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Personal information
Full name Antônio José da Silva Filho
Date of birth (1959-05-18) May 18, 1959 (age 57)
Place of birth Olinda, Pernambuco, Brazil
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position defensive midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1977 Sport
1978–1989 Corinthians
1990–1991 Portuguesa
1991 Coritiba
1991–1993 Guarani
1993 Paulista
1993–1994 Remo
1994 Botafogo-SP
1995 Nacional-SP
Teams managed
1998 Grêmio Mauaense
2001 Barra do Garças
2002 Francana
2006 Guarujá
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Antônio José da Silva Filho, usually known as Biro-Biro (born May 18, 1959), is a retired professional Brazilian footballer who played as a defensive midfielder for several Campeonato Brasileiro Série A clubs.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Biro-Biro started his career in 1977, playing for Sport, where he won that season's Campeonato Pernambucano.[1] In 1978, he moved to Corinthians, where he was mistakenly called Lero-Lero by the club's president, Vicente Matheus, during the players presentation at the club.[1] During his eleven seasons as a Corinthians player, he won the Campeonato Paulista four times, in 1979, 1982, 1983 and in 1988,[1] won the Placar's Campeonato Brasileiro Série A Bola de Prata award in 1982,[2] and he scored 75 goals,[3] in 592 matches,[4] placing him as the fifth player with the most appearances for Corinthians.[5] After playing for Portuguesa in 1990 and in 1991, he played for Coritiba in 1991, Guarani from 1991 to 1993 and Paulista in 1993, before playing for Remo in 1993 and in 1994, where he won the Campeonato Paraense in 1993.[1] In 1994 he played for Botafogo-SP then he retired in 1995, while playing for Nacional-SP.[1]

Managerial career[edit]

Biro-Biro started his managerial career in 1998, as Mauaense's head coach.[5]


Besides winning the Bola de Prata in 1982,[2] Biro-Biro won the following honors during his playing career:[1]

Club Competition Seasons
Corinthians Campeonato Paulista 1979, 1982, 1983, 1988
Remo Campeonato Paraense 1993
Sport Campeonato Pernambucano 1977


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Enciclopédia do Futebol Brasileiro Lance Volume 1. Rio de Janeiro: Aretê Editorial S/A. 2001. p. 37. ISBN 85-88651-01-7. 
  2. ^ a b "Guia 2008 Brasileirão" (1318–B). São Paulo: Editora Abril. 2008: 154. 
  3. ^ "Ex-volante do Corinthians pode ser "Maior da História"" (in Portuguese). Bola Rolando. Retrieved 2008-06-12. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Especial 5.000: Biro-Biro, o craque frustrado" (in Portuguese). Bola Rolando. Retrieved 2008-06-12. [permanent dead link]
  5. ^ a b "Com esse não tem lero-lero" (in Portuguese). Gazeta Esportiva. Archived from the original on 2008-05-06. Retrieved 2008-06-12.