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Frederico Chaves Guedes, better known by his nickname Fred, was born in Teofilo Otoni. He is a Brazilian footballer who plays as a striker for Brazilian Série A side Fluminense and the Brazil national team.

Fred began his career at América Mineiro before transferring to local rivals Cruzeiro in 2004. After two seasons there, he moved to Lyon of France in a protracted transfer saga, and won three consecutive Ligue 1 titles. He made his international debut for Brazil in 2005 and was selected for the 2006 World Cup, and was also part of their victories at the 2007 Copa América and the 2013 Confederations Cup. Since 2009 until now, Fred plays for Fluminense. There, he won two Campeonato Brasileiro Série A titles in three years (2010 and 2012). In the team, Fred has made history and a successful career.

Fred scored the fastest goal in professional football history while playing for América Mineiro, against Vila Nova during a Copa São Paulo de Juniores match. The goal was scored 3.17 seconds after the match started.

Fred spent four seasons at América-MG of Belo Horizonte, before he left for their city rival Cruzeiro in middle of the 2004 season. After scoring 41 goals in 43 games for Cruzeiro in the 2005 season, Fred was signed by defending Ligue 1 champions Lyon. After being released from Lyon and refusing to return from Brazil, Fred signed a pre-contract with Brazilian club Fluminense, and consequently agreed to a five-year deal. He scored twice on his debut on 15 March 2009, as Fluminense beat Macaé 3–1. Later in July 2011, he went on to break the record for most goals in the Brasileiro when he scored a brace against Esporte Clube Bahia, taking his tally to 44 goals. The record was previously held by Magno Alves. On 11 November 2012, Fred scored 2 goals in a 3–2 win over Palmeiras, clinching the 2012 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A for Fluminense.

Fred made his debut on 27 April 2005 as a late substitute in a friendly match against Guatemala. . His first World Cup goal was the second in a 2–0 victory against Australia on 18 June 2006, when he tapped in a shot from Robinho. He was recalled to the international side in early 2013 by returning manager, Luiz Felipe Scolari, scoring in an international friendly game against England that February. He then went on to score for Brazil on 2 June 2013 the first Maracanã Stadium goal after its renovation for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. On 22 June 2013, Fred scored twice against Italy in the 2013 Confederations Cup in a 2–4 win. On June 26, 2013, he scored a goal against Uruguay. Fred capped his successful Confederations Cup campaign by scoring twice against Spain in the competition's final to help Brazil to a 3–0 victory. He was the joint top scorer of the tournament with 5 goals. Fred was honored with the trophy Silver Shoe.

After the successful Confederations Cup campaign, there was much speculation that Fred would leave Fluminense due to the interest of several European clubs abroad, particularly Manchester City FC. However, Fred insisted that he was happy and was enjoying his career at the Brazilian club, ending all transfer speculations. In early September, Fred suffered a thigh injury his team’s 0-2 loss to Santos in the Campeonato Brasileiro, sidelining him for up to three months. This forced him out of international duty during that timeframe, but Brazil Coach Felipe Scolari stated that Fred has already proven his place for the 2014 FIFA World Cup held in Brazil.

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