||Mehmet Aurelio (Marco Aurélio Brito dos Prazeres)
|Date of birth
15 December 1977 |
|Place of birth
||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
||Kasımpaşa (Assistant Manager)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (goals)
Mehmet Aurélio (born Marco Aurélio Brito dos Prazeres, 15 December 1977) is a Brazilian-Turkish football coach and retired footballer, who was the assistant manager of Kasımpaşa in Turkey.
The midfielder started his career in the country of his birth with Flamengo, where he made over 100 appearances, before joining Olaria.
He moved to Turkey with Trabzonspor in June 2001 and on to Fenerbahçe in June 2003, where he has become a key member of the squad. During his time in Turkey he has won a number of honours, including the three league titles and the Turkish Super Cup with Fenerbahce and the Turkish Cup with Trabzonspor. He would then leave for Spanish side Real Betis playing 69 games and scoring 6 goals before returning to Turkey on free transfer, signing a 2-year contract with Beşiktaş. His wage would be basic salary plus bonus per number of game he played. On 11 May 2011, he converted his penalty in the shootout as the Istanbul team won the Turkish Cup against İstanbul BB (4–3, 2–2 after extra time). His contract with Beşiktaş expired in summer 2012.
Mehmet Aurélio signed with his former club Olaria on March 1, 2013.
Mehmet Aurélio made his debut for Turkey in August 2006 against Luxembourg. He was a regular for Fatih Terim's side during their Euro 2008 qualification campaign, starting 11 of the 12 games.
Aurélio is a defensive midfielder renowned for his strong tackling and big match temperament, aiding the midfield with an important combination of strength, stamina, technique and tactical expertise.