Jose Ramirez Barreto
|Full name||Jose Ramirez Barreto|
|Date of birth||September 3, 1976|
|Place of birth||Brazil|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
He was born in Porto Alegre, Brazil in a family consisting of his parents, his brother and his sister. He left home at an early age of 15 years to play football in the capital. From 15 to 22, he developed his career at the academy at Gremio. He had played under Luiz Felipe Scolari, when Scolari was the coach of the senior team in the academy, he was 18 then.
Mohun Bagan AC
He joined Mohun Bagan AC in 1999 and spent a successful period of five seasons with the club, before leaving in 2004, apparently unhappy with how the club was being managed by "dishonest sports administrators".
However, despite popular speculation that he was heading back to his native Brazil, Barreto signed with Penang FA and played in the Super League Malaysia. His first year in Penang FA was a tremendous success, although Penang FA failed to win any silverware, he was dubbed as "the best foreign player" by spectators and pundits alike. His ability to command the midfield coupled with good scoring records had somewhat elevated his status in Malaysian football scene.
He was honoured as the club captain during his second season – a rather rare honour for foreign players in Malaysian football. As a result, he was nicknamed "Kapitan" by the Penang FA fans, loosely meaning "The Chief". Although he continued to show superb performances throughout the campaign, the inability of Penang FA to win any silverware for the second successive year made him frustrated. Rumours were rife before the Malaysia Cup quarter final match against Selangor FA that he would leave the club if Penang FA failed to win the tournament. Penang FA lost the quarter final with a 2–3 aggregate and just a week later the fear was realised – Barreto moved back to India with Mahindra United.
Back to Mohun Bagan
In June 2006, he switched from Mahindra United back to Mohun Bagan AC for an Indian football record transfer fee. Since 2006, Barreto has stayed with the club he has fallen in love with and the supporters who consider him nothing less than a God, (Mohunbagan Supporters say : "SHEET GRISHMA BARSHA, BARRETO'I BHORSHA", it means Winter, Summer or Rain..Barreto is the saviour) he was heart winner of Bengali footballer fans, who has the ability to save them from any situaition. His return to Mohun Bagan was honoured by the club officials by naming him captain for the season. In 2010 he achieved the unique feat of scoring 200 goals for Mohun Bagan, the only player in Indian football history to achieve this feat with one club. The record was achieved after a hattrick against Chirag United in an i-League game. Barreto scored 200 goals in 324 games.
He played his last match for Mohun Bagan on 6th May 2012 against Pune Fc in last round of I-League match and helps to get a victory by 2-0. He scored the opening goal of the match. More than 30,000 crowd turned up to bid an emotional farewell to Jose Ramirez Barreto in Mohun Bagan jersey at the Yuba Bharati Krirangan that afternoon.
Barreto is widely considered as the finest foreign player to have played in India. He has become a model footballer with his performance on & off the pitch. His skill, finishing, leadership and ability to come down in defense to help, coupled with humble nature, has endeared him to thousands of football fans, irrespective of the club they support. He is considered as one of the finest foreign football players in the history of Indian Club football.
He scored for the Bhawanipore F.C. in the 2nd match of the I-League 2nd Division, against Simla Youngs F.C., thus guiding the team to a 1−0 win. He again scored against Green Valley F.C. to secure a 2−0 win on 13 March. On 17 March, he scored against PIFA F.C. to win it 3−1. All the Group B matches were played at Nehru Stadium, Indore. In the 2013 I-League 2nd Division Final Round, he continued his form. On 2 April, he scored the injury time winner in 1−0 win over Rangdajied United F.C.. On 8 April, he scored a hat-trick to drub the promising Mumbai Tigers F.C. 3-2. On 11 April, he again scored against lowly city rivals Southern Samity to give them a lead, though later compatriot (& former teammate at Mohun Bagan A.C. Marcos Pereira) scored an injury-time equaliser to secure a 2−2 draw. In the 2nd leg, he scored against city rivals Southern Samity to secure a 4−1 win on 21 April. On 27 April in the last match, he again scored against Mumbai Tigers F.C. to secure a 5−3 win, though it was in vain as Rangdajied United F.C. defeated Mohammedan Sporting Club (Kolkata) to earn promotion ahead of Bhawanipore F.C..
He resides in Kolkata and has 2 daughters and a son.
Trouble with Forex
In 2008, on flight back to Brazil after the season ended, Barreto was detained by the Forex Dept. on charges of carrying cash in excess of what he had accounted for.