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Full name Henrique Guedes da Silva
Date of birth (1972-03-06) 6 March 1972 (age 42)
Place of birth Recife, Brazil
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1992 São Cristóvão
1992–1993 União São João
1993–1995 CSA 53 (32)
1995 Paysandu
1995–1996 Belenenses 13 (12)
1996–1998 Salamanca 13 (1)
1997–1998 Leganés (loan) 34 (14)
1998–2000 Málaga 73 (49)
2000–2004 Celta 115 (37)
2004 Krylia Sovetov (loan) 11 (1)
2005 Belenenses 8 (0)
2005 Marília 8 (4)
2005 Atlético Mineiro 17 (5)
2006–2008 Linares 69 (26)
2008–2010 Estepona 48 (23)
2010 Corinthians-AL 0 (0)
2010–2011 CSA 7 (3)
2012 Sport Atalaia
National team
2000 Spain 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Henrique Guedes da Silva, commonly known as Catanha (born 6 March 1972), is a retired footballer who played as a striker.

He played almost exclusively for modest clubs in his native Brazil (seven teams in total), except for a brief spell with Atlético Mineiro. Over the course of 12 seasons he competed in Spain, most notably with Celta, amassing La Liga totals of 148 games and 62 goals in five years.

Catanha represented the Spanish national team.

Club career[edit]

Catanha was born in Recife. After having played with modest clubs in his native country, he arrived in 1995 in Portugal to play for C.F. Os Belenenses, teaming up with countryman Everton Giovanella with whom he would later play in two teams in Spain; there, he started competing in the second division, with UD Salamanca and CD Leganés.

Moving to Málaga CF for the 1998–99 season, Catanha contributed with 26 goals to the Andalusia side's La Liga promotion, and also won the Pichichi Trophy. He scored a further 24 in 1999–2000's top flight, tied for second with Atlético Madrid's Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.

Catanha joined Celta de Vigo in July 2000, being an instrumental part of the Galicians' domestic and European exploits in a three-year span. However, when the club played UEFA Champions League in the 2003–04 campaign, he only backed up Savo Milošević, and also suffered team relegation.[1]

After that Catanha went pretty much unnoticed, representing FC Krylia Sovetov Samara, Belenenses, Marília Atlético Clube and Clube Atlético Mineiro. In January 2006 he returned to Spain, playing with modest CD Linares (third level, two 1/2 seasons) and Unión Estepona CF (division four).

In early 2010, aged nearly 38, Catanha returned to his nation of birth, resuming his career in the lower leagues.

International career[edit]

Catanha gained three caps for the Spanish national team – all in 2000 – despite being born in Brazil. His debut came on 7 October in a 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Israel, coming on as a 71st-minute substitute for Ismael Urzaiz in a 2–0 home win.[2]

Catanha was one of five black or mixed-race players to have played for Spain along with Thiago Alcântara, Donato, Vicente Engonga and Marcos Senna, all but the third being Brazilian-born.[3]


  1. ^ Catanha; Yo Jugué en el Celta, 3 April 2008 (Spanish)
  2. ^ España gana con sosería (Spain wins dully); El País, 8 October 2000 (Spanish)
  3. ^ Jonas Ramalho helping to dispel longstanding Athletic Bilbao myth; Sports Illustrated, 23 November 2011

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