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Argel
Personal information
Full name Argélico Fucks
Date of birth (1974-09-04) 4 September 1974 (age 39)
Place of birth Santa Rosa (RS), Brazil
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Centre back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1995 Internacional 42 (3)
1996–1997 Verdy Kawasaki 32 (0)
1997–1998 Santos 21 (2)
1999 Porto 5 (1)
2000–2001 Palmeiras 40 (4)
2001–2004 Benfica 79 (7)
2005 Racing Santander 2 (0)
2005 Cruzeiro 2 (0)
2006 Canoas 10 (0)
2007 Zhejiang Lucheng 22 (1)
National team
1993 Brazil U20 2 (0)
1995 Brazil 1 (0)
Teams managed
2008–2009 Caxias–RS
2009 Guaratinguetá
2009–2010 Campinense
2010 Criciúma
2011 Guarani
2011 Botafogo-SP
2011 Caxias–RS
2011 Brasiliense
2011 Oeste
2012 Joinville
2012 Figueirense
2012 Avaí
2013 Red Bull Brasil
2013 América-RN
2013 Criciúma
2014 Portuguesa
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Argélico Fucks (born 4 September 1974), commonly known as Argel, is a Brazilian retired footballer who played as a central defender, and the current coach of Associação Portuguesa de Desportos.

Club career[edit]

Argel was born in Santa Rosa, Rio Grande do Sul. In his country he played for Sport Club Internacional, Santos FC and Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras, with a brief stint in Japan in between and an unsuccessful spell at Portugal's F.C. Porto, which finished after a serious run-in with the board of directors, and prompted his Brazil return.

In 2001 he returned to Portugal with S.L. Benfica, which he helped win the league in his fourth season and the domestic supercup, the former after an 11-year drought (with the player contributing with ten games and one goal).

After falling down the stoppers' pecking order at Benfica, Argel had an unassuming six-month stay at Racing de Santander, going on to retire in 2007 after representing Cruzeiro Esporte Clube, Canoas Sport Club and China's Zhejiang Lucheng FC.

After his retirement he started a managerial career, first being hired as Guaratinguetá Futebol's head coach on 8 February 2008,[1] being sacked exactly one year later.[2] Three days later, he was hired by Sociedade Esportiva e Recreativa Caxias do Sul.[3]

On 2 June 2009 Argel was hired by Campinense Clube in the same capacity, replacing Fernando Teixeira.[4] On 9 April of the following year, he signed for Criciúma Esporte Clube.[5]

International career[edit]

Argel represented Brazil internationally at the under-20 level, winning both the South American Youth Championship and the FIFA U-20 World Cup.[6]

On 29 March 1995 he gained his only cap for the full side, appearing in a friendly with Honduras.

Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Club performance League
Season Club League Apps Goals
Brazil League
1993 Internacional Série A 4 0
1994 22 2
1995 16 1
Japan League
1996 Verdy Kawasaki J. League 1 14 0
1997 18 0
Brazil League
1998 Santos Série A 21 2
1999 0 0
Portugal League
1999/00 Porto Primeira Liga 5 1
Brazil League
2000 Palmeiras Série A 0 0
2001 0 0
Portugal League
2001/02 Benfica Primeira Liga 22 2
2002/03 28 2
2003/04 19 1
2004/05 10 1
Spain League
2004/05 Racing Santander La Liga 2 0
Brazil League
2005 Cruzeiro Série A 10 0
2006 Canoas Série C 0 0
China PR League
2007 Hangzhou Greentown Super League 22 1
Country Brazil 73 5
Japan 32 0
Portugal 84 7
Spain 2 0
China PR 22 1
Total 213 13

International[edit]

Brazil national team
Year Apps Goals
1995 1 0
Total 1 0

Surname[edit]

Some of Argel's fame stems from his surname, which is the plural of the English word "fuck", and also a verb form (compare "he writes"). This led to some double entendre headlines including one from Eurosport.com titled "Fucks off to Benfica".[7]

This headline received press coverage itself with The Register calling it "snappy and eye-catching", and football humour site Laugh FC deeming it "one of the all time greats".[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Argel é o novo técnico do Guaratinguetá" [Argel is new Guaratinguetá coach] (in Portuguese). Placar. 8 March 2008. Archived from the original on 20 April 2009. Retrieved 13 April 2009. 
  2. ^ "Após demitir Argel, Guaratinguetá contrata Estevam Soares" [After firing Argel, Guaratinguetá hires Estevam Soares] (in Portuguese). Terra. 2 February 2009. Retrieved 13 April 2009. 
  3. ^ "Ex-zagueiro Argel é o novo técnico do Caxias" [Former stopper Argel is new Caxias coach] (in Portuguese). Terra. 5 February 2009. Retrieved 13 April 2009. 
  4. ^ Inicio de trabalho! (Work starts)[dead link] (Portuguese)
  5. ^ Argel se apresenta na Sala de Imprensa (Argel introduces himself in press room); Criciúma's official website, 9 April 2010 (Portuguese)
  6. ^ ArgelFIFA competition record
  7. ^ Eurosport.com scores headline profanity sensation
  8. ^ Making a name for themselves

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