Frederico Chaves Guedes also known as Fred is a Brazilian footballer who plays for Fluminense and the Brazil national football team. Beginning his club career at América Mineiro in 2002 before moving to Europe with Lyon in 2005. Fred made his claim to fame when he starred in the 2013 Confederations Cup for Brazil scoring five goals which included a brace in the final against Spain.
Born on the third of October 1983, Fred began his club career with América Mineiro in 2002. He stayed at the club for two years before moving to city rivals Cruzeiro in 2004. Fred was an instant star for the club scoring 41 goals in 43 games for the Brazilian side. This attracted a lot of attention from European clubs and in 2005 Fred signed for French club Olympique Lyonnais.
In his first season with Lyon Fred was the second highest scorer netting 14 goals in his first campaign helping the side to win the Ligue 1 title. In his second season he netted 11 times in 20 matches helping the club to win another Ligue 1 title. Fred's opportunities at the club diminished in his next season due to injury and Karim Benzema and Milan Baros staking their claim at the club as the number one and two strikers. Fred returned to Brazil with Fluminense in 2009. He netted a double on his debut and he hasn't stopped scoring since. In July 2011 Fred broke the record for the most goals in the Brasileiro with 44 goals. In November 2012 Fred scored a double in Fluminense's 3-2 win over Palmeiras winning he 2012 Campeonato Brasileiro A title.
Fred made his Brazil debut in April 2006 aged 22 years old against Guatemala. His first international goals were against United Arab Emirates in an 8-0 drubbing in November 2005. Fred played in the 2006 World Cup for Brazil as cover for strikers Ronaldo, Adriano and Robinho. Fred scored against Australia in a 2-0 win in June 2006. In the 2011 Copa America Fred scored the equaliser against Paraguay in a 2-2 draw in the quarter-final. Brazil went out on penalties against Paraguay. Fred established himself as the number one striker under manager Luis Felipe Scolari and scored in a 2-2 draw against England at Wembley in 2013. Fred then scored five goals in the 2013 Confederations Cup for Brazil making him the joint golden boot with Player of the Tournament Neymar. Fred was named in the Brazil squad for the 2014 World Cup by Scolari.