França

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For the footballer playing for Palmeiras, on loan from Hannover 96, see França (footballer born 1991).
França
Personal information
Full name Françoaldo Sena de Souza
Date of birth (1976-03-02) 2 March 1976 (age 38)
Place of birth Codó, Brazil
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993 Nacional 0 (0)
1994–1995 XV Jaú 0 (0)
1996–2002 São Paulo 105 (46)
2002–2005 Bayer Leverkusen 71 (21)
2005–2010 Kashiwa Reysol 102 (29)
2011 Yokohama
National team
2000–2002 Brazil 8 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 August 2011.
† Appearances (Goals).

Françoaldo Sena de Souza (born 2 March 1976 in Codó, Maranhão), aka França, is a Brazilian footballer who last played for Yokohama F.C. in Japan, as a striker.

Club career[edit]

After his senior beginnings with lowly Nacional Futebol Clube and Esporte Clube XV de Novembro (Jaú), França moved in 1996 to national powerhouse São Paulo FC, where he proceeded to net eight goals overall in his debut year – even though he did not start regularly – and 182 goals in 323 games during his six-year stay (fourth all-time at the time of his departure); in 1998 and 2000, as the club won the Campeonato Paulista, the player was crowned the league's best scorer, respectively at 12 and 18.

In the 2002 summer, França signed with Bayer 04 Leverkusen from Germany, as the team sought replacements for aging Ulf Kirsten (37). In his debut season in the Bundesliga, he appeared scarcely, barred by Dimitar Berbatov and Oliver Neuville, netting only once, in his league debut, a 2–4 home loss against VfL Bochum; in 2003–04, although the pair remained at the club, França received much more playing time, and finished just two goals short of the Bulgarian (14 to 16, in as many matches), adding to this a league-best 13 assists; additionally, Neuville left in the following summer.

França moved to Japan subsequently, joining Kashiwa Reysol,[1] experiencing one relegation and one promotion in his first two years, and leaving the club in 2010, aged 34.

International career[edit]

França collected eight caps for Brazil during two years, but was never summoned to any major tournament. He scored his only international goal against England, at Wembley, on 27 May 2000.

Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Brazil League Copa do Brasil League Cup South America Total
1996 São Paulo Série A 8 1 8 1
1997 15 3 15 3
1998 22 7 22 7
1999 21 16 21 16
2000 16 8 16 8
2001 23 12 23 12
2002 0 0 0 0
Germany League DFB-Pokal DFB Ligapokal Europe Total
2002–03 Bayer Leverkusen Bundesliga 16 1 16 1
2003–04 33 14 33 14
2004–05 22 6 22 6
Japan League Emperor's Cup J. League Cup Asia Total
2005 Kashiwa Reysol J. League 1 3 0 1 0 0 0 - 4 0
2006 J. League 2 28 4 0 0 - - 28 4
2007 J. League 1 25 8 0 0 1 0 - 26 8
2008 19 4 4 2 2 1 - 25 7
2009 23 10 1 0 1 0 - 25 10
2010 J. League 2
Country Brazil 105 47 105 47
Germany 71 21 71 21
Japan 98 26 6 2 4 1 - 108 29
Total 274 94 6 2 4 1 0 0 284 97

International[edit]

Brazil national team
Year Apps Goals
2000 6 1
2001 0 0
2002 2 0
Total 8 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ "França looks east". UEFA.com. 3 August 2005. Retrieved 11 March 2008. 

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