José Marcelo Ferreira

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Zé Maria
Personal information
Full name José Marcelo Ferreira
Date of birth (1973-07-25) 25 July 1973 (age 41)
Place of birth Oeiras, Brazil
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Right back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1995 Portuguesa 28 (2)
1993 Sergipe (loan) 38 (5)
1994 Ponte Preta (loan) 22 (0)
1996 Flamengo 13 (1)
1996–1998 Parma 45 (2)
1998–2004 Perugia 164 (16)
1999 Vasco Gama (loan) 34 (4)
1999 Palmeiras (loan) 15 (1)
2000 Cruzeiro (loan) 29 (2)
2004–2006 Inter Milan 29 (1)
2006–2007 Levante 14 (0)
2008 Portuguesa 5 (1)
2008–2009 Città Castello
National team
1996–2001 Brazil 25 (0)
Teams managed
2010 Group Castello
2010 Catanzaro
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

José Marcelo Ferreira, commonly known as Zé Maria (born 25 July 1973 in Oeiras, Piauí), is a Brazilian retired footballer, and a current manager.

Known for his pin-point crosses he could play either as a right defender or midfielder, and played the vast majority of his professional career, other than in his country, in Italy's Serie A, where he represented three teams, mainly Perugia.

Club career[edit]

Zé Maria started his professional career with Associação Portuguesa de Desportos in 1991, being loaned two times for the duration of his link. In 1996, he signed for Clube de Regatas do Flamengo.

In the summer, Zé Maria moved to Italy after signing with Serie A side Parma FC, playing regularly for two seasons. Subsequently he stayed in the country, joining lowly Perugia Calcio.

With the Umbria side Zé Maria had a shaky start, being loaned three times back to his country, but eventually established himself in the starting XI, helping the club finish tenth in his third full season whilst contributing with six goals. Via the UEFA Intertoto Cup he helped his team reach the third round of the subsequent UEFA Cup, but also suffered domestic relegation.

After two average campaigns with giants Inter Milan – only eight appearances in his second (with Inter winning the Scudetto courtesy of the Calciocaos affair), 49 official ones overall – Zé Maria was released and joined La Liga side Levante UD on a free transfer: starting the season as first-choice right-back the 33-year-old lost the position and finished with 14 league appearances, with the Valencian barely avoiding relegation.

Released again, Zé Maria entailed unsuccessful negotiations with several clubs, reportedly Sheffield United[1] and Queens Park Rangers in England, thus returning to Brazil and Portuguesa in January 2008. In August, after having rescinded his contract, he surprisingly accepted an offer from A.S.D. Città di Castello, an Eccellenza side (amateur level) in Italy.[2]

Zé Maria settled in Italy after his retirement from football, at the age of 36.[3] He subsequently founded a football school in Perugia.[4]

On 15 March 2010 Zé Maria took his first head coaching job, accepting Serie D club S.S.D. Group Città di Castello's offer.[5] He was then appointed manager of fourth division club F.C. Catanzaro for the 2010–11 campaign, being, however, removed from his post after a few months due to his uncanny incompetence.[6]

International career[edit]

Zé Maria gained 25 caps for Brazil over a period of five years. He was not selected for any FIFA World Cup but did participate in two FIFA Confederations Cups, including the original in Saudi Arabia which the national team won, and one Copa América (also ended in win, in Bolivia).

In 1996 Zé Maria helped the Olympic team win bronze at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, appearing in all six matches.


External links[edit]

Olympic medal record
Competitor for  Brazil
Men's Football
Bronze 1996 Atlanta Team Competition