Pepe

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Képler Laveran Lima Ferreira
  • Full Name: Pepe
  • Position: Defender
  • Birthday: February 26, 1983 (Age: 31)
  • Club: Real Madrid
  • Height: 6' 2" (1.88m)

tournament statistics

Games Minutes Goals Assists Shots
5 480 1 0 2

Pepe

One of the toughest players in the game, the Brazilian born, Portuguese defender has made a name for himself as a combative opponent.

Having started his career in the youth team at Corinthians Alagoano, he left Brazil aged 18 to join Portuguese first division outfit Maritimo where he earned himself a place in the first-team for 2002-03. Showing his versatility, he played as defensive and attacking midfielder and also as a supporting striker, attracting the attention of the Portuguese elite.

After failing to land a move to Sporting, he was signed by FC Porto during the summer of 2004 for €1 million plus three players. Three years at the club moulded him into a tough defender and, based on his growing reputation, Real Madrid signed him a fee of €30 million in July 2007.

His temperament was questioned in Spain as he was given a ten-game ban for kicking out at Getafe's Javier Casquero, but his performances upon his return elevated him among the best in the world. A knee injury saw him miss the second half of 2009-10 and, although he returned just in time for the World Cup, his impact was limited.

Strengths: Loves the physical side of the game and is happy to put his head where is hurts and rough up his opponents.

Weaknesses: Hot-headed and temperamental, he can let the red mist get the better of his decision making abilities.

Career high: Pepe starred in the 1-0 away win at the Camp Nou against FC Barcelona in 2008 when he almost single-handedly stopped all Barca's attacks.

Career low: Given a ten-game ban on April 21, 2009 for kicking out at Getafe's Javier Casquero in the final seconds of a 2-2 draw.

Style: Tough, commanding, combative, a born defender.

Quotes: ''He is said to have scissors attached to his legs because he cuts off absolutely everything.'' An extract from Pepe's profile on Realmadrid.com.

Trivia: His dominance in the air was perfected over years during his childhood when he was forced to go into the sea and jump with a weight strapped to his legs by his demanding father.

Euro 2012

Opposition APP G ASS SH TAR FC FS YEL RED
Germany 1 0 0 1 0 0 6 0 0
Denmark 1 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 0
Netherlands 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Czech Republic 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
Spain 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 1 0