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Personal information
Full name Henrique Guedes da Silva
Date of birth (1972-03-06) 6 March 1972 (age 47)
Place of birth Recife, Brazil
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1992 São Cristóvão
1992–1993 União São João
1993–1995 CSA 53 (32)
1995 Paysandu 7 (4)
1995–1996 Belenenses 13 (12)
1996–1998 Salamanca 13 (1)
1997–1998Leganés (loan) 34 (14)
1998–2000 Málaga 73 (49)
2000–2004 Celta 115 (37)
2004Krylia Sovetov (loan) 11 (1)
2005 Belenenses 8 (0)
2005 Marília 8 (4)
2005 Atlético Mineiro 17 (5)
2006–2008 Linares 69 (26)
2008–2010 Estepona 48 (23)
2010 Corinthians-AL 0 (0)
2010–2011 CSA 7 (3)
2012 Sport Atalaia
2016–2017 Sete de Setembro
National team
2000 Spain 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Henrique Guedes da Silva (born 6 March 1972), known as Catanha, is a former footballer who played as a striker.

He played almost exclusively for modest clubs in his native Brazil (seven teams in total), except for a brief spell with Atlético Mineiro. He competed in Spain during 12 seasons, most notably with Celta, amassing La Liga totals of 148 matches and 62 goals in five years.

Catanha represented the Spain national team.

Club career[edit]

Catanha was born in Recife. After having played with modest clubs in his native country, he arrived in 1995 in Portugal to play for C.F. Os Belenenses,[1] teaming up with countryman Everton Giovanella with whom he would later play in two teams in Spain; there, he started competing in the second division, with UD Salamanca and CD Leganés.

Moving to Málaga CF for the 1998–99 season, Catanha contributed with 26 goals to the Andalusia side's La Liga promotion,[2] and also won the Pichichi Trophy.[3] He scored a further 24 in 1999–2000's top flight, tied for second with Atlético Madrid's Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.[4]

Catanha joined RC Celta de Vigo in July 2000, being an instrumental part of the Galicians' domestic and European exploits in a three-year span. However, when the club played UEFA Champions League in the 2003–04 campaign, he only backed up Savo Milošević, and also suffered team relegation.[5]

After that Catanha went pretty much unnoticed, representing FC Krylia Sovetov Samara, Belenenses,[1] Marília Atlético Clube and Clube Atlético Mineiro.[6] In January 2006 he returned to Spain, playing with modest CD Linares (third level, two-and-a-half seasons) and Unión Estepona CF (division four).[7]

In early 2010, aged nearly 38, Catanha returned to his nation of birth, resuming his career in the lower leagues.[8][9] After a career lasting well into his 40s, he finally retired from football in 2017.

Catanha was announced as manager of Gibraltar Second Division side Leo F.C. in June 2017,[10] but he resigned before appearing in a competitive game.

International career[edit]

Catanha earned three caps for Spain – all in 2000 – despite being born in Brazil. His debut came on 7 October in a 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Israel, coming on as a 71st-minute substitute for Ismael Urzaiz in a 2–0 home win.[11]

Catanha was one of five black or mixed-race players to have played for Spain along with Thiago Alcântara, Donato, Vicente Engonga and Marcos Senna, all but the third being Brazilian nationals.[12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Internacionais e desconhecidos, é este o retrato dos jogadores espanhóis na Liga portuguesa" [Internationals and unknown, meet the Spanish players in the Portuguese League]. Público (in Portuguese). 3 August 2010. Retrieved 21 September 2017.
  2. ^ "El nuevo Málaga cumple los 20 años en Champions" [New Málaga celebrate 20 years in Champions]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 30 June 2012. Retrieved 4 May 2016.
  3. ^ "Catanha: "El Málaga CF me dio la oportunidad de ir a la selección"" [Catanha: "Málaga CF gave me the chance to reach the national team"] (in Spanish). Málaga CF. 7 May 2015. Retrieved 4 May 2016.
  4. ^ "Catanha: ´En Málaga pasé los mejores años de mi vida´" [Catanha: ´I spent the best years of my life in Málaga´]. La Opinión de Málaga (in Spanish). 11 February 2013. Retrieved 4 May 2016.
  5. ^ "Catanha" (in Spanish). Yo Jugué en el Celta. 3 April 2008. Retrieved 6 April 2014.
  6. ^ "Catanha estréia no Atlético-MG neste sábado" [Catanha to make Atlético-MG debut this Saturday] (in Portuguese). Terra. 20 August 2005. Retrieved 12 May 2016.
  7. ^ "El delantero ex malaguista Catanha se convierte en nuevo jugador del Estepona" [Former malaguista forward Catanha becomes new Estepona player]. Diario Sur (in Spanish). 9 September 2008. Retrieved 4 May 2016.
  8. ^ "Sport Atalaia anuncia atacante Catanha para o Alagoano" [Sport Atalaia announces forward Catanha for Alagoano] (in Portuguese). Tribuna Hoje. 26 January 2012. Retrieved 12 May 2016.
  9. ^ "Catanha acerta seu retorno ao futebol para defender o Sete de Setembro" [Catanha confirms his return to football to defend Sete de Setembro] (in Portuguese). Gazeta Web. 11 March 2016. Retrieved 12 May 2016.
  10. ^ "Jun 16 – Leo FC signs on Catanha as first team manager". Your Gibraltar TV. 16 June 2017. Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  11. ^ "España gana con sosería" [Spain win dully]. El País (in Spanish). 8 October 2000. Retrieved 6 April 2014.
  12. ^ "Spanish Football Legends: Celta Vigo's Catanha". Inside Spanish Football. 4 May 2012. Archived from the original on 11 June 2016. Retrieved 12 May 2016.

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