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Heurelho Gomes

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Heurelho da Silva Gomes is a Brazilian soccer player, currently playing in the English Premier League for Tottenham Hotspur.  Commonly known as just Heurelho Gomes, he was born in Joao Pinheiro in Brazil.

Standing 6ft 3 inches tall (1m 91), Gomes has the idea frame for being a top class goalkeeper and as well as playing for some of the top club sides in Europe, Gomes has also been capped by his country, making it to their final 23 man squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

Gomes began his professional career in 2001 when he made is debut for Brazilian side, Cruzeiro.  In his three years with the club, Gomes would go on to win the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A title (the top league in Brazilian football), the Copa do Brazil (the Brazilian Cup) and the Campeonato Mineiro (the state football championship) twice.  Gomes' performances were now starting to attract European scouts and in 2004 after 59 games for Cruzeiro,  he was transferred to Dutch Eredivisie side, PSV Eindhoven.

It was at PSV where Gomes became known as an excellent goalkeeper, particularly for stopping shots.  In his four seasons at PSV, Gomes won the Eredivisie title on each occasion.  Gomes became a fans favourite at the Dutch club and was constantly breaking records for the longest period without conceding a goal, on one occasion, going 956 minutes without conceding, the equivalent of just over 10 and a half games.  Gomes also holds the record of percentage of clean sheets in the Dutch league, boasting an impressive 60% of games played where he did not concede a goal.

In the 2007-08 season, Gomes would play a UEFA Cup tie against Tottenham Hotspur in the round of 16.  After an unimpressive first leg performance, Gomes excelled himself in the second leg pulling off a superb save in the dying seconds of extra time and then becoming the hero of the following penalty shootout.  This display prompted Tottenham boss, Juande Ramos to spend a reported £7.8 million to lure Gomes away from Dutch football and into the spotlight of ther Premier League.  In his time at PSV, Gomes had managed to play in 128 matches.

Gomes' introduction into English football wasn't exactly smooth.  High profile errors against Aston Villa and, in particular Fulham when he allowed a week shot to bounce off his body into the goal made him the subject of jokes from his own fans and opposition supporters alike.  His form coincided with Tottenham's worst ever start to a top league season and there were calls for Gomes to be sold within three months of his arrival.  Ramos was soon sacked and Harry Redknapp was brought in to sort things out.  He brought back ex Tottenham player, Tony Parks as goalkeeping coach and this change signalled a change in Gomes' fortunes.  Suddenly he was playing again with confidence and was making a string of fine saves as Tottenham climbed the table, narrowly missing out on qualifying for European competition whilst finishing runners up in the English League Cup.

The follwing season, the 2009-10 campaign, Gomes was instrumental in Tottenham finishing fourth in the Premier League and gaining qualification into the Champions League for the first time.  Towards the end of this season, Gomes made some vital saves as Tottenham got the points they needed against Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City, fully justifying Harry Redknapp in keeping the faith with him.  Gomes is now an extremely popular figure at White Hart Lane, having won the fans over after his poor start.  At the end of the 2009-10 season, Gomes had played 65 games for Tottenham.

As well as his club career, Gomes has now played 11 times for his country, Brazil (up to the end of World Cup 2010).  Gomes made his international debut at the CONCACAF Cup in 2003 but has had limited opportunity due to the form of other keepers, notably Inter Milan's Julio Cesar.  Although part of the Brazilian squad for the 2010 World Cup, Gomes was an unused substitute for the entire tournament.

At the age of 29, Heurelho Gomes has still got the best years of his career ahead of him, as long as he stays injury free, he will have a great chance of winning honours at both club and international level over the next six to eight years.

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