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Robert de Pinho de Souza (born 27 February 1981 in Salvador), commonly known as Robert de Pinho or simply Robert, is an association footballer, who currently plays for Avaí Futebol Clube
Avaí Futebol Clube
Avaí Futebol Clube is a Brazilian football team from Florianópolis in Santa Catarina, founded on September 1, 1923. Their best known supporter is tennis player Gustavo Kuerten.Their home stadium is the Ressacada stadium, with a capacity 17,800...

 as a striker on loan from Mexican club Monterrey.

Early career

Robert began his professional career with Botafogo de Ribeirão Preto
Botafogo Futebol Clube (SP)
Botafogo Futebol Clube is a Brazilian association football club based in Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo state, founded on November 12, 1918. The club currently competes in the Campeonato Paulista Série A1, alongside the great clubs of the state, and in the Copa Paulista de Futebol.- History :In the...

 of Brazil, where he played in 2001. He made a move to São Caetano
Associação Desportiva São Caetano
Associação Desportiva São Caetano, commonly known as São Caetano, is a Brazilian football team based in the city of São Caetano, Brazil, part of the São Paulo greater metropolitan area. The team is dubbed Azulão , after the shirt colour. The sponsor is Consul, a well known Brazilian producer of...

 in 2002, and played with them until mid-2003, when he was transferred to Spartak Moscow
FC Spartak Moscow
FC Spartak Moscow is a Russian football club from Moscow. Having won 12 Soviet championships and 9 of 19 Russian championships they are one of the country's most successful clubs. They have also won the Soviet Cup 10 times and the Russian Cup 3 times...

. After less than a season with Spartak, however, he returned to the Americas, signing with Club Atlas. He did exceptionally well in his first season with Atlas, scoring 16 goals in 21 games during the 2004 Clausura. He repeated his performance in the 2004 Apertura, leading them to the semifinals of the liguilla, where they were eliminated by UNAM Pumas.

PSV Eindhoven

Robert moved from to PSV Eindhoven for £2 million, in January 2005. He made 32 league appearances, scoring 7 goals. During the UEFA Champions League
UEFA Champions League
The UEFA Champions League, known simply the Champions League and originally known as the European Champion Clubs' Cup or European Cup, is an annual international club football competition organised by the Union of European Football Associations since 1955 for the top football clubs in Europe. It...

 quarter-final match against Olympique Lyonnais
Olympique Lyonnais
Olympique Lyonnais is a French association football club based in Lyon. They play in France's highest football division, Ligue 1. The club was formed as Lyon Olympique Universitaire in 1899, according to many supporters and sport historians, but was nationally established as a club in 1950. The...

, he kept his nerves in check to deliver his decisive spot-kick which sent his team into a semi-final showdown with eventual losing finalist AC Milan. Although he hardly had the time to impress in the Champions League games, he played an excellent match against the Italian giants in the return leg at Philips Stadion
Philips Stadion
Philips Stadion is the 35,000 seater stadium of football club, PSV Eindhoven. It was first inaugurated on 31 August 1913. The stadium is located in the Philipsdorp part of the Eindhoven borough of Strijp, close to Eindhoven's city centre....

, with PSV winning 3–1 and being ousted on away goals, and he himself came close to scoring when he cracked a long range shot which just missed the Milan left post by a matter of inches.

Real Betis

Robert was loaned by PSV to Real Betis
Real Betis
Real Betis Balompié S.A.D. is a Spanish football club based in Seville, in the autonomous community of Andalusia. Founded on 12 September 1907, it currently plays in La Liga, holding home games at Estadio Benito Villamarín....

 for two years, arriving during the 2006 January transfer window. His signing was pivotal in the efforts of Betis to avoid relegation, scoring 7 La Liga
La Liga
The Primera División of the Liga Nacional de Fútbol Profesional , commonly known as La Liga or, for sponsorship reasons, Liga BBVA since 2008, is the top professional association football division of the Spanish football league system...

 goals, including two against Villarreal
Villarreal CF
Villarreal Club de Fútbol, S.A.D. , usually abbreviated to Villarreal CF or just Villarreal, is a Spanish Primera División football club based in Vila-real, a city in the province of Castellón within the Valencian Community...

 in a 2–1 win at El Madrigal
Estadio El Madrigal
Estadio El Madrigal is a multi-purpose stadium in Vila-real, Spain. It is currently used mostly for football matches, as it is the home of Villarreal CF.The stadium with 25,000 seats was originally built in 1923...

 and a winning penalty against bitter rivals Sevilla FC
Sevilla FC
Sevilla Fútbol Club S.A.D. is a Spanish professional football club based in Seville, Spain that plays in the Spanish La Liga championship.They are one of the most successful clubs in Spanish football having won a 1 La Liga title, 5 Spanish "Copa del Rey" Cups, 1 Spanish Super Cup and 2 UEFA...

 in a 2–1 win at the Manuel Ruiz de Lopera
Manuel Ruiz de Lopera
Manuel Ruiz de Lopera Ávalos is the former owner and chairman of the Spanish football club Real Betis.-References:...

. Robert also scored one UEFA Cup
The UEFA Europa League is an annual association football cup competition organised by UEFA since 1971 for eligible European football clubs. It is the second most prestigious European club football contest after the UEFA Champions League...

 goal against AZ Alkmaar. Due to the injury of fellow Brazil
Brazil , officially the Federative Republic of Brazil , is the largest country in South America. It is the world's fifth largest country, both by geographical area and by population with over 192 million people...

ian and team-mate Ricardo Oliveira
Ricardo Oliveira
Ricardo Oliveira is a Brazilian footballer who plays for Al Jazira Club in the United Arab Emirates, as a striker.He represented São Paulo in two different spells, but also played in Spain, amassing La Liga totals of 120 games and 58 goals for three teams.A Brazilian international in the 2000s,...

, Robert's importance to Betis gradually grew in importance, as he finished the club's top goalscorer for the season. His second season, however, was poorer (still managed 9 league goals in 29 appearances) and he eventually left Real Betis
Real Betis
Real Betis Balompié S.A.D. is a Spanish football club based in Seville, in the autonomous community of Andalusia. Founded on 12 September 1907, it currently plays in La Liga, holding home games at Estadio Benito Villamarín....

 in July 2007, with a return to Club Atlas the most likely outcome. Real Betis has to this day not paid PSV for the players services, despite FIFA ruling them to do so.

CF Monterrey

On 22 August 2007, Robert signed for Saudi Arabian team Al-Ittihad. On 4 December 2007 Mexican media announced the transfer of Robert to the Mexican football club CF Monterrey, where he was paired up in attack with the Chilean Humberto "El Chupete" Suazo
Humberto Suazo
Humberto Andrés Suazo Pontivo , nicknamed Chupete, is a Chilean football player, who currently plays as a striker in Monterrey. In 2006 he was awarded by IFFHS as the world's top goal scorer of the year....

, formerly of club Colo Colo.

Tecos UAG

In Tecos, he had mild success and ended the tournament with only 5 goals. Tecos were eliminated in the quarterfinals and Robert de Pinho was sent to Club America.


In July 2009, Souza joined Palmeiras
Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras
Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras is a Brazilian football club from São Paulo. The club was founded on August 26, 1914, as Palestra Italia but changed to the current name on September 14, 1942...

 and in the Série A
Campeonato Brasileiro Série A 2009
The 2009 Campeonato Brasileiro de Clubes da Série A was the 39th season of the Série A, the top-level of professional football in Brazil. It was contested by 20 clubs starting on May 9 and ending on December 6...

 he scored 5 goals in 12 matches coming as a substitute in all of them. In 2009 Robert played a good role as a substitute in the league becoming an important player in the squad.
In 2010 Souza remained with Palmeiras and became the key striker in the team. On 21 February 2010, Robert scored two headed goals against Paulista
The Choque-Rei or Palmeiras and São Paulo football rivalry is the football match known among São Paulo clubs Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras and São Paulo Futebol Clube. Is the football rivalry between two very big, classic football clubs. The Derby dates from back from 1936. The tension between both...

 rival São Paulo and Palmeiras won the match by 2–0; it was a great appearance for Robert after he had been criticised in the beginning of the Campeonato Paulista
Campeonato Paulista
The Campeonato Paulista de Futebol Profissional da Primeira Divisão - Série A1, simply known as the Campeonato Paulista, is the top-flight professional football league in the Brazilian state of São Paulo. The league is contested between 20 clubs and typically lasts from January to April...

, where he scored already 5 goals. On 14 March 2010, Robert completed perfect hat-trick
A hat-trick or hat trick in sport is the achievement of a positive feat three times during a game, or other achievements based on threes. The term was first used in 1858 in cricket to describe HH Stephenson's feat of taking three wickets in three balls. A collection was held for Stephenson, and he...

 against Santos and Palmeiras won the match by 4–3; this game was marked by the different type of commemoration after goals.


On 3 June 2010 Cruzeiro Belo Horizonte
Cruzeiro Esporte Clube
Cruzeiro Esporte Clube is a Brazilian football team, from Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, and are one of the only five clubs to have never been relegated, along with Santos, São Paulo, Flamengo and Internacional. Founded on January 2, 1921, they are only one of three clubs to have participated in...

 signed the striker of Palmeiras property, but he arrived on a six-month-loan from CF Monterrey.


It was announced on June 8, 2011 that de Pinho was signed to Puebla. This was made public during the 2011 Super Summer Draft held in Cancun.

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