|Full name||Antônio Naelson Matias|
|Date of birth||May 23, 1976|
|Place of birth||Itajá, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil|
|Height||1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking Midfielder,
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 August 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Zinha measures 163 cm (5 ft 4 in) and weighs 67 kg (147 lb).
Zinha arrived in 1998 to Mexico, when he joined CF Monterrey. On 1999, he moved to Toluca, where he was given a leap of faith. he has played in Toluca ever since and it is considered one of the most emblematic players in the team's history. Sinha is widely known for his dribbling skills, his accurate passing and his intelligence on the pitch as well as his leadership and long distance shot. Despite his age, he is still considered as one of the most talented players in Mexico up to date
He has also been called up to play for Mexico, although he is a Brazilian-born player, he became a naturalized Mexican citizen, after settling in Mexico for several years. During the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, Zinha became the first foreign-born player to score a goal for Mexico in a World Cup tournament, scoring against Iran. He was called up to play again for Mexico, thus making him the first naturalized to be called up by Hugo Sánchez.
In 2005, he played in the Confederations Cup scoring a goal against Japan that helped Mexico win the match. Mexico finished in fourth place in the tournament. He was also called up for the national team to play in the Gold Cup. On May 23, 2010 Zinha won his 5th championship on his birthday, but missed a penalty on the penalty-shootout.
During the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup, Zinha, and four other members of the Mexican National Team, tested positive for the banned substance of Clenbuterol and were withdrawn from the team's tournament squad. However, all players were exonerated as FIFA determined that the accused had accidentally ingested the banned substance through contaminated meat that had been served during a pre-tournament training camp.
On July 7, 2013, Zinha announced his retirement from football within a year from the announcement. On October 30, 2013 came out of retirement after being called up by Miguel Herrera.
- CONCACAF Champions Cup: 2003
- Mexican Supercup (Campeón de Campeones): 2003, 2006
- Best Attacking Midfielder of the tournament: Bicentenario 2010
- Best Player of the tournament: Bicentenario 2010
- Scores and results list Mexico's goal tally first.
|1.||October 13, 2004||Estadio Cuauhtémoc, Puebla, Mexico||Trinidad and Tobago||1–0||3–0||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|2.||March 27, 2005||Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico||United States||2–0||2–1||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|3.||June 4, 2005||Estadio Mateo Flores, Guatemala City, Guatemala||Guatemala||1–0||2–0||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|4.||June 16, 2005||AWD-Arena, Hanover, Germany||Japan||1–1||2–1||2005 FIFA Confederations Cup|
|5.||June 11, 2006||Frankenstadion, Nuremberg, Germany||Iran||3–1||3–1||2006 FIFA World Cup|
|6.||June 4, 2008||Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, United States||Argentina||1–3||1–4||Friendly|
As of 12 October 2012
|1.||8 September 2004||Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago||Trinidad and Tobago||3–1||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|2.||6 October 2004||Estadio Hidalgo, Pachuca, Mexico||Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||7–0||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|3.||10 October 2004||Arnos Vale Stadium, Kingstown, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||1–0||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|4.||13 October 2004||Estadio Cuauhtémoc, Puebla, Mexico||Trinidad and Tobago||3–0||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|5.||27 October 2004||Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, United States||Ecuador||2–1||Friendly|
|6.||26 January 2005||Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, United States||Sweden||0–0||Friendly|
|7.||9 February 2005||Estadio Ricardo Saprissa, San José, Costa Rica||Costa Rica||2–1||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|8.||23 February 2005||Estadio Carlos González, Culiacán, Mexico||Colombia||1–1||Friendly|
|9.||9 March 2005||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, United States||Argentina||1–1||Friendly|
|10.||27 March 2005||Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico||United States||2–1||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|11.||30 March 2005||Estadio Rommel Fernández, Panama City, Panama||Panama||1–1||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|12.||April 27, 2005||Chicago, United States||Poland||1–1||Friendly|
|13.||4 June 2005||Estadio Mateo Flores, Guatemala City, Guatemala||Guatemala||2–0||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|14.||8 June 2005||Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico||Trinidad and Tobago||2–0||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|15.||16 June 2005||AWD-Arena, Hanover, Germany||Japan||2–1||2005 FIFA Confederations Cup|
|16.||19 June 2005||AWD-Arena, Hanover, Germany||Brazil||1–0||2005 FIFA Confederations Cup|
|17.||26 June 2005||AWD-Arena, Hanover, Germany||Argentina||5–6 (pens.)||2005 FIFA Confederations Cup|
|18.||29 June 2005||Zentralstadion, Leipzig, Germany||Germany||3–4 (a.e.t.)||2005 FIFA Confederations Cup|
|19.||8 July 2005||The Home Depot Center, Carson, United States||South Africa||1–2||2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup|
|20.||10 July 2005||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, United States||Guatemala||4–0||2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup|
|21.||13 July 2005||Reliant Stadium, Houston, United States||Jamaica||1–0||2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup|
|22.||17 July 2005||Reliant Stadium, Houston, United States||Colombia||1–2||2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup|
|23.||17 August 2005||Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico||Costa Rica||2–0||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|24.||3 September 2005||Columbus Crew Stadium, Columbus, United States||United States||0–2||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|25.||7 September 2005||Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico||Panama||5–0||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|26.||17 November 2005||Reliant Stadium, Houston, United States||Bulgaria||0–3||Friendly|
|27.||25 January 2006||Monster Park, San Francisco, United States||Norway||2–1||Friendly|
|28.||15 February 2006||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, United States||South Korea||0–1||Friendly|
|29.||5 May 2006||Rose Bowl, Pasadena, United States||Venezuela||1–0||Friendly|
|30.||12 May 2006||Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico||Congo DR||2–1||Friendly|
|31.||27 May 2006||Stade de France, Paris, France||France||0–1||Friendly|
|32.||1 June 2006||Philips Stadion, Eindhoven, Netherlands||Netherlands||1–2||Friendly|
|33.||11 June 2006||EasyCredit-Stadion, Nuremberg, Germany||Iran||3–1||2006 FIFA World Cup|
|34.||16 June 2006||AWD-Arena, Hanover, Germany||Angola||0–0||2006 FIFA World Cup|
|35.||21 June 2006||Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen, Germany||Portugal||1–2||2006 FIFA World Cup|
|36.||24 June 2006||Zentralstadion, Leipzig, Germany||Argentina||1–2 (a.e.t.)||2006 FIFA World Cup|
|37.||6 February 2008||Reliant Stadium, Houston, United States||United States||2–2||Friendly|
|38.||26 March 2008||Craven Cottage, London, England||Ghana||2–1||Friendly|
|39.||16 April 2008||Qwest Field, Seattle, United States||China PR||1–0||Friendly|
|40.||4 June 2008||Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, United States||Argentina||1–4||Friendly|
|41.||8 June 2008||Soldier Field, Chicago, United States||Peru||4–0||Friendly|
|42.||15 June 2008||Reliant Stadium, Houston, United States||Belize||2–0||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|43.||21 June 2008||Estadio Universitario, San Nicolás, Mexico||Belize||7–0||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|44.||24 September 2008||Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, United States||Chile||0–1||Friendly|
|45.||12 November 2008||Chase Field, Phoenix, United States||Ecuador||2–1||Friendly|
|46.||19 November 2008||Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano, San Pedro Sula, Honduras||Honduras||0–1||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|47.||28 January 2009||Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland, United States||Sweden||0–1||Friendly|
|48.||February 11, 2009||Columbus Crew Stadium, Columbus, United States||United States||0–2||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|49.||11 March 2009||Dick's Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, United States||Bolivia||5–1||Friendly|
|50.||26 March 2011||Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland, United States||Paraguay||3–1||Friendly|
|51.||29 March 2011||Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, United States||Venezuela||1–1||Friendly|
|52.||28 May 2011||Qwest Field, Seattle, United States||Ecuador||1–1||Friendly|
|53.||10 August 2011||Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, United States||United States||1–1||Friendly|
|54.||2 September 2011||Pepsi Arena, Warsaw, Poland||Poland||1–1||Friendly|
|55.||11 November 2011||Estadio Corregidora, Querétaro, Mexico||Serbia||2–0||Friendly|
|56.||12 October 2012||BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, United States||Guyana||5–0||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
- "FIFA Player Statistics: ZINHA". FIFA.com. Retrieved 15 November 2013.
- "Five Mexico Players Test Positive". ESPN Soccernet. June 9, 2011.
- "FMF absolvió a acusados de dopaje". ESPNDeportes Mexico. July 10, 2011.
- "FOOTBALL – THE CAS DISMISSES URGENT REQUEST FOR A STAY FILED BY OLYMPIAKOS VOLOU". The Court of Arbitration for Sport. 17 August 2011. Retrieved 18 August 2011.
- "WADA withdraws CAS appeal in case of Mexican footballers". World Anti-Doping Agency. 12 October 2011. Retrieved 23 October 2011.
- Transfermarkt profile
- Antônio Naelson at National-Football-Teams.com
- Football Database.com provides Antônio Naelson's profile and stats
- (Portuguese) CBF
- (Spanish) Antônio Naelson Article
- Antônio Naelson Liga MX stats at Medio Tiempo.com (Spanish)