Pro soccer team Jeonbuk Hyundai has signed striker Rafael from Brazil.
Born in Brazil’s prestigious SC Corinthians youth, Rafael made his debut at Coritiba FC (Brazil’s first division) in 2012, and transferred to Switzerland’s FC Lugano the following year to challenge the overseas stage.
Raphael entered Asia in 2014 when he joined Albirex Niigata in the J-League (Japan), and played 62 games for three seasons in Niigata, scoring 26 points and scoring 5 assists.
Rafael, who moved to Urawa Red Diamonds in the same league before the 2017 season, played 42 games for Urawa and scored 21 points, half the number of games. In particular, in the 2017 AFC Champions League, he scored 9 points out of 11 matches he played, including 2 goals in the final, and won the AFC Champions League trophy in Urawa. 스포츠토토
Raphael, who moved to China’s Wuhan FC (League One) ahead of the 2018 season, showed an overwhelming performance by scoring 23 points in 23 league games, promoting the team to the Super League.
Rafael later scored 9 points in 19 matches in two seasons in the Chinese Super League, and returned to Brazil by transferring to Cruzeiro (Brazil’s second division) ahead of the 2022 season.
Rafael, who played the front line and side striker and showed excellent scoring skills throughout his career, scored 98 points in 204 career games.
Raphael said, “I didn’t have to think twice about Jeonbuk’s offer to join, which I knew well from my days in Urawa.” .
Meanwhile, Jeonbuk, which confirmed the recruitment of Raphael, now has four foreign players this season and plans to fill the foreign quota of up to six players through additional foreign player recruitment.