Luizão (footballer, born 1975)
|Full name||Luiz Carlos Bombonato Goulart|
|Date of birth||14 November 1975|
|Place of birth||Rubinéia, Brazil|
|Height||1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|1997–1998||Deportivo La Coruña||13||(4)|
|1998–1999||Vasco da Gama||16||(8)|
|2005||Nagoya Grampus Eight||6||(4)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Luiz Carlos Bombonato Goulart, known as Luizão (born 14 November 1975), is a Brazilian former footballer who played forward. He was capped 17 times by Brazil, scoring two goals in the last game of the 2002 FIFA World Cup Qualification vs Venezuela, a 3–0 Brazilian victory. This victory classified Brazil to the World Cup and confirmed Luizão as part of the victorious squad coached by Luiz Felipe Scolari, conquering the fifth world title for Brazil.
Luizão was born in Rubinéia. He is one of the few players, alongside Antônio Carlos, Müller, Neto and César Sampaio that played for the four major clubs of São Paulo: Santos Futebol Clube, Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras, Sport Club Corinthians Paulista and São Paulo Futebol Clube. He managed to be the top goalscorer of at least one tournament for each one of them, except for Santos, where he underachieved.
Luizão bloomed at Guarani Futebol Clube, playing alongside close friends Djalminha and Márcio Amoroso. Luizão (with Djalminha) was then transferred to Palmeiras, where he won many titles, including a São Paulo State Championship under the command of Vanderlei Luxemburgo, where he scored 22 of 102 squad goals.
He then followed Djalminha to La Liga's Deportivo de La Coruña, but unlike the talented playmaker, Luizão failed to settle. He returned to Brazil to Club de Regatas Vasco da Gama. In July 2002, he had another unsuccessful abroad stint, with German Bundesliga side Hertha BSC, leaving the side on January 2004.
The 35-year-old forward (as of 2010[update]), who was a free agent after terminating his contract with São Caetano. He came to sign with other teams as Guaratinguetá, but has not played in any match for them.
|1997–98||Deportivo La Coruña||La Liga||13||4|
|1998||Vasco da Gama||Série A||16||8|
|2005||Nagoya Grampus Eight||J1 League||6||4|
|2007||São Caetano||Série B||5||2|
|Brazil national team|
Vasco da Gama
- São Paulo State Championship: 1999, 2001
- Rio-São Paulo Tournament: 1999
- Brazilian Championship: 1999
- FIFA Club World Cup: 2000
- Bola de Prata (Brazilian Silver Ball): 1994
- Brazilian Cup top scorer: 1996, 1998
- Libertadores Cup top scorer: 2000