Neres in footsteps Romario and RonaldoMarch 11, 2019
Heurelho Gomes (11 international / 0 goals)
Goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes already had a couple of international matches behind him when PSV took over from Cruzeiro in 2004. Also in his period in Eindhoven, where he grew into a public favorite, he was called a few times for the Seleçao. Traversed PSV in 2008 for Spurs and is now working on his fifth season at Watford, where he is his 38th reserve keeper.
Came as a young right back at PSV no more than three games in the league in the 2007-2008 season. Fagner made a career in Brazil one year after VfL Wolfsburg (2013-2014), where he played for Vasco da Gama and Corinthians. As a player of that last club he made his debut for the national team in 2017.
Marcio Santos (44/5)
He came to Ajax as a great gentleman in 1995, who took over from Fiorentina, because Marcio Santos had become world champion in 1994 with Brazil. It was not a success. Santos could not find his way in Amsterdam and only played 21 games in the Dutch league. As a substitute against PSV, he got red after 19 seconds. Still a record.
As a Santos player, Alex Rodrigo Dias da Costa – in short Alex – had already made his debut for Brazil when he came to PSV in 2004. He was hired from Chelsea. The Tank, as its nickname was, was a fixed value in Eindhoven for three years before he left for London. Won as the basic player with Brazil the Copa América in 2007.
The Maxwell Scherrer Cabelino, taken over from Cruzeiro, was a resounding hit at Ajax as an emerging left back. Between 2001 and 2005 he could not be ignored from the basis of the Amsterdam team. International only became the left leg when he was almost 32 years old. As a Paris Saint-Germain player he played ten international matches.
Came in with PSV at the same time with Ronaldo, but the defender did not impress in Eindhoven at first. Vampeta was even let to VVV and Fluminense before he ended up in the base. As a midfielder of Corinthians, among others, he made a much more impressive impression. So much that he kicked it to international. Was part of the Brazilian selection that became world champion in 2002.
Diego Tardelli (14/3)
Diego Tardelli also made an indelible impression at PSV. Yet he later also won the national team. He returned to his home country as a player of Atletico Mineiro. The 33-year-old attacker returned to Brazil this year after a trip to China. He played his last two international matches in 2017 under the current national coach Tite.
Michel Bastos (10/0)
The fact that Bastos would make it international would not have anyone in Rotterdam expected when he left Feyenoord in 2003 without having played a minute in the main game. The left leg played a season in the Premier League for Excelsior on a rental basis before returning to Brazil. Via Lille and Lyon he still made a name in Europe.
Afonso Alves (8/1)
Established an Eredivisie record on 7 October 2007 by scoring seven times against Heracles (9-0) on behalf of Heerenveen. After that season, in which he became top scorer of the Netherlands (34 goals), he received an invitation for the national team for the first time. Alves, who swapped Heerenveen in 2008 for Middlesbrough and later played in Qatar, played a total of eight international matches.
Came back to Eindhoven last month for the carnival, where the small ex-striker is still immensely popular. Romario de Souza Faria was a guarantee for goals at PSV between 1988 and 1993. Was already international when he came to the premier league. Spotted his finest hour in the national team in 1994, when he (as a player from Barcelona) became world champion with Brazil. With five goals at the World Championships in America, he made a significant contribution to that success.
Is often mentioned in the same breath with Romario and that is not surprising, because Ronaldo Luis Nazario de Lima was just as critical for his PSV as his illustrious predecessor. Scored in Eindhoven between 1994 and 1996 on the assembly line. Then left for Barcelona as well. Helped Brazil to the world title in 2002. Made that WK in Japan and South Korea eight goals, including the two in the final against Germany.
The couch: A total of 66 Brazilians made play minutes in the Dutch league. In addition to the players in the above team, Robert (ex-PSV, 4/2), Bruno Uvini (ex-FC Twente 3/0) and Cassio Ramos (ex-PSV and Sparta, 1/0) also won the national team.
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