Romário de Souza Faria or simply Romário ( IPA: [ʁomaɾiu] ) ( Rio de Janeiro , January 29 1966 ) is a former Brazilian footballer nicknamed "O Baixinho" , loosely translated, "Little One". Romário is considered by many as one of the best strikers ever. During his playing career, he made ​​more than 1,000 goals and won several major awards such as the World Cup , the Copa America and several national championships, including the Premier League and La Liga . The former world footballer of the year was by Pele in March 2004 stated in the preparedlist FIFA 100 best players .


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[1][2]Romário during a training of PSV (27 February 1989).

Romário was born and grew up in the favelas of Jacarezinho, one of the slums of Rio de Janeiro, and he played street football like so many Brazilians. He began as a club footballer at Olaria Atlético Clube in 1983. In 1985 Romário moved to the Brazilian top club CR Vasco da Gama .After the Olympic Games of 1988, he was bought by PSV Eindhoven . In the Netherlands, Romário was very successful with three league titles and two cups. FC Barcelona in 1993 his new club. Romário made ​​by the Catalan club part of the illustrious Dream Team . He formed an attacking duo with the Bulgarian Hristo Stoitchkov and the Dane Michael Laudrup . The Brazilian had a starring role in the gala performance against Real Madrid in 1994. It was 5-0 for FC Barcelona and Romário scored three times. He also gave the assist to Iván Iglesias for the last hit. In 1994, however, was the final of the UEFA Champions League by FC Barcelona lost. In Athens it was 4-0 to AC Milan . In early 1995 Romário returned after a clash with FC Barcelona coach Johan Cruyff returned to Brazil with CR Flamengo to play. In early 1997, he went back into the Primera Liga play, this time at Valencia CF . However, his second Spanish period was not a success, and within a year left Romário Valencia CF again.

Then successively in Brazil he played for Flamengo CR (1997-1999), CR Vasco da Gama (2000-2002), Fluminense FC (2002-2004) and again CR Vasco da Gama (2005-2008) In 2003, Romário was a few months Al-Sadd Sports Club in Qatar under contract, but at this club he played only three league matches. For the AFC Champions League , the competition for which Al-Sadd had contracted him initially the Brazilian was not eligible to play.

In April 2006 Romário moved on loan to the U.S. Miami FC , ​​which plays in the USL First Division (one level below the Major League Soccer ). The main objective was to make in order to arrive. The magic number of one thousand goals as many goals Romário finally scored nineteen hits, which he did according to his own count on 984 goals. In September, the Brazilian decided to continue in Australia. Been hunting for a thousand goals Romário signed a contract for four weeks as a guest player with Adelaide United , which was possible because clubs per season two players may capture as a guest player for a month. according to the regulations of the Australian Football Good luck did not Romário Down Under : he came to scoring just once in five games. After his time in Australia, the Brazilian returned to CR Vasco da Gama to the club's final of the Campeonato Brasileiro to do with it. Here, he scored 15 goals, which are counter stood at 999. Penalty Romario scored his 1000th goal, a record that only Pele had previously put his name. Romario has a talented son, Romarinho called. On October 23, 2007 Romario was as interim coach pushed forward with the Brazilian club CR Vasco da Gama .

On 4 December 2007, announced that Romario caught on the use of the masking agent finasteride which the doping list state. He asks no counter-expertise and indicates that this agent in a hair is what he used for a while. This risk Romario a suspension of two months. On December 6 Vasco da Gama announces that Romario has been appointed player / coach [1] . On December 18, Romario gets a conditional suspension of 120 days shall be imposed for the use of a prohibited substance. On 14 February 2008, he was acquitted on appeal. A week earlier, Romario resigned as coach of Vasco da Gama after a disagreement with the President. He had announced his playing career by 30 March to end., 2008 On April 15, 2008 Romario ended his career as a footballer.

In August 2009, he announced to play again for America FC , ​​the favorite club of his deceased father. He was also appointed as technical director. He played in a contest before finally stopping in 2010. Romario threw himself after his active football career in politics where he is a member of the Socialist Party.

Club Awards edit ]Edit

Brazilian team edit ]Edit

Romário played 79 international matches, in which he scored 64 goals. The attacker won by Brazil in 1988, silver at the Olympics in Seoul . This tournament was the breakthrough of Romário. With seven matches he led his country to the final, which was lost 2-1 to the Soviet Union . The 1994 World Cup in the United States was won by Romário with Brazil. With five goals the attacker had an important share in the success of The Divine Canaries . The final was on penalties to Italy won, after the match in a 0-0 draw had ended. Furthermore, Romário won with Brazil also Copa America (1997 and 1999) and the Confederations Cup (1997). After several years not to have been called up for the national team, awarded national coach Carlos Alberto Parreira Romário a farewell match. On April 28, 2005, the striker played against Guatemala his last international match. He made ​​the second goal in the friendly match, which ended 3-0 was won by Brazil.

Prices edit ]Edit

Personal prices edit ]Edit

In addition to the various prizes Romário won his country and clubs, the Brazilian won several personal prices. In 1994 he became the FIFA named World Player of the Year . Won in 1994, the Golden Ball for the best player during the World Cup. Romário in 2000 received the prize for South American Footballer of the Year . He was also elected that year, Brazilian footballer of the year .

Scorer Titles Edit ]Edit

Romário was allowed to call themselves nineteen times top scorer in an official competition. Romário's top scorer with three titles in the Campeonato Brasileiro co-record holder with Darío (seventies) and Tulio (eighties and nineties). He is seven times top scorer of the Campeonato Carioca (championship of the State of Rio de Janeiro ) record. Only Zico comes with six titles such as Rio's artilheiro even close.

Year Team Competition Goals
1986 CR Vasco da Gama Campeonato Carioca 20
1987 CR Vasco da Gama Campeonato Carioca 16
1988 Brazil Olympics 7
1989 PSV Eredivisie 19
1990 PSV Eredivisie 23
1991 PSV Eredivisie 25
1994 FC Barcelona La Liga 30
1996 CR Flamengo Campeonato Carioca 26
1997 Brazil Confederations Cup 7
1997 CR Flamengo Campeonato Carioca 18
1998 CR Flamengo Campeonato Carioca 10
1999 CR Flamengo Copa Mercosur 18
1999 CR Flamengo Campeonato Carioca 16
2000 CR Vasco da Gama World 3
2000 CR Vasco da Gama Campeonato Brasileiro 39
2000 CR Vasco da Gama Copa Mercosur 11
2000 CR Vasco da Gama Campeonato Carioca 19
2001 CR Vasco da Gama Campeonato Brasileiro 21
2005 CR Vasco da Gama Campeonato Brasileiro 22

Career edit ]Edit

season club country competition wed. goals
1985 CR Vasco da Gama [3]


Campeonato Brasileiro 21 11
1986 CR Vasco da Gama [4]


Campeonato Brasileiro 40 30
1987 CR Vasco da Gama [5]


Campeonato Brasileiro 37 23
1988 CR Vasco da Gama [6]


Campeonato Brasileiro 24 16
1988/89 PSV [7]


Eredivisie 24 19
1989/90 PSV [8]


Eredivisie 20 23
1990/91 PSV [9]


Eredivisie 25 25
1991/92 PSV [10]


Eredivisie 14 9
1992/93 PSV [11]


Eredivisie 26 22
1993/94 FC Barcelona [12]


La Liga 33 30
1994/95 FC Barcelona [13]


La Liga 13 4
1995 CR Flamengo [14]


Campeonato Brasileiro 37 33
1996 CR Flamengo [15]


Campeonato Brasileiro 22 26
1996/97 Valencia CF [16]


La Liga 5 4
1997/98 Valencia CF [17]


La Liga 4 1
1997 CR Flamengo [18]


Campeonato Brasileiro 23 21
1998 CR Flamengo [19]


Campeonato Brasileiro 28 24
1999 CR Flamengo [20]


Campeonato Brasileiro 35 28
2000 CR Vasco da Gama [21]


Campeonato Brasileiro 44 39
2001 CR Vasco da Gama [22]


Campeonato Brasileiro 29 34
2002 CR Vasco da Gama [23]


Campeonato Brasileiro 32 23
2002 Fluminense FC [24]


Campeonato Brasileiro 22 15
2003 Fluminense FC [25]


Campeonato Brasileiro 21 13
2003 Al-Sadd Sports Club [26]


Qatari League 3 0
2004 Fluminense FC [27]


Campeonato Brasileiro 13 5
2005 CR Vasco da Gama [28]


Campeonato Brasileiro 31 22
2006 CR Vasco da Gama [29]


Campeonato Brasileiro 0 0
2006 Miami FC [30]


USL First Division 23 19
2006 Adelaide United [31]


A-League 5 1
2007 CR Vasco da Gama [32]


Campeonato Brasileiro 7 9
2009 America FC [33]


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1000 Goals edit ]Edit

[34][35]Romário comes in the Maracana as change the field to go against Flamengo with only 1 goal

Romario was a long time hunting for 1000 goals in professional football (including youth and amateur competitions), a feat for him only by Pelé was delivered (and according to some, by Arthur Friedenreich ). On April 8 , 2007 , when Romario according to its own counter stood at 999 goals, reported De Volkskrant that though he had forgotten that he himself played a match with PSV against New Buinen to count, so he already 1000 on March 25 , 2007 would have been reached. The message was world but Romario stuck to his 999 goals. [2] Moreover, this goal was not made ​​by Romario as the archivist of PSV but Twan Scheepers . On 20 May 2007, the time had come, in a match against Sport Recife striker scored 46 minutes from a penalty kick his 1000th goal. This he was mobbed by teammates and journalists. The contest was sixteen minute silent.

Although his performance garnered much praise, there was at the end a lot of criticism. His club, Vasco da Gama, organized many training factions - sometimes beach soccer - to help Romario its 1000 goals. Romario also would be the salary of his teammates have paid so he could play. During rush hour

Against all expectations, was the pick of the 1000 goals not the time for Romario to end his career. Immediately On June 9 , 2007 , he again scored twice for his club.

Beach Soccer Edit ]Edit

Beach Soccer is a great hobby of Romario. He regularly took part in a tournament in Rio. He also was a member of the Brazilian team in 2005 , at first by the FIFA -organizedWorld Cup was third.

Alias ​​[ edit ]Edit

The nickname of Romário reads "O Baixinho" ( The Little One ), referring to its short length (169 cm). Other nicknames Romário given his "O Gênio da grande área" ( Genius of the penalty area ) and "The King of the penalty area" .

Trivia edit ]Edit

  • Romario scored the fastest goal ever in a Dutch Cup final. On 25 May 1989, he has scored in the second minute during the cup final against FC Groningen . Anno 2013, this is still a record.
  • the television program Other Times Sports heeded Romario in the period when he played for PSV.