Neto (footballer, born 1989)
|Full name||Norberto Murara Neto|
|Date of birth||19 July 1989|
|Place of birth||Araxá, Brazil|
|Height||1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)|
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 03:54, 7 May 2022 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 12 September 2018
Neto began his career with Brazilian side Athletico Paranaense and later played for Italian side Fiorentina. He joined Juventus in 2015, where he won the domestic double in each of his two seasons with the club, serving as a back-up to starter Gianluigi Buffon in the league, but appearing in all of the club's games in both of their victorious Coppa Italia campaigns. From 2017, he played in Spain's La Liga as first choice for Valencia and back-up at Barcelona.
He was first called up for the Brazil national team in 2010, but did not make earn his only cap until 2018. He won a silver medal at the 2012 Olympics and was part of the nation's squad at the 2015 Copa América.
Born in Araxá, Minas Gerais, Neto moved as a teenager from his state's Cruzeiro to Athletico Paranaense. He made his professional debut at the age of 19 in the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A due to the suspension of first-choice Rodrigo Galatto, and kept a clean sheet in a 3–0 home win over Grêmio Barueri on 16 August 2009. His only other appearance of the season came on 29 November in the final home game, as a half-time substitute for Galatto in a 2–0 win over Botafogo also at the Arena da Baixada.
After Galatto and second-choice Vinícius left Atlético-PR, Neto became the first-choice goalkeeper for the 2010 season. In the opener on 9 May, he was sent off in a 2–1 loss at Corinthians for a foul on Dentinho; following a two-match suspension, he returned and started every game for the club until October, when he was forced to miss several games after being called up for the Brazil national team.
Neto agreed a deal to play for Italian club Fiorentina on 5 January 2011, signing the contract three days later for a €3.5 million transfer fee split into three payments and Atlético-PR retaining 25% of his economic rights. Second-choice to Artur Boruc, he made his debut in the 4th round of the 2011–12 Coppa Italia on 24 November 2011 at home to fellow Tuscans Empoli, winning 2–1. He made his Serie A debut on 29 April in a 2–0 loss at Atalanta.
In 2013–14, with Boruc and Emiliano Viviano now having left the Stadio Artemio Franchi, Neto became the first-choice goalkeeper for La Viola. He made his continental debut in their run to the last 16 of the UEFA Europa League, playing nine games; this started with a 2–1 win at Grasshopper Zürich in the play-off on 22 August and concluded with elimination by rivals Juventus in March 2014. On 3 May, he played in the 2014 Coppa Italia Final, which Fiorentina lost 3–1 to Napoli.
Fiorentina reached the semi-finals of the 2014–15 UEFA Europa League, where they were eliminated by eventual winners Sevilla. Neto played seven of the eight knockout games, with Romanian Ciprian Tătărușanu playing the preceding fixtures before injury.
Neto joined Juventus on a four-year contract on 3 July 2015, after his Fiorentina deal expired. He made his debut on 23 September, starting in a 1–1 Serie A home draw against Frosinone. On 16 December, he achieved his first clean sheet with the club in a 4–0 win over cross-city rivals Torino during a Coppa Italia match. He kept his first league clean sheet in the final fixture on 14 May 2016, a 5–0 home win over Sampdoria, as Juventus celebrated their Serie A title victory. A week later, he kept another clean sheet to win the cup final 1–0 against A.C. Milan in Rome's Stadio Olimpico.
In his second season with the club, Neto made his UEFA Champions League debut on 7 December 2016, in Juventus's final group match, keeping a clean sheet in a 2–0 home win over Dinamo Zagreb. Although he served as a back-up to Gianluigi Buffon in the league, he was the team's starting goalkeeper in the Coppa Italia, featuring in all their matches including the 2–0 victory over Lazio in the final on 17 May 2017. Juventus won their 12th Coppa Italia title, becoming the first team to win three consecutive championships and league-cup doubles.
On 7 July 2017, Neto joined Valencia on a four-year contract in a €7 million deal, plus an additional €2 million in conditional bonuses. He made his debut for the club on 18 August, starting in a 1–0 La Liga home win against Las Palmas.
While Neto was the first-choice goalkeeper in both of his league seasons at the Mestalla Stadium, Jaume Doménech played all the Copa del Rey games including the 2–1 win over Barcelona in the 2019 final.
On 27 June 2019, it was announced that Neto would move to Barcelona for €26m plus €9m in add-ons. He arrived as back-up for Marc-André ter Stegen, a day after fellow goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen moved in the other direction. He made his debut on 10 December in a 2–1 win at Inter Milan at the end of the Champions League group stage, with manager Ernesto Valverde resting most of his key players. He played two league games over the season, starting on 4 January 2020 in the Derbi barceloní against Espanyol, a 2–2 away draw while Ter Stegen was injured.
Neto played in Barcelona's first six league games and three of the six UEFA Champions League group stage matches of 2020–21, as his German teammate took until the end of October to recover from a knee injury; this included a 3–1 home loss to Real Madrid in El Clásico on 24 October.
In September 2010, 21-year-old Neto had his first call-up for the Brazil national football team under manager Mano Menezes, who chose several new young players with an eye to the 2012 Olympic tournament. He took no part in the friendlies against Iran in the United Arab Emirates and against Ukraine in England, He was called up again in October to face Argentina in another exhibition in Qatar.
Neto was in the Brazil squad for the 2012 Olympic tournament in Great Britain, playing in their two opening group stage wins over Egypt and Belarus before being replaced by Gabriel as the nation went on to win the silver medal.
Neto was one of seven stand-by players named by Dunga for the senior team at the 2015 Copa América, but was eventually called into the main squad after a knee injury to Diego Alves. He remained on the bench as Jefferson played as first-choice goalkeeper, and Brazil reached the quarter-finals.
- As of 7 May 2022
|Athlético Paranaense||2009||Série A||2||0||0||0||—||—||2||0|
- As of 12 September 2018
- Serie A: 2015–16, 2016–17
- Coppa Italia: 2015–16, 2016–17
- Supercoppa Italiana: 2015
- UEFA Champions League runner-up: 2016–17
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- "Corinthians vence Atlético-PR na estreia no Brasileirão" [Corinthians defeat Atlético-PR in Brasileirão opener]. Diário do Nordeste (in Portuguese). 9 May 2010. Retrieved 25 June 2022.
- "Neto deixa o Atlético-PR e acerta com a Fiorentina" [Neto leaves Atlético-PR and joins Fiorentina]. Lance! (in Portuguese). 5 January 2011. Archived from the original on 1 April 2012. Retrieved 6 January 2011.
- "Neto passa nos exames e é confirmado na Fiorentina" [Neto passes tests and is confirmed as a Fiorentina player]. Globo Esporte (in Portuguese). 8 January 2011. Retrieved 9 January 2011.
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- "Europa League roundup: Juventus beat Fiorentina with pearler from Pirlo". The Guardian. 20 March 2014. Retrieved 25 June 2022.
- "Coppa Italia final: Rafael Benitez's Napoli beat Fiorentina 3–1". BBC Sport. 3 May 2014. Retrieved 13 May 2014.
- "Fiorentina, problema portiere: Tatarusanu va ko, torna Neto" [Fiorentina, goalkeeper problem: Tătărușanu out, Neto returns]. La Repubblica (in Italian). 23 February 2015. Retrieved 25 June 2022.
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- "Coppa: Four-star Juve crush Toro". Football Italia. 16 December 2015. Retrieved 16 December 2015.
- "Juve celebrate in the sign of Five". Football Italia. 14 May 2016. Retrieved 14 May 2016.
- "Juventus 5 Sampdoria 0: Dybala double wraps up season in style". FourFourTwo. 14 May 2016. Retrieved 14 May 2016.
- "AC Milan 0-1 Juventus (aet)". BBC Sport. 21 May 2016. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
- "CL: Higuain breaks Juve drought". Football Italia. 7 December 2016. Retrieved 8 December 2016.
- "JUVENTUS WINS HISTORIC THIRD STRAIGHT COPPA ITALIA". beIN Sports. 17 May 2017. Retrieved 17 May 2017.
- "Neto, new Valencia CF player until 2021". 7 July 2017.
- "Official: Valencia sign Neto". Football Italia. 7 July 2017. Retrieved 18 July 2017.
- "Este Valencia pinta bien" [This Valencia look good]. Marca (in Spanish). 18 August 2017. Retrieved 18 August 2017.
- Picó, Diego (9 December 2019). "Jaume, el portero de las 'finales'" [Jaume, the goalkeeper for 'finals']. Marca (in Spanish). Retrieved 25 June 2022.
- "Barcelona sign goalkeeper Neto from Valencia in £23m deal". ITV News. 27 June 2019. Retrieved 25 June 2022.
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- "Neto volta ao Atlético-PR empolgado com a seleção" [Neto returns to Atlético-PR excited by the national team]. Estadão (in Portuguese). 13 October 2010. Retrieved 25 June 2022.
- "Neto é convocado de novo para a Seleção Brasileira" [Neto is chosen again for the Brazilian National Team] (in Portuguese). Banda B. 29 October 2010. Retrieved 25 June 2022.
- Mark Meadows (3 January 2015). "Fiorentina keeper Neto rejects new contract". Reuters. Retrieved 6 February 2016.
- "Kaka among 7 alternates in Brazil's Copa America squad". ESPN. Associated Press. 12 May 2015. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
- "Diego Alves Ruled Out of Copa America With Serious Knee Injury". beIN Sports. 24 May 2015. Retrieved 26 May 2015.
- Simplicio, Raisa (12 September 2018). "Eight years and 25 matches – Neto's long wait for Brazil debut". Goal. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
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- "Neto: Medals in Men's Football". BBC Sport. Retrieved 28 February 2017.
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