Luís Gustavo Carvalho Soares

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Luis Gustavo
Personal information
Full name Luís Gustavo de Carvalho Soares
Date of birth (1968-09-03) 3 September 1968 (age 50)
Place of birth Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1983–1986 Botafogo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987–1991 Botafogo
1991–1996 Marítimo 144 (12)
1996–1998 Benfica 10 (2)
1997–1998Cruzeiro (loan)
1999 Internacional
2000 Rio Branco (SP)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Luís Gustavo de Carvalho Soares (born 3 September 1968), commonly known as Luis Gustavo, is a Brazilian former footballer who played as a midfielder.


Born in Rio de Janeiro, Gustavo is a youth product of Botafogo, where he arrived as a 15-year-old. Capable of operating as a left-back or midfielder, Gustavo made his debut for the first team in 1987, helping the team win the 1989 Campeonato Carioca, without any defeats.[1]

He joined C.S. Marítimo in 1991, and made his debut on 18 August 1991, in an away loss against S.C. Farense.[2] He represented the Madeira-side for six years, scoring 12 goals, and having the highest number of assists in 1991 and 1992, plus being the best foreigner in 1994–95.[1]

In 1996, the 28-year-old moved to S.L. Benfica. He made his debut on 25 August 1996, in a home draw against S.C. Braga.[3] His period with Benfica was not so successful as before, appearing in 14 games, acting manly as a bench player.[4] Six months after joining Benfica, Gustavo moved on a loan deal to Cruzeiro, experiencing a good season there, winning the 1997 Copa Libertadores, and two Campeonato Mineiro.[1]

In 1998, he was released by Benfica and joined Sport Club Internacional in the following year. There he helped the team finish runner-up in the 1999 Campeonato Gaúcho, and reach the semi-finals of the 1999 edition of Copa do Brasil. He ended his career a year later, at 32 years of age, after a spell at Rio Branco (SP).[1]




  1. ^ a b c d e "Luís Gustavo de Carvalho Soares". Aqipossa (in Portuguese). 21 June 2012. Retrieved 23 September 2014.
  2. ^ "Farense 3 - 1 Marítimo". ForaDeJogo.
  3. ^ Tovar, Rui Miguel (2012). Almanaque do Benfica. Portugal: Lua de Papel. p. 549. ISBN 978-989-23-2087-8.
  4. ^ Quidnovi, Redacção (2004). Sport Lisboa e Benfica: 100 Gloriosos anos; Jogadores e Técnicos. Portugal: Quidnovi. p. 47. ISBN 989-554-105-8.

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