UltimateXI Profile: Cafu

By April 23, 2020
Cafu Cafu

Marcos Engelista de Morais, without much fanfare, has put together, one of the most impressive careers as a right-back the World has ever seen. In a country notorious for being able to field a number of world-class teams at a time, Cafu became a mainstay in Brazil’s starting 11 for 12 of the 16 years he played. In those 12 years, he was a World Cup winner twice, once as captain. He also won the Copa America on two occasions as well as the 1997 FIFA Confederations Cup. He was South American Footballer of the Year in 1994 and in 2004 Pele named him in a FIFA 100 list of the world’s greatest living players. He made the FIFA World XI in 2005.

For clubs, he enjoyed the most success with Roma and AC Milan and is widely considered one of the greatest to ever play in the Serie A. Cafu was the picture of efficiency, swapping out the traditional flair for speed and simple, uncomplicated football. His decision-making in attack as well as his positioning in defence, combined with real pace meant he rarely made mistakes and oppositions almost never had any joy down his side of the field.

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Playing Career

Name: Marcos Egelista de Morais (Cafu)
Date of birth: 7 June 1970
Birthplace: Itaquaquecetuba, Brazil

 

International career

  • Brazil: 1990-2006 (142 caps)

 

Honours

  • 1994 FIFA World Cup™
  • 1997 FIFA Confederations Cup
  • 1997 Copa America
  • 1999 Copa America
  • 2002 FIFA World Cup™

Individual

  • South American Team of the Year: 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995
  • South American Footballer of the Year: 1994
  • FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 2002 (Reserve)
  • FIFA 100 inductee
  • UEFA Team of the Year: 2004, 2005
  • FIFPro World XI: 2005
  • Sports Illustrated Team of the Decade: 2009
  • ESPN World Team of the Decade: 2009
  • World Soccer Greatest XI of all time: 2013
  • C. Milan Hall of Fame
  • S. Roma Hall of Fame
  • World XI: Team of the 21st Century

 

FIFA World Cup appearances

  • 25 caps; 20 wins; 2 draws; 3 losses

 

The United States 1994

  • Brazil 2-0 Russia
  • Brazil 3-0 Cameroon
  • Brazil 1-1 Sweden
  • Brazil 1-0 United States
  • Brazil 3-2 Netherlands
  • Brazil 1-0 Sweden
  • Brazil 0-0 Italy (3-2 Pen)

 

France 1998

  • Brazil 2-1 Scotland
  • Brazil 3-0 Morocco
  • Brazil 1-2 Norway
  • Brazil 4-1 Chile
  • Brazil 3-2 Denmark
  • Brazil 1-1 Netherlands (4-2)
  • Brazil 0-3 France

 

South Korea & Japan 2002

  • Brazil 2-1 Turkey
  • Brazil 4-0 China PR
  • Brazil 5-2 Costa Rica
  • Brazil 2-0 Belgium
  • Brazil 2-1 England
  • Brazil 1-0 Turkey
  • Brazil 2-0 Germany


Germany 2006

  • Brazil 2-0 Australia
  • Brazil 4-1 Japan
  • Brazil 3-0 Ghana
  • Brazil 0-1 France

 

Club Career

  • 1990-1994 Sao Paulo
  • 1994-1995 Real Zaragoza
  • 1995-1997 Palmeiras
  • 1997-2003 Roma
  • 2003-2008 AC Milan

Honours

São Paulo

  • Campeonato Brasileiro Série A: 1991
  • Campeonato Paulista: 1991, 1992
  • Copa Libertadores: 1992, 1993
  • Intercontinental Cup: 1992, 1993
  • Supercopa Sudamericana: 1993
  • Recopa Sudamericana: 1993, 1994
  • Copa CONMEBOL: 1994

Real Zaragoza

  • UEFA Cup Winners' Cup: 1994–95

Palmeiras

  • Campeonato Paulista: 1996

Roma

  • Serie A: 2000-01
  • AC Milan
  • UEFA Super Cup: 2003, 2007
  • Serie A: 2003–04
  • Supercoppa Italiana: 2004
  • UEFA Champions League: 2006–07
  • FIFA Club World Cup: 2007
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