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This article is about the Brazilian footballer born in 1934. For the Brazilian footballer that played in the NASL, see Zequinha (footballer born 1949).
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Zequinha, May 1963
Personal information
Full name Jose Ferreira Franco
Date of birth (1934-11-18)18 November 1934
Place of birth Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil
Date of death 25 July 2009(2009-07-25) (aged 74)
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1954 Auto Esporte-PB ? (?)
1954–1958 Santa Cruz-PE
1958–1965 Palmeiras
1965 Fluminense
1965–1968 Palmeiras
1968–1970 Atlético-PR
1970 Náutico
National team
1960–1965 Brazil 16 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

José Ferreira Franco (18 November 1934 in Recife – 25 July 2009), nicknamed Zequinha, was a Brazilian former football (soccer) player.

Playing career[edit]

National team[edit]

He earned 16 caps and scored 2 goals for the Brazil national football team. And he was also a part of the 1962 FIFA World Cup winning squad, although he did not play any matches during the tournament. He did though pick up a winners' medal at the tournament, being an unused substitute.


During his club career he played for Auto Esporte-PB in 1954, Santa Cruz-PE from 1954 to 1958. He then went to São Paulo club Palmeiras from 1958 to 1965. After this he went to rivals Fluminense for the 1965 season before returning to Palmeiras playing there until 1968.

After leaving Palmeiras, Zequinha went to Curitiba side Atlético-PR for whom he played for from 1968 until 1970. His last season in Brazil came with Náutico in 1970. He played for the Brazilian national team from 1960 to 1965. On 25 July 2009 Zequinha died at the age of 74