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Personal information
Full name João Victor Saraiva
Date of birth 22 January 1977 (1977-01-22) (age 44)
Place of birth Luanda, Angola
Height 1.94 m (6 ft 4+12 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current club Sporting CP (beach soccer)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2007 Cavalieri del Mare
2003 Pernambouc
2008 Milano Beach Soccer
2008 Rio de Janeiro
2009 Cavalieri del Mare
2010–2012 Sporting CP
2010 São Paulo
2010 AS Roma
2010 Torres Novas
2010 Lokomotiv Moscow
2011 Alanya Team
2011 Al-Ahli Dubai
2012 Botafogo
2012–2013 Beşiktaş
2013–2014 Lokomotiv Moscow
2014– Sporting CP
National team
1998–2019 Portugal 573 (1077)
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 July 2015.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 24 December 2019

João Victor Saraiva (born January 22, 1977), better known as Madjer, is a Portuguese retired beach soccer player. He played in the forward position, and has won numerous awards at the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cups for his goalscoring abilities. He taken the nickname Madjer because his idol is the former Algerian player Rabah Madjer. He has often been hailed as the best-ever beach soccer player. He became the first player to score 1000 international beach soccer career goals in an 8–1 win against England in September 2016.

International career

Madjer has an extraordinary agility and dribbling talent in contrast to his height (194 cm). Besides, he is very capable in acrobatic finishes such as volleys, over-head kicks and bicycle kicks. His skills provide a vital contribution for his team while competing in EBSL, Mundialito, and above all the Beach Soccer World Championship.

At the 2005, 2006, and 2008 World Cups Madjer won the golden boot for most goals scored in the tournament, and, he also was the MVP of EBSL last season in 1999, 2006, 2008 and 2009.

He retired from the sport after winning the 2019 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in a victory over Italy.

Statistics

Honours

Club

Cavalieri del Mare Beach Soccer
  • Scudetto: 2005
Sporting Clube de Portugal
  • Circuito Nacional de Futebol de Praia: 2010, 2016
FC Lokomotiv Moscow
  • Russian National Beach Soccer Championship: 2011;
  • Euro Winners Cup: 2013
Alanya
  • Turkish National Beach Soccer Championship: 2011
Al-Ahli Club
  • UAE National Beach Soccer Championship: 2012, 2013, 2014
  • UAE President's Cup: 2014
  • UAE Supercup: 2014
Beşiktaş J.K.
  • Turkish National Beach Soccer Championship: 2013

Country

  • FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup (3): 2001, 2015, 2019
  • Euro Beach Soccer League (6): 2002, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2015, 2019
  • Euro Beach Soccer Cup (6): 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006
  • European Games (Gold Medal): 2019
  • BSWW Mundialito (4): 2003, 2008, 2009, 2012
  • Copa Latina (1): 2000

Individual

  • FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Golden Ball (2): 2005, 2006
  • FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Silver Ball (2): 2007, 2009
  • FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Bronze Ball (1): 2015
  • Beach Soccer World Championships Top Scorer (2): 2002, 2004
  • FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Golden Shoe (3): 2005, 2006, 2008
  • FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Silver Shoe (3): 2009, 2011, 2015
  • Beach Soccer MVP (3): 2003, 2005, 2006
  • Beach Soccer Best Player of the Year (2): 2015, 2016
  • Euro Beach Soccer League MVP (5): 1999, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010
  • Euro Beach Soccer League Top Scorer (6): 2001, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009
  • Euro Beach Soccer League Fair Play Award (1): 2005
  • Euro Beach Soccer League Portuguese Event Top Scorer (1): 2007
  • Euro Beach Soccer League French Event Top Scorer (1): 2007
  • Euro Beach Soccer League Spanish Event Top Scorer (1): 2004
  • Euro Beach Soccer Cup Top Scorer (4): 2004, 2009, 2010, 2012
  • FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup qualification (UEFA) Top Scorer (1): 2011
  • Mundialito MVP (6): 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012
  • Mundialito Top Scorer (5): 2004, 2005, 2008, 2010, 2012
  • Copa Latina MVP (2): 1999, 2000
  • Capocannoniere Serie A (2): 2008, 2009
  • Capocannoniere Coppa Italia (1): 2008
  • Russian National Beach Soccer Championship MVP (1): 2011
  • Turkish National Beach Soccer Championship MVP (2): 2012, 2013
  • UAE National Beach Soccer Championship Top Scorer (1): 2012
  • Mundialito de Clubes Top Scorer (1): 2012
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