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Gilberto da Silva Melo, (born 25 April 1976 in Rio de Janeiromarker), more commonly known as Gilberto is a Brazilianmarker football player, who is currently playing for Brazilian club Cruzeiromarker. He has played at left back for the majority of his career. Gilberto's brothers, Nildeson and Nélio, are also football players.

Career

Club career

Having started his career in his native Brazil, playing for América-RJ, Flamengo and Cruzeiromarker, Ronaldo recommended him to Italianmarker Serie A club Inter, who responded by buying him. However, he soon left for Vasco da Gama. He also played with Grêmio and São Caetano.

Hertha BSC

Gilberto returned to Europe in 2004 with Hertha BSC.

Tottenham Hotspur

Gilberto signed for Tottenham Hotspur from Hertha on 31 January 2008. After an initial period out injured, he made his Spurs debut against PSV in the UEFA Cup on 6 March 2008, but was replaced by Jamie O'Hara at half-time, after he had made a mistake that allowed PSV to score the game's only goal. Spurs manager Juande Ramos stated after the match that Gilberto was substituted not because of the error, but rather because he is still recovering from his calf injury. Nevertheless, in playing, he became the first Brazilian to play for Spurs at first-team level, with their previous Brazilian players Rodrigo Defendi and Diego Bortolozzo only featuring in the reserve team. In Spurs' next game, Gilberto came on as a substitute to score the team's third goal in a 4-0 win over West Ham United in the Premier League.

Gilberto played his first full Spurs match against Bolton Wanderers at White Hart Lanemarker on 26 April 2008. He then played potentially his last match on 19 December 2008 against Spartak Moscow: Gilberto was taken off at half time.

Cruzeiro

On 17 July 2009, Brazilian club Cruzeiromarker announced Gilberto will sign a 2-year contract after a medical. Tottenham Hotspur announced his contract was mutually terminated on 24 July. He was unvieled to press on 29 July after the medical on the same day.

International career

He played for Brazil in the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germanymarker and scored against Japan in the group stages, his first goal for the national side, having made his debut for the team against Nigeria on 11 June 2003. Gilberto also featured as Brazil's first choice left back in the Copa America 2007. Due to club performance, he was not call-up to national team since June 2008, lost his place to Kléber then André Santos.

Honours

Club

Flamengo

Cruzeiro

Vasco da Gama

São Caetano

International

Brazil

Career statistics

International statistics



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