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Personal information
Full name Mário Jardel de Almeida Ribeiro
Date of birth 18 September 1973 (1973-09-18) (age 36)
Place of birth Fortaleza, Brazil
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Flamengo-PI
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1990 Ferroviário 0 (0)
1991–1995 Vasco da Gama 50 (26)
1995–1996 Grêmio 42 (31)
1996–2000 Porto 125 (130)
2000–2001 Galatasaray 24 (22)
2001–2003 Sporting CP 49 (53)
2003–2004 Bolton Wanderers 7 (0)
2004 Ancona 3 (0)
2004 Newell's Old Boys 3 (0)
2005 Deportivo Alavés 0 (0)
2005–2006 Goiás 4 (1)
2006–2007 Beira-Mar 12 (3)
2007 Anorthosis Famagusta 7 (2)
2007–2008 Newcastle Jets 11 (0)
2008 Criciúma 17 (6)
2009 Ferroviário 0 (0)
2010– Flamengo-PI
National team
1996–2001 Brazil 7 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Mário Jardel de Almeida Ribeiro (born 18 September 1973) is a Brazilian professional footballer who is currently playing with Flamengo-PI. Despite not possessing extreme technical ability, Jardel was most noted for his positioning on the field and 'being at the right place at the right time. With this exceptional positioning ability, Jardel was able to become one of Europe's most prolific strikers during his time at FC Porto, Galatasaray, and Sporting Clube de Portugal.


Club career



Jardel played for Vasco da Gama, but moved in 1995 to Grêmio Porto Alegre, where he won the Libertadores Cup.


In 1996, he was linked to several teams, and after failing to transfer to Benfica and Rangers (due to the strict British rules involving non-EU players), he signed with Portuguese side FC Porto, where with help from players such as Zlatko Zahovič, Sérgio Conceição, and Ljubinko Drulović, he was the top goalscorer in Europe for three years (1998–99, 1999–00, 2001–02), with a goal average of slightly over one goal per match (130 goals in 125 games, avg: 1.04). Although he was top scorer three times, due to the use of coefficients based on each European league's standards, he only won twice, the 1998–99 and 2001–02 European Golden Boots. He lost out to Kevin Phillips in 1999–00 despite Phillips having scored six fewer goals than Jardel.

Porto Statistics:

Club Season Portuguese Liga Portuguese Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Porto 1996–97 31 30 6 3 8 4 45 37
1997–98 30 26 2 8 5 3 37 37
1998–99 32 36 0 0 6 2 38 38
1999–00 32 38 4 6 13 10 49 54
Total 125 130 12 17 32 19 169 166


Jardel's future seemed bright enough. Before the 2000–01 season he was traded to the Turkish club Galatasaray, winners of UEFA Cup in 2000, for exactly $16 million.

Scoring five goals in his debut match suggested he would adapt well to his new club, but towards the end of the season injuries and growing personal problems hinted he was soon going to leave Turkey again. Regardless, he was part of the Galatasaray team that won the UEFA Super Cup, himself scoring twice to beat Real Madrid 2-1 in the SuperCup final, and reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League, with Jardel scoring six goals in the competition in victories against teams such as Milan and Real Madrid. He was also a favorite of Galatasaray fans, who called him "Super Mário" Jardel. He ended the season with 22 goals.

Galatasaray Statistics:

Club Season Turkish League Turkish Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Galatasaray 2000–01 24 22 2 1 17 11 43 34
Total 24 22 2 1 17 11 43 34

Sporting CP

In 2001–02, he tried to return to Portugal. The first team interested in his contract was Benfica, and was a major key in Manuel Vilarinho's campaign, but talks failed. He then returned to FC Porto, but his transfer was refused by coach Octávio Machado. Sporting Clube de Portugal appeared last and signed him.

The 2001–02 season proved hugely successful to Jardel — he scored 42 goals in 30 games, and Sporting won both the Portuguese Liga and the Portuguese Cup. He also won the Prize "Player of the Year" by the Portuguese newspaper Record — one of the only two foreign players to achieve this, the other being Lisandro López.

Sporting Statistics:

Club Season Portuguese Liga Portuguese Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sporting CP 2001–02 30 42 6 7 6 6 42 55
2002–03 19 11 1 1 0 0 20 12
Total 49 53 7 8 6 6 62 67


While the 2001–02 season was arguably the best of Jardel's career, the following 2002–03 season proved to be the beginning of the end. Left off the Brazilian national team again, this time for the 2002 FIFA World Cup (despite his tremendous goal-scoring abilities he was rarely called up), and unfit at the start of the season, he spent the most of it on the injury list.

In the Christmas break, he returned to his native Fortaleza, where he injured his knee in a swimming pool fall.[citation needed] He scored only nine goals that season. He was granted, alongside Deco, Portuguese citizenship on February 2003.[1]

He was released by Sporting before the start of the 2003–04 season. He moved to English side Bolton Wanderers, but failed to score a league goal for the club. He did, however, score three goals in the English League Cup, where Bolton were eventually losing finalists. These goals came in games against Walsall, where Jardel scored twice,[2] and against Liverpool at Anfield.[3] During the winter break, he moved to Italian side Ancona, but could not convince the staff of his physical capabilities. Ancona supporters called him lardel (Italian for "fat man") due to him being overweight; an Italian journalist, about his debut opposite Milan, said "We stretch a veil of silence in respect of what he has been"[4] By the end of the season, he quit European football, and returned to Brazil to play for Palmeiras, but was denied a contract after a period of test.[citation needed]

In July 2004, Jardel signed a contract with Rosario side Newell's Old Boys in Argentina, after rumours about a possible return to Portugal, to play in the newly promoted Penafiel, where his former team mate Ljubinko Drulović played and António Oliveira (his first Porto manager) assumed the chairman position.

In August 2005, Jardel returned to Turkey in order to sign a contract with Ankaragücü. The signing could not be completed, however, because Jardel arrived late in Ankara and Ankaragücü found another player for his position in the meantime.

As of January 2006, Jardel was playing for Brazilian first-division side Goiás Esporte Clube.

Jardel was signed by Beira Mar for the 2006–07 season. Despite arriving at the club overweight, he worked hard and trained specifically to lose weight and gain physical form and scored one goal on his debut for Beira-Mar in a 2–2 draw against Desportivo das Aves.

In the winter transfer season, Jardel signed for the Cypriot team Anorthosis Famagusta.

On 14 July 2007, Jardel played for Scottish Premier League club St. Mirren, as a trialist in a 3–0 win over first division side Stirling Albion.

Newcastle Jets

On 14 August 2007, Australian A-League side Newcastle United Jets officially announced at a press conference in Newcastle that they had signed Jardel on a one year contract as their marquee player.[1] Jardel was rumoured to join the club for weeks before the official announcement was made.[5] He arrived in Australia on 12 August 2007 and traveled to Newcastle on 13 August.[6]

Jardel worked hard on his fitness before arriving in Newcastle.[7] He was unable to play for the Jets in the first three rounds as he was in Australia on a tourist visa.[8] He eventually had his sport visa approved before the start of Round 4.[9]

He made his debut as a substitute in the 70th minute at EnergyAustralia Stadium against Adelaide United in Round 4. Newcastle won the match 1–0 with a strike from Mark Bridge in the 81st minute.[10]

After joining the Jets, Jardel saw little game time, usually making an appearance as a late substitute. Owner of Newcastle Jets Con Constantine, who brought Jardel to Newcastle, expressed his desire for Jardel to stay on the field for longer. Newcastle coach Gary van Egmond, however, was reluctant to give the Brazilian a larger role.[11][12]

On 3 November 2007, Jardel played nearly 20 minutes against Sydney FC. He showed some positive signs, nearly equalising for Newcastle with a trademark header from a Joel Griffiths corner kick. Sydney keeper Clint Bolton saved the initial header before Jardel's follow-up was cleared off the line.[13]

However, after showing glimpses of class, manager van Egmond perceived Jardel to be surplus to requirements and was told he could leave the club half-way through the season. He was reportedly being paid $3,000 a week by club owner Con Constantine. He left the club on 24 January 2008 to be with his sick mother in Brazil.

The Jets went on to win the 2008 A-League Grand Final without him, becoming the first club to win an A-League title without a marquee player.


On 29 June 2008, Jardel joined Campeonato Brasileiro Série B club Criciúma.[14] He scored four goals in the Brazilian Serie B season 2008. Unfortunately for Jardel his club, was relegated from Serie B; finishing 18th with 41 points from 38 games.[14]


The former Porto and Galatasaray striker has joined to Ferroviário on 4 February 2009. On 11 March 2009, Jardel made his Ferroviário debut with a very classy goal, a reminder of his past years of glory as one of the best finisher ever to play on the Portuguese Liga.[15]

"Super Mario" is a free agent now. He told a newspublisher: "I think I have the necessary conditions to play at least three more years. I just need an opportunity, I have been taking care of myself. I hope I will be wanted by some big club." However, the former Galatasaray star, who claims he has rejected an offer from a Greek outfit, noted that it will be hard to find a club due to his image being damaged after confessing his past cocaine addiction.[16]

Esporte Clube Flamengo

On 20 January 2010, Jardel signed a new contract for a half season with Brazilian Serie D club Esporte Clube Flamengo.[17]




  1. ^ a b "Deco and Jardel granted Portuguese citizenship". WorldSoccerNews.com. 2003-02-14. http://www.info.newstick.com/news/2003Feb/20030214_17107_world_soccer.html. Retrieved 2008-03-05. 
  2. ^ "Bolton 3-1 Walsall". BBC. 24 September 2003. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/league_cup/3125074.stm. Retrieved 3 November 2009. 
  3. ^ "Bolton stun Liverpool". BBC. 3 December 2003. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/league_cup/3247008.stm. Retrieved 3 November 2009. 
  4. ^ http://www.calciobidoni.it/bidoni/jardel.html
  5. ^ Valentine, Renee (2007-08-03). "Jets expecting super Mario". The Herald. p. 72. http://www.theherald.com.au/articles/2007/08/03/1185648100060.html. Retrieved 2007-09-13. 
  6. ^ Gardiner, James (2007-08-13). "Brazilian 'big unit' will fit right in; Nogarotto says new signing will shape up". The Herald. p. 28. 
  7. ^ Taylor, John (2007-08-27). "Jardel still in hangar". The Daily Telegraph. http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/story/0,22049,22318396-5001023,00.html. Retrieved 2007-09-13. 
  8. ^ Taylor, John (2007-09-04). "Jardel still a tourist". Fox Sports. http://www.foxsports.com.au/story/0,8659,22357894-5000940,00.html. Retrieved 2007-09-13. 
  9. ^ Ormond, Aidan (2007-09-13). "Jardel Set To Make His Debut". Australian FourFourTwo. http://au.fourfourtwo.com/news/61117,jardel-set-to-make-his-debut.aspx. Retrieved 2007-09-13. 
  10. ^ "Newcastle V Adelaide - 15 September 2007". Football Federation Australia. 2007-09-15. http://www.a-league.com.au/Scoreboard_HAL/0000780036/scoreboard.html. Retrieved 2007-09-17. 
  11. ^ Taylor, John (2007-10-30). "Newcastle not ready to give up on Brazilian Mario". The Daily Telegraph. http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/story/0,22049,22668497-5006068,00.html. Retrieved 2007-11-07. 
  12. ^ Cockerill, Michael (2007-11-02). "Con's old style autocracy the wind beneath Jets' wings". The Sydney Morning Herald. http://www.smh.com.au/news/a-league/cons-old-style-autocracy-the-wind-beneath-jets-wings/2007/11/01/1193619055941.html. Retrieved 2007-11-07. 
  13. ^ Ritson, Jon (2007-11-03). "Hi-Ho Sydney And The Loan Danger". Australian FourFourTwo. http://au.fourfourtwo.com/news/64273,hiho-sydney-and-the-loan-danger.aspx. Retrieved 2007-11-07. 
  14. ^ a b "Criciúma acerta com Jardel" (in Portuguese). Futebol SC. 2008-06-29. http://futebolsc.uol.com.br/?pagina=ver_item&id_item=6798. Retrieved 2008-06-29. 
  15. ^ http://www.record.pt/noticia.aspx?id=a1c2cc19-c9ee-4f0a-9815-a0631e2eda3f&idCanal=00000044-0000-0000-0000-000000000044
  16. ^ "Free Agent Mario Jardel Vows To Return". Goal.com. 2009-08-04. http://www.goal.com/en/news/584/brazil/2009/08/04/1421849/free-agent-mario-jardel-vows-to-return. Retrieved 2009-12-02. 
  17. ^ "Jardel assina pelo Flamengo..." (in Portugues). Esporte Brasil. 2010-01-22. http://www.espbr.com/noticias/jardel-assina-flamengo-piaui. Retrieved 2010-01-22. 

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