Ariclenes ‘Ari’ da Silva Ferreira :Meet Russia’s First Black Footballer

In the world of football, it is no new thing for a player of another decent to play for another country. However, some countries are conservatives and find it hard to integrate players from other nations into their national team. Until recently Russia has never had a black player, no matter the origin, representing her in the national team. Zenox Sports, in this article present to you Ari: the first black player to represent Russia in international football.

Ariclenes 'Ari' da Silva Ferreira :Meet Russia's First Black Footballer

Ari da Silva  Biography

Ariclenes da Silva Ferreira popularly known as ‘Ari’ was born on December 11, 1985 in Fortaleza, Brazil. In his early years, Ari worked as a fruit merchant in the markets and started playing beach football at the age of 15. It was there that he was picked up by Awai Club scouts, and he later moved to Fortaleza.

Ariclenes 'Ari' da Silva Ferreira :Meet Russia's First Black Footballer


Club Career

He signed his first professional contract with his hometown club Fortaleza in 2005 and moved to Swedish side Kalmar FF in 2006. Ari won the top scorer award in the Allsvenskan with 15 goals in his first season.

He moved to AZ Alkmaar on May 28, 2007, Ari signed a five-year deal with the Dutch club for an undisclosed fee. He had difficulties nailing down first team shirt. Ari played 63 matches in three seasons, and scored 19 goals. He became the champion of Holland and the winner of the super cup of the country.

Ari moved to Russia in 2010, where he has had spell with three different clubs in the Russian league. He was transferred to Spartak Moscow in the winter of 2010 for £3 million. He helped the club to a second place finish 2o11-12 season.

Ari moved to FC Krasnodar on august 19 2013 on a three-year deal. He performed really well for the club and helped the team to a third place in his second season. Ari is also a Russian cup silver medallist with the club.

Ariclenes has been on loan at Lokomotiv Moscow since 2016. At the club he has won the Russian Premier League and the Russian cup.


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Meet Ari : The First Black Player To Represent Russia Ariclenes 'Ari' da Silva Ferreira :Meet Russia's First Black Footballer

International Career

Ari made his intention of representing Russia on international level know early this year. On 26 July 2018, he announced his receipt of Russian citizenship which marks the completion of his naturalization process. He received his full international call up on 12 November 2018 for games against Germany and Sweden. Ari won his first cap for Russia on November 15 in a friendly against Germany at the Res Bull Arena.  Thus, he became the first black player to have represented Russia since the split of the Soviet Union.

Ari Awards, Honors and Achievement

  • Fortaleza

Campeonato Cearense: 2005

  • Kalmar FF

Svenska Cupen: 2007

Allsvenskan Top Scorer: 2006 (15 goals)

  • AZ Alkmaar

Eredivisie: 2008-09

Johan Cruijff Shield: 2009

  • Spartak Moscow

Russian Premier League runner-up: 2011-12

  • FC Krasnodar

Russian Cup runner-up: 2013-14

  • Lokomotiv Moscow

Russian Premier League: 2017-18

Russian Cup: 2016-17

Ari da Silva FIFA 19 Overall Rating, Pace, Physicality, Defense, Dribbling, Passing.


Overall Rating:          77

PAC                            77

PHY                            80

DEF                            35

DRI                             76

PAS                             71

SHO                            77

Ari da Silva Preferred Foot, Skill Moves

Preferred foot:           Right


Crossing                    72

Finishing                    77

Head Accuracy          70

Short Passing            75

Volleys                       73

Ari da Silva FIFA 19 Skill

Dribbling                    75

Curve                         64

Free Kick Accuracy   56

Long Passing            65

Ball Control               80

Ari da Silva FIFA 19 Movement

Acceleration              79

Sprint Speed             75

Agility                        76

Reactions                  71

Balance                     63

Ari da Silva FIFA 19 Power

Shot Power               80

Jumping                    91

Stamina                    76

Strength                    82

Long Shots               75

Ari da Silva FIFA 19 Mentality

Aggression               76

Positioning                77

Penalties                   71

Interception               29

Vision                        73

Composure               75


Marking                     37

Standing Tackle        28

Sliding Tackle           23


GK Diving                 9

GK Handling            6

GK Kicking               10

GK Positioning         8

GK Reflexes             9

Ari da Silva Overall Rating at Different Position

RWB                        57

RW                          76

LB                           54

LM                           75

LW                           76

RCB CB LCB           51

RS ST LS                 76

RCM CM LCM          9

RB                             54

RDM CDM LDM        53

LWB                          57

RM                            75

RAM CAM LAM        75

GK                             15

RF CF LF                   76

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