Hamilton de Souza

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Hamilton de Souza
Personal information
Date of birth (1968-09-27) 27 September 1968 (age 48)
Place of birth Passos, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Height 170 cm (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Striker

Hamilton de Souza (born 27 September 1968), better known as Careca or Careca II, is a former Brazilian footballer who played as a striker. He was born in Passos, Minas Gerais.

He should not be confused with Careca (Antônio de Oliveira Filho) or Careca Bianchezi, also notable Brazilian strikers, active at the same time.

Careca II played for several Brazilian clubs as Cruzeiro, Atlético Mineiro and Coritiba and also for Sporting CP in Portugal.

Careca competed for Brazil at the 1988 Summer Olympics.[1] In the first round, he started three times in the front line with the famed Romario but did not score and was each time substituted for Bebeto. Careca also played each of Brazil's three games in the knock-out stages and won the silver medal, after Brazil lost the final against the Soviet Union.[2]

Careca II played four games for the Brazilian national football team but did not score.[3]

In 2008, he served as assistant coach of the youth team of Atlético Mineiro. Currently Careca enhances his football coaching knowledge and hoping one day to achieve his dream of being professional football coach.

Personal life[edit]

In July 2015, his son Hamilton de Souza Junior, signed a contract to play for Biu Chun Rangers in the 2015–16 Hong Kong Premier League.[4]