Fábio Aurélio Rodrigues
, often shortened to Fábio Aurélio, (born 24 September 1979 in São Carlos) is a Brazilian football (soccer) player, who currently plays for the England Premier League team Liverpool F.C.. He is versatile enough to play at defender (football) or left midfield and is noted for his accurate passing, crossing ability and spectacular curling free-kicks. On August 13 2006 Fabio became the first Brazilian to play for Liverpool, coming on as a substitute (football) in the 56th minute of the Reds' 2–1 win over Chelsea F.C. in the 2006 FA Community Shield.
Fábio Aurélio came through the youth scheme at São Paulo Futebol Clube, making his first team debut in 1997, and has represented Brazil national football team at Under-17, Under-20 and Under-21 levels. He also played in the Football at the 2000 Summer Olympics.
He joined Valencia CF after the Olympics on a six-year contract. The 2001–02 season would see his first major trophy win, when he helped Valencia to their first La Liga championship in 31 years. The next year, he established himself as one of the league's best left-backs with 8 league goals; 10 goals in all competitions. The 2003–04 season was another big year for Valencia, winning both the domestic La Liga championship as well as the European UEFA Cup 2003-04 tournament, beating Olympique Marseille 2–0 in the final. Aurélio missed most of the season with a broken leg, however, managing only two games.
Aurélio holds an Italy passport allowing him to play in England without needing a work permit.
On 3 July 2006, the Liverpool Echo published an interview with Aurélio where he explained "I am going to a new club in which the trainer knows me, to see if I can conquer the objectives I have set myself. The most important moments I had in my career were the titles (with Valencia) and that was with Benitez. He trusted me and he continues to trust me and that is what I value more." On July 5 the transfer was confirmed by Liverpool.
Aurelio played a key part in Liverpool's squad during his first season, notably providing two assists for Peter Crouch and Daniel Agger in a 4–1 win over fellow title contenders Arsenal F.C. on 31 March 2007. However, Aurelio soon suffered a setback as he injured his achilles tendon on 3 April 2007 in a UEFA Champions League first leg tie against PSV Eindhoven. After receiving a ball Aurelio immediately yelled out in pain and reached for his calf. On the replays Aurelio can clearly be seen looking immediately behind him to look at what he thought had hit him, such was the force of the tendon snapping. Aurelio missed the rest of Liverpool's Premier League 2006-07 and returned to the squad the following season on 18 September 2007, coming on as a substitute in a 1–1 draw against F.C. Porto in the Champions League group phase.
Aurelio scored his first goal for Liverpool on 2 March 2008 in a league match win against Bolton Wanderers at the Reebok Stadium. The final score was 3-1, with Aurelio scoring Liverpool's third with a volley from Xabi Alonso's corner.
Aurelio went on to establish himself as Liverpool's first choice left-back but was again beset with injury in the team's 1-1 draw with Chelsea F.C in a Champions League 2008 first leg clash. Aurelio tore his abductor muscle after a forceful impact with Joe Cole and as a result, was ruled out for the rest of the season. The team suffered doubly as his replacement, John Arne Riise, scored an own goal that levelled the scores in the final minute of injury time in the game.
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