Charles (footballer, born 1984)
Charles in 2015
|Full name||Charles Dias de Oliveira|
|Date of birth||4 April 1984|
|Place of birth||Belém, Brazil|
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)|
|2007||→ 2 de Mayo (loan)||13||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 February 2019|
Born in Belém, Pará, Charles started playing football with Santos FC where he arrived at the age of four, then completed his formation with Tuna Luso Brasileira still in his country and C.D. Feirense in Portugal. He started his senior career with the latter, competing in both the second and third divisions.
In the summer of 2004, Charles moved to Spain, signing with Pontevedra CF in Segunda División. He made his league debut on 28 August in a 0–1 home loss against Polideportivo Ejido, being sent off after only three minutes on the pitch.
Charles spent the following five seasons with the Galicians in Segunda División B. In his last he led the club to the promotion playoffs after scoring 15 goals in the regular season, but it eventually fell short.
In early July 2010, Charles signed as a free agent for Córdoba CF in the second level. He again netted 15 times in his first campaign, notably grabbing braces in wins against Xerez CD (3–1 away) and Albacete Balompié (5–1, home).
Charles joined fellow league side UD Almería – also in Andalusia – for the 2012–13 season, after engaging in extensive and fruitless conversations with Córdoba to renew his contract. On 2 December 2012 he scored a hat-trick past Racing de Santander in a 4–3 away win and, already fully reconverted as a striker after having started his career as a winger, was crowned the competition's Pichichi Trophy at 27 goals (plus five in the playoffs) to help his team back to La Liga after two years.
On 27 June 2013, Charles penned a four-year contract with RC Celta de Vigo, as a replacement for Liverpool-bound Iago Aspas. He scored in his top flight debut at the age of 29, helping to a 2–2 home draw against RCD Espanyol.
Charles was the author of the first-ever goal at the new San Mamés Stadium on 16 September 2013, but in a 2–3 loss to Athletic Bilbao. He took his league tally to seven on 11 January of the following year, netting a brace to help the hosts come from behind and defeat Valencia CF 2–1.
Charles scored both goals in a 2–0 home win over Real Madrid on 11 May 2014, which ended his opponents chances of winning the league. On 24 June of the following year, he signed a two-year deal with fellow league club Málaga CF.
On 3 October 2015, in matchday seven, Charles netted all of his team's goals – also their first of the new season – to help defeat Real Sociedad 3–1 at the La Rosaleda Stadium. On 4 July 2017 he joined SD Eibar also from the top division, penning a one-year contract as a free agent.
- "El 'Poli' enseña al Pontevedra como se juega en Segunda" ['Poli' show Pontevedra how to play in Segunda]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 29 August 2004. Retrieved 20 November 2017.
- "Iván Carril y Charles lideran al Pontevedra en Sestao y lo meten en las posiciones de ascenso" [Iván Carril and Charles lead Pontevedra in Sestao and place team in promotion zone]. La Voz de Galicia (in Spanish). 14 March 2010. Retrieved 4 July 2013.
- "Charles y Paulino se han pedido disculpas, según el Pontevedra" [Charles and Paulino have apologized to each other, according to Pontevedra]. El Correo Gallego (in Spanish). 31 March 2010. Retrieved 4 July 2013.
- "El Pontevedra, a por el ascenso" [Pontevedra, hunting promotion]. Faro de Vigo (in Spanish). 10 May 2010. Retrieved 4 July 2013.
- "Charles, refuerzo para la delantera" [Charles, signing for offensive end]. El Día de Córdoba (in Spanish). 2 July 2010. Retrieved 4 July 2013.
- "El Córdoba da un gran paso hacia la salvación" [Córdoba take major step towards salvation]. Marca (in Spanish). 14 May 2011. Retrieved 4 July 2013.
- "Charles, otro elemento para la causa en una UD Almería que 'huele' bastante bien" [Charles, another member for the cause in UD Almería that 'smell' pretty good]. Ideal (in Spanish). 13 July 2012. Retrieved 4 July 2013.
- "Juan Luna Eslava: "Charles está hecho un mar de dudas"" [Juan Luna Eslava: "Charles is a sea of doubts"]. Diario Córdoba (in Spanish). 31 August 2011. Retrieved 4 July 2013.
- "Charles, amenaza con cifras de récord" [Charles, threat at record pace]. El Día de Córdoba (in Spanish). 12 March 2013. Retrieved 4 July 2013.
- "(Crónica) El Almería se pone a un punto del líder y deja al Racing hundido" [(Report) Almería one point behind leader and sink Racing] (in Spanish). Te Interesa. 2 December 2012. Retrieved 4 July 2013.
- "Los goles del "pichichi" Charles llevan al Almería a primera división" [Goals from "pichichi" Charles take Almería to first division]. Ideal (in Spanish). 22 June 2013. Retrieved 4 July 2013.
- "Charles ficha por el Celta para las próxima cuatro temporadas" [Charles signs with Celta for next four seasons] (in Spanish). Goal. 27 June 2013. Retrieved 4 July 2013.
- "Charles makes instant Celta impact". ESPN FC. 19 August 2013. Retrieved 15 September 2013.
- "Athletic open stadium with win". ESPN FC. 16 September 2013. Archived from the original on 27 November 2013. Retrieved 30 October 2013.
- ""Seremos recordados", dice Mikel San José, autor del primer gol en el nuevo San Mamés" ["We shall be remembered", says Mikel San José, author of first goal in the new San Mamés]. Canal Athletic. 17 September 2013. Retrieved 30 October 2013.
- "Charles acaba con el efecto Pizzi" [Charles ends Pizzi effect]. Marca (in Spanish). 11 January 2014. Retrieved 4 February 2014.
- "Celta de Vigo 2–0 Real Madrid". BBC Sport. 11 May 2014. Retrieved 12 May 2014.
- "Charles to join Málaga Club de Fútbol until 2016/17". Málaga CF. 24 June 2015. Retrieved 25 June 2015.
- "El Málaga se libera con los tres goles de Charles" [Málaga find liberation with the three goals from Charles]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 4 October 2015. Retrieved 4 October 2015.
- "Charles, nuevo jugador de SD Eibar" [Charles, new player of SD Eibar] (in Spanish). SD Eibar. 4 July 2017. Retrieved 4 July 2017.
- "Yuri, "orgulloso" de liderar el Pichichi con su primo Charles" [Yuri, "proud" to top Pichichi with his cousin Charles]. Marca (in Spanish). 4 December 2012. Retrieved 4 July 2013.
- "La 'familia Gol'" [The ‘Goal family’]. El País (in Spanish). 15 December 2012. Retrieved 4 July 2013.