Samba style midfielder

The attacking midfielder Giovanni could play anywhere in the middle of the park thanks to his exquisite technique. The Brazilian came to Barça from Santos at the age of 24 and after winning seven trophies in three seasons with the blaugranes, he left to join Greek side Olympiacos. 

After impressing as a young midfielder back in Brazil with Santos, Giovanni came to Barça in 1996 with Englishman Bobby Robson newly installed as coach after the departure of Johan Cruyff. The midfielder was one of many new recruits in the squad but the team gelled quickly and they claimed the Spanish Super Cup against Atlético Madrid. Despite missing out on the league title, Giovanni helped the blaugranes claim the European Cup Winners' Cup with a victory over PSG in the final in Rotterdam and also the Copa del Rey in which they overcame Real Betis in a memorable encounter in the final. Louis Van Gaal took over the following season and Giovanni remained an integral part of the team as they claimed the league and Cup double. However, the following season the Brazilian figured less and at the end of the campaign he packed his bags for Olympaicos in Greece where he played for six seasons. After returning to Brazil, he ended his career with his boyhood club Santos in 2010. 


2 Ligas (1998 and 1999)

2 Copas del Rey (1997 and 1998)

1 European Cup Winners' Cup (1997)

1 European Super Cup (1998)

1 Spanish Super Cup (1996)

13 international caps for Brazil 


Place of birth
Abaetetuba (Brazil)
Date of birth
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