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Pedro Roberto Silva Botelho

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Place of birth  Salvador, Brazil
Name  Pedro Silva
Career start  2007
2002–2004  Galicia
Weight  75 kg
Number  16
Height  1.86 m
Role  Footballer

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Full name  Pedro Roberto Silva Botelho
Date of birth  (1989-12-14) 14 December 1989 (age 25)
Current team  Clube Atletico Mineiro (#16 / Defender)
Similar People  Edcarlos, Rafael Carioca, Douglas Santos, Marcos Rocha, Leonardo Silva

Playing position  Left back / Midfielder

Pedro Roberto da Silva Botelho (born 14 December 1989) is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays for CRB. Mainly a left back, he can also play as a left midfielder.


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He was bought by Arsenal before his 18th birthday but never appeared competitively for the club, playing in Spain for the duration of his contract and being released in 2012.

Football career

Born in Salvador, Bahia, Botelho began playing professionally with Figueirense Futebol Clube. In July 2007 a deal was agreed with Premier League side Arsenal, which brought the player to the Emirates Stadium. However, he was immediately loaned out to UD Salamanca of Segunda División for the remainder of the season. This was because he needed a work permit to play in England.

In July 2008, Botelho returned to Arsenal for pre-season training before moving again to Salamanca in August, for another season-long loan. Due to differences with the Spanish club's coaching staff, his second spell was cut short.

On 23 July 2009, Botelho went on loan again and also in the Spanish second level, joining Celta de Vigo for the 2009–10 campaign. He helped the Galicians knock Villarreal CF out of the Copa del Rey, winning a late penalty in the second leg, which ended with a 1–0 away triumph (2–1 aggregate) in the round-of-16.

On 23 July 2010, Botelho returned to the Spanish second division, joining FC Cartagena on a season-long loan after an application for a work permit was denied. Another loan happened in the following campaign, as he made his La Liga debuts with Rayo Vallecano, first appearing in the competition on 28 August 2011 by starting as a left midfielder in a 1–1 away draw against Athletic Bilbao.

After an irregular spell in Madrid which also included personal issues, Botelho finished the campaign at fellow league club Levante UD, joining the team on 20 January 2012. On 23 July, having failed to appear officially for Arsenal, he returned to Brazil and joined Clube Atlético Paranaense on a permanent deal.


Atlético Mineiro
  • Recopa Sudamericana: 2014
  • References

    Pedro Roberto Silva Botelho Wikipedia