Warley Silva dos Santos
|Full name||Warley Silva dos Santos|
|Date of birth||13 February 1978|
|Place of birth||Sobradinho, DF, Brazil|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|1999||→ São Paulo (loan)||0||(0)|
|2000–2001||→ Grêmio (loan)||19||(7)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 February 2016.
Warley Silva dos Santos (born 13 February 1978) is a Brazilian footballer who plays as a forward for Botafogo-PB. Warley spent most of his career at Campeonato Brasileiro Série A but had an unsuccessful career with Italian club Udinese.
Beginnings in Brazil
Udinese & passport controversy
He played his first Serie A match on 19 September 1999 as starter, but Udinese lost the match to Juventus 1–4 while Warley went without a goal. He played 15 league matches that season. In September 2000, he followed Udinese traveled to Poland for the UEFA Cup match against Polonia Warsaw. But Polish officials discovered that his Portuguese passport was fake along with team-mate Alberto. Warley was immediately loaned to Grêmio for a year in order to fulfill the non-EU quota. The quota system was abolished in mid of 2000–01 season, but in June 2001, Warley along with 9 others including 3 of his team-mate (Alberto, Jorginho Paulista & Da Silva), countryman Dida were banned for a year, and 3 youths player were banned for 6 months. The ban later reduced, and on 13 January 2002, he played the first league match of the season, along with Sergio Bernardo Almiron replaced Gonzalo Martínez and David Pizarro in the 75th minutes. He played his first start of the season on 3 March that lost 1–2 to Atalanta. As the team had Roberto Sosa, David Di Michele, Vincenzo Iaquinta, Roberto Muzzi and Siyabonga Nomvethe as forward, Warley played 5 more league matches in the 2001–02 season. In 2002–03 season, he played 16 league matches.
Return to Brazil
In mid-2003, Warley returned to São Caetano and played two Campeonato Brasileiro Série A seasons. In 2005, he swapped to Palmeiras. He signed a one-year contract with Série B side Brasiliense in January 2006, and extended for another year on 8 December 2006. In January 2008, he signed a 1-year contract with Náutico but in August left for Brazilian Série B side ABC Futebol Clube. In January 2009, he signed a contract for the whole Campeonato Carioca campaign for Madureira. Warley was released before the start of Brazilian Série D 2009.
In January 2010, he signed a contract with Villa Nova for 2010 Campeonato Mineiro.
Warley played 4 matches for Brazil during the 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup, starting in the group match against New Zealand and also appearing as a substitute during the lost final against Mexico.
- "COMUNICATO UFFICIALE N. 507". Commissione Disciplinare, Lega Calcio (in Italian). 27 June 2001. Retrieved 2 September 2011.
- "Third Udinese player with fake passport". BBC Sport. 22 September 2000. Retrieved 9 March 2010.
- "Italians bar non-EU imports". UEFA.com. 17 July 2002. Retrieved 9 March 2010.
- Kennedy, Frances (28 June 2001). "Players banned over false passport scandal". The Independent. UK. Retrieved 9 March 2010.