Lucio Bio

FULL NAMELucimar Ferreira da Silva
BORNMay 8, 1978
HEIGHT6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
NATIONALITYBrazilian
ROLECentre back
RELATION(S)Dione da Silva (Spouse)

Lucimar Ferreira da Silva, better known by his nickname Lucio, is a Brazilian center-back who currently represents Gama in the Campeonato Brasiliense. Lucio was born in Planaltina, Brazil, on May 8, 1978.

He’s famed for his aerial prowess as well as his presence in combat. He also excels at clearing and is razor-sharp inside his own box.

Lucio is most remembered for his goal in the 2-1 loss to Real Madrid in the 2002 Champions League final for Bayer Leverkusen.

Background

Lucio started his youth career in 1995 with Planaltina EC, his local club, where he spent two years. In 1997, he started his professional career with Guara, where he made no appearances, and the following year, he played with Internacional in Portugal.

Lucio started out as a striker at his junior team, but eventually shifted to a centre defensive position, where he excelled at. Following his acquisition by Internacional, he established himself as a regular starter, earning him a call-up to the national squad in 2000. He was regarded as one of Brazil’s greatest defenders at the time.

Planaltina EC, Guara, Internacional, Bayer Leverkusen, Bayern Munich, Inter Milan, Juventus, S. Paulo, Palmeiras, FC Goa, and Gama are among the clubs Lucio has played for.

Debut

Lucio made his international debut at the 2000 Olympics for Brazil, when he wowed everyone with his ice-cold defensive play. He received the Bola de Prata as one of Brazil’s two top center-backs.

His club career started in 1997 with Internacional, where he was a reliable centre-back who could both defend and score goals.

Rise to Glory

Lucio would become a regular starter in the Brazilian squad after earning a call-up for the 2000 Olympics, among other greats like Roberto Carlos. He was a member of the Brazilian team that won the FIFA World Cup in 2002. Lucio was a key member of the defence and made few errors, one of which was a blunder against England that allowed Michael Owen to score.

Lucio set a World Cup record by playing 386 straight minutes without committing a foul, but he was unable to prevent his team’s 1-0 quarterfinal defeat to France. Lucio was named captain of the team by manager Dunga the next year.

Lucio scored an incredible header in the 84th minute of the final against the USA in 2009 to help Brazil win the Confederations Cup. Lucio subsequently went on to participate in his third World Cup in 2010, as well as the 2011 Copa America, his last big event with the Selecao. He is one of the few players in history with over 100 caps.

Club Career

A career that started at Internacional quickly progressed, and he went on to become one of Brazil’s most decorated center-backs.

Lucio scored six goals in 49 appearances for the Portuguese club. His achievements attracted the interest of other European teams, and he was purchased by Bayer Leverkusen in 2001. Lucio was a standout with Bayer, making 92 games and scoring 15 goals.

He was a member of the Bayer team that let a key five-point lead against rivals Borussia Dortmund slip away, as well as the team that reached the 2002 Champions League final.

Lucio transferred to Bayern Munich in 2004 and spent the rest of his career there. With them, he won the Bundesliga and the DFB-Pokal three times, as well as being chosen vice-captain. For the Bundesliga giants, he made 144 appearances.

Lucio subsequently signed a three-year contract with Inter in 2009, when he accomplished the triple by winning the Champions League. He appeared in 96 games for them and scored three goals.

Lucio’s career is coming to an end, however he has played for other Brazilian teams such as Sao Paulo and Palmeiras. In 2015, he joined the Indian Super League and became FC Goa’s star player. He is presently playing for Gama in his home state, where he hopes to complete his illustrious career.

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