Mineiro (footballer)

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Mineiro after a match for Hertha BSC in 2008
Personal information
Full name Carlos Luciano da Silva
Date of birth (1975-08-02) 2 August 1975 (age 46)
Place of birth Porto Alegre, Brazil
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)[1]
Position(s) Defensive midfielder
Youth career
1996–1997 Rio Branco
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–1998 Guarani 24 (0)
1998–2003 Ponte Preta 104 (5)
2003–2004 São Caetano 80 (3)
2005–2007 São Paulo 57 (7)
2007–2008 Hertha BSC 36 (2)
2008–2009 Chelsea 1 (0)
2009–2010 Schalke 04 7 (0)
2011–2012 TuS Koblenz 30 (1)
Total 342 (18)
National team
2001–2008 Brazil 24 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Carlos Luciano da Silva (born 2 August 1975), nicknamed Mineiro, is a Brazilian former professional footballer who played as a defensive midfielder.

Despite being from the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul his nickname "Mineiro" was given to him because of his shy and quiet personality, typical of someone from the state of Minas Gerais

Club career[edit]

Mineiro was born in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul. He won the Campeonato Paulista in 2004 and 2005, playing for São Caetano and São Paulo, respectively, and also won, playing for São Paulo, the Copa Libertadores de América and the FIFA Club World Championship in 2005. On 18 December 2005, he scored the only goal in the final of the 2005 FIFA Club World Championship in Yokohama, Japan, against European champions Liverpool.[2]

On 3 February 2007, he had his Bundesliga debut for Hertha BSC in a game against Hamburger SV.[3] He was brought on for the last 20 minutes in place of Malik Fathi and scored his first goal for the Berlin club, a spectacular game-winning goal (2–1), shooting from more than 25 yards, in the last seconds of injury time.[4]

On 24 September 2008, it was announced that Mineiro had signed for Chelsea as a backup for the injured Michael Essien until the end of the 2008–09 season. He made his Chelsea debut on 1 November 2008 against Sunderland in a league match. He came on for Nicolas Anelka who had already scored a hat-trick leading Chelsea to a 5–0 victory.[5]

Despite already having played for Chelsea he was not formally revealed to the press until 7 November during a press conference at Chelsea's training ground in Cobham, Surrey. During the press conference it was confirmed that Mineiro was on a contract to play as Chelsea's third-choice defensive midfielder, behind Essien and Mikel John Obi.[6] Mineiro played just twice for Chelsea, and his only start was against Burnley in the League Cup.

On 11 August 2009, he returned to Germany for the medical check[7] and later signed with Schalke 04.[8] He made his Schalke debut on 16 August 2009 in their first home game of the 2009–10 Bundesliga season, a 3–0 win against VfL Bochum, playing the entire match.[9] At the end of the season, he left Schalke.[10]

On 6 September 2011, TuS Koblenz, playing in the fourth tier of German football, surprisingly announced his signing, giving him a contract until the end of the season.

International career[edit]

Mineiro made his international debut in April 2001 against Peru.

Mineiro was a late call-up for Brazil's 2006 FIFA World Cup squad. A knee injury sustained by Barcelona midfielder Edmílson in the run-up to the tournament forced him to withdraw, resulting in a call-up for Mineiro, but he did not receive any playing time in Germany.

Mineiro was selected to participate in Copa América 2007. He started every match as Brazil went on to win the tournament. He retired from the national team in 2008.



São Caetano

São Paulo





  1. ^ "Chelsea FC profile". Chelsea FC. 16 July 2008. Archived from the original on 15 August 2009. Retrieved 16 July 2008.
  2. ^ "Sao Paulo 1-0 Liverpool". BBC Sport. 18 December 2005. Retrieved 3 March 2014.
  3. ^ "Tactical Formation". Football-Lineups.com. Retrieved 6 February 2007.
  4. ^ "Hertha 2-1 Hamburg". SoccerWay. Retrieved 3 March 2014.
  5. ^ "Chelsea snap up Brazilian Mineiro". BBC Sport. 25 September 2008. Retrieved 25 September 2008.
  6. ^ Brown, Oliver (7 November 2008). "Mineiro happy to be a stand-in for John Obi Mikel at Chelsea". The Daily Telegraph. London. Archived from the original on 11 December 2008. Retrieved 7 November 2008.
  7. ^ "Brasilianischer Nationalspieler Mineiro vor Wechsel zu den Knappen" (in German). FC Schalke 04. 11 August 2009. Archived from the original on 17 February 2012. Retrieved 26 August 2012.
  8. ^ "Live Transfers" (in German). Eurosport. 11 August 2009. Archived from the original on 19 July 2009. Retrieved 11 August 2009.
  9. ^ "Match report: FC Schalke 04 vs. VfL Bochum (Bundesliga 2009/2010)" (in German). Weltfussball.de. 16 August 2009. Retrieved 22 August 2009.
  10. ^ "Dämpfer für Magath – Keine "Alleingänge" erlaubt" (in German). Focus. 11 May 2010. Retrieved 19 May 2010.
  11. ^ "Campeão, São Paulo domina a seleção do Brasileiro" (in Portuguese). Terra. 4 December 2006. Retrieved 21 June 2009.

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