Rafael Carioca was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Jan. 16, 1989. Played as a defensive Midfielder of Brazil, he plays an important role in fierce competitions with many football teams. When has was young, he started leaning football and showed great interests to football. Not only raw talents, but also unremitting efforts and constant footsteps are factors propelled his progress, turning to be an excellent football player of Brazil national football team.
For outstanding performance on football fields, he became a player of the first team. Rafael Carioca was sent back to the youth group for bad performances. He was given another chance for higher position and more opportunities for important matches. Fortunately, he gradually caught attention of coach for good achievements on football fields, taking good advantage of the second chance in his playing career. He is also known for good records in matches, with only five yellow cards in the season. On Aug. 22, he played for Brazil senior group in a match against Ecuador and Colombia.