|Full name||Márcio Amoroso dos Santos|
|Date of birth||5 July 1974|
|Place of birth||Brasília, Brazil|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|1992–1993||→ Verdy Kawasaki (loan)||19||(16)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Márcio Amoroso dos Santos (born 5 July 1974 in Brasília) is a retired Brazilian footballer. He played for several teams in Japan, Italy, Germany, Spain and Greece while representing Brazil at international level. In his prime, he was a very talented striker with great dribbling skills and goal scoring ability.
Amoroso started his career at homeland club Guarani FC at 1992. In July 1992, he was loaned to a Japanese outfit Verdy Kawasaki (J. League Division 1), and returned to Guarani FC two years later. In 1996, he transferred to Flamengo, but he came to prominence playing in the Italian Serie A for unfashionable Udinese in the late-1990s. There he starred alongside Oliver Bierhoff in a side which played an adventurous 3–4–3 formation. When Oliver Bierhoff left the club for A.C. Milan, many thought Udinese Calcio would struggle to repeat their success, but that very next season Amoroso himself became the focus of the team, and was the top scorer in Serie A. A big-money move to Parma followed. The Parma AC side never quite fulfilled their potential to win the league title, and Amoroso was soon on the move again, this time to Borussia Dortmund in Germany for 50 million Deutsche Mark (€25 million) [nb 1], a German record at that time, and as of 2013, still a fourth highest signing after Javi Martínez, Mario Gómez, and Mario Götze. Amoroso won the Bundesliga title in 2001–02 and was the top scorer in the season. He helped them to the 2002 UEFA Cup Final where his goal (a penalty) could not prevent them from losing 3–2 to Feyenoord. Amoroso played for Malaga during the 2004–05 season.
Amoroso moved to São Paulo in the summer of 2005 and immediately helped them to the Copa Libertadores, the most prestigious club prize in South America. In January 2006, after having won the FIFA Club World Championship and was the top scorers in tournament, he returned to Italy, signing an 18-month contract for AC Milan as a replacement for Christian Vieri, who had transferred to Monaco.
But then Amoroso agreed to cancel the contract with AC Milan on 1 September 2006, and immediately signed a new contract with Corinthians. Amoroso quickly received the no. 10 jersey from Corinthians as a replacement for Carlos Tevez (who left SC Corinthians Paulista and moved to West Ham United). But there he could not show the football that he was capable of, having his contract resigned in April 2007, signing in for Grêmio. Since August, Amoroso did not play for Grêmio, having his contract resigned due to lack of form. In January 2008, he signed a one-and-a-half year contract with Aris Thessaloniki. However, he spent only six months in Thessaloniki. On 29 December 2008, Amoroso returned to Guarani for the 2009 season.
Aris Thessaloniki was Amoroso’s 12th club in six different countries. He won 20 trophies and personal awards, including the Copa América with Brazil and both the FIFA Club World Championship and Copa Libertadores with São Paulo. He has also played for Verdy Kawasaki, Flamengo, Udinese, Parma, Borussia Dortmund, Málaga, Milan, Corinthians, Grêmio and Guarani which was his last club.
Amoroso was the top scorers in three different national championships and Bundesliga record transfer when he moved to Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2001.
Club career statistics
|1992||Verdy Kawasaki||J. League 1||-|
|2005||São Paulo||Série A||22||12|
|2006||Corinthians Paulista||Série A||12||2|
|2007–08||Aris Thessaloniki||Super League||9||1|
International career statistics
|Brazil national team|
Honours and awards
- Verdy Kawasaki
- J. League Division 1: 1993
- Borussia Dortmund
- São Paulo
- Copa Libertadores: 2005
- FIFA Club World Championship: 2005
- FIFA Club World Championship Top scorer: 2005
- Parma listed the revenue was 55,439,944,000 lire, took DM 1.95583 = €1 and €1 = 1936.27 lire and took 6 significant figure got DM 1 = 989.999 lire. Thus the fee was 56,000,000 Deutsche Mark
- Pereira, Luis Estevam. A hora a vez de Amoroso. Placar. Retrieved 29 August 2012.
- Parma AC SpA Report and Accounts on 30 June 2001 (in Italian)
- Zeh, Thomas. "Amoroso happy to stay at Dortmund". Sky Sports. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
- "Guarani acerta retorno do atacante Amoroso" (in Portuguese). Terra. 29 December 2008. Retrieved 29 December 2008.
- Matthias Arnhold (28 May 2014). "Márcio AMOROSO dos Santos - Matches and Goals in Bundesliga". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 25 July 2014.
- Márcio Amoroso at National-Football-Teams.com
- "Amoroso". worldfootball.net. Retrieved 2 May 2014.
- "Marcio Amoroso" (in German). fussballdaten.de. Retrieved 2 May 2014.
- Brazilian Footballer of the Year 1994
- Márcio Amoroso at fussballdaten.de (German)
- Márcio Amoroso at weltfussball.de (German)