Barca’s sixth Brazilian full back
Adriano Correia, who joins his compatriots Alves and Maxwell in Guardiola’s squad for the 2010/11 season, has become the sixth Brazilian full back in Barca’s history.
Although Adriano is much valued for his versatility, his preferred position is as a left back,
though he has also played at right back, and he has become the sixth Brazilian full back to play at
the club, following in the footsteps of Aloisio, Belletti and Sylvinho, and joining Alves and
Maxwell in the current squad.
Third left back
Aloisio, who joined the
club as a centre back and was converted into a full back by Johan Cruyff, Belletti and Alves played
on the right, whilst Sylvinho and Maxwell were left backs, but all of them have been skilful and
fast and have had the same attacking mentality so typical of Brazilian football.
Three together for the first time
This will be the first time that three Brazilian full backs have been in the same Barca
squad: there were two, Sylvinho and Belletti, from 2004 to 2007 and Alves and Sylvinho also played
together in the 2008/09 season.
Other Brazilian defenders
The three other Brazilian defenders who played for Barca were Mario Marinho, who was the first when
he joined in 1974 from Santos and played under Marinus Michels, Jose Edmilson, who was primarily
employed as a defensive midfielder and Henrique, who has yet to debut with the first team.