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Fabio & Rafael on their life, career & marriage..

The Brazilian twins on growing up in Rio, getting married, setting fire to Anderson's slippers and joking around with Señor Alex.

Tell us about your childhood? Did you grow up in Rio?


Rafael Da Silva: Yeah, it was in Rio state but in a city one hour from Rio de Janeiro, Petropolis. I don't remember everything as a kid. Flying kites. But we played football from the start, since we were five years old. It wasn't a great neighbourhood you know, but it was normal, a poor Rio neighbourhood, very different from here and football was the only thing we would do.

Are there any other footballers in your family?

Rafael: Our older brother, Luis Henrique used to play for Brescia in Italy. He lives here with us and with his wife but he went back to Brazil because they are going to have a child in a week. Our whole family lives here, Mum, Dad and I have two sisters-in-law.

Fabio is already married…

Fabio: Yeah I got married six months ago, I'm serious like that, I like being at home [Rafael shakes head and laughs]. She's called Barbara and is 17 years old. We got married so that she could come here.

Rafael: I'm less introverted than him, and it's always been like that. Here I don't go out but in Brazil I do.

How did you end up at Fluminense [the twins' first club in Rio]?


Fabio: Well we played there in our neighbourhood, near to Fluminense. We used to play five-a-side and one day someone from Fluminense asked us to play for them.

Were Fluminense your team, the team you supported?

Rafael: Yes. We always dreamed of playing for them. We were 11 when we went to live there at the club. I cried a lot but I got used to it after a while. It took time and initially it was difficult because we were very young. But after a year it was normal. We have a lot of friends from our time there, our best friends in the world are from there. I like it here but it doesn't compare to Brazil.

When did you find out that there were people [scouts] coming to watch your games?

Fabio: Three years ago, the coach of Fluminense called me and said that there was a coach from Manchester United that wanted to talk to us and I was very surprised. My God! But he said that it was just to meet us, not for us to play for them

Were any other European clubs interested in you?

Fabio: Yeah, Arsenal and we also spoke to Real Madrid when we were playing for the national team.

Why did you choose Manchester United – or did Manchester United choose you?

Rafael: A little bit of both, they work very hard and everyone knows them. And Señor Alex always speaks well and is always very supportive of us. He really likes to know what people are like both on and off the field, the stance of a man. But we joke around and we speak.

So how is Ferguson, is he very strict?

Fabio: He jokes around with us.

How difficult was it playing with the stars at Manchester United when you arrived?

Rafael: The first time I felt strange going through the door with all the guys there… I felt very shy, really, really shy. But when we started training and getting to know them, it felt normal and the same as playing in Fluminense, it isn't any different. Patrice Evra, Carlos Tevez and Park are always together. They're never apart. Rio Ferdinand is a great friend of ours. He's the biggest joker of them all.

Do you see the other players off the field?

Rafael: Only the other Portuguese players, we've already had a barbecue here and at Nani's house.

Who are the biggest jokers at the club?

Fabio: Rio and Patrice. Once, Anderson came to training in his slippers and they set fire to his slippers and tipped cream out all over them.

And the most serious?

Fabio: During training everyone is serious. But the most serious would be Paul Scholes.

Do you hope to play for Brazil in the future?


Fabio: Of course.

But Carlos Quieroz thinks differently doesn't he?

Rafael: My aim is to play for Brazil but if that isn't happening, I could play for Portugal.

Fabio: We have a Portuguese grandfather but my dream is to play for Brazil.

Rafael: I'm just being honest.

What do you think about players that choose to play for Portugal, like Deco?

Rafael: I don't have a problem with it. My issue is when Pepe says he is Portuguese. He is forgetting where he is from, and his culture and heritage. It's very important, you have to remember where you were born. My older brother was going to have children and decided to go back to Brazil and have the children there, amongst Brazilians.

So, then, do you miss home?

Fabio: We miss everything; the heat, the culture, the people, everyone talking with everyone, going to other people's houses, the humour, playing football and volleyball on the beach…

Are you worried Brazil won't qualify for the World Cup?

Rafael: No-one thinks like that in Brazil, we've never missed a World Cup, everyone wants to see Brazil play.

Fabio: There's a lot of pressure playing in Brazil. We reached the final in '94, '98, 2002, only in 2006 did we not reach the final and we were the best team. Going out in the quarter finals felt like we had been knocked out in the first round.

Rafael, having played in both the Champions League and the Premier League, which do you find harder?

Rafael: The Premier League. It's stronger, quicker and has more talent. It has better teams who know how to play. I'm trying to improve defensively and I need to improve. But I like attacking far more.

You're already quite famous, do you have any difficulty walking along the streets and things like that?

Fabio: It's funny because here in England, the people respect the players. For example, when we're shopping the English look, sometimes even come up and ask for a photo but they always come and start to talk.

Every player can walk around, the problem is when they think 'ah I'm not going there because there's going to be a lots of people'. No, if he's just walking normally, no one will harass him. Of course, when we're in the stadium they harass you but not in the shopping centre.

What do you think of Robinho taking the bus to the Trafford Centre?

Fabio: Well Brazilians are like that. 'Do you want to go there?' 'Let's take the bus then'. Come on. I doubt that people would stop and stare at him, they wouldn't believe it was him. The English players wouldn't do the same but yeah I'd take the bus too.

60 seconds with Fabio and Rafael

Favourite Stadium?

Both: Nou Camp because we've already been there.

Would you prefer to win the Premier League or the Champions League?

Both: Champions League

If you had the choice between scoring the winning goal in the Champions League final or winning the World Cup with Brazil but not scoring, which would you choose?


Fabio: World Cup.

Rafael: I'm not so sure. Perhaps scoring a goal would be better…

Gerrard or Lampard?

Both: Gerrard

Pele or Maradona?

Both: Pele.

Score a goal or keep a clean sheet?

Fabio: Score a goal.
Rafael: Clean sheet.

Best friend?


Both: Rodrigo Possebon.

English or Brazilian food?

Both: Brazilian

Favourite dish?

Rafael: I love chips but they're English!

Fabio: Brazilian barbecues.

Rafael: Yeah, barbecues too!

Beer or Caipirinha?

Fabio: Caipirinha.

Rafael: Red wine.

Best moment of your career?


Rafael: Scoring against Arsenal.

Can you describe the goal for us?

The ball just came to me and I thought 'Shoot'. At the time I didn't feel a thing, it didn't click that I'd scored against Arsenal. Afterwards though it was great.

Which of you is the better player?

Rafael: He is the better on the left and I'm better on the right.

Where will you be five years from now?

Both: Playing in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.


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Post Re: Fabio & Rafael on their life, career & marriage..
fabio da kawen?
hahaha..gatai betoi.. :lol:


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fabio da kawen?
hahaha..gatai betoi.. :lol:


biarla die.. yg x kawin tu lgla gatal..


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Karan13 wrote:
fabio da kawen?
hahaha..gatai betoi.. :lol:


biarla die.. yg x kawin tu lgla gatal..

barat kesah ape kawen ngan x sama ja..muahaha


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Fasha wrote:
Karan13 wrote:
fabio da kawen?
hahaha..gatai betoi.. :lol:


biarla die.. yg x kawin tu lgla gatal..

barat kesah ape kawen ngan x sama ja..muahaha


the different is COMMITMENT!


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org yg kahwin awal akan cepat matang, ye ke?


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Karan13 wrote:
fabio da kawen?
hahaha..gatai betoi.. :lol:

come on!he comes from a poor family in Brazil so definitely he like most people around the world opted for marriage at a young age..org kampung katakan..

rafael is engaged..so is he less gatal? :lol: :lol:

PS:guys take a leaf out of these guys' books! :I


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Fasha wrote:
Karan13 wrote:
fabio da kawen?
hahaha..gatai betoi.. :lol:


biarla die.. yg x kawin tu lgla gatal..



ni ayat umum or tuju kt sapa2??
kt cni,sume xkawin lg kn...


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ferzana wrote:
Karan13 wrote:
fabio da kawen?
hahaha..gatai betoi.. :lol:

come on!he comes from a poor family in Brazil so definitely he like most people around the world opted for marriage at a young age..org kampung katakan..

rafael is engaged..so is he less gatal? :lol: :lol:

PS:guys take a leaf out of these guys' books! :I


HE Chose to get married that young so he can bring his GF with him.. and is he really that poor?


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ferzana wrote:
Karan13 wrote:
fabio da kawen?
hahaha..gatai betoi.. :lol:

come on!he comes from a poor family in Brazil so definitely he like most people around the world opted for marriage at a young age..org kampung katakan..

rafael is engaged..so is he less gatal? :lol: :lol:

PS:guys take a leaf out of these guys' books! :I

nk take leaf cmne, poket kering mcm gurun sahara je.. :8


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Post Re: Fabio & Rafael on their life, career & marriage..
Fasha wrote:
ferzana wrote:
Karan13 wrote:
fabio da kawen?
hahaha..gatai betoi.. :lol:

come on!he comes from a poor family in Brazil so definitely he like most people around the world opted for marriage at a young age..org kampung katakan..

rafael is engaged..so is he less gatal? :lol: :lol:

PS:guys take a leaf out of these guys' books! :I


HE Chose to get married that young so he can bring his GF with him.. and is he really that poor?

yeah he is..i read an article somewhere..


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Loque wrote:
ferzana wrote:
Karan13 wrote:
fabio da kawen?
hahaha..gatai betoi.. :lol:

come on!he comes from a poor family in Brazil so definitely he like most people around the world opted for marriage at a young age..org kampung katakan..

rafael is engaged..so is he less gatal? :lol: :lol:

PS:guys take a leaf out of these guys' books! :I

nk take leaf cmne, poket kering mcm gurun sahara je.. :8

i mean when you do have adequate money you should make it move or else dream on..lol :lol:


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ferzana wrote:
Loque wrote:
ferzana wrote:
Karan13 wrote:
fabio da kawen?
hahaha..gatai betoi.. :lol:

come on!he comes from a poor family in Brazil so definitely he like most people around the world opted for marriage at a young age..org kampung katakan..

rafael is engaged..so is he less gatal? :lol: :lol:

PS:guys take a leaf out of these guys' books! :I

nk take leaf cmne, poket kering mcm gurun sahara je.. :8

i mean when you do have adequate money you should make it move or else dream on..lol :lol:

of course. tp nk tggu ckp duit tu...

(gurls jgn la letak hantaran tggi sgt..)


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Post Re: Fabio & Rafael on their life, career & marriage..
Loque wrote:
ferzana wrote:
Loque wrote:
ferzana wrote:
Karan13 wrote:
fabio da kawen?
hahaha..gatai betoi.. :lol:

come on!he comes from a poor family in Brazil so definitely he like most people around the world opted for marriage at a young age..org kampung katakan..

rafael is engaged..so is he less gatal? :lol: :lol:

PS:guys take a leaf out of these guys' books! :I

nk take leaf cmne, poket kering mcm gurun sahara je.. :8

i mean when you do have adequate money you should make it move or else dream on..lol :lol:

of course. tp nk tggu ckp duit tu...

(gurls jgn la letak hantaran tggi sgt..)

hantaran is nothing la can pinjam!
the real prob would be the daily/monthly spending..her food,clothing,jewelleries,pocket money,shopping and etc


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ferzana wrote:
hantaran is nothing la can pinjam!
the real prob would be the daily/monthly spending..her food,clothing,jewelleries,pocket money,shopping and etc

ish. based on past experience, si dia x ske amek loan wat duit hantaran haha

hmm, xkn stp bulan nk jewelry n new clothes.. ='(


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