Cacá (footballer, born 1982)

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Not to be confused with Kaká.
Cacá
Personal information
Full name Lucas de Deus Santos
Date of birth (1982-10-09) 9 October 1982 (age 34)
Place of birth Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Santo André
Youth career
1999 Atlético Mineiro
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2004 Atlético Mineiro 9 (0)
2002 Sport (loan)
2003–2004 Duisburg (loan) 15 (0)
2005 CRB 15 (1)
2006–2009 Aalborg 64 (14)
2009–2011 Odense 35 (3)
2011–2012 União Leiria 25 (0)
2013 Operário Ferroviário 14 (2)
2013 Marcílio Dias 6 (0)
2013 Caxias Sul 5 (0)
2014 Comercial 5 (0)
2014– Santo André 11 (1)
2014 São Caetano (loan) 11 (0)
National team
1999 Brazil U17 6 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 February 2015.

Lucas de Deus Santos (born 9 October 1982), known as Cacá, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays for Esporte Clube Santo André as a midfielder.

Club career[edit]

Born in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Cacá started his career with hometown's Clube Atlético Mineiro. During his spell with the Galo, he was also loaned twice: in the 2003–04 season he played with MSV Duisburg in the German second division, being sparingly used as the club finished in seventh position.

In early 2006, Cacá signed with AaB Fodbold from Clube de Regatas Brasil. He only appeared in two Danish Superliga games in his third year due to injury, as the Aalborg side won the national championship after a nine-year wait. Back to full fitness in 2008–09, he helped it reach the final in the Danish Cup; additionally, on 25 November 2008, he scored the 1–1 equalizer in a UEFA Champions League group stage contest against Celtic, in an eventual 2–1 win which saw the hosts leafrog the Scots for the third place in Group E, with the subsequent qualification to the UEFA Cup.[1]

On 5 July 2009 Cacá moved clubs but stayed in Denmark, signing a three-year contract with Odense BK for around 4 million Danish kroner. In his only full season with the team he contributed with 17 starts and three goals to an eventual second position, which qualified to the Europa League.

Cacá and Odense mutually terminated the player's contract on 14 January 2011. In the last day of the winter transfer window he signed with U.D. Leiria in Portugal, joining a host of compatriots at the top division side.

International career[edit]

Cacá played all the games for Brazil at the 1999 FIFA U-17 World Championship in New Zealand, scoring in the quarterfinals against Paraguay (4–1 win) as the national team won the tournament.

Personal life[edit]

Cacá's older brothers, Dedé and Leandro, were also footballers. Both shared teams at Atlético Mineiro and Borussia Dortmund, with very different individual fates however.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Aalborg 2–1 Celtic". BBC Sport. 25 November 2008. Retrieved 9 December 2011. 
  2. ^ "Ich hätte gerne für Deutschland gespielt" [I would have liked to play for Germany] (in German). Der Spiegel. 13 February 2004. Retrieved 9 December 2011. 

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