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Careca
Personal information
Full name Antônio de Oliveira Filho
Date of birth October 5, 1960 (1960-10-05) (age 49)
Place of birth    Araraquara, Brazil
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Striker
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1976–1982
1983–1987
1987–1993
1994–1997
2005
Guarani
São Paulo
Napoli
Kashiwa Reysol
Garforth Town
063 (38)
067 (54)
161 (73)
060 (31)
00? 0(?)   
National team
1982–1993 Brazil 060 (29)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Antônio de Oliveira Filho (born October 5, 1960) known commonly as Careca is a former football player. During his career Careca played for several clubs, he is most famous for his time with Italian side Napoli and also his contributions to the Brazilian national football team.

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Club career

Careca began his footballing career in his home state of São Paulo with local side Guarani in 1978. With his finishing ability and devastating pace quickly established himself as one of his country's best young strikers. With Guarani, he won the Brazilian Championship during his first season and the Brazilian Second Division in 1981.

By 1983 he had been signed by São Paulo, he continued to gather notoriety because of his impressive goals to games ratio and by 1986, Careca led São Paulo to the Brazilian Championship, beating his former club Guarani in the final. He was awarded Bola de Ouro the same year, which is the Brazilian equivalent of Footballer of the Year.

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Move to Napoli

In the summer of 1987 Careca moved to Italian Serie A champions Napoli, where he was part of the "Ma-Gi-Ca" forward lineup with Bruno Giordano and Diego Maradona[1]. Careca's first season at Napoli was an unsuccessful one, despite his 13 goals: the team were knocked out in the first round of the European Cup by Real Madrid. and they lost the title in the final games of the season.

However, his second season was far more successful. The team won the UEFA Cup, with Careca scoring a goal in each leg of the final, one a memorable lobbed goal, and finished second in Serie A. In 1990 Careca finally won the Scudetto with Napoli, in what would prove to be effectively Maradona's final season with the club. Careca would spend a further three years with Napoli, establishing a partnership with Gianfranco Zola, during which Napoli failed to win any silverware.

Later stages of playing career

In 1993 Careca left Italy to play for new Japanese J. League team Kashiwa Reysol. Careca spent four years with the team, during which time he helped them to promotion to the J1 league in 1994. He returned to Brazil in 1997 with Santos, he spent a year with the club before joining the lower-league team São José (RS), where he finished his career in 1999.

Careca retired having played 60 games for Brazil, and scored 29 goals.

International career

Careca first broke into the national side of Brazil during 1982, but was forced to miss the 1982 World Cup in Spain due to an injury. His place in the squad for that tournament was taken by Roberto Dinamite.

It was during the 1986 World Cup, in Mexico, that Careca really established himself in world football. He ended the tournament, during which Brazil were memorably eliminated by France at the quarter-final stage, with five goals, placing him second in the Golden Boot rankings behind England’s Gary Lineker. In 1990, Careca was part of the Brazilian team that was defeated by Argentina in the second round. His last cap was earned in August 1993.

Honours

Club
Individual

References

  1. ^ Richardson, James (2007-04-03). "Serie A's comeback kid eyes another miracle". Guardian Unlimited. http://blogs.guardian.co.uk/sport/2007/04/03/serie_as_comeback_kid_eyes_ano.html.  

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Careca
Personal information
Full name Antônio de Oliveira Filho
Date of birth 5 October 1960 (1960-10-05) (age 50)
Place of birth    Araraquara, Brazil
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Striker (retired)
Senior clubs
Years Club
1976-1982
1983-1987
1987-1993
1994-1997
Guarani
São Paulo
Napoli
Kashiwa Reysol
National team
1982-1993 Brazil

Careca (born 5 October 1960) is a former Brazilian football player. He has played for Brazil national team.

Club career statistics

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Club Performance League CupLeague CupTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
BrazilLeague Copa do Brasil League CupTotal
1978GuaraniSérie A28132813
19791010
1980177177
1981Série B148148
1982Série A17181718
1983São PauloSérie A20172017
19840000
198517121712
198631253125
19870000
ItalyLeague Coppa Italia League CupTotal
1987/88NapoliSerie A26132613
1988/8930193019
1989/9022102210
1990/91299299
1991/9233153315
1992/93247247
JapanLeague Emperor's Cup J. League CupTotal
1993Kashiwa ReysolFootball League00116475
1994251900112620
1995J. League 1301000-3010
1996520063115
CountryBrazil 145100145100
Italy 1647316473
Japan 6031111387440
Total 36920411138383213

International career statistics

Brazil national team
YearAppsGoals
198240
1983115
198400
198573
1986118
198742
198800
198966
199073
199110
199220
199372
Total6029

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