Baltazar Maria de Morais Júnior
Baltazar in 2008
|Full name||Baltazar Maria de Morais Júnior|
|Date of birth||17 July 1959|
|Place of birth||Goiânia, Brazil|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|1995–1996||Kyoto Purple Sanga||30||(28)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
During an 18-year professional career he played, other than in his country, in Spain, Portugal, France and Japan, winning several individual scoring honours. He appeared with the Brazilian national team that won the 1989 Copa América.
Born in Goiânia, Goiás, Baltazar started playing with hometown club Atlético Clube Goianiense. In 1979, he signed for Grêmio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense, going on to score in double digits during his entire four-season spell a recording a best of 14 in 1980 while being an instrumental attacking unit in the team's back-to-back Rio Grande do Sul State League conquests; in the 1981's Série A final against São Paulo FC, after missing a penalty kick in the first leg (2–1 home win), he scored the only goal in the second game for a first-ever national championship conquest.
In the following four years, Baltazar played for Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras (two spells), Clube de Regatas do Flamengo and Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas, netting 13 times for the second side in another Brazilian championship conquest. Aged 26 he had his first abroad experience, being relegated from the Spanish La Liga with Celta de Vigo.
In 1986–87, Baltazar propelled the Galicians back into the top level by scoring a career-best 34 goals, also a best-ever in the second division. In a game in December, he accidentally collided with CD Málaga goalkeeper José Antonio Gallardo who died days later from a cerebral haemorrhage; he mourned the death which some had blamed him for.
Baltazar only found the net on six occasions in the following season, but the club retained its league status. He subsequently stayed in the country and joined Atlético Madrid, scoring 35 goals in 36 contests in his first season – his second Pichichi in three years – and adding 18 in the following; however, after the emergence of younger Manolo, the 31-year-old was deemed surplus to requirements by manager Tomislav Ivić and, in November 1990, signed for FC Porto in Portugal, being used almost exclusively as a substitute during his only season.
Baltazar played for Brazil at the 1989 Copa América which was held on home soil, appearing in three group stage matches for the eventual winners (including the 0–0 against Colombia as a starter). However, during nearly one full decade, he only gained a total of six caps, scoring two goals.
|1988–89||Atlético Madrid||La Liga||36||35|
|1991–92||Stade Rennais||Ligue 1||34||6|
|1995||Kyoto Purple Sanga||Football League||27||28|
- Campeonato Goiano (2): 1994
- Goiás State League: Top scorer 1978, 1994
- Rio Grande do Sul State League: Top scorer 1980, 1981
- Rio de Janeiro State League: Top scorer 1984
- Brazilian Second Division: Top scorer 1994
- Pichichi Trophy: 1986–87 (Spanish Second Division), 1988–89
- "Puerta, Jarque y Gallardo" [Puerta, Jarque and Gallardo] (in Spanish). Marca. 13 January 2012. Retrieved 15 March 2016.
- "3–2: Baltazar volvió a salvar al Celta" [3–2: Baltazar saved Celta again] (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 22 December 1986. Retrieved 15 March 2016.
- "3–3: Baltazar impidió el triunfo del Valencia" [3–3: Baltazar prevented Valencia win] (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 7 September 1987. Retrieved 13 March 2014.
- Baltazar; Yo Jugué en el Celta, 3 April 2008 (in Spanish)
- "El gol del Atlético" [Atlético's goal] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 22 April 2014. Retrieved 23 April 2016.
- Copa América 1989 Archived 18 June 2015 at the Wayback Machine.; at RSSSF
- Baltazar, o artilheiro de Deus (Baltazar, God's striker) Archived 25 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine.; Terceiro Tempo (in Portuguese)
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