Argel in 2016
|Full name||Argélico Fucks|
|Date of birth||4 September 1974|
|Place of birth||Santa Rosa, Brazil|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|2013||Red Bull Brasil|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Argel was born in Santa Rosa, Rio Grande do Sul. In his beginnings he played for Sport Club Internacional, Santos FC and Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras, with a brief stint in Japan in between and an unsuccessful spell at Portugal's FC Porto, which finished after a serious run-in with the board of directors and prompted his Brazil return.
In 2001, Argel returned to Portugal with S.L. Benfica, which he helped win the Primeira Liga in his fourth season and the domestic supercup, the former after an 11-year drought. The player contributed to this feat with ten games and one goal.
After falling down the stoppers' pecking order at Benfica, Argel had an unassuming six-month stay at Racing de Santander, going on to retire in 2007 after representing Cruzeiro Esporte Clube, Canoas Sport Club and China's Zhejiang Lucheng FC. He then started a managerial career, first being hired as Guaratinguetá Futebol's head coach on 8 February 2008, being sacked exactly one year later. Three days later, he was hired by Sociedade Esportiva e Recreativa Caxias do Sul.
Argel was announced as coach of former club Internacional on 13 August 2015, after leaving Figueirense FC which he had already managed on two separate spells. He was fired on 11 July after six games without a win, but hours later he returned to Figueirense.
Argel represented Brazil at under-20 level, winning both the South American Youth Championship and the FIFA U-20 World Cup. On 29 March 1995 he earned his only cap for the full side, appearing in a friendly with Honduras.
Some of Argel's fame stems from his surname, which coincides with a form of the English word "fuck". This led to some double entendre headlines including one from Eurosport.com titled "Fucks off to Benfica". This headline received press coverage itself with The Register calling it "snappy and eye-catching", and football humour site Laugh FC deeming it "one of the all time greats".
|1996||Verdy Kawasaki||J1 League||14||0|
|2004/05||Racing Santander||La Liga||2||0|
|2007||Hangzhou Greentown||Super League||22||1|
- Primeira Liga: 2004–05
- Taça de Portugal: 2003–04
- Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira: Runner-up 2004
- Brazil U-20
- "Argel: "Joguei numa posição que nunca foi a minha"" [Argel: "I always played out of position"] (in Portuguese). Record. 11 February 2000. Retrieved 4 December 2014.
- "Argel é o novo técnico do Guaratinguetá" [Argel is new Guaratinguetá coach] (in Portuguese). Placar. 8 March 2008. Archived from the original on 20 April 2009. Retrieved 13 April 2009.
- "Após demitir Argel, Guaratinguetá contrata Estevam Soares" [After firing Argel, Guaratinguetá hires Estevam Soares] (in Portuguese). Terra. 2 February 2009. Retrieved 13 April 2009.
- "Ex-zagueiro Argel é o novo técnico do Caxias" [Former stopper Argel is new Caxias coach] (in Portuguese). Terra. 5 February 2009. Retrieved 13 April 2009.
- Inicio de trabalho! (Work starts)[dead link] (Portuguese)
- Argel se apresenta na Sala de Imprensa (Argel introduces himself in press room); Criciúma EC, 9 April 2010 (Portuguese)
- "Após reunião, Argel deixa Figueirense e assumirá como novo técnico do Inter" [After meeting, Argel leaves Figueirense and will take over as new manager of Inter] (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. 13 August 2015. Retrieved 15 August 2015.
- "Após sexto jogo sem vitória no Brasileirão, Argel é demitido do Inter" [After sixth winless match in the Brasileirão, Argel gets the boot at Inter] (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. 11 July 2016. Retrieved 12 July 2016.
- "Demitido do Inter, Argel é anunciado como novo treinador do Figueirense" [Fired at Inter, Argel is announced as new manager of Figueirense] (in Portuguese). UOL. 11 July 2016. Retrieved 12 July 2016.
- "Argel Fucks é anunciado pelo Vitória e fará estreia contra o Internacional" [Argel Fucks is announced by Vitória and will make debut against Internacional] (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. 12 September 2016. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
- "Argel Fucks é o novo técnico do Vitória" [Argel Fucks is the new manager of Vitória] (in Portuguese). Torcedores. 12 September 2016. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
- Argel – FIFA competition record
- "Eurosport.com scores headline profanity sensation". The Register. 11 September 2001. Retrieved 30 December 2006.
- "Making a name for themselves". Laugh FC. 6 November 2003. Archived from the original on 23 November 2005. Retrieved 30 December 2006.
- "Argel". Footballdatabase. Retrieved 14 June 2015.
- "Argel". National Football Teams. Retrieved 15 May 2015.
- "Argel Fucks" (in Portuguese). Terceiro Tempo. Retrieved 3 February 2017.