Mirandinha

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Mirandinha
Personal information
Full name Francisco Ernani Lima da Silva
Date of birth (1959-07-02) 2 July 1959 (age 57)
Place of birth Chaval, Ceará, Brazil
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1977-1978 Ferroviario
1978–1979 Ponte Preta
1979–1980 Palmeiras
1980–1982 Botafogo
1983–1984 Náutico
1985 Portuguesa
1986–1987 Palmeiras 54 (19)
1987–1989 Newcastle United
1989–1991 Palmeiras 3 (2)
1991 Belenenses
1991 Corinthians
1991 Fortaleza
1992 Shimizu S-Pulse
1993–1994 Bellmare Hiratsuka
1995 Fortaleza
National team
1987 Brazil 4 (1)
Teams managed
1996 Ferroviario
1997 Botafogo-DF
1998 Hajer Club
1999 Goiânia
1999 Rio Negro
1999-2000 Al-Raed
2000 Nacional de Manaus
2001 Rio Negro
2002 Flamengo-PI
2002 Hajer Club
2003 Ríver
2004 Kedah FA
2005 Cascavel
2006 Libermorro
2006 Rio Negro
2007-2008 Libermorro
2008 Fortaleza
2009-2010 Hajer Club
2010 Parnahyba
2010 Ferroviario
2012 Maguary
2015 Al-Ahly Shendi
2016 Itapirense

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.


Francisco Ernani Lima da Silva, better known as Mirandinha (born 2 July 1959 in Brasilia), is a former professional Brazilian footballer.

Mirandinha won four caps for the Brazilian national team, all in 1987, with his only international goal coming against England.[1]

He had unsuccessful early spells at Ceará and Fortaleza, before finding some success at the 'third club' in Fortaleza city, Ferroviário. He then moved to play for Ponte Preta.[2]

As of 1981 he was playing for Botafogo in the Taça de Ouro.[3]

He signed for Newcastle United in 1987 for £575,000, thus becoming the first Brazilian to play in English football.[4] He left Newcastle in 1989, returning to his former club Palmeiras.[5]

In 1991 he moved from Palmeiras to join Belenenses, although he was only there for a short time,[6] playing three Portuguese League matches.[7] By late February he was playing for Corinthians, and he scored two goals for them in the 1991 Copa Libertadores.[8]

After leaving Corinthians he played for Fortaleza, and he then had spells in Japan with Shimizu S-Pulse and Shonan Bellmare.[9]

As of July 2013 he was a director at Maguary, who were playing in the third division of the Campeonato Cearense.[10]

Club statistics[edit]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
1987–88[11] Newcastle United First Division 26 11 2 0 2 1 - 32[A] 13[A]
1988–89[11] 28 8 3 1 2 1 - 35[B] 10
Brazil League Copa do Brasil League Cup South America Total
1991 Corinthians Série A 3[8] 2
Japan League Emperor's Cup J. League Cup Asia Total
1992 Shimizu S-Pulse J. League 1 - -
1993 Shonan Bellmare Football League ? ?
1994 Bellmare Hiratsuka J. League 1 -
Country Brazil
England 54 19 5 1 4 2 - 67 23
Japan ? ? 0 0 - ? ?
Total
A. ^ Two appearances and one goal in Simod Cup included in total.
B. ^ One appearance in Simod Cup and one appearance in Mercantile Credit Centenary Trophy included in total.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mirandinha". Sambafoot. Retrieved 12 March 2012. 
  2. ^ "Mirandinha: das ruas...". Diário do Nordeste (in Portuguese). Verdes Mares. 17 November 2014. Retrieved 25 June 2015. 
  3. ^ "Mirandinha". Placar (in Portuguese). Editoria Abril: 4–5. 30 January 1981. 
  4. ^ "Mirandinha: Toon twice tried to tempt me back". Four Four Two. Haymarket Media Group. 4 March 2009. Retrieved 12 March 2012. 
  5. ^ "Lembra Dele? De Fortaleza para o mundo, as corridas de Mirandinha". baú do esporte (in Portuguese). Globo. 29 November 2011. Retrieved 30 September 2012. 
  6. ^ Andrzej Bazylczuk & Łukasz Miszewski (2 December 2010). "Z cyklu "Nieznani, a szkoda": Mirandinha". Gazeta.pl (in Polish). Agora. Retrieved 30 September 2012. 
  7. ^ "Mirandinha" (in Portuguese). ForaDeJogo. Retrieved 30 September 2012. 
  8. ^ a b 1991 Copa Libertadores results and line-ups at RSSSF (although appearance data is not listed for Corinthians match against Flamengo on 20 March 1991, which was abandoned, although the match was declared valid)
  9. ^ Profile at zerozerofootball
  10. ^ Caio Costa (25 July 2013). "Maguary busca renascer no futebol cearense Quatro vezes campeão cearense, o Maguary que voltar a elite até 2016, pelo menos ó que diz Miradinha, ex-jogador, atual dirigente do clube" (in Portuguese). Tribuna do Ceara. Retrieved 11 October 2014. 
  11. ^ a b "Player Profile: Francisco Ernandi Lima da Silva (Mirandinha)". toon1892.co.uk. Archived from the original on 23 July 2012. Retrieved 2011-07-15.