Casemiro

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Casemiro
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Casemiro with Brazil in 2018
Personal information
Full name Carlos Henrique Casimiro[1]
Date of birth (1992-02-23) 23 February 1992 (age 27)[2]
Place of birth São José dos Campos, Brazil
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)[3]
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Real Madrid
Number 14
Youth career
2002–2010 São Paulo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2013 São Paulo 62 (6)
2013Real Madrid B (loan) 15 (1)
2013Real Madrid (loan) 1 (0)
2013– Real Madrid 132 (14)
2014–2015Porto (loan) 28 (3)
National team
2009 Brazil U17 3 (0)
2011 Brazil U20 15 (3)
2011– Brazil 45 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:09, 9 November 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14:01, 13 October 2019 (UTC)

Carlos Henrique Casimiro (born 23 February 1992), known as Casemiro[4] (Brazilian Portuguese: [kaziˈmiɾu]), is a Brazilian footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Brazil national team.

Formed at São Paulo, where he scored 11 goals in 112 official games, he moved to Real Madrid in 2013, and also spent a season on loan at Porto. He was part of the Real Madrid squad that won four Champions Leagues, from 2013–14 to 2017–18.

A full international since 2011, Casemiro was in Brazil's squad at three Copa América tournaments as well as the 2018 FIFA World Cup, winning the 2019 Copa América.[5]

Club career[edit]

São Paulo[edit]

Born in São José dos Campos, São Paulo, Casemiro was a product of São Paulo FC's youth system. From the age of 11 upwards, he acted as captain to its sides;[6][7] he was known as "Carlão" – an augmentative form of his first name in Portuguese – early on, and would be called up for the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup.[8]

Casemiro made his Série A debut on 25 July 2010, in an away loss against Santos FC. He scored his first goal as a professional on 15 August, helping to a 2–2 draw with Cruzeiro Esporte Clube.[9]

On 7 April 2012, Casemiro scored the first goal of a 2–0 win over Mogi Mirim Esporte Clube at the Arena Barueri in that year's Campeonato Paulista after replacing the injured Fabrício early on, but was later sent off.[10] São Paulo also won the Copa Sudamericana, with the player making one substitute appearance in a 5–0 home success against Club Universidad de Chile in the quarter-final second leg on 7 November.[11]

Real Madrid[edit]

Casemiro playing for Real Madrid in 2015

In late January 2013, Casemiro was loaned to Real Madrid in Spain, being assigned to the B-team in Segunda División.[12] He played his first game in the competition on 16 February, starting in a 1–3 defeat at CE Sabadell FC.[13]

Casemiro made his La Liga debut on 20 April 2013, playing the full 90 minutes in a 3–1 home win over Real Betis.[14] On 2 June he scored his first goal in Europe, opening the reserves' 4–0 win over AD Alcorcón at the Alfredo di Stéfano Stadium;[15] eight days later, the move was made permanent for four years and a fee of R$18.738 million.[16][17][18]

Casemiro was loaned to FC Porto on 19 July 2014, in a season-long loan.[19] He totalled 40 games overall for the Portuguese, netting four times[20] including a free kick on 10 March 2015 in a 4–0 home win (5–1 aggregate) over FC Basel in the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League.[21]

On 5 June 2015, Casemiro returned to Real Madrid who activated his buyback clause,[22] and two months later his contract was extended until 2021.[23] On 13 March of the following year, he scored his first competitive goal for the Merengues, heading home an 89th-minute corner kick by Jesé in a 2–1 victory at UD Las Palmas.[24]

After being mostly a reserve player under Rafael Benítez, Casemiro became first-choice under his successor Zinedine Zidane,[25] and contributed with 11 appearances in the season's Champions League as the tournament ended in win. In the final against Atlético Madrid, he featured the full 120 minutes in a 1–1 draw in Milan (penalty shootout triumph).[26]

"Ahhh, Casimiro. He saved my life. I might play until I'm 45 with this guy by my side."

Marcelo for The Players' Tribune[27]

Casemiro scored four goals in 25 matches in the 2016–17 campaign, helping his team win the national championship for the first time in five years.[28][29] He scored a long-range strike in the Champions League final against Juventus FC, helping his side to a 4–1 victory;[30] he again found the net on 8 August 2017, putting his team ahead in an eventual 2–1 defeat of Manchester United for the UEFA Super Cup.[31]

During the 2017–18 Champions League, Casemiro made 13 appearances while scoring one goal,[32] when Madrid won their third consecutive and 13th overall title in the competition.[33]

International career[edit]

After appearing with the under-20s at the 2011 South American Championship and the 2011 World Cup,[34] Casemiro made his debut for the Brazil senior side on 14 September 2011, in a 0–0 draw against Argentina.[35] He was named by manager Dunga in the Brazilian squad for the 2015 Copa América, but did not play any matches in the quarter-final exit in Chile.[36]

On 5 May 2016, he was named among the 23-man list for the Copa América Centenario to be held in the United States.[37]

In May 2018, Casemiro was selected by manager Tite for the upcoming edition of the FIFA World Cup in Russia.[38] He made his debut in the competition on 17 June, playing 60 minutes in a 1–1 group stage draw to Switzerland.[39]

In May 2019, he was included in Brazil's 23-man squad for the 2019 Copa América on home soil.[40] In the final group game at the Arena Corinthians against Peru, he scored his first international goal to open a 5–0 victory, but was also sent off for two yellow cards and suspended from the next match.[41] He started in Brazil's 3–1 victory over Peru in the 2019 Copa América Final on 7 July, at the Maracanã Stadium.[42]

Style of play[edit]

"For the balance of the team, he is without a doubt [Real Madrid's] most important player ... He has changed the face of Madrid."

Atlético Madrid manager Diego Simeone before the 2016 UEFA Champions League Final[43]

Casemiro mainly plays as a defensive midfielder,[44] although he has also been deployed in a box-to-box role in the centre of the pitch,[45][46] or even as a centre-back on occasion.[47] While he is not particularly talented or skilful from a technical standpoint[48][49][50] (although he was able to improve in this area under manager Zinedine Zidane during their time at Real Madrid together),[51] Casemiro is an intelligent, physically strong, mobile, aggressive, and hard-tackling midfielder, with an extremely high work-rate.[51][46][52][53] While he is mainly known for his ability to provide balance to his teams by supporting his more offensive-minded teammates defensively, and distributing the ball to them accurately after winning back possession, he is also a well-rounded midfielder, who possesses a powerful shot from outside the penalty area, and reliable distribution, as well as an ability to get forward with his runs off the ball, or start attacks with his passing; these characteristics also enable him to contribute offensively, or even score goals, in addition to breaking up plays.[46][54][55][56][57][58] Moreover, his quick reactions, as well as his excellent positional sense, ability to read the game, and good anticipation, enable him to excel in a holding midfield role in front of the defence, by cutting out counter-attacks and shielding the back-line.[46][51][59][60][61] Often described as a "destroyer" in the media,[62] he has drawn praise from pundits for his energetic and combative style of play,[63][64][65] as well as his tactical awareness and abilities as a ball winner, which enable him to cover ground, track back, and press opponents.[54][58][60][66][67][68] His tenacity on the pitch, exemplified by his fierce challenges and stamina,[69] have led Marca to nickname him "The Tank.”[70] In addition to his footballing abilities, he also stands out for his competitive spirit, mentality, consistency, and determination on the pitch.[51][71] Despite mainting a good disciplinary record, he has, however, also come into criticism in the media at times over his excessively aggressive challenges on the pitch.[72] Casemiro's playing style has drawn comparisons with that of former Real Madrid defensive midfielder Claude Makélélé,[51] as well as compatriot Toninho Cerezo.[56]

Media and sponsorship[edit]

Casemiro featured in a promotional trailer for FIFA 19.[73]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 9 November 2019[74][75]
Club Season League Cup Continental Other1 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
São Paulo 2010 18 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 18 2
2011 21 4 5 1 2 0 12 1 40 6
2012 22 0 9 1 1 0 18 2 50 3
2013 1 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 4 0
Total 62 6 14 2 5 0 31 3 112 11
Real Madrid B (loan) 2012–13 15 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 1
Real Madrid (loan) 2012–13 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Real Madrid 2013–14 12 0 7 0 6 0 0 0 25 0
Porto (loan) 2014–15 28 3 2 0 10 1 0 0 40 4
Real Madrid 2015–16 23 1 1 0 11 0 35 1
2016–17 25 4 5 0 9 2 3 0 42 6
2017–18 30 5 1 0 12 1 5 1 48 7
2018–19 29 3 5 0 6 2 2 0 43 4
2019–20 12 1 0 0 4 1 0 0 16 2
Madrid total 132 14 19 0 48 5 11 1 210 20
Career total 237 24 35 2 63 6 42 4 377 36

1 Includes Campeonato Paulista, Supercopa de España, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup matches.

International[edit]

As of match played 13 October 2019[76]
Brazil
Year Apps Goals
2011 1 0
2012 4 0
2013 0 0
2014 2 0
2015 2 0
2016 4 0
2017 7 0
2018 12 0
2019 13 3
Total 45 3

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Brazil's goal tally first

No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 22 June 2019 Arena Corinthians, São Paulo, Brazil  Peru 1–0 5–0 2019 Copa América
2. 6 September 2019 Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, United States  Colombia 1–0 2–2 Friendly
3. 13 October 2019 National Stadium, Kallang, Singapore  Nigeria 1–1 1–1

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

São Paulo[5]

Real Madrid[5]

International[edit]

Brazil U20[5]

Brazil[5]

Individual

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