Position : Forward
Date of birth : 17 February, 1982
Team : Parma (Italy)
Nationality : Brazil
Notes : Made his international debut late in 2000, in Emerson Leao's first match in charge of the national team, a World Cup qualifier against Colombia. He is good in the air and left-footed. This was after a good 2000 season with seven goals in the league and one in the Mercosur Cup where Flamengo were knocked out by River Plate in the quarter-finals. He won the World U/17 Championships with Brazil in 1999. There were rumours of a move to Inter early in 2001 but this did not occur. At the South American U/20 Championships he helped Brazil to qualification for the World Youth Cup later on in 2001 becoming equal top goalscorer with teammate Ewerthon with six goals. Scored six goals again in the World Youth Cup but Brazil could only make the quarter-finals where they lost to Ghana. Made a move to Inter in the middle of 2001 as part of a three way deal where Vampeta moved to Flamengo and Reinaldo moved to Paris St-Germain. Went on loan to Fiorentina in January 2002. Parma bought him from Inter for the 2002/03 season.
LAST UPDATED: 1 August, 2002
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