Marcelinho Paraíba

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Marcelinho Paraíba
Marcelinho 2005.jpg
Marcelinho playing for Hertha in 2005.
Personal information
Full name Marcelo dos Santos
Date of birth (1975-05-17) 17 May 1975 (age 40)
Place of birth Campina Grande, Brazil
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Playing position Attacking Midfielder
Winger
Second striker
Club information
Current team
Joinville
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1993 Campinense 0 (0)
1994 Paraguaçuense 0 (0)
1994–1995 Santos 7 (0)
1995–1996 Rio Branco (SP) 42 (7)
1997–2000 São Paulo 60 (15)
2000 Olympique de Marseille 19 (3)
2001 Grêmio Porto Alegrense 0 (0)
2001–2006 Hertha 155 (65)
2006 Trabzonspor 17 (2)
2007–2008 Wolfsburg 50 (12)
2008–2009 Flamengo 19 (8)
2009 Coritiba 34 (14)
2010–2011 São Paulo 8 (1)
2010 Sport do Recife (loan) 23 (6)
2011–2012 Sport do Recife 33 (12)
2012 Grêmio Barueri 19 (3)
2012–2013 Boa 33 (5)
2014 Fortaleza 31 (12)
2015 Internacional de Lages 5 (4)
2015– Joinville 12 (2)
National team
2001 Brazil 5 (1)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 August 2015.

† Appearances (Goals).

Marcelo dos Santos (born 17 May 1975 in Campina Grande, Brazil), better known as Marcelinho Paraíba or simply Marcelinho, is a Brazilian footballer currently playing for Joinville.

In Brazil, he is also known as Marcelinho Paraíba, referring to the state in which he was born.

He was arguably one of the best playmakers in the Bundesliga because of his extravagant skills that include his visionary passing, abundance of tricks and his world class technique.

Career[edit]

Marcelinho Paraiba began his career in Campinense, Paraíba, where he won two league titles there. Between 1994 and 1995, he played for Santos. Two years later, however, he made his breakthrough at São Paulo, where he won two Paulistões before being sold to Marseille.

He only spent a year in France, and in 2001 he returned to Brazil to play for Grêmio, where he began to experience the pinnacle of his career. At that time, Marcelinho Paraiba was called "Marcelinho Paraúcho" by Gremistas, because of his passage in the team. He became champion and top scorer of the Campeonato Gaúcho, where he scored a goal in the second game in the final against Corinthians, but did not play in the league that year because before the tournament, he signed a five-year contract with Hertha BSC.

Marcelinho played for Hertha from 2001 to 2006. He is ranked among the most important players in the association's history and there Marcelinho was known as a technically talented player, serving as a playmaker and leader while performing in both the midfield and forward area. In addition, he carried the responsibility of executing the free kicks, corner kicks, and penalty kicks of the club. The personal trademarks of this extravagant football player are his usually remarkable shoes and his often multicoloured hair. He was capped fives times for the Brazil national football team, for which he scored once. At the beginning of the 2006–07 season, he arbitrarily extended his off-season vacation by nine days, which led to some slight tension with the Hertha association management. After Marcelinho had expressed himself, in the following the days, contradictory statements as to whether he wanted to remain at Hertha or not, he ended his term with them, signing a three-year contract with Turkish club Trabzonspor for approximately 2.5 million euros.

In August 2008, Marcelinho Paraíba returned to Brazil to play for Flamengo.[1] On 6 March 2009, Coritiba signed the forward on a free transfer until the end of the year, as Marcelinho terminated his contract with Flamengo.[2] After the relegation of Coritiba, he re-signed for São Paulo on 18 December 2009. On 9 August 2010 he was loaned to Sport till the end of the 2010 season[3] and his contract was extended to the end of the 2011 season.

Honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Flamengo acerta com meia Marcelinho Paraíba" (in Portuguese). Terra Esportes. 10 August 2008. Retrieved 10 August 2008. 
  2. ^ "Coxa e Marcelinho perto de acerto" (in Portuguese). coritiba.com.br. 6 March 2009. Retrieved 2 October 2010. 
  3. ^ "Marcelinho Paraíba deixa o São Paulo e acerta para reforçar o Sport" (in Portuguese). Esporte. 9 August 2010. Retrieved 2 October 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Biografias - Marcelinho Paraíba" (in Portuguese). Uol Esporte. Retrieved 20 March 2015. 
  5. ^ "Boa Esporte segura o Leão e é campeão da Taça Minas Gerais 2012" (in Portuguese). www.hojeemdia.com. 9 December 2012. Retrieved 20 March 2015. 

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