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Full name Marcelo Ribeiro
Date of birth (1969-01-21) January 21, 1969 (age 48)
Place of birth Cachoeiro de Itapemirim, Espírito Santo, Brazil
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1983–1989 Flamengo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1990 Flamengo 16 (3)
1991–1992 Botafogo 17 (5)
1993 América
1993 Ceará 1 (0)
1993 Fortaleza 10 (3)
1994 Internacional-SP
1994 Campomaiorense
1995 Mixto
1995 Operário (VG)
1995 Bahia 9 (1)
1997 Alianza Lima
1997 Veria
1998 Sinop
2001 LDU Portoviejo 11 (4)
2002 Alegrense
2004 Cachoeiro
2004 Estrela do Norte
Teams managed
2007 Independência (caretaker-manager)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of April 19, 2009.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of April 19, 2009

Marcelo Ribeiro, usually known as Bujica (born January 21, 1969[1]) is a retired professional Brazilian footballer who played as a striker for several Série A clubs.


Born in Cachoeiro de Itapemirim, Espírito Santo state,[2] Bujica started his career playing for the youth team of Flamengo, of Rio de Janeiro in 1983, when he was fourteen years-old,[3] playing his first professional match in 1989.[4] During a Campeonato Brasileiro Série A game on November 5 of that year, he scored two goals for Flamengo against rival Vasco during Bebeto's first match against Flamengo as a Vasco player,[5] receiving the nickname Maharaja Hunter, Maharaja was the nickname given by Flamengo's supporters to Bebeto because he accepted a very expensive transfer to Vasco.[3] He scored a goal on December 2, 1989 during Zico's farewell match, when Flamengo beat Fluminense 5–0 for the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A.[6] Bujica won the Copa do Brasil in 1990,[3] but was transferred to Botafogo for the 1991 season, after scoring three goals in 16 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A matches for Flamengo.[7] During his two years playing for Botafogo, he scored five goals in 17 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A matches,[7] and helped his club finish as the 1992 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A runner-up, losing the final to his former club, Flamengo.[5]

He played a Campeonato Brasileiro Série A match for Ceará in 1993 and ten matches for Fortaleza, scoring three goals.[7] In 1995, he was the Campeonato Matogrossense's top goalscorer, with 23 goals, while playing for that year's champion, Operário-VG.[8] In the same year, Bujica played nine Campeonato Brasileiro Série A matches for Bahia, scoring one goal.[7] He played for Alianza Lima, of Peru in 1997,[9] winning that year's Primera División Peruana,[3] returning to Brazil in 1998, playing for Sinop, he won the Campeonato Matogrossense again.[3] He won the Campeonato Capixaba in 2002 while playing for Alegrense.[3] Bujica played for Cachoeiro in 2004,[1] retiring in the same year as an Estrela do Norte footballer.[3]


After his retirement, Bujica opened a football academy in Rio Branco, Acre state, named Escolinha Bujica de Futebol, aiming children from six to fourteen years-old.[3] He also started studying Physical education.[3] In 2007, Bujica worked as Independência's caretaker-manager, then in 2008 he was hired as the club's assistant manager.[10]


Bujica won the following honors during his career:

Club Competition Seasons
Alegrense Campeonato Capixaba 2002
Alianza Lima Primera División Peruana 1997
Botafogo Campeonato Brasileiro Série A runner-up 1992
Flamengo Copa do Brasil 1990
Operário-VG Campeonato Matogrossense 1995
Sinop Campeonato Matogrossense 1998


  1. ^ a b "Marcelo Ribeiro" (in Portuguese). Brazilian Football Confederation. Retrieved 2008-06-15. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Bujica" (in Portuguese). Futpedia. Retrieved 2008-06-15. [dead link]
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i "'Caçador de Marajá', Bujica ensina futebol a crianças no Acre" (in Portuguese). Pelé.net. Retrieved 2008-06-15. 
  4. ^ "Bujica (ex-atacante do Flamengo e Botafogo)" (in Portuguese). Milton Neves. Archived from the original on May 6, 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-15. 
  5. ^ a b "Lembra Dele? Bujica, ídolo por um dia" (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. Retrieved 2008-06-15. 
  6. ^ "Flamengo 5x0 Fluminense - Campeonato Brasileiro de 1989" (in Portuguese). Flapédia. Retrieved 2008-06-15. 
  7. ^ a b c d "Bujica" (in Portuguese). Conteúdo Esportivo. Retrieved 2008-06-15. 
  8. ^ "Artilheiros do Estadual do Mato Grosso" (in Portuguese). Campeões do Futebol. Retrieved 2008-06-15. 
  9. ^ "La frustración de no vestir la bicolor" (in Spanish). Fútbol Peruano. Archived from the original on September 30, 2005. Retrieved 2008-06-15. 
  10. ^ "Ex-atacante Bujica é auxiliar no Acre" (in Portuguese). Lancenet. Archived from the original on July 24, 2011. Retrieved 2008-06-15.