Japan Football Hall of Fame

JFA Hall of Fame Inductee

Inducted into the 15th Japan Football Hall of Fame in 2018
Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on 9 February 1957

Arrived to Japan in 1977 and played for Yomiuri FC. Played a major role in earning the club’s first JSL title in 1983 and their back-to-back title in the following year. Contributed to winning a total of five league titles while being named as the top scorer in the 1979 and 83 seasons. He has also recorded the most assists in 1979, 89/90, 90/91 seasons. Played in six JSL second division matches while scoring five goals (1977), 210 JSL first division matches while scoring 69 goals (1978-92). He continued to play for Verdy Kawasaki in the 1992 J. League Cup as well as the J. League that kicked off in 1993. He led the team to win the league title as well as the league cup in 1993 and 94, where he scored a beautiful lob shot at the championship match of 1994.

Gained Japanese citizenship in 1989 and became a member of the Japan National Team. Under Coach YOKOYAMA Kenzo he helped the team win the Kirin Cup in 1991. In 1992, this time under Coach Hans OOFT, he contributed for the team to win the Dynasty Cup in China PR, while earning the team’s first Asian Cup title in Hiroshima. He was one of the core members of the Japan National Team when they suffered the "Agony of Doha,” where they fell short from qualifying the 1994 FIFA World Cup USA in their final match of the qualification round.

In 1997, he organised the Japan Beach Soccer National Team to participate in the Beach Soccer World Cup at Rio de Janeiro. He was selected into the Japan Futsal National Team as a player in 1999 and took part of the inaugural AFC Futsal Championship.

After his retirement as a player, he has been named as the coach of the Japan Beach Soccer National Team (2005, 2009-13, 2018-current), where he led the team to winning two championships while finishing as the runners-up in one occasion at the AFC Beach Soccer Championship. The team has made two appearances in the quarterfinals of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, where they finished in fourth place in one of those occasions. He has coached in the J. Leagues for Tokyo Verdy 1969 (promoted to J1 in 2007) and FC Gifu. He currently coaches the Japan Beach Soccer National Team.
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