Baltazar Maria de Morais Júnior

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Baltazar
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Personal information
Full name Baltazar Maria Morais Júnior
Date of birth (1959-07-17) 17 July 1959 (age 55)
Place of birth Goiânia, Brazil
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1978–1979 Atlético Goianiense
1979–1982 Grêmio 78 (46)
1982 Palmeiras
1983 Flamengo 26 (13)
1984 Palmeiras 11 (2)
1984–1985 Botafogo 18 (1)
1985–1988 Celta 92 (47)
1988–1990 Atlético Madrid 77 (53)
1990–1991 Porto 19 (2)
1991–1993 Rennes 34 (6)
1993–1995 Goiás
1995–1996 Kyoto Purple Sanga 30 (28)
National team
1980–1989 Brazil 6 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Baltazar Maria de Morais Júnior, simply known as Baltazar (born 17 July 1959), is a Brazilian retired footballer who played as a striker.

During an 18-year professional career he played, other than in his country, in Spain, Portugal, France and Japan, winning several individual scoring honours. He appeared with the Brazilian national team at the 1989 Copa América.

Club career[edit]

Born in Goiânia, Goiás, Baltazar started playing with hometown club Atlético Clube Goianiense. In 1979 he signed for Grêmio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense, going on to score in double digits during his entire four-season spell (a best of 14 in 1980) while being an instrumental offensive unit in the club's back-to-back Rio Grande do Sul State League conquests; in the 1981's Brazilian League final against São Paulo FC, after missing a penalty kick in the first leg (2–1 home win), he scored the only goal in the second game, for the club's first-ever national championship.

In the following four years Baltazar played for Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras (two spells), Clube de Regatas do Flamengo and Botafogo, netting 13 goals for the second club in another Brazilian championship conquest. Aged 26 he had his first abroad experience, being relegated from the Spanish La Liga with Celta de Vigo.

In 1986–87 Baltazar propelled the Galician club back into the top level, scoring a career-best 34 goals, also a best-ever in the second division. He only found the net six times in the following season, but the club retained its division status.[1][2]

Subsequently Baltazar stayed in the country and joined Atlético Madrid, exploding for 35 goals in 36 contests in his first season – his second Pichichi in three years – and adding 18 in the following. However, after the emergence of younger Manolo, the 31-year-old was deemed surplus to requirements by manager Tomislav Ivić and, in November 1990, signed for F.C. Porto in Portugal, being used almost exclusively as a substitute during his only season.

Until his retirement at the age of 37 in 1996, Baltazar played for Stade Rennais FC (France), Goiás Esporte Clube and Kyoto Purple Sanga (Japan).

International career[edit]

Baltazar played for Brazil at the 1989 Copa América which was held on home soil, appearing in three group stage matches for the eventual winners (including the 0–0 against Colombia as a starter).[3]

However, during nearly one full decade, he only gained a total of six caps, scoring two goals.

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Country[edit]

Individual[edit]

Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Club performance League
Season Club League Apps Goals
Brazil League
1979 Grêmio Série A 16 10
1980 18 14
1981 21 10
1982 23 12
1983 Flamengo Série A 26 13
1984 Palmeiras Série A 11 2
1984 Botafogo Série A 0 0
1985 18 1
Spain League
1985/86 Celta La Liga 32 6
1986/87 Segunda División 44 34
1987/88 La Liga 16 7
1988/89 Atlético Madrid La Liga 36 35
1989/90 38 18
1990/91 3 0
Portugal League
1990/91 Porto Primeira Liga 19 2
France League
1991/92 Stade Rennais Ligue 1 34 6
1992/93 Ligue 2 0 0
Brazil League
1993 Goiás Série A 0 0
1994 Série B 0 0
Japan League
1995 Kyoto Purple Sanga Football League 27 28
1996 J. League 1 3 0
Country Brazil 133 62
Spain 169 100
Portugal 19 2
France 34 6
Japan 30 28
Total 385 198

International[edit]

Brazil national team
Year Apps Goals
1980 1 0
1981 2 1
1982 0 0
1983 0 0
1984 0 0
1985 0 0
1986 0 0
1987 0 0
1988 0 0
1989 3 1
Total 6 2

Post-retirement[edit]

Highly religious, Baltazar was nicknamed O Artilheiro de Deus (God's striker). He became a minister after retiring from football, settling in his hometown and fathering two children.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Baltazar; Yo Jugué en el Celta, 3 April 2008 (Spanish)
  2. ^ "3–3: Baltazar impidió el triunfo del Valencia" [3–3: Baltazar prevented Valencia win] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 7 September 1987. Retrieved 13 March 2014. 
  3. ^ Copa América 1989; at RSSSF
  4. ^ Baltazar, o artilheiro de Deus (Baltazar, God's striker); Terceiro Tempo (Portuguese)

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Mexico Hugo Sánchez
Pichichi Trophy
1988–89
Succeeded by
Mexico Hugo Sánchez