Full name Romario de Souza Faria Date of birth January 29, 1966
Place of birth Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Nickname Baixinho (Shorty)
Current club Romario - Miami FC Position Centre Forward
1983-1985 Olaria AC
Professional clubs* de Souza Faria Romario
Years Club Apps (goals)
1985-1987 Vasco da Gama - 113 (73)
1988-1992 PSV Eindhoven - 167 (165)
1992-1994 FC Barcelona - 46 (34)
1995-1996 Flamengo - 46 (31)
1996-1998 Valencia CF - 11 (5)
1998-1999 Flamengo - 39 (26)
2000-2001 Vasco da Gama - 44 (41)
2002-2002 Fluminense FC - 26 (17)
2003-2003 Al Sadd - 6 (0)
2003-2004 Fluminense FC - 34 (18)
2005-2006 Vasco da Gama - 31 (23)
2006- Miami FC - 13 (10)
National team** de Souza Faria Romario
1987-2005 Brazil 70 (55)
* Professional club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of July 17, 2006.
** National team caps and goals correct as of 2005.
Romario de Souza Faria (born January 29, 1966 in Rio de Janeiro), better known simply as Romario , is a Brazilian football (soccer) player who currently plays for Miami FC of the USL First Division. He is one of a select group of players with over 50 goals in international matches and one of Brazil's most famous and outstanding forwards. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of the game. de Souza Faria Romario
On January 28, 2006, one day before his fortieth birthday, he scored his 950th goal (official FIFA count). He is currently pursuing the figure 1,000 goals, a mark officially obtained only by legendary Pele.
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Career He started his career playing for Vasco da Gama (becoming one of the best footballers of the club in the last two decades) where he won two State Championships (1987/88). Between 1988 and 1992 he played for PSV Eindhoven, who won the Dutch League in 1989, 1991 and 1992. In 1993 he moved to FC Barcelona and won the Spanish League the same year. As a member of the Brazilian national team, Romario won the silver Olympic medal in Seoul in 1988, scoring seven goals. Partnering with Bebeto in the attack, he led his country to the 1994 FIFA World Cup title, scoring five goals in the tournament. He was voted the most outstanding player of the tournament. Romario was named FIFA World Player of the Year in 1994, after being the runner-up in 1993. In 1995 he returned to Brazil to play for Flamengo. He spent the next year in Valencia. In 1998, he missed out the World Cup due to injury and then returned to Flamengo until 1999. de Souza Faria Romario
He played for Vasco da Gama again in 2000, winning the Mercosur Cup, the Brazilian League, the South American and Brazilian Footballer of the Year award. From 2002 until 2004 he played for Fluminense. Romario was controversially left out of the 2002 Brazilian World Cup squad by Luiz Felipe Scolari, despite huge public demand for his inclusion. Fans from around the world sympathized with Romario and felt that the World Cup was deprived of one of its greatest performers. On October 21, 2004 he was fired from the club after a conflict with the coach. He then went back to play for the team he started at, Vasco da Gama. Then, in the beginning of 2006, he went to play with Miami FC along with former 1994 FIFA World Cup teammate Zinho. He has recently hinted that he might play for the entire season of 2006 and then retire, although his retirement has been announced numerous times before. de Souza Faria Romario
On April 28, 2005, Romario de Souza Faria played his last game with the Brazilian national team. He scored the second goal in Brazil's 3-0 win against Guatemala.
In 2005, at nearly 40 years of age,
Romarioscored an outstanding number of goals (22) in the Brazilian Championship, making him the league's top goalscorer. He is the second best scorer of all time in the Brazilian League, and has finished as leading scorer six times. Romario was named as one of the top 125 greatest living footballers as part of FIFA's 100th anniversary celebration in March 2004. Diego Maradona, in his autobiography,"El Diego", described Romario as an "incredible finisher" and that he had not seen a striker like him. He even went on to mention that Romario would be in his all time dream team without any hesitation. de Souza Faria Romario
Olympic medal record
Title history Romario
Rio de Janeiro State Championship (1985-1999) - four times champion, seven times leading scorer
KNVB Cup (1989, 1990) - two times champion
Dutch League (1989, 1991, 1992) - three times champion and three times leading scorer
Seoul Olympic Games (1988) - silver medal
Copa America (1989-1997) - two times champion and leading scorer
Spanish League (1994) - champion and leading scorer Romario
FIFA World Cup 1994 - champion and Most Valuable Player (Golden Ball) Award Winner
Confederations Cup (1997) - champion and leading scorer
Mercosur Cup (2000) - champion
Brazilian Championship (2000) - champion
FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup (2005) - 3rd place
Of course I must explain what “malandro” means, since it is a local term. Malandro is a guy that is at the same time smart, bohemian and street wise. He can see (and build) good opportunities to get profit or advantage when dealing with nave people. Romario is very malandro. He is going to Miami now.
After he reached the mega star status he decided that he would not be treated as the other players. He played for Flamengo, Vasco and Fluminense here in Rio, but nobody could demand the regular training discipline the other players had to follow. It was common for him to go for a night out with his friends the night before important matches. He was always seen with beautiful girls being married or not. He uses and creates more slang than most cariocas (born in Rio)… do you know the type?
In other words, he is cool. But he takes advantage of his status to overrule his team’s coach and board. There is the dilemma. What would you do? If you hire Romario he will score a lot and your team will be fine. At the same time you cannot impose rules to him so you will look like a fool trying to find him when all the other players are working hard training for the next match, only to discover that he was on the beach playing footvolley.
Romario is playing for Vasco nowadays. Now, listen to this: he decides the games he wants to play. Of course he claim to be injured for the games he don’t want to play (mostly in away games) and the board and the coach can do nothing about it. His team didn’t go well in Rio’s championship. So, for the Miami suckers who are about to hire him… GOOD LUCK! He will probably do the same he did in Qatar: he earned more than $1 million for playing barely 130 minutes over three months.
Renato Gaucho, his coach, said this: “He cannot be like bin Laden and disappear. We here at Vasco need him and want to talk to him before he makes any decision.”
Look, I love Romario , I love all he did for football and Brazil, I hope to be as malandro as he is today, but I would never hire him at this point. He should work as hard as his teammates and seek to bring his team to it’s goal, not the other way around. He is trashing his golden years. Romario still rules, but too much for my taste.
Romario DE SOUZA FARIA of 41 years of age & Brazilian by birth is part of "SFS Hall of Fame" ( see righthand side of SFS), & is in the news for having scored his 1000 goal. SFS has decided to give him a post for having played in 2 Spanish Clubs - FC BARCELONA & VALENCIA CF - having reached this milestone & for being (SFS opinion) one of the most talented goalscorers in Football history. Here is the VIDEO of Romario scoring his 1000 goal after taking the penalty shot:
A controversial player throughout his history, he is like Frank Sinatra, a follower of the "I did it my way" philosophy. A hard person to get in on the discipline side, his genious often made people forget his "antics" & only talk to remember his "supernatural" plays.
Ex-Argentine International & Real Madrid player JORGE VALDANO ( now conference speaker, commentator & football advisor) once describe Romario as a cartoon figure, due to hisincredible moves, dribbles, shots at goal...etc. It was all pure magic, imagination & poetry in motion, just like the Japanese cartoons & they way the move. Absolute beauty.
Professional CIRRICULUM VITAE titles: VASCO DE GAMACopa Guanabara (1986 & 2000); Estadual Championship (1987/88); Copa Joao Havelange (2000); Copa Mercosur (2000) PSV EINDHOVEN Dutch League 1989, 1991 & 1992; Holland Cup (1990) FC BARCELONA Spanish League (1994) FLAMENGO Guanabara Cup(1995 & 1996); Estadual Cup (1996 & 1999); Copa Mercosur (1999)
OLYMPIC GAMES: 1988 Seoul : Silver Medal COPA AMERICA : 1989 & 1997 WORLD CUP CHAMPION: USA 1994
FIFA WORLD PLAYER: 1994 MAXIMUM GOAL SCORER: 1989 Dutch League 1994 Spanish League - "Pichichi" 2006 FC Miami USA League
However, with everthing connected to Romario , it seems his newly acquired 1000 goal record is underdoubt, according to FIFA official records.
According to FIFA they have accounted 928 goals, that is 72 goals short. Apparently, they cite that these 72 goals were scored in lower catagories & amateur games, which do not count for them.
Official records show PELE as the all time goalscorer with 1, 281 goals, & here too exists another debate as ARTHUR FRIENDENRICH,another Brazilian who played between the 1920s-1940s scored 1,363 goals & is apparently "forgetten" about in official chronicles.
So controversy & plenty of debate. BUT WHO CARES. Independentlyof whether or not Romario has truely reached the 1000 goal landmark, his talent, his genious & his magic is without any doubt or debate. Romario is in SFS opinion one of the greatest forwards in Football History to have moved within the goal square area & for that reason SFS pays tribute with this brief post.
Leave you with a VIDEO of Romario in action & his magical goals. Allow the video to load & be patient, it is worth the wait.