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Cacapa is a naturalised Frenchman

Published on the 05 October 2006 à 14:46 by R.B

Lyon captain Claudio Caçapa received his French nationality papers on Thursday...

“Now we have to call him Claude,” quipped Rémy Vercoutre in between training exercises with Jöel Bats. “No way... I prefer Claudio,” responded the Brazilian back in training before a physical work out with Robert Duverne. I’m delighted with the naturalisation. My son also has dual-nationality. Claudio Robert Caçapa Da Silva was born in Lavras. He played for Atletico Mineiro (68 league matches and two goals from 1997 to 2000) before joining OL, arriving in France to replace Florent Laville badly injured against Olympiakos in late 2000. He made his OL debut on February 19, 2001 in the Coupe de France against St-Etienne at the Stade Gerland.

2000-01: 13 matches (6 Ligue 1, 2 Coupe de France, 3 Coupe de la Ligue, 2 Champions League) - 12 in the starting line-up.

2001-02: 18 matches (15 Ligue 1, 3 Champions League) - all 15 in the starting line-up.

2002-03: 47 matches (1 Trophée des Champions, 36 Ligue 1, 6 Champions League, 2 UEFA Cup, 2 Coupe de la Ligue) - all 47 in the starting line-up.

2003-04: 19 matches (15 Ligue 1, 3 Champions league, 1 Coupe de France) - 11 in the starting line-up.

2004-05: 27 matches (1 Trophée des Champions, 21 Ligue 1, 5 Champions League) - 26 in the starting line-up.

2005-06: 36 matches (1 Trophée des Champions, 26 Ligue 1, 7 Champions League, 2 Coupe de France) - all 36 in the starting line-up.

2006-07: 4 matches (1 Trophée des Champions, 3 Championnat) - all 4 in the starting line-up.

99 victories, 41 draws and 24 defeats. 7 league goals; 1 one Coupe de la Ligue goal.

5 times champion of France, 4 Trophées des Champions, 1 Coupe de la Ligue.