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Zé Maria
Personal information
Full name José Marcelo Ferreira
Date of birth July 25, 1973 (1973-07-25) (age 36)
Place of birth Oeiras, Brazil
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Right defender/midfielder
Club information
Current club Group Castello (head coach)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1995 Portuguesa 17 (2)
1993 CS Sergipe (loan) 38 (5)
1994 Ponte Preta (loan) 28 (1)
1995–1996 Flamengo 13 (1)
1997 Palmeiras 22 (2)
1997–2000 Parma 45 (1)
1998 Vasco da Gama (loan) 34 (4)
2000 Cruzeiro (loan) 29 (2)
2000–2004 Perugia 164 (16)
2004–2006 Internazionale 30 (1)
2006–2007 Levante UD 14 (0)
2008 Portuguesa 5 (1)
2008–2009 Città di Castello
National team
1996–2001 Brazil 43 (2)
Teams managed
2010– Group Castello
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

For another Brazilian footballer named Zé Maria , see José Maria Rodrigues Alves.

José Marcelo Ferreira, aka Zé Maria (born July 25, 1973 in Oeiras), is a former professional Brazilian footballer turned manager.

Known for his pin-point crosses, Maria can play either as a right back or right midfielder.


Playing career

Zé Maria signed with Associação Portuguesa de Desportos in 1996, before switching to Clube de Regatas do Flamengo a year later. After a successful season with Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras, he moved to Italy with Parma F.C., where he was often loaned to Brazilian squads. However, Maria settled at Perugia Calcio, playing four seasons for the perennial league strugglers.

After Perugia's relegation in 2003-04, following a playoff loss to ACF Fiorentina, Zé Maria moved to Serie A giants Internazionale F.C.. After just 8 appearances in his second season (with Inter winning the scudetto courtesy of the Calciocaos affair), he was released and joined La Liga side Levante UD on a free transfer.

After starting the season as first-choice right-back, Maria lost the position and finished with 14 league appearances, with Levante barely avoiding relegation. Released again, he entailed unsuccessful negotiations with several clubs, reportedly Sheffield United F.C..[1] and Queens Park Rangers F.C., thus returning to Brazil and Portuguesa in January 2008.

On August, after having rescinded his contract, he surprisingly accepted an offer from Città di Castello, an Italian Eccellenza Umbria amateur club.[2] Maria also stated his intention to keep living in Italy after his retirement from football.[3] He set up a football school in Perugia, where he currently resides.[4]

Coaching career

On March 15, 2010 Zé Maria took his first head coaching job in his career, becoming head coach of Serie D club Group Castello.[5]


External links

Olympic medal record
Competitor for  Brazil
Men's Football
Bronze 1996 Atlanta Team Competition

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