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Sun 16 May 2021 | 4:30

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Marcos Evangelista de Morais, best known by his nickname Cafu, is a retired professional footballer from Brazil who played for clubs such as Juventus, Roma, and A.C Milan. The 5ft 9in right-back is a well-known name in the game's history, having played in over 400 club matches.

Former Brazilian captain and World Cup winner in 1994 and 2002, he holds the record for most international caps for a Brazilian player. Cafu is known for his pace, endurance, and tactical knowledge in making overlapping attacking runs down the right flank.

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Cafu was one of the most professional, effective, and well-respected attacking full-backs in the modern game. He has had success in South America and Europe throughout his long club career, as well as making history in a record-breaking international career.

Cafu started his career in the late 1980s with his hometown club, S. Paulo, and soon established himself as a key member of the squad as they enjoyed great success in the early 1990s. He won the Brazilian League Championship in 1991 and helped the team secure the Copa Libertadores and the Intercontinental Cup the following two years in just over six years with the club.

The defender also established himself in the national team, appearing in the Copa America in 1991 and 1993 before making his World Cup debut in 1994 in the United States, where he played three games as Brazil captured their first World Cup title since 1970.

After the tournament, he went to

Real Zaragoza

in Spain, but after just one season, he returned to Brazil to join Palmeiras. Cafu captained his country to victory in the Copa America in 1997, and his efforts were rewarded with a move to AS Roma in Italy.

In his second World Cup, he helped Brazil reach the final, where they were defeated by host nation France, but a year later he added to his international success by successfully defending the Copa America. Cafu won his first European club honor in 2001 when he helped Roma win the Serie A title.

Cafu became the first player in World Cup history to compete in three finals, lifting the trophy after captaining Brazil to victory over Germany in the final in Japan and South Korea in 2002.

After seeing his international career end in disappointment with a World Cup quarter-final loss in 2006, he moved to

AC Milan

a year later, winning another Serie A title in his first season and his first European Champions League in 2007.

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Cafu biography

  • Full Name:

    Marcos Evangelista de Morais

  • Nickname:

    Cafu

  • Date of Birth:

    June 7, 1970

  • Birth Place:

    Sao Paulo, Brazil

  • Marital Status:

    Married

  • His wife:

    Regina Feliciano de Morais

  • Age:

    50 years old

  • Profession:

    Footballer

  • Nationality:

    Brazilian

  • Zodiac Sign:

    Gemini

  • Height:

    1.76 m

  • Position: 

    Right back/Centre back

  • Clubs:

    São Paulo, Zaragoza, Juventude, Palmeiras, Roma, Milan

Cafu early life

Cafu grew up in the So Paulo favela Jardim Irene. At the age of seven, he was accepted into a football academy and soon graduated to the junior sides of Nacional-SP, Portuguesa, and Itaquaquecetuba. He has spent two years playing futsal.

Cafu was one of six children, and his first 18 years were difficult, with periods when there wasn't even enough food to feed the family. All of this shaped Cafu into the man he is today, and he never forgot where he came from.

He was willing to enter a soccer academy for kids when he was seven years old. When Cafu was a teenager, he got a series of rejections from other clubs. When he was eventually welcomed into his hometown team of Sao Paulo, he was 18 years old.

Cafu began his career as a right-sided midfielder, but once he realized his skills, he moved to the right-back position. He quickly became an expert in this role, leading his team to back-to-back Copa Libertadores titles in 1992 and 1993. After that, he went on to play for Roma, Milan, Real Zaragoza,

Juventude

, and Palmeiras.

Cafu career

During this time, however, Cafu was mentored by Telê Santana, a youth coach from So Paulo. He suggested Cafu move from wingback to midfield, a role to which Cafu easily transitioned despite never having played before.

As So Paulo won back-to-back Copa Libertadores and World Championships in 1992 and 1993, he was easily promoted to the first team. In 1994, he was named South American Footballer of the Year. Cafu joined Real Zaragoza of Spain midway through the 1994–95 season and won the 1995 Cup Winners' Cup with them. He then left Zaragoza to join Juventude, a Brazilian club.

After a brief return to

Brazil

with Palmeiras in 1996, Cafu returned to Europe the following year, this time with Roma, where he won the Scudetto in 2001 and the Supercoppa Italian the following year. Cafu was given the nickname Il Pendolino during his time at Roma ("The Express Train" or "The Commuter").

Despite reaching the Copa Italia final with Roma in 2003, he chose Milan over a move to Japan with Yokohama F. Marinos. He won his second Scudetto with the Rossoneri in 2004, as well as his second Supercoppa Italian and a place in his first UEFA Champions League final in 2005.

Despite his success with Milan, he retained fond memories of his time at Roma, and it was for this reason that, on March 4, 2007, the day after Milan defeated Celtic in the first round of the 2006–07 UEFA Champions League, he candidly disclosed in a UEFA chat that he did not want Milan to be drawn against the Giallorossi in the quarter-final round. Milan was pitted against Bayern Munich, and he got his wish. Cafu finally earned a long-awaited winners' medal after Milan's strong Champions League campaign, in a replay of 2005 final.

Cafu signed a contract extension with Milan in May 2007 that would keep him with the club until the end of the 2007–08 season, during which he won his third UEFA Supercup, as well as his first FIFA Club World Cup.

Cafu and his compatriot Serginho were confirmed to be leaving Milan at the end of the season on May 16, 2008. Cafu scored a goal in Milan's 4–1 win over Udinese, probably his last game as a professional footballer. Adriano Galliani, Milan's vice-president, has given him permission to return to the club.

International

With 142 appearances, Cafu holds the record for most appearances by a Brazilian men's player, including a record 21 World Cup games. He is the only player to have played in three World Cup final matches, having won two World Cups in 1994 and 2002. Before being surpassed by Germany's Miroslav Klose in the 2014 World Cup, Cafu kept the record for winning the most World Cup matches with 15 (plus two games won on penalties).

In a friendly against Spain on September 12, 1990, he won his first cap, and he played sparingly for Brazil in the early 1990s, making the 1994 World Cup roster a substitute. Following an injury to Jorginho in the 22nd minute, he played in the final against Italy.

Cafu was soon a regular in the starting eleven as Brazil won the Copa América in 1997 and 1999, the FIFA Confederations Cup in 1997, and reached the final of the 1998 World Cup.

Brazil's preparation for the 2002

World Cup

was rocky, and Cafu was highly criticized by coach Wanderley Luxemburgo, who deprived him of the team captaincy after a red card in a qualifier against Paraguay. Luxemburgo, on the other hand, was fired shortly after, and replacement Luiz Felipe Scolari appointed Emerson as his new captain.

Emerson, on the other hand, skipped the cut after dislocating his shoulder in practice, allowing Cafu to reclaim the armband. Cafu stood on the victory podium during the postmatch celebration after Brazil beat

Germany

2–0 in the final (his third consecutive World Cup final), shouting to his wife, "Regina, I love you" as he lifted the World Cup trophy.

Four years later, in 2006, Cafu and Brazil failed to live up to the high standards put on the team, as Brazil was eliminated in the quarter-finals after a 1–0 loss by France. Coach Carlos Alberto Parreira was chastised for starting aging veterans in the starting XI, most notably Cafu, 36, and Roberto Carlos, 33, over younger players.

Cafu was one of only a few Brazil players who talked to the press after the team returned home to a torrent of criticism from Brazilian fans and the media. Despite this, he showed interest in playing in the 2010 World Cup, but he did not do so because he retired from football in 2008.

Cafu family and relationship

Cafu married Regina, his longtime spouse, and was able to obtain Italian citizenship as a result of their union. Danilo, Wellington, and Michelle are the couple's three children. It's worth remembering that Cafu's faith is Christian as well.

Danilo, Cafu's eldest son, died in 2019 at the age of 29 after suffering a heart attack while playing football at the family home.

Cafu style of play

One of the greatest full-backs of all time, one of the best footballers of his generation, and one of Brazil's greatest players of all time. Cafu was a dynamic, hard-working, offensive-minded, and aggressive right-sided wing-back who was best known for his speed, stamina, tactical intelligence, distribution, and technical skills, as well as his ability to make overlapping attacking runs down the right flank and deliver accurate crosses to teammates in the area.

He was known for his discipline, leadership, and characteristically cheerful disposition in addition to his footballing abilities. While he was most often used as an attacking right-back, his defensive abilities allowed him to play as a center-back or in more advanced positions, and he was frequently used as a right-winger. He was given the nickname Pendolino during his time in Italy, after the country's express trains.

Cafu honors

We want to read the

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clubs. Cafu, as a Right back with 23 goals scored in various clubs, has a very interesting statistic, especially in the two teams of Milan and Roma.

São Paulo

  • Campeonato Brasileiro Série A: 

    1991

  • Campeonato Paulista: 

    1991, 1992

  • Copa CONMEBOL:

     1994

  • Copa Libertadores: 

    1992, 1993

  • Supercopa Sudamericana:

     1993

  • Recopa Sudamericana: 

    1993, 1994

  • Intercontinental Cup:

     1992, 1993

Real Zaragoza

  • UEFA Cup Winners' Cup:

     1994–95

Palmeiras

  • Campeonato Paulista:

     1996

Roma

  • Serie A: 

    2000–01

Milan

  • Serie A: 

    2003–04

  • Supercoppa Italiana: 

    2004

  • UEFA Champions League:

     2006–07

  • UEFA Super Cup: 

    2003, 2007

  • FIFA Club World Cup: 

    2007

Brazil

  • FIFA World Cup:

     1994, 2002

  • Copa América:

     1997, 1999

  • FIFA Confederations Cup: 

    1997

Individual

  • South American Team of the Year:

    1992, 1993, 1994, 1995

  • South American Footballer of the Year:

     1994

  • FIFA World Cup All-Star Team:

    2002

  • UEFA Team of the Year:

    2004, 2005

  • FIFPro World XI:

    2005

  • Sports Illustrated Team of the Decade:

    2009

  • ESPN World Team of the Decade:

    2009

  • A.S. Roma Hall of Fame:

    2012

  • World Soccer Greatest XI of all time:

    2013

  • World XI:

    Team of the 21st Century

  • Ballon d'Or Dream Team:

    2020

Cafu issues

Cafu's most significant legal problem may have been the passport conflict that troubled him during his stay in Italy. Cafu was first suspected, along with many other mainly Brazilian Serie A clubs, of using a forged passport to circumvent Serie A's non-European player regulations. Cafu proved his papers were genuine, but several other players were suspended, including AC Milan's Dida.

Cafu was accused again in 2004, this time alleging that his wife, Regina, had falsified her papers in order to obtain Italian citizenship through her Italian ancestry and that Cafu, who had Italian citizenship through Regina's marriage, had been falsely registered as an Italian citizen.

The issue appeared to go nowhere until the day before Brazil's 2006 World Cup opener when a Rome prosecutor called for Cafu, his partner, and agent to be jailed. Cafu was cleared of all charges the next day, and the issue hasn't been brought up again.

Cafu Son's Death

Danilo Feliciano de Moraes, a Brazilian footballer, died of a heart attack while playing with his friends on Wednesday. Danilo reportedly became ill within 10 minutes of the match starting and was rushed to the Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo.

Danilo's death was later confirmed by Paulo Sergio, a former teammate, and acquaintance of Cafu's. Danilo, the 50-year-old former World Cup winner's eldest son, received tributes from his former clubs Sao Paulo and Palmeiras.

“The death of Danilo, son of Cafu, is profoundly regretted by the Sao Paulo Futebol Clube,” the club wrote on Twitter. “The club expresses its condolences and sends its best wishes to the tricolor hero, his family, and friends.”

On Twitter, Real Madrid also expressed their condolences. The LaLiga club wrote, "El Real Madrid C. F. expresses its profound sorrow at the passing of Danilo, the son of the Brazilian football."

“The club extends its sincere condolences to Cafu and his family, and shares his sadness during these hard times.”

Philanthropy

Cafu, like many retired players, has participated in many charity matches that have helped raise money for various charitable organizations. Cafu has participated in Legends matches, a series of games in which he has played for the Milan Glorie squad, which is made up of former AC Milan legends.

In 2016, he also took part in the Soccer Aid charity match. But the Cafu Foundation, which sponsored hundreds of children in Cafu's own Jardim favela in Sao Paolo, was the most significant.

The foundation offered basic needs to the children of one of Sao Paolo's most hostile and dangerous favelas, but Cafu was forced to close the foundation in 2019 due to financial and family difficulties.

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The Brazilian with Two Hearts

Sir Alex Ferguson refers to Cafu as "the Brazilian with two hearts" because of his incredible stamina, which allowed him to play for hours at a time. He was a member of Brazil's squad, which is regarded as one of the best in the sport's history. Brazil's national team has won the UEFA Team of the Year award twice. Many consider Cafu to be the greatest fullback in the history of the game. He is one of only a handful of players in history to have won two World Cups.

All of these achievements are unsurprising given this legend's tenacity and grit on the soccer field. Cafu now runs a charitable foundation in his old neighborhood of Jardim Irene as a result of his modest origins, which he never forgot. Young Brazilians were encouraged to dream big by the foundation.

Cafu House

Cafu's house is one of the most interesting facts about the city. Cafu, the nickname of Marcos Morais, has a legendary background in Brazilian football, having won multiple titles and awards, including the World Cup. Since playing at a time when football was not at its height of luxury, he has amassed a sizable fortune over the course of his career.

A mansion in Barueri, Sao Paulo, in one of the city's most luxurious condominiums, in the Alphaville neighborhood, is one of his many acquisitions. The modest home is now worth $9.7 million dollars! That's right! Nearly ten million dollars, if I am not mistaken.

Some Short Top Facts about Cafu

Cafu, the legendary Brazilian soccer player, compared Qatar's use of football to better the lives of deprived children as part of the 2022 World Cup legacy to his own work in Brazil.

The 50-year-old defender, who holds the record for most caps for a Brazilian player, compared the tiny Gulf state's global initiative, Generation Amazing, to the Cafu Foundation, which he established in Jardim Irene, So Paulo.

“We want to minimize social and economic disparities among children and provide new opportunities for young people to have a better life through football,” the two-time World Cup winner said.

Between 1994 and 2006, Cafu appeared in four World Cups and is the only player to have appeared in three consecutive World Cup finals, winning in 1994 and 2002.

He also played club football for S. Paulo, Roma, and AC Milan.

With 142 caps, he is Brazil's most-capped player. Cafu is also the only Brazilian to have appeared in three World Cup finals in a row, with Brazil winning in 1994 and 2002 when Cafu was captain. While the best Brazilian players are known for their attacking abilities, Cafu is arguably one of the best right-backs of all time.

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