José Carlos Ferreira Filho
|Full name||José Carlos Ferreira Filho|
|Date of birth||24 April 1983|
|Place of birth||Maceió, Brazil|
|Height||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|2001–2003||→ Porto B (loan)||48||(12)|
|2003–2004||→ Vizela (loan)||8||(2)|
|2004||→ CRB (loan)|
|2004–2005||→ Ulsan Hyundai (loan)||13||(7)|
|2006–2008||Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors||35||(10)|
|2009||→ Paulista (loan)|
|2009||→ Cruzeiro (loan)||8||(1)|
|2009||→ Portuguesa (loan)||16||(8)|
|2010||→ Gamba Osaka (loan)||1||(0)|
|2010||→ Portuguesa (loan)||17||(5)|
|2011–2013||→ Criciúma (loan)||52||(40)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 August 2015.
Born in Maceió, Alagoas, Zé Carlos started out at local Sport Club Corinthians Alagoano, who loaned him several times for the duration of his contract, including to clubs in Portugal and South Korea. He made his Série A debuts after being released, appearing rarely for Associação Atlética Ponte Preta during the 2005 season as it narrowly avoided relegation.
In 2006, Zé Carlos returned to the K League and joined Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors FC, winning that year's AFC Champions League after scoring the decisive goal in a 1–2 away loss against Al-Karamah SC in the final's second leg (3–2 aggregate win). He subsequently returned to Corinthians, who again successively loaned him; during one of these spells, with Cruzeiro Esporte Clube, he received the fastest red card in the history of the Brazilian top flight, being sent off after just twelve seconds for elbowing Clube Atlético Mineiro's Renan Teixeira during a 12 July 2009 clash.
In the 2012 campaign, with Criciúma Esporte Clube, Zé Carlos netted a career-best 27 goals to help his team promote from Série B. On 3 February 2013, he signed for Changchun Yatai F.C. in the Chinese Super League.
- Cruzeiro contrata atacante Zé Carlos, ex-Paulista (Cruzeiro hires forward Zé Carlos, ex-Paulista); Estadão, 13 April 2009 (in Portuguese)
- Zé Carlos pede desculpas a cruzeirenses por expulsão (Zé Carlos apologises to cruzeirenses after dismissal); O Estado de S. Paulo, 12 July 2009 (in Portuguese)
- Criciúma contrata goleiro e atacante para a Série B (Criciúma hires goalkeeper and forward for Série B); Diário Catarinense, 19 May 2011 (in Portuguese)
- Zé Carlos deixa o Criciúma e vai para o futebol chinês: 'Não podia deixar passar' (Zé Carlos leaves Criciúma and goes to Chinese football: 'I could not let it pass'); Esporte UOL, 3 February 2013 (in Portuguese)