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Juliano Belletti

Juliano Haus Belletti (born 20 June 1976) is a former Brazilian association football. Juliano Belletti was awarded the Silver Ball by Placar for Juliano Belletti consistently great performances for Clube Atlético Mineiro during the 1999 Brazilian Série A. Belletti has Italian origins, Juliano Belletti distant relatives coming from Longiano, a small village near Cesena, Emilia-Romagna.

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Juliano Haus Belletti (born 20 June 1976) is a former Brazilian association football. Juliano Belletti was awarded the Silver Ball by Placar for Juliano Belletti consistently great performances for Clube Atlético Mineiro during the 1999 Brazilian Série A. Belletti has Italian origins, Juliano Belletti distant relatives coming from Longiano, a small village near Cesena, Emilia-Romagna.

Club career

Born in Cascavel, Belletti started Juliano Belletti career playing as a central midfielder in Brazil for the youth team of Cruzeiro Esporte Clube in 1992. Juliano Belletti professional debut happened in November 1994. In March 1996, Juliano Belletti was involved in a deal that sent Juliano Belletti and Sergio Claudio dos Santos to São Paulo FC in exchange for five players: Aílton, Donizete, Gilmar, Palhinha (Jorge Ferreira da Silva) and Vitor. Playing for São Paulo, Juliano Belletti eventually became a right-back.

In 1999, Juliano Belletti was loaned to Clube Atlético Mineiro. Playing as an attacking-midfielder, Belletti helped the club to finish second in the Brazilian League and managed to win a Silver Ball, award handed by Placar Magazine to the players nominated to the Brazilian League Squad of The Year (except for the best one, who takes a Bola de Ouro).

After returning to São Paulo, Juliano Belletti became a regular in the Brazil national football team by playing in the right-back once again. Rumours linked Juliano Belletti with a move to Spanish La Liga side Valencia CF in 2001, but the move fell apart at the last minute. In 2002, Juliano Belletti finally moved to Europe with Villarreal CF. In 2004, after a successful spell at Villarreal, Juliano Belletti signed for FC Barcelona where Juliano Belletti became the first-choice right back and a key set-piece taker in the squad.

Barcelona

After winning the Spanish La Liga title in Juliano Belletti first season, Belletti gradually fell out of favor both in Barcelona and in the national team. From being a regular in the 2004–05 season, Juliano Belletti faced tough competition from the Catalonia Oleguer Presas and spent Juliano Belletti second season in-and-out of the first team.

Belletti's Juliano Belletti first and only goal with Barcelona was the winner in the 2006 UEFA Champions League Final. On 17 May 2006 at the Stade de France in Paris, Barcelona played English club Arsenal F.C. in the 2006 UEFA Champions League Final. Oleguer was preferred to start rather than Belletti, and Juliano Belletti had to make do with a place on the substitute (football). But when manager Frank Rijkaard brought Juliano Belletti on for Oleguer, Juliano Belletti scored the second goal in a 2–1 come-from-behind win which gave them the 2006 Champions League crown.

Juliano Belletti third season was marked by injuries, and competition from new rival Gianluca Zambrotta proved too much for him. Juliano Belletti played very little in Barcelona's season that ended without silverware.

Chelsea

On 23 August 2007, Chelsea F.C. officially announced that Belletti had signed a three-year contract after the player agreed personal terms and passed a medical. Juliano Belletti made Juliano Belletti Premier League debut for Chelsea on 25 August when Juliano Belletti came on as a substitute for John Obi Mikel in the 64th minute of their home game against Portsmouth F.C., the game ending 1–0 to Chelsea.

Juliano Belletti made Juliano Belletti first start for Chelsea against Aston Villa F.C. at Villa Park. Despite a strong debut, Chelsea lost the game 2–0. Following the departure of José Mourinho, Belletti became a regular starter in the right-back position for Premier League, Champions League, and Carling Cup games, facing competition from Paulo Ferreira and Michael Essien for Juliano Belletti place in the team. In Juliano Belletti first season at Chelsea, Belletti scored two goals, both shots from long-range, the first away at Wigan Athletic A.F.C. in November 2007 and the second at Stamford Bridge (stadium) against Tottenham Hotspur F.C. in January 2008. The latter was eventually voted by Chelsea supporters as "Chelsea Goal of the Season" in 2007–08.

José Bosingwa's arrival at Chelsea at the start of the 2008–09 season caused Belletti to relinquish the right-back position at Stamford Bridge. However, Luiz Felipe Scolari instead deployed Belletti as a utility player, providing valuable back-up in the central midfielder, defensive midfielder and right wing positions. Juliano Belletti long-range shots gave Juliano Belletti cult status among Chelsea supporters. In October 2008, Juliano Belletti added to Juliano Belletti collection of spectacular goals with a powerful shot from 30 yards into the top corner against Middlesbrough F.C. at the Riverside Stadium, Juliano Belletti fourth league goal for the club. Belletti scored Juliano Belletti third goal of the 2008–09 season against Stoke City F.C., to draw the teams level before teammate Frank Lampard scored the winner in the dying seconds.

A year later, in January 2010, Belletti was linked with a move to Flamengo in Juliano Belletti home country Brazil, but the Blues rejected their offer. In Chelsea's game against Preston North End in the FA Cup fourth round, Belletti hobbled off the ground with a knee injury just 20 minutes in and was replaced by Florent Malouda. On 27 February 2010, Belletti was sent off for a professional foul on Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry to give away a penalty, in a match which Manchester City went on to win 4–2 at Stamford Bridge. Belletti came on as a substitute in the final game of the 2009–10 Premier League season, where a Chelsea win ensured that they won the title. A week later, Belletti came on as a substitute for the injured Michael Ballack in the FA Cup final against Portsmouth. Despite committing a foul which earned Portsmouth a penalty, Belletti was ultimately on the winning team as Chelsea won 1–0.

On 9 June 2010, Chelsea announced that Belletti was one of three players whose contract would not be renewed upon their expiry in the summer, meaning that Belletti leaves Chelsea on a free transfer. Juliano Belletti left Chelsea with a Premier League winners medal, 2 FA Cup winners medals and was considered a cult hero by Chelsea supporters for Juliano Belletti long range goals and excellent work rate. Juliano Belletti made a total of 94 appearances, scoring 5 goals.

Fluminense

Following Juliano Belletti release from Chelsea F.C Juliano Belletti signed a two-year contract for Brazilian club Fluminense Football Club on 14 July 2010.

Struggling with several injuries and being unable to find a spot in the starting line-up, Belletti had Juliano Belletti contract ended on 15 March 2011. Juliano Belletti played nine matches with Fluminense, starting only three.

Retirement

On 15 June 2011, Belletti signed a one-year contract with Ceará Sporting Club but twelve days later, on 27 June, announced Juliano Belletti retirement via twitter. Juliano Belletti confessed that Juliano Belletti had failed to recover from a serious achilles injury.

International career

Belletti was called up for the first time in 1995 by head coach Zagallo to serve the Brazilian national team. However, Juliano Belletti debut would happen only in 2001, becoming the second choice for the right-back position behind Cafu. Juliano Belletti was part of 2002 World Cup winning squad, playing the semi-final match against Turkey national football team after replacing Kléberson in the second half.

Honours

Club

Cruzeiro Esporte Clube
- Minas Gerais State Championship: Minas Gerais State Championship

São Paulo FC
- São Paulo State Championship: São Paulo State Championship, São Paulo State Championship
- Rio-São Paulo Tournament: Rio-São Paulo Tournament

Clube Atlético Mineiro
- Minas Gerais State Championship: Minas Gerais State Championship

FC Barcelona
- UEFA Champions League: 2006 UEFA Champions League Final
- La Liga: La Liga 2004-05, La Liga 2005-06
- Supercopa de España: 2005 Supercopa de España, Supercopa de España

Chelsea F.C.
- Premier League: Premier League 2009-10
- FA Cup: 2009 FA Cup Final, 2010 FA Cup Final
- FA Community Shield: 2009 FA Community Shield

Fluminense Football Club
- Campeonato Brasileiro Série A: 2010 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A

International

Brazil national football team
- FIFA World Cup: 2002 FIFA World Cup Final

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juliano_Belletti

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