ROMÁRIO

Name: ROMÁRIO de Souza Faria

Born: January 29th 1966, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Height: 1,69 m 5tf 6 1/2in

Position: Striker

Top Skills:

Sublime technique on his right foot, which gave him the power to control the ball and shoot with extreme efficiency; pace and off the ball moves to get free from marking.

Best Achievements:

1994 – 1st place – World Cup

1989 and 1997 1st place – Copa América

1994 –  Spanish League Winner (Barcelona)

1989-1991-1992 – Holland League Winner (PSV Eindhoven);

2000 – Brazilian Championship Winner (Vasco da Gama)

1999 – Copa Mercosur (Flamengo)

Analysis

ROMARIO3Romário had a long career with lots of highs and lows, he won the most wanted football world trophy and he can say he played in all different World continents with the exception of Africa, but he had some major frustrations within his career also.

His best career year was 1994, when he won the World Cup with Brazil and La Liga with Barcelona, and despite the big defeat 4-0 to AC Milan in the Champions League Final, he was the top player in the world that year. Before his move to Spain, he spent five years with PSV Eindhoven enjoying three wins in the Eredivisie.

After this consistent period of 1988-1994 he dropped his form and from 1995 to 1998 he had problematic years jumping between Valencia and Flamengo. Ironically 1998, was the year that he would come back to consistent form, but he had a major disappointment that year after being cut off from the World Cup in 1998, with an injury.

After that he achieved some really good seasons in Brazil, with different teams. Then he decided to try new challenges playing in Australia, USA and Qatar.

I believe Romário will be in the football history books as a player that achieved the top of the world, but couldn´t keep there because he was not humble enough to stay the same person after the 1994 amazing year. Some discipline and lack of focus issues were reported and he couldn´t repeat the quality he showed that year. He will be remembered as a winner, but at the same time the sense that he could have won so much more with Barcelona and the National Team if he stayed the same man as he was before 1994. His short reign will be considered even shortest if we think about the gifts nature gave him, but his mind was not always clear.

Personal Memories:

His name was already a star name and when I heard him first time, it looks to me as he was already a great player. He didn´t play the 1990 World Cup, so my memories from the young Romário came from PSV Eindhoven performances that were on the news, as he scored a lot of top quality goals there. I can remember clearly my school colleagues talking about an amazing goal he scored against AC Milan, probably in 1992.

When he signed for Barcelona, I started to get news and see games from him, every weekend. He played with Barça Dream Team and he was a key figure of a 5-0 win against Real Madrid, with an amazing dribble against Madrid centre back, to come clear against the goalkeeper, scoring with this peculiar final shot. I remember also, back in 1993 to see a decisive Brazil vs Uruguay World Cup qualifying game where he did a brace, assuring the qualification to USA 1994.

He run the show in the 1994 World Cup, we could feel that he was the man to beat. He and Brazil were looking very strong and game after game he was always scoring or assisting players to score. He and Bebeto formed a deadly duo that gave the Tetra to Brazil. A small guy, Romário, but he scored with his head against Sweden on the semi finals, a memorable goal.

After 1994, sadly, my clear memory of him is the 1998 press conference when he cried saying he was out of the World Cup and the Ronaldo/Romário expected duo wouldn´t happen. He played a lot of good games after that, scoring a lot as he always did, but in my country he become more noticed because of indiscipline causes.

 

Moments

Quotes

I have scored against every team, every country, every defender in the world.

When I was born, the man in the sky pointed to me and said, ‘That’s the guy.’

Strikers are egotists, selfish. We have to be.
Career Stats

Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–1988 Vasco da Gama 47 (17)
1988–1993 PSV 107 (96)
1993–1995 Barcelona 46 (34)
1995–1996 Flamengo 19 (8)
1996–1998 Valencia 11 (5)
1997 → Flamengo (loan) 4 (3)
1998-1999 Flamengo 39 (26)
2000–2002 Vasco da Gama 46 (41)
2002–2004 Fluminense 60 (34)
2003 → Al-Sadd (loan) 3 (0)
2005–2006 Vasco da Gama 31 (22)
2006 Miami 25 (19)
2006 Adelaide United 4 (1)
2007 Vasco da Gama 6 (3)
2009 America-RJ 1 (0)
Total 449 (309)
National team
1987–2005 Brazil 70 (55)

Author: Rui Marques

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