Gilberto Silva is a Brazilian football player. He has played most of
his club football for the English club, Arsenal, as a defensive
midfielder. Gilberto was raised in a poor family, and as a child he
balanced playing football with various labouring jobs. He began his
football career in 1997 with América Mineiro, where good form earned
him a move to Atlético Mineiro in 2000. He became a star player for
Atlético, playing for three years in the Brazilian Campeonato
Brasileiro Série A. He came to particular prominence when he helped
the Brazilian national team win the 2002 FIFA World Cup, playing in
all seven of Brazil's matches. In August of 2002 he joined Arsenal for
£4.5 million, with whom he has won the 2004 FA Premier League, and two
FA Cup trophies. In his first five seasons with the club he played 208
games and scored 23 goals. On 19 August 2006 he scored Arsenal's first
ever competitive goal at the newly built Emirates Stadium. He was made
vice-captain of Arsenal in 2006 and is contracted to the club until
June 2009, after which he is expected to move back to Brazil.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Fourth Crusade: Count Baldwin IX of Flanders was crowned the first
Latin Emperor in Constantinople.
Peninsular War: An allied force of British, Spanish, and Portuguese
defeated the French Army at the Battle of Albuera.
Root beer was first prepared commercially.
The first Academy Awards were handed out at the Hollywood Roosevelt
Hotel in Los Angeles.
World War II: SS-Brigadeführer Jürgen Stroop (pictured) put an end to
the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, the first mass uprising in Poland against
the Nazi occupation during the Holocaust.
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