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Rafael Pires Vieira

Personal information
Full nameRafael Pires Vieira
Date of birthAugust 1, 1978(age 38)
Place of birthCriciúma, Brazil
Height1.85 m
Playing positionCentre Forward
Club information
Current clubFC Lahti

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Rafael Pires Vieira (born August 1, 1978), better known simply as Rafael, is a Brazilian football center forward. He has been one of the most prolific strikers in the Finnish Veikkausliiga.

He is the top goalscorer in the history of FC Lahti, as well one of the best scorers of all time in the Veikkausliiga. He is nicknamed "Angel" in a reference to the famous Finnish song "Rafaelin enkeli" ("Rafael's Angel") by Pekka Ruuska.

Rafael is a popular sportsman in Finland and currently receives corporate sponsorship from PlanMIll, a Finnish software company based in Lahti and Espoo, Finland.

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