Washington (footballer)

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Washington
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Personal information
Full name Washington Stecanela Cerqueira
Date of birth (1975-04-01) 1 April 1975 (age 42)
Place of birth Brasilia, Brazil
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1997 Caxias (–)
1997–1998 Internacional (–)
1998 Grêmio (–)
1998 Ponte Preta (–)
1999 Caxias (–)
1999–2000 Paraná Clube 20 (10)
2000–2002 Ponte Preta 47 (34)
2002–2003 Fenerbahçe 17 (10)
2004 Atlético Paranaense 38 (34)
2005 Tokyo Verdy 33 (22)
2006–2007 Urawa Reds 52 (42)
2008 Fluminense 28 (21)
2009–2010 São Paulo 39 (19)
2010 Fluminense 26 (8)
Total 300 (200)
National team
2001–2002 Brazil 9 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Washington Stecanela Cerqueira, or simply Washington (born 1 April 1975 in Brasília), is a retired association footballer who played striker.

Career[edit]

In the 2002–03 Turkish league season Washington scored 10 goals in 17 games, but was subsequently released by Fenerbahçe because of his health problems.

Washington was submitted to a coronary catheterization. Once recovered, physicians told him that playing football would not represent a risk to his condition. He then signed with Brazilian club Atlético Paranaense where he was 2004 Série A top-scorer with 34 goals and broke the league's record. For his recovery, he was dubbed Coração Valente, the title of the movie Braveheart in Brazil.

In 2005, he moved to Japan to play for Tokyo Verdy in the J1 League. He had a successful season there with 22 goals in 33 games but could not save his club from relegation. In 2006, he transferred to Urawa Red Diamonds and helped the Reds win their first ever J1 League title, becoming the top scorer in the league with 26 goals in 26 games. In 2007, he was the 2007 FIFA Club World Cup top scorer, helping his team to a third-place finish in the competition.

On 21 December 2007 Washington returned to Brazil to play for Fluminense. His contract was valid through the end of 2008. Washington finished as the 2008 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A top scorer, with 21 goals, tied with Keirrison and Kléber Pereira.[1] Even though he renewed his contract with São Paulo until the end of the 2010 season[2] he eventually returned to Fluminense on July 27, 2010. He played a major role in the team's run to win the 2010 Série A, scoring 10 goals throughout the competition and being involved in the play that guaranteed the team's championship (in the last game of the season).

On 13 January 2011, while training with Fluminense in Mangaratiba, Washington announced his retirement from football.[3]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

[4]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Brazil League Copa do Brasil League Cup South America Total
1999 Paraná Série A 20 10
2000 0 0
2000 Ponte Preta Série A 23 16
2001 24 18
2002 0 0
Turkey League Türkiye Kupası League Cup Europe Total
2002–03 Fenerbahçe Süper Lig 4 10
2003–04 0 0
Brazil League Copa do Brasil League Cup South America Total
2004 Atlético Paranaense Série A 38 34
Japan League Emperor's Cup J.League Cup Asia Total
2005 Tokyo Verdy J1 League 33 22 1 0 5 5 - 40* 29*
2006 Urawa Reds J1 League 26 26 2 3 6 9 - 35* 39*
2007 26 16 0 0 0 0 10 1 40* 20*
Brazil League Copa do Brasil League Cup South America Total
2008 Fluminense Série A 28 21
2009 São Paulo Série A 33 17
2010 6 2
Fluminense Série A 26 8
Country Brazil 198 126
Turkey 17 10
Japan 85 64 3 3 11 14 10 1 115* 88*
Total 300 200

* includes Japanese Super Cup and Club World Cup

International[edit]

Brazil national team
Year Apps Goals
2001 6 1
2002 3 1
Total 9 2

International goals[edit]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Tokyo Verdy
Urawa Reds
Fluminense

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Washington, Keirrison e Kléber Pereira são os artilheiros do Brasileiro com 21 gols" (in Portuguese). O Globo. 7 December 2008. Retrieved 8 December 2008. 
  2. ^ São Paulo acerta com Washington por mais um ano (Portuguese)
  3. ^ "Washington surpreende e anuciará a sua aposentadoria nesta quinta" (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. 12 January 2011. Retrieved 17 January 2011. 
  4. ^ Washington at National-Football-Teams.com