Araquem de Melo

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Araquem de Melo
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Personal information
Full name Edemil Araquem de Melo
Date of birth (1944-07-07)7 July 1944
Place of birth Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Date of death 2001
Place of death Venezuela
Playing position Midfielder / Forward
Youth career
Vasco da Gama
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1966 Danubio (12)
1968–1972 Huracán 59 (19)
1972–1974 Panathinaikos 37 (19)
1974–1975 Atromitos 12 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Araquem José de Melo , commonly known as Araquem de Melo , (1944–2001) was a Brazilian footballer who played for clubs in Uruguay, Argentina and Greece.


Born in Rio de Janeiro, Araquem de Melo began playing football for the youth sides of local side Club de Regatas Vasco da Gama. He played for Danubio F.C. and was the Uruguayan league's top goal-scorer during the 1966 season.[1] He played for Argentine side Club Atlético Huracán from 1968 to 1972.[2]

In 1972, he joined Panathinaikos F.C. as the first Brazilian footballer who ever played for the club. He remains the leading goal-scorer among Brazilians for Panathinaikos. Araquem de Melo scored 19 goals in 37 games with Panathinaikos, along with Juan Ramón Verón and Antonis Antoniadis making a great attacking line. In 1974, he played for Atromitos.[3]


After he retired from playing football, Araquem de Melo founded a football school in Brazil. His brother, Arnout de Melo, assumed responsibility for the club after Araquem's death in 2001.[4]

In 2001, he committed suicide, due to debt problems.[1]


  1. ^ Tabeira, Martín (28 October 2010). "Uruguay - League Top Scorers". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 2008-12-21. 
  2. ^ Hernández, Sergio; Storni, Luis Carlos (9 June 2008). "Brazilian players in Argentina 1st Level". RSSSF. 
  3. ^ Mastrogiannopoulos, Alexander (11 May 2005). "Foreign Players in Greece since 1959/60". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 2008-12-10. 
  4. ^ "Escuelita en apuros" (in Spanish). Tal Cual. 15 November 2002. 

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