Francileudo Santos

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Francileudo Santos
Personal information
Full name Francileudo Silva dos Santos
Date of birth (1979-03-20) 20 March 1979 (age 35)
Place of birth Zé Doca, Brazil
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current club Étoile Sahel
Number 5
Youth career
Sampaio Corrêa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–1998 Standard Liège 10 (0)
1998–2000 Étoile Sahel 60 (41)
2000–2005 Sochaux 144 (53)
2005–2008 Toulouse 34 (7)
2006-2007 Zürich (loan) 12 (4)
2008–2009 Sochaux 16 (2)
2009-2010 Istres 16 (3)
2010– Étoile Sahel 31 (9)
National team
2004–2008 Tunisia 40 (22)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 June 2010.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16 June 2010

Francileudo Silva dos Santos (born 20 March 1979), simply known as Santos is a Brazilian-born Tunisian football player.

Career[edit]

He was discovered by three architects in Belgium while playing in Brazil for minor club Sampaio Correa. Opportunities dried up in Belgium and the young Santos packed his bags again, this time for the warmer climes of Tunisia, where he joined Sousse club Etoile du Sahel, to team up with coach Jean Fernandez, the man who discovered Zinedine Zidane.

He netted 32 goals in 50 matches in the next two seasons before following Fernandez to French second division side FC Sochaux. One year and 21 strikes later, Santos had fired Sochaux back into the top flight, and he went on to score 14 top flight goals in the 2003/04 season, winning the League Cup.

The Tunisian Federation had proposed naturalisation to him as early as 2000, but he harboured hopes of playing for Brazil. When that hope faded with the simultaneous emergence of media darlings Júlio Baptista, Robinho and Fred, Santos finally opted to take up Tunisian citizenship, scoring on his debut against Benin in 2004. A few weeks later, he wrote a page for himself in the history of Tunisian sport by scoring four goals during Tunisia's victorious 2004 African Cup of Nations campaign, he also scored a hat-trick in Tunisia's first group game in the 2006 African Cup of Nations against Zambia.

Nicknamed Roadrunner by club team-mates for his sheer pace with the ball at his feet, the diminutive striker has the ability to cause mayhem against the strongest of defences.

He was transferred from Sochaux to Toulouse FC in July 2005, for €3.25 M.

After the World Cup, it was revealed that his injury was far more serious than expected, and some believed that the player's career was over after he failed to play a single match for Toulouse.

However, by October 2006 he was back on his feet and started playing again for Toulouse FC but made only four appearances. In February 2007 he joined Swiss club FC Zürich on loan till the end of the season and was part of the 2006-07 Swiss Championship winning team. On Wednesday 19th 2007, Santos had scored a double in the UEFA Cup against Russian outfit Spartak Moscow.

He since joined FC Sochaux for his second period at the club, but it was not as successful as the first stint. He left the club in 2009. Not managing to find a club in a half year, he signed with Istres in January 2010. After a half year for the French side, he transferred to back to Tunisian Étoile Sahel in Summer 2010.

International career[edit]

Santos was named in Tunisia's squad for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, but unfortunately his participation was limited to just 11 minutes in Tunisia's final game against Ukraine in Berlin, due to a knee injury sustained in a pre-tournament friendly. He has been the spearhead of Tunisia's attack since naturalisation in December 2003, scoring 18 times in 28 matches (as at 4 June 2006). He was part of the squad that won the 2004 African Cup of Nations.

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
. 24 January 2004 Stade 7 November, Radès, Tunisia  Rwanda
2 – 1
2 – 1
2004 African Cup of Nations
. 28 January 2004 Stade 7 November, Radès, Tunisia  DR Congo
1 – 0
3 – 0
2004 African Cup of Nations
. 28 January 2004 Stade 7 November, Radès, Tunisia  DR Congo
3 – 0
3 – 0
2004 African Cup of Nations
. 14 February 2004 Stade 7 November, Radès, Tunisia  Morocco
1 – 0
2 – 1
2004 African Cup of Nations
. 4 September 2004 Stade Moulay Abdellah, Rabat, Morocco  Morocco
1 – 0
1 – 1
2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
. 26 March 2005 Stade 7 November, Radès, Tunisia  Malawi
2 – 0
7 – 0
2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
. 26 March 2005 Stade 7 November, Radès, Tunisia  Malawi
3 – 0
7 – 0
2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
. 26 March 2005 Stade 7 November, Radès, Tunisia  Malawi
5 – 0
7 – 0
2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
. 26 March 2005 Stade 7 November, Radès, Tunisia  Malawi
6 – 0
7 – 0
2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
. 4 June 2005 Botswana National Stadium, Gaborone, Botswana  Botswana
2 – 1
3 – 1
2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
. 21 June 2005 Zentralstadion, Leipzig, Germany  Australia
1 – 0
2 – 0
2005 FIFA Confederations Cup
. 21 June 2005 Zentralstadion, Leipzig, Germany  Australia
2 – 0
2 – 0
2005 FIFA Confederations Cup
. 22 January 2006 Harras El-Hedoud Stadium, Alexandria, Egypt  Zambia
1 – 1
4 – 1
2006 Africa Cup of Nations
. 22 January 2006 Harras El-Hedoud Stadium, Alexandria, Egypt  Zambia
3 – 1
4 – 1
2006 Africa Cup of Nations
. 22 January 2006 Harras El-Hedoud Stadium, Alexandria, Egypt  Zambia
4 – 1
4 – 1
2006 Africa Cup of Nations
. 26 January 2006 Harras El-Hedoud Stadium, Alexandria, Egypt  South Africa
1 – 0
2 – 0
2006 Africa Cup of Nations
. 9 September 2007 Khartoum Stadium, Khartoum, Sudan  Sudan
2 – 3
2 – 3
2008 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
. 27 January 2008 Tamale Stadium, Tamale, Ghana  South Africa
1 – 0
3 – 1
2008 Africa Cup of Nations
. 27 January 2008 Tamale Stadium, Tamale, Ghana  South Africa
2 – 0
3 – 1
2008 Africa Cup of Nations

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