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16.07.2009 14:32

Maxwell makes it six Brazilian defenders

Jesús Carrillo

Maxwell will be the sixth Brazilian defender in FC Barcelona’s history as he follows on from Marinho, Aloisio, Juliano Belletti, Sylvinho and Dani Alves.

The former Inter star has become the 29th player from Brazil top lay for the Blaugrana and has increased the number of players from the South American country who have played in defence for the club.

Mario Marinho

MARINHO.jpgIn 1974, coach Rinus Michels made Mario Mariinho the first Brazilian top lay in defence for Barça after he had impressed during the World Cup Finals in Germany in that same year. He spent two seasons at Camp Nou after signing from Santos.

Aloisio signed by Cruyff

ALOISIO003.jpgJohan Cruyff then looked to Brazil in 1988/89 to bolster his rearguard as he signed Aloisio Pires from Internacional de Porto Alegre. Aloisio won the gold medal at the Olympic Games in Seoul before moving to join the Blaugrana.He spent two season with the Blaugrana, helping the team to win the European Cup Winners’ Cup and the Copa del Rey, before moving to Porto in 1990.

Two full-backs

In the 2004/05 campaign, Barça signed two Brazilian defenders at the same time as Belletti and Sylvinho both joined to bolster the full-back positions. Luciano Haus Belletti signed from Villarreal after helping Brazil to win the World Cup in 2002 and wrote his name into the club’s history books by scoring the winning goal in the 2006 Champions League final against Arsenal in Paris. He left Barça I 2006-07 to join Chelsea.

sylvinho-fcb-esp_copa_x3x.jpgSylvinho moved to FC Barcelona from Celta Vigo after the Galician club were relegated to la Segunda A. Silvio Mendes competed with Giovanni van Bronckhorst for the left-back spot, before Éric Abidal’s arrival. During his five-year stay at Camp Nou, Sylvinho won three league titles, the European Cup twice and the Copa del Rey. It was his departure at the end of last season that opened the way for Maxwell to join.

Dani Alves

alves-fcb-recreativo_x2x.jpgLast summer FC Barcelona signed Daniel Alves from Sevilla and he slotted into the side quickly as he helped the team to go on and win a unique treble in his first year at the club.
Maxwell makes it six Brazilian defenders
José Edmílson i Henrique
Edmilson could also be included in the list of Brazilian defenders top lay for the club as he played as a centre-back throughout his time in France with Olympique Lyonnais. But with Barça, the player who se full name is José Edmílson I Henrique, plied his trade in the defensive midfield position.

Another case is that of Henrique who signed for Barça last summer before being loaned to Bayer Leverkusen. He is still a member of the Catalan club, but has yet to make a first-team appearance.

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