Tuesday, January 22, 2013

22 January 1973 - When He's Not Saving Them, He's Scoring Them

On 22 January 1973, Rogério Ceni, the world's highest-scoring goalkeeper, was born in Pato Branco, Brazil.

He started his professional career in 1990 with Sinop, but moved to São Paulo in 1992 and has remained there ever since, making 1,050 appearances through the 2012 season. He got off to a great start with the team, winning the Copa Libertadores, the Intercontinental Cup, the Recopa Sudamericana, and the Supercopa Sudamericana in 1993, though he himself made only fifteen total appearances that year.

In 1997, he became the team's starting goalkeeper and went on to be named the Brazilian Série A's best goalkeeper six times between 2000 and 2008, when he was also named the league's best player. Along the way, São Paulo won three league titles (2006, 2007, 2008), another Copa Libertadores (2005), and the Club World Cup (2005).

Apart from being an outstanding keeper, however, Ceni has been an excellent goalscorer, with a world-record total of 107 goals in all competitions through 2012, always through free kicks and penalty kicks. His most prolific year was 2005 when he scored a total of 21 times, including ten league goals.

Going into the 2013 season, the 40-year old Ceni remains São Paulo's starting goalkeeper and is also the club's captain.

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