Toninho Cerezo

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Toninho Cerezo
Antônio Carlos Cerezo (Toninho Cerezo) 01.jpg
Personal information
Full name Antônio Carlos Cerezo
Date of birth (1955-04-21) 21 April 1955 (age 59)
Place of birth Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1972–1983 Atlético Mineiro 111 (12)
1973–1974 Nacional (AM) (loan) 20 (3)
1983–1986 Roma 70 (13)
1986–1992 Sampdoria 145 (14)
1992–1993 São Paulo 13 (1)
1994 Cruzeiro 10 (3)
1995 Paulista
1995–1996 São Paulo 8 (0)
1996 América
1997 Atlético Mineiro
National team
1977–1985 Brazil 57 (7)
Teams managed
1999 Vitória
2000–2005 Kashima Antlers
2005 Guarani
2005 Atlético Mineiro
2007 Al-Hilal
2008 Al-Shabab
2009–2010 Al Ain
2010 Sport Recife
2012 Vitória
2013– Kashima Antlers
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 September 2010.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 September 2010

Toninho Cerezo, real name Antônio Carlos Cerezo, (born 21 April 1955 in Belo Horizonte) is a former football player from Brazil. Well known for his tireless style of play and tactical awareness, Cerezo is commonly regarded as one of the finest Brazilian defensive midfielders.[1]

Career[edit]

He played as a defensive midfielder with Atlético Mineiro, A.S. Roma, Sampdoria, São Paulo Futebol Clube and the Brazilian national team.

He won the Brazilian Golden Ball trophy in 1977 and again in 1980 and the Brazilian Silver Ball trophy in 1976.

Cerezo won five times the Coppa Italia (Italian Cup). In 1991 he won both the Italian Serie A championship and the Coppa Italia with U.C. Sampdoria.[2]

With São Paulo FC he was the two-times winner of the Intercontinental Cup and Copa Libertadores.

Cerezo was the best player of the Intercontinental Cup final in 1993.[3]

In 1998, he retired as a player, and, after doing some studies and probations in Italy, he returned to Brazil, and start a career as a manager at Vitória, reaching the semifinals of the Brazilian Série A. He also led Japanese powerhouse Kashima Antlers in J. League for six years. He won five major titles in Japan, two league championships, one Emperor's Cup and two league cups.

After that, he coached Atlético Mineiro, Guarani, and some Asian clubs such like Al-Hilal, Al-Shabab, Al Ain and returned to Brazil to lead Sport, leaving just one month later.

National team[edit]

Cerezo won 57 caps (full international games), between March 1977 and June 1985, with the Brazilian national team, scoring seven goals.

He played the FIFA World Cup 1978 and FIFA World Cup 1982. He was also due to go to the 1986 tournament, but a hamstring injury in May ruled him out.

At FIFA World Cup 1982 his back pass was intercepted by Paolo Rossi who went on to score in a 2–3 loss to Italy which saw a hat trick for Rossi and Brazil knocked out of the tournament in a dramatic upset. For many years after the event, he was widely criticized for this awful pass by many Brazilians.

Honours as a player[edit]

Nacional
Atlético Mineiro
Roma
Sampdoria
São Paulo

Honours as a manager[edit]

Kashima Antlers
Al-Shabab

Career statistics[edit]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Japan League Emperor's Cup League Cup Asia Total
1972 Atlético Mineiro Série A 3 0
1973 4 0
1973 Nacional-AM Série A 20 3
1974 Atlético Mineiro Série A 5 0
1975 12 0
1976 19 2
1977 18 0
1978
1979 8 1
1980 19 4
1981 9 3
1982 3 0
1983 11 2
1983–84 Roma Serie A 30 6
1984–85 22 3
1985–86 18 4
1986–87 Sampdoria Serie A 28 3
1987–88 28 3
1988–89 29 2
1989–90 21 2
1990–91 12 3
1991–92 27 1
1992 São Paulo Série A
1993 13 1
1994 Cruzeiro Série A 10 3
1995 Paulista
1995 São Paulo Série A 8 0
1996 América-MG
1996 Atlético Mineiro Série A
Total Brazil
Italy 215 27
Career total
Brazil national team
Year Apps Goals
1977 11 2
1978 11 0
1979 2 0
1980 6 1
1981 13 2
1982 9 0
1983 0 0
1984 0 0
1985 5 0
Total 57 5

Personal life[edit]

Cerezo is the father of four children, including fashion model Lea T.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.enciclopedia-football.com/web/index.php?option=com_adsmanager&view=details&id=309&catid=4&Itemid=1&lang=en
  2. ^ Smyth, Rob (25 June 2009). "The forgotten story of ... Sampdoria's only scudetto". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 21 July 2009. 
  3. ^ "Toyota cups 1992 and 1993". FIFA.com. Retrieved 21 July 2009. 
  4. ^ Tom, Phillips (31 July 2010). "Lea T and the loneliness of the fashion world's first transsexual supermodel". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 November 2014. It was with undisguised glee that, once Leandro had appeared in photoshoots as Lea T, a Rio newspaper's gossip column revealed she was none other than the daughter of soccer hero Toninho Cerezo, the World Cup veteran and contemporary of legendary Brazil players like Falcão, Sócrates and Zico. He had not, the paper said, reacted well to its questions concerning his child's new existence. "We got in touch with the former star but, irritated, he limited himself to saying that he had four children, one of them called Leandro," the newspaper reported. 
  • Enciclopédia do Futebol Brasileiro, Volume 1 – Lance, Rio de Janeiro: Aretê Editorial S/A, 2001.

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