de Souza (Father), Deusdete Pedro de Souza (Mother)
Marcio Rafael Ferreira de Souza Biography
Marcio Rafael Ferreira de Souza is a Brazilian-German footballer. Commonly known as "Rafinha", he was born on 7 September 1985 in Londrina, Paraná, Brazil. He mainly plays in a position of right-back, right-midfield, and left-back.
Rafinha started his football career right from the age of seven when he joined Gremio Londrinense, a futsal team in 1992. He then trained with PSTC, a local football club in 1997, and later in 2001, he signed for Londrina Sports Club at the age of 16.
At the end of his first year with Londrina, Rafinha was signed by Coritiba and was with the club till 2005.
In 2002, he was selected in the Brazil under-20 national team and played in the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship in this tournament, he scored two goals and played a vital role in Brazil's progress to the bronze medal.
On 26 March 2008, Rafinha made his senior debut for Brazil in a friendly match against Sweden. He made his second and last appearance for the national team in a friendly against South Africa on 5 March 2014 after six years of his debut.
In 2002, Rafinha was signed by Coritiba which also helped him to flaunt his talent at the national stage as he found his way into the Brazil under-20 national team. He played a total of 37 games for Coritiba and scored three goals.
Later in 2005, he joined Schalke 04 and signed a four-year contract with them and scored seven goals in 153 appearances.
In August 2010, he moved from Schalke to Italian side Genoa. He scored two goals in 34 appearances for Genoa.
On 1 June 2011, he transferred from Genoa to Bayern Munich. He has played 155 matches till now and has his contract with the team until June 2018.
Rafinha's Record in Numbers
Rafinha had won numerous awards since he joined Bayern Munich. He became German champion five times continuously from 2012 to 2017, three times German Cup winner and three times German Super Cup winner.
He also won UEFA Super Cup in 2013, FIFA Club World Cup in 2014, and the UEFA Champions League in 2012.