Mancini (Brazilian footballer)
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Mancini playing for Internazionale in 2009
|Full name||Alessandro Faiolhe Amantino|
|Date of birth||1 August 1980|
|Place of birth||Itapinga, Minas Gerais, Brazil|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Playing position||Winger, Forward|
|2001||→ Portuguesa (loan)||0||(0)|
|2001||→ São Caetano (loan)||16||(2)|
|2010||→ Milan (loan)||7||(0)|
|2012||→ Bahia (loan)||15||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 November 2011.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 8 May 2009
Alessandro Faiolhe Amantino (Portuguese pronunciation: [ɐlɨˈsɐ̃dɾu faˈjɔʎi ɐmɐ̃ˈtʃinu]) (born 1 August 1980 in Ipatinga, Brazil), more commonly known as Mancini ([mɐ̃ˈsinʲi]), is a Brazilian former professional footballer, who played as a winger.
During his prime with Italian club A.S. Roma, Mancini was famed for his dribbling skills and use of feints, especially his step-overs. His favoured position was as right or left winger, although he was also capable of playing as a second striker or as an attacking midfielder. At international level, he made nine appearances for Brazil between 2004 and 2008, and was a member of the squad that won the 2004 Copa América.
- 1 Club career
- 2 Personal life
- 3 Career statistics
- 4 Honours
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Regarded as a promising talent, Mancini began his career in his homeland of Brazil with his hometown club, Atlético Mineiro, where he remained from 1999 to 2002. During that time he had two loan spells, at Portuguesa and at São Caetano in 2001.
He was signed by Serie B side AC Venezia in January 2003. During that time he struggled to adapt to Italian football, and was criticised by the Venezia manager for his errors, and for his habit of controlling the ball with the outside of his foot, which in Italy is considered unconventional.
Having lost Cafu, Roma needed a replacement at right-back, but with his early performances in Italy being far from convincing, many Roma fans were sceptical about his ability. However, their then-manager Fabio Capello gave the Brazilian a chance, and Mancini went on to complete consistent first season in Serie A, the highlight being a backheel flick from a set piece in the Derby della Capitale against S.S. Lazio.
In the 2005–06 season, Mancini began to find his top form, once again becoming a key player for the Roma side. Following the Calciopoli scandal, Roma qualified for the UEFA Champions League, giving Mancini the chance to play at the highest level of club football.
In the last 16 of the 2006-07 UEFA Champions League, Mancini scored a goal against Lyon after beating their defender Anthony Réveillère with several stepovers before firing the ball high into the net. That same year, Mancini also celebrated his first silverware since arriving in Italy as Roma won the Coppa Italia, beating Internazionale in the final.
In the 2007–08 season, Mancini scored eight league goals as Roma reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League and finished as runners-up in Serie A for the second year running. He did not have the best of seasons though, in what would prove to be his last in Rome.
After the appointment of José Mourinho, Mancini was signed by Internazionale for €13 million, along with Ricardo Quaresma and Sulley Muntari in his maiden season. (Although Mancini was a long desired target of Massimo Moratti and ex-coach Roberto Mancini). However, he failed to become a first team regular due to his lack of consistency.
On 1 February 2010, he moved to city rivals A.C. Milan, on loan for the remainder of the 2009–10 season, with an option for them to acquire half of the player's rights at the end of the loan spell. He made his debut for Milan in a scoreless draw against Bologna.
In June 2012, Mancini joined Esporte Clube Bahia. He played for the team until the end of the year.
After spending 2013 unsigned with any team, in January 2014 Mancini signed with Villa Nova for their Minas Gerais state league campaign. He scored seven goals, making him the top-scorer of the league.
At the end of the state league season, Mancini signed a contract with Série B team América until December 2014.
Return to Villa Nova
In January 2016, the Villa Nova-MG agreed to hire Mancini for the next season.
His nickname, Mancini, is a diminutive form of Manso (which means calm in Portuguese), His composite surname (composite of father and mother, however Spanish and Portuguese culture had difference order) is Faiolhe Amantino, which the former is the misspelling of Faioli. He also holds Italian nationality through descent, via his great-grandmother Genoveffa from Veneto.
2011 rape conviction
He was under investigation in 2011 for rape accused by a Brazilian woman, which happened in December 2010 after a party held by Ronaldinho. On 28 November 2011, he was jailed for 2 years and 8 months after being found guilty of rape by the court of Milan.
- As of 23 May 2010
|Brazil||League||Copa do Brasil||South America||Total|
|1999||Atlético Mineiro||Campeonato Brasileiro||15||1||2||0||—||17||1|
|2000||Copa João Havelange||20||0||0||0||8||0||28||0|
|2002||Atlético Mineiro||Campeonato Brasileiro||25||15||7||0||32||15|
- "Relazione Semestrale al 31 dicembre 2003" (PDF) (in Italian). AS Roma. 19 March 2004. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 June 2012. Retrieved 1 September 2016.
- Mancini, quel tacco che ti cambia la vita
- "TRASFERIMENTO A TITOLO DEFINITIVO DEL DIRITTO ALLE PRESTAZIONI SPORTIVE DEL CALCIATORE AMANTINO FAIOLI ALESSANDRO" (PDF) (in Italian). A.S. Roma. 15 July 2008. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 June 2012. Retrieved 1 September 2016.
- "A.C. Milan comunicato ufficiale". ACMilan.com (in Italian). A.C. Milan. 1 February 2010. Archived from the original on 5 February 2010. Retrieved 14 July 2013.
- "Pelo twitter Kalil anuncia Mancini, terceira contratação desta quarta-feira". UOL Esporte (in Portuguese). 5 January 2011. Retrieved 6 January 2011.
- "Cafu, a giugno lo aspetta il Giappone". La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). 24 January 2003. Retrieved 6 January 2011.
- Menicucci, Ernesto; Pinelli, Pietro (17 July 2003). "Lazio e Roma, la parola ai Mancini". Corriere della Sera (in Italian). Retrieved 6 January 2011.
- "Mancini under investigation for rape". La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). 25 February 2011. Archived from the original on 28 February 2011. Retrieved 2 March 2011.
- Seleção Brasileira Restritiva (Brazilian National Restrictive Team) 1996–1999
- Seleção Brasileira Restritiva (Brazilian National Restrictive Team) 2000–2003
- Seleção Brasileira (Brazilian National Team) 2004–2005
- Seleção Brasileira (Brazilian National Team) 2008–2009