ClÃ¡udio AndrÃ© Mergen Taffarel (born May 8, 1966
in Santa Rosa, Rio Grande do Sul|Santa Rosa,
Brazil) is a former football (soccer) goalkeeper,
who backstopped Brazil national football
team|Brazil to victory at the Football World Cup
1994|1994 World Cup.
On the club level, Taffarel played for Sport Club
Internacional|Internacional (1984-90), Parma
A.C.|Parma (1990-93 and 2001-02), A.C.
Reggiana|Reggiana (1993-94), Clube AtlÃ©tico
Mineiro|AtlÃ©tico Mineiro (1994-97), and
Galatasaray (1998-2001). For the Brazilian
national team, Taffarel is the highest-cap
goalkeeper in its history, with 101 appearances.
Other than the 1994 triumph, he also played in the
Football World Cup 1990|1990 and Football World
Cup 1998|1998 World Cup tournaments.
He had a key role in Galatasary's UEFA Cup triumph
in 2000, he was made the man of the match in the