Antônio Carlos Zago

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Antônio Carlos
Antônio Carlos Zago (2010).JPG
Antônio Carlos in 2010
Personal information
Full name Antônio Carlos Zago
Date of birth (1969-05-18) 18 May 1969 (age 50)
Place of birth Presidente Prudente, Brazil
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Red Bull Bragantino (coach)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1992 São Paulo 64 (4)
1992–1993 Albacete 12 (1)
1993–1995 Palmeiras 58 (5)
1996–1997 Kashiwa Reysol 24 (0)
1997 Corinthians 12 (2)
1998–2002 Roma 107 (2)
2002–2004 Beşiktaş 56 (2)
2004–2005 Santos 7 (0)
2005–2007 Juventude 52 (2)
2007 Santos 1 (0)
Total 393 (18)
National team
1991–2001 Brazil 37 (3)
Teams managed
2009–2010 São Caetano
2010 Palmeiras
2010 Grêmio Prudente
2011 Mogi Mirim
2011 Vila Nova
2012 Audax São Paulo
2013 AS Roma (assistant coach)
2013–2015 Shakhtar Donetsk (assistant coach)
2015–2016 Juventude
2017 Internacional
2017 Fortaleza
2017–2018 Juventude
2018–2019 Red Bull Brasil
2019- Bragantino
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Antônio Carlos Zago (born 18 May 1969 in Presidente Prudente), widely known as Antônio Carlos or A.C. Zago, is a Brazilian former footballer and current coach, who played as a defender.

Club career[edit]

Born in Presidente Prudente, a city of the state of São Paulo, also having Italian origins, Zago began playing professional football with São Paulo FC, where he remained for three years, and then signed to Albacete Balompié, Spain, where he stayed for only one season. He returned to his homeland, this time to Palmeiras, another team of São Paulo and a rival to his previous Brazilian team. After three years with the club, he emigrated once again, this time to Japanese club Kashiwa Reysol, where once again remained for only one year before returning to play in São Paulo, but this time at Corinthians, being one of the few players who have played in all the three biggest teams of the city and archrivals as well.[1]

In January 1998, Zago moved to the Italian capital to join Roma, at the request of the club's manager Zdenek Zeman, who was looking to reinforce the team's defensive line. In his Serie A debut with the club, on 11 February 1998 at Lecce, he was sent off after only a few minutes of play; his performances with the giallorossi soon improved, however, and he was able to demonstrate his quality and skill, leading to him being recalled to the Brazilian national side in 1999. Zago played for five seasons with Roma, and was also part of the 2001 Scudetto-winning team; Zago partnered with compatriot Aldair and Argentine Walter Samuel to form a sold back-line, which aided Roma in claiming the Serie A title. Due to his success and performances with Roma, Zago still remains a popular figure with the romanista fans, who nicknamed him Terminator during his time at the club.[2]

In November 1999 Zago was the protagonist of a shocking episode, when he hit Lazio player Diego Simeone in the face during a derby match. The outcome was a positive attitude towards him by the fans, who paid tribute to his action in the song "Brusco", the phrases "Zago: spits fire as a dragon" and "people can only keep their mouth shut, otherwise AC Zago will spit at them". Zago is also one of the few Brazilian players who is known with his name and surname. During the years he spent to Rome he had chosen his name on the shirt to be written in different ways, the first "ANTÔNIO CARLOS", then "AC ZAGO" then simply "ZAGO."[3]

In 2002, after nearly joining Bolton Wanderers,[4] Zago left Roma. After a year of inactivity, he went to Turkey and signed with Beşiktaş, before returning to Brazil in August 2004 to Santos. In 2005 and 2006, he played with Juventude. He ended his career with Santos in 2007.[5]

International career[edit]

Zago debuted with the Brazil national team on 30 October 1991, in a 3–1 win against Yugoslavia, and remained within the national squad until 1993. After a period of mixed success at club level, however, he has no longer called up to the national side; only after moving to Roma, did he manage return to the national team with his stand-out performances for the club. Between 1998 and 2001, he collected 26 caps for Brazil and scored two goals; he was also part of the squad that won the 1999 Copa América. In total, he made 37 appearances for Brazil between 1991 and 2001, scoring three goals.

Managerial career[edit]

In June 2009, after an unsuccessful experience as technical director at Corinthians,[6] Zago signed a deal as a manager with São Caetano.

As a coach, he had a promising start in the 2010 Paulista Championship and enjoyed a historic win against his former team Palmeiras at Parque Antarctica.[7] The feat brought him close to the traditional Palmeiras leaders and on 18 February 2010, he signed with Parque Antarctica club.[8]

However, issues with the squad and criticism against Palmeiras' poor performances motivated his resignation three months later.[9]

In January 2013 he returned to Roma, this time as an assistant coach. On 16 October 2013, he was appointed by Shakhtar Donetsk as their new assistant manager joining his former Beşiktaş coach Mircea Lucescu.

On 12 December 2016, Zago was appointed as the new head coach of Porto Alegre side Internacional, replacing Lisca, who was sacked on 11 December, only hours after the team were relegated for the first time in Brazilian history. On May 28, 2017, he was dismissed from Internacional.[10]

On 20 August 2017, Zago was announced the new coach of Fortaleza.[11] where he made one more done to returned team in Campeonato Brasileiro Série B, after eight years.

Career statistics[edit]



Club performance League
Season Club League Apps Goals
Brazil League
1990 São Paulo Série A 21 1
1991 21 1
1992 22 2
Spain League
1992–93 Albacete Balompié La Liga 12 1
Brazil League
1993 Palmeiras Série A 18 1
1994 21 1
1995 20 1
Japan League
1996 Kashiwa Reysol J1 League 24 0
1997 0 0
Brazil League
1997 Corinthians Paulista Série A 12 2
Italy League
1997–98 Roma Serie A 12 0
1998–99 28 0
1999–2000 27 2
2000–01 28 0
2001–02 12 0
Turkey League
2002–03 Beşiktaş Süper Lig 31 2
2003–04 25 0
Brazil League
2004 Santos Série A 7 0
2005 Juventude Série A 30 1
2006 22 1
2007 Santos Série A 1 0
Country Brazil 195 11
Spain 12 1
Japan 24 0
Italy 107 2
Turkey 56 2
Total 394 16



Brazil national team
Year Apps Goals
1991 2 0
1992 3 1
1993 6 0
1994 0 0
1995 0 0
1996 0 0
1997 0 0
1998 3 0
1999 12 0
2000 10 2
2001 1 0
Total 37 3




São Paulo







  1. ^ "Antônio Carlos: Pena máxima seria de 780 dias" (in Portuguese). Archived from the original on 11 October 2012.
  2. ^ Antonio Carlos Zago – Archived 18 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Zagueiro do Ju pode ser punido por racismo" (in Portuguese). Archived from the original on 11 October 2012.
  4. ^ "Bolton sign US keeper". BBC. 28 March 2002. Retrieved 21 September 2018.
  5. ^ "Dados pessoais do site do Juventude".
  6. ^ "Antônio Carlos Zago pede demissão e deixa o Corinthians – esportes – futebol – Estadão". Archived from the original on 3 June 2009.
  7. ^ "Palmeiras 1 × 4 São Caetano – Derrota histórica no Palestra! – Paulista – Portal FI". 28 December 2012.
  8. ^ "Antônio Carlos Zago é o novo treinador do Palmeiras – esportes – futebol – Estadão". Archived from the original on 6 June 2011.
  9. ^ "Antônio Carlos não é mais o técnico do Palmeiras – 18/05/2010 – UOL Esporte – Futebol". 18 May 2010.
  10. ^ Inter confirma indício pós-derrota e demite Antonio Carlos Zago
  11. ^ "Fortaleza acerta contratação de Antônio Carlos Zago como seu novo técnico". 20 August 2017. Retrieved 23 September 2017.
  12. ^ a b "Antônio Carlos Zago". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
  13. ^ "Corinthians, Jean Mota e Martinelli dominam premiação do campeonato" [Corinthians, Jean Mota and Martinelli dominate the tournament's awards] (in Portuguese). Federação Paulista de Futebol. 22 April 2019. Retrieved 23 April 2019.

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