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Cláudio Taffarel
World Champion Soccer Player, Brazil

Taffarel, FIFA World Cup
1994, USA

Taffarel celebrates victory
1998 World Cup

Brazilian National Team
1998 World Cup

1994 FIFA World Cup, USA

FIFA World Cup
1994 USA

Taffarel is a former professional soccer player and former member of the Brazilian National Team.  He played in 3 World Cups (1990, 1994, and 1998) and was the National team’s starting goalkeeper for more than 12 years.  He is the most capped goalkeeper in Brazilian national team history, featuring 106 appearances.  He won the World Cup in 1994, in the US, and finished second in 1998.  Taffarel was Brazil´s keeper as well at their Copa America success in 1989 and 1997.  He holds a silver medal from the 1988 Summer Olympics. At the youth level, Taffarel won the FIFA Youth World Cup U-20, in 1985. At the club level, he has played for S.C. Internacional (1984-90); Parma (1990-93 and 2001-02); Reggina (1993-94); Atlético Mineiro (1994-97); and Galatasaray (1998-2001). In 2004, he was one of nine goalkeepers (the only Brazilian goalkeeper) to be named in Pelé's top 125 greatest living footballers.  He held a key role in Galatasaray's UEFA Cup triumph over Arsenal F.C. in 2000, and was named Man of the Match.  He also helped Galatasaray defeat Real Madrid 2-1 to win the UEFA Super Cup in 2000 and reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League in 2001, performing at the top of his game in victories against clubs such as A.C. Milan and Real Madrid.  While with Parma he won the Italian Cup and the European Cup Winners Cup.  While playing, he has been noted for his safe handling, excellent distribution, and phenomenal capacity for reading the game.  Off the field, he continues to be an example of leadership, professionalism, and reliability.

  • 1994 FIFA World Champion
  • 1998 FIFA World Cup runner-up
  • Played in 3 World Cups (1990, 1994, and 1998) as a starter goalkeeper for Brazil
  • Brazil’s starting goalkeeper for over 12 years
  • Most capped goalkeeper in Brazil’s national team history, featuring 106 appearances
  • 1988 Olympic silver medal
  • 1985 FIFA Youth World Champion U-20
  • Played at professional club level for top teams in Brazil (Internacional and Atlético Mineiro), Italy (FC Parma), and Turkey (Galatasaray)
  • 2000 UEFA Cup Champion and named the Man of the Match in Galatasary’s triumph against Arsenal in the Cup’s final
  • Won the 2000 UEFA Super Cup against Real Madrid
  • In 2001 helped Galatasaray reach Champions League quarterfinals, performing at the top of his game in victories against AC Milan and Real Madrid
  • Won the Italian Cup and the European Cup Winners Cup playing for FC Parma
  • While playing, he was known for his safe handling, excellent distribution, and phenomenal capacity for reading the game
  • In 2004 he was one of nine goalkeepers and the only Brazilian goalkeeper to be named in Pelé’s Top 125 Greatest Living Footballers
  • Member of Brazil's coaching staff for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa

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