Gaúcho (footballer)

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Gaúcho
Personal information
Full name Luís Carlos Tóffoli
Date of birth (1964-03-07) March 7, 1964 (age 51)
Place of birth Canoas, Brazil
Playing position Center forward
Youth career
1982–1984 Flamengo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1984 Grêmio
1985 Atlético Goianense
1986 XV de Piracicaba
1987–1988 Santo André
1988–1989 Palmeiras 40 (15)
1990–1993 Flamengo 44 (18)
1993 Lecce 5 (0)
1994 Boca Juniors 0 (0)
1994 Atlético Mineiro 10 (1)
1995 Ponte Preta
1995 Fluminense 11 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Luís Carlos Tóffoli, usually nicknamed Gaúcho (born March 7, 1964), is a former Brazilian football center forward. He was noted for his heading ability.

Career[edit]

Born in Canoas, Rio Grande do Sul, after spending his youth years in Rio de Janeiro club Flamengo, Gaúcho began his professional career in 1984 at Grêmio. In 1985 he transferred to Atlético Goianiense. In 1986, he played for XV de Piracicaba, then, one year later, he moved to Santo André where he stayed until mid 1988.

From 1988 to 1989, he played for Palmeiras. On November 17, 1988 during a Campeonato Brasileiro Série A match against Flamengo, after goalkeeper Zetti got injured, he was the one selected to replaced him. During the penalty shootout, after the match ended in a 1-1 draw in regular time, he saved two Flamengo penalties, and Palmeiras won 5-4.

In 1990 he signed a three-year deal with Flamengo. Back in his youth club, he won 1990 Copa do Brasil, 1991 Rio State Championship and 1992 Série A. During this period he played 198 matches and scored 98 goals. At the end of his contract he joined Italian Serie A side Lecce, where he failed to make a breakthrough with only five games played. He left the club after half-season and signed with Boca Juniors where once again he failed to repeat his good performances.

Back in Brazil, in 1994, he joined Atlético Mineiro where, once again, he played with his good friend Renato Gaúcho. In the following year, his last as a professional footballer, he played for Ponte Preta and Fluminense.

Honors and achievements[edit]

Cuiabá Esporte Clube[edit]

Main article: Cuiabá Esporte Clube

In 2001, he founded a football club called Cuiabá Esporte Clube. He was the club's first president. Cuiabá Esporte Clube won the Mato Grosso state championship two times, in 2003 and in 2004.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cuiabá Esporte Clube" (in Portuguese). Arquivo de Clubes. Retrieved January 31, 2011. 
  • Enciclopédia do Futebol Brasileiro, Volume 1 - Lance, Rio de Janeiro: Aretê Editorial S/A, 2001.