Careca

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Careca
Antonio de Oliveira Filho (Careca) 01.jpg
Personal information
Full name Antônio de Oliveira Filho
Date of birth (1960-10-05) 5 October 1960 (age 54)
Place of birth Araraquara, Brazil
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1976–1982 Guarani 77 (46)
1983–1987 São Paulo 67 (54)
1987–1993 Napoli 164 (73)
1993–1996 Kashiwa Reysol 60 (31)
1997 Santos 9 (2)
1998 Campinas ? (?)
1999 São José (RS) (loan) ? (?)
Total 498+ (329+)
National team
1982–1993 Brazil 64 (30)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Antônio de Oliveira Filho (born 5 October 1960), better known as Careca (Portuguese pronunciation: [kaˈɾɛkɐ]), is a Brazilian former footballer. During his career Careca played for several clubs, he is most famous for his time with Italian side Napoli and also his contributions to the Brazilian national football team.

Club career[edit]

Careca began his footballing career in his home state of São Paulo with local side Guarani in 1978. With his finishing ability and devastating pace quickly established himself as one of his country's best young strikers. With Guarani, he won the Brazilian Championship during his first season and the Brazilian Second Division in 1981.

By 1983 he had been signed by São Paulo, he continued to gather notoriety because of his impressive goals to games ratio and by 1986, Careca led São Paulo to the Brazilian Championship, beating his former club Guarani in the final. He was awarded Bola de Ouro the same year, which is the Brazilian equivalent of Footballer of the Year.

Move to Napoli[edit]

In the summer of 1987 Careca moved to Italian Serie A champions Napoli, where he was part of the "Ma-Gi-Ca" forward lineup with Bruno Giordano and Diego Maradona.[1] Careca's first season at Napoli was an unsuccessful one, despite his 13 goals: the team were knocked out in the first round of the European Cup by Real Madrid and they lost the title in the final games of the season.

However, his second season was far more successful. The team won the UEFA Cup, with Careca scoring a goal in each leg of the final, one a memorable lobbed goal, and finished second in Serie A. In 1990, Careca finally won the Scudetto with Napoli, in what would prove to be effectively Maradona's final season with the club. Careca would spend a further three years with Napoli, establishing a partnership with Gianfranco Zola, during which Napoli failed to win any silverware.

Later stages of playing career[edit]

In 1993 Careca left Italy to play for new Japanese J. League team Kashiwa Reysol. Careca spent three years with the team, during which time he helped them to promotion to the J1 league in 1994. He returned to Brazil in 1997 with Santos, he spent a year with the club before joining the lower-league team São José (RS), where he finished his career in 1999.

Careca retired having played 64 games for Brazil, and scored 30 goals.

Garforth Town owner and manager, Simon Clifford, persuaded Careca to play the majority of a friendly game against Guiseley in the summer of 2005.

Footballing name[edit]

The word careca is Portuguese for 'bald'. It was a nickname given to Careca as a child because of his admiration for a famous Brazilian clown of the same name.

International career[edit]

Careca first broke into the national side of Brazil during 1982, but was forced to miss the 1982 World Cup in Spain due to an injury. His place in the squad for that tournament was taken by Roberto Dinamite.

It was during the 1986 World Cup, in Mexico, that Careca really established himself in world football. He ended the tournament, during which Brazil were memorably eliminated on penalties by France at the quarter-final stage, with five goals which placed him second in the Golden Boot rankings behind England’s Gary Lineker. In 1990, Careca was part of the Brazilian team that was defeated by Argentina in the second round. He scored two goals in the tournament. His last cap was earned in August 1993.

Club statistics[edit]

[2]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Brazil League Copa do Brasil League Cup Total
1978 Guarani Série A 28 13 28 13
1979 1 0 1 0
1980 17 7 17 7
1981 Série B 14 8 14 8
1982 Série A 17 18 17 18
1983 São Paulo Série A 20 17 20 17
1984 0 0 0 0
1985 17 12 17 12
1986 31 25 31 25
1987 0 0 0 0
Italy League Coppa Italia League Cup Total
1987/88 Napoli Serie A 26 13 7 5 1 0 26 13
1988/89 30 19 10 2 12 6 30 19
1989/90 22 10 1 0 6 1 22 10
1990/91 29 9 6 1 2 0 29 9
1991/92 33 15 4 2 - - 33 15
1992/93 24 7 3 3 4 0 24 7
Japan League Emperor's Cup J. League Cup Total
1993 Kashiwa Reysol Football League 0 0 1 1 6 4 7 5
1994 25 19 0 0 1 1 26 20
1995 J. League 1 30 10 0 0 - 30 10
1996 5 2 0 0 6 3 11 5
Country Brazil 145 100 145 100
Italy 164 73 31 13 25 7 164 73
Japan 60 31 1 1 13 8 74 40
Total 369 204 1 1 13 8 383 213

National team statistics[edit]

Brazil national team
Year Apps Goals
1982 4 0
1983 11 5
1984 0 0
1985 7 3
1986 11 8
1987 4 2
1988 0 0
1989 7 6
1990 9 3
1991 1 0
1992 3 1
1993 7 2
Total 64 30

Honours[edit]

Club
Individual

References[edit]

  1. ^ Richardson, James (3 April 2007). "Serie A's comeback kid eyes another miracle". The Guardian. UK. 
  2. ^ "Careca". National Football Teams. Retrieved 7 June 2011. 

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