Creedence Clearwater Couto

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Personal information
Full name Creedence Clearwater Couto
Date of birth (1979-03-06) 6 March 1979 (age 36)
Place of birth Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo, Brazil
Height 1.92 m (6 ft 3 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2005 Iraty ? (?)
2002–2003 Guarani (loan) ? (?)
2004 Brasiliense (loan) ? (?)
2005–2009 Tombense ? (?)
2005 Figueirense (loan) ? (?)
2005 Lierse (loan) 12 (0)
2006 Marília (loan) ? (?)
2006 Volta Redonda (loan) ? (?)
2007 Santa Cruz (loan) ? (?)
2008 Madureira (loan) ? (?)
2008 → Comercial (São Paulo) (loan) ? (?)
2009 Sertãozinho (loan) ? (?)
2009–2010 Sertãozinho ? (?)
2011 Taubaté ? (?)
2011 Sampaio Corrêa ? (?)
2011– Santa Cruz (Rio Grande do Sul) ? (?)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 November 2010.
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16 November 2010

Creedence Clearwater Couto (born March 6, 1979), commonly known as Paulista (for simplicity), is a Brazilian association footballer who plays as a striker for Santa Cruz in the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul.

A journeyman, he has spent the majority of his career in the lower reaches of Brazilian football apart from one loan spell at Lierse of Belgium's Pro League in 2005. He also had an unsuccessful trial at Stabæk of Norway in 2006.[1]


He is perhaps best known for his unusual name, which has featured in many articles on extravagant sporting birth names. His parents were big fans of the American rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival and decided to adopt this name for their son.[2][3]

"People often think that it's a nickname, but it's not. It's my real name, and it's on my birth certificate. It's difficult to write, even harder for Brazilians to pronounce, so they sometimes revert to calling me Paulista because it's easier. And most youngsters today have never heard of the group, so I often have to repeat my name several times. The only thing that I regret is that some people are more interested in me because of my name than because of my qualities as a footballer."

–Creedence Clearwater Couto[4]