Roque Júnior

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Roque Júnior
Personal information
Full name José Vítor Roque Jr.
Date of birth (1976-08-31) 31 August 1976 (age 42)
Place of birth Santa Rita do Sapucaí, Brazil
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1994 Santarritense 31 (3)
1994–1995 São José 47 (1)
1995–2000 Palmeiras 192 (15)
2000–2004 Milan 44 (0)
2003–2004 Leeds United (loan) 5 (0)
2004 Siena (loan) 5 (0)
2004–2007 Bayer Leverkusen 35 (0)
2007–2008 MSV Duisburg 4 (0)
2008–2009 Al-Rayyan 3 (0)
2008 Palmeiras (loan) 7 (0)
2010 Ituano 3 (1)
Total 376 (20)
National team
1999–2007 Brazil 48 (2)
Teams managed
2015 XV de Piracicaba

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

José Vítor Roque Jr. (Brazilian Portuguese: [ˈhɔki ˈʒunjor]; born 31 August 1976 in Santa Rita do Sapucaí) more commonly known as Roque Júnior, is a former association footballer who played defender. He last played for Ituano Futebol Clube. He has won 48 caps for Brazil and was part of the winning squad at the 2002 World Cup.

Club career

During his career, Roque Júnior has played for Santarritense, São José, Palmeiras, A.C. Milan, Leeds United F.C., A.C. Siena, Bayer 04 Leverkusen, MSV Duisburg and Qatari side Al-Rayyan. He is an iconic footballer for Palmeiras, as he played more than 200 competitive games for them.[1] His greatest success in club football came with playing for Palmeiras, with whom he won the 1999 Copa Libertadores.

There was excitement at Elland Road when Peter Reid brought Roque to Leeds on loan, but it was short lived as the team conceded 24 times in his seven appearances and Roque was sent off on his home debut against Birmingham City. However, he did score two goals in a Worthington Cup game against Manchester United (Leeds lost 3–2) but his spell at Leeds was not considered a success.[2][3]

In September 2008, Palmeiras have signed him from Al-Rayyan on loan until the end of the season.[4]

After leaving Palmeiras in November 2008, he was offered to Australian A-League clubs in April[5] and was in talks with Avaí gaffer Paulo Silas in July,[6] but nothing materialised out of it. In February 2010, Ituano FC signed the former Brazil international, who last played in 2008 for Palmeiras.[7]

International career

Roque Júnior was successful on the international stage for Brazil, having played 50 games (two of them unofficial) and scored two goals, and also captaining them on a number of occasions. He did not make it into the Brazilian squad for the 2006 FIFA World Cup due to injury and retired from international football on 4 September 2007.

Personal life

Roque Júnior is devoted to helping São José Esporte Clube's youth players with a project called "Projeto Primeira Camisa" ("Project First Jersey").[8]

In 2015, he took his first managerial role at XV de Piracicaba[9]






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  2. "Whatever happened to... Roque Junior". The Scratching Shed. 5 November 2010. Retrieved 5 November 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Match Facts Leicester V Leeds United". Yorkshire Evening Post. 30 April 2005. Retrieved 22 January 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Palmeiras snap up ex-Brazil defender Roque Junior". ESPN Soccernet. 17 September 2008. Retrieved 7 October 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Exclusive: Former Brazil Captain Roque Junior Wants A-League Move". 17 April 2009. Retrieved 7 October 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Roque Jr. confirma conversa com Silas, mas diz que não há proposta do Avaí" (in Portuguese). clicRBS. 15 July 2009. Retrieved 7 October 2009. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Oficialmente, Roque Júnior fecha com Ituano para o Paulista" (in Portuguese). 23 February 2010. Retrieved 9 May 2013. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "Roque Júnior assina contrato de parceria com o São José" (in Portuguese). Terra. 15 December 2005. Retrieved 19 September 2008. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. "Roque Jr. chega ao XV para colocar em prática aprendizado com Felipão" (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2014-09-26. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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