Kanú (Brazilian footballer, born 1983)

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Personal information
Full name Elias de Oliveira Rosa
Date of birth (1983-02-08) 8 February 1983 (age 35)
Place of birth Boa Esperança, Brazil
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Winger
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2005 Cruzeiro 7 (0)
2005 Ipatinga (loan)
2005–2011 Marítimo B 7 (4)
2005–2011 Marítimo 82 (14)
2011–2012 Al-Ittihad Kalba 10 (6)
2012–2013 Al Khaleej
2013 Nacional-MG 7 (1)
2013–2015 Al-Tadamun
2015–2016 Al-Jahra
2016 Al-Muharraq 22 (10)
2016 Al-Arabi 6 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 November 2016

Elias de Oliveira Rosa (born 8 February 1983), known as Kanú, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a right winger.

Football career[edit]

Born in Boa Esperança, Minas Gerais, Kanú started playing professionally with Cruzeiro Esporte Clube, but only appeared in seven Série A games over the course of three seasons. In 2005, he was loaned to Série C club Ipatinga Esporte Clube.[1]

Kanú moved to Portugal for 2005–06, joining C.S. Marítimo in the Primeira Liga.[2] He made his debut in the competition on 18 September 2005, starting and playing 64 minutes in a 2–2 home draw against F.C. Penafiel. Precisely during that campaign, he scored a career-best eight goals (from 25 games) to help his team finish in tenth position.

On 22 July 2010, Kanú contributed with one goal to a 3–2 away win over Sporting Fingal F.C. for the third qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League (6–4 on aggregate). He left the island of Madeira in late January of the following year, taking his game to the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait, this being interspersed with a brief spell back in his country with amateurs Nacional Esporte Clube (MG).[3]


  1. ^ "Levir ainda quer mais três reforços" [Levir still wants three more additions] (in Portuguese). Nova Imprensa. 9 January 2005. Retrieved 6 November 2015. 
  2. ^ "Fazendeiro em Minas, Geraldão quer gerenciar futebol" [Farmer in Minas, Geraldão wants to manage football] (in Portuguese). Cruzeiro.org. 12 September 2006. Retrieved 6 November 2015. 
  3. ^ "Nacional anuncia a contratação de Kanu" [Nacional announces the signing of Kanu] (in Portuguese). Super Esportes. 27 February 2013. Retrieved 6 November 2015. 

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