de Oliveira Filho, better known as Careca, was among his country’s
most promosing players in the early eighties. His powerful right-foot
shot and pace made him lethal in front of goal. He started his
career in Guarani and would have played up front for Brazil in
their magic World Cup team of 1982 had he not been injured on
the eve of the finals.
to Sao Paulo after the World Cup in Spain and had several successful
seasons there and was Brazilian champion of 1986 beating his old
club Guarani in the final. The World Cup was held in Mexico that
same year, and Careca was determined not to miss it again. He
played a key role in yet another great Brazilian team which reached
the quarterfinals and were beaten by France on penalties in one
of the classic games in soccer history. Personally, Careca had
a great tournament and scored five goals making him second on
the topscorers’ list after Lineker.
soon tempted to join a top club in Europe and after staying another
season with Sao Paulo, he teamed up with Diego Maradona and fellow
Brazilian Alemao in Napoli in 1987. Careca was now ranked as one
of the best strikers in the world and with Napoli he won several
trophies, among them the Scudetto (Serie A championship) and the
UEFA Cup beating Stuttgart with Careca as one of the goalscorers.
years in Napoli, he moved to Japan in 1993 as one of the foreign
stars trying to set the Japanese league alight. Careca was then
33 and spent three years in Asia before returning home to Brazil
in 1997. He was nearly forty when he retired having played in
the lower leagues for a couple of years.