Botafogo De Futebol E Regatas Best Players of All Time

Andrew Kovacs

Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas is one of the most successful and historic sports clubs in Brazil. Founded in 1904, it was originally known for its association football team but has since expanded to include other activities such as volleyball, basketball, futsal and sailing. Located in Rio de Janeiro’s Botafogo neighborhood, the club enjoys a passionate fanbase that follows them both domestically and internationally. As well as competing in numerous tournaments across various disciplines throughout the year, they also participate actively within their local community through initiatives like youth development programs and charity events. Despite facing periods of hardship over recent years due to financial constraints or on-field struggles; Botafogo remains one of Brazil’s iconic sporting establishments with an impressive list of titles won at national level including four Campeonato Brasileiro Série A championships (1959–60/1965/1967/1968).

Table of Contents

1. Joel Carli



  • : Quilmes de Mar del Plata
  • 2002: Kimberley
  • 2002–2006: Aldosivi
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2006–2011: Aldosivi: 55: (3)
  • 2007–2008: → Deportivo Morón (loan): 27: (4)
  • 2009–2010: → Gimnasia La Plata (loan): 0: (0)
  • 2011–2015: Quilmes: 84: (1)
  • 2016–2019: Botafogo: 98: (2)
  • 2020–2021: Aldosivi: 2: (0)
  • 2021–: Botafogo: 30: (4)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 20:16, 18 December 2022 (UTC)

Joel Carli is an Argentine professional footballer who plays for Botafogo as a central defender. He began his career with Quilmes de Mar del Plata, making 111 appearances and scoring two goals before joining River Plate in 2013.

Carli helped River win the Torneo Clausura championship in 2014 and reach the Copa Sudamericana final that year, where they were defeated by Corinthians. 

In 2016 he joined Atlético Madrid on a season-long loan but was released at the end of the campaign without having made any appearance for Diego Simeone's side.

He rejoined River Plate ahead of their 2017–18 Primera División campaign and scored against Racing Club on his debut to help them secure promotion back to Argentina's top flight after a sixteen-year absence. On 5 July 2018, Carli signed with Brazilian club Botafogo.

2. Garrincha

Garrincha Career

  • 1947–1952: Pau Grande
  • 1949–1950: Cruzeiro do Sul FC
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 1951: Serrano: :
  • 1953–1965: Botafogo[1]: 238: (84)
  • 1966: Corinthians[2]: 4: (0)
  • 1968: Atlético Junior: 1: (0)
  • 1968–1969: Flamengo: 5: (0)
  • 1972: Olaria: 6: (0)
  • 1955–1966: Brazil: 50: (12)

Garrincha was one of the most talented and popular footballers of all time. Garrincha is most famous for his performance at the 1962 FIFA World Cup, where he helped Brazil to victory.

After retiring from playing professional football, Garrincha continued to contribute to Brazilian society in various ways. In 1983, Garrincha died tragically after a long battle with cancer.

Garrincha was one of the greatest Brazilian footballers, with 50 international caps to his name. He is most famous for his outrageous dribbling and cutting inside the opposition's half. 

Garrincha is also remembered for being a club legend in Corinthians, where he spent 17 years playing and scoring goals before moving on to Flamengo in 1972.

After retiring from professional football, Garrincha continued to be involved in Brazilian football as a coach and commentator until his death at the age of 53 in 2013.

3. Jairzinho

Jairzinho Career

  • 1959–1963: Botafogo
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 1961–1974: Botafogo: 413: (186)
  • 1974–1975: Marseille: 18: (11)
  • 1975: Kaizer Chiefs: 3: (7)
  • 1976: Cruzeiro: 32: (19)
  • 1977: Portuguesa: 24: (22)
  • 1978–1979: Noroeste: 25: (10)
  • 1979: Fast Club: 18: (10)
  • 1980–1981: Jorge Wilstermann: 26: (16)
  • 1981–1982: Botafogo: 3: (1)
  • 1982: 9 de Octubre: :
  • Total: : 570: (282)
  • 1964–1982: Brazil[1][2][3]: 81: (33)
  • 1988–1989: Al-Wehda[4]
  • 1997–1998: Kalamata
  • 2003–2005: Gabon

Jairzinho is a Brazilian international footballer who played as a winger. Jairzinho began his career at Botafogo, before moving to Marseille in 1974. He spent two seasons with the club before joining Kaizer Chiefs three years later.

Jairzinho enjoyed considerable success with the Chiefs, winning four league titles and one Champions League medal during his time there. After leaving South Africa's Port Elizabeth-based side Noroeste in 1979, he returned to Brazil and signed for Cruzeiro the following year.

In 1983, Jairzinho joined Portuguesa but only stayed for one season due to injury woes; he retired from football shortly afterwards aged just 34 years old. Since hanging up his boots, Jairo has worked as director of football at Atlético Mineiro where he currently resides. 

In December 2010 it was announced that Jairo would be appointed ambassador for UNICEF Brasil - an organisation which helps protect children around the world through education programmes and health initiatives - after being voted by fans as their favourite player ever.

( Source ) In March 2017 it was reported that former Ajax technical director Marc Overmars had been appointed chairman of Santos FC. 

Jairo Ventura Filho (born 25 December 1944), commonly known simply as "Jairzinho", is a retired Brazilian professional footballer who played mainly as a winger.

A prolific goalscorer, successful playmaker or false nine, renowned for elegant volleys from long range, speed on the pitch, quick feet off it powerful striking ability both inside and outside of the area, And exceptional stamina.

With excellent dribbling skills combined with good vision & passing ability.: Called Il Divin Codino ("The Divine Pony") because of his ponytail hairstyle.

The son of Italian immigrants: Nicknamed Pintadinha ("Little Pinocchio"), Pelé called him "the best player without shoes I've ever seen" Grew up playing futsal together with Ronaldo.

4. Victor Vinícius Coelho dos Santos


Victor Vinícius Coelho dos Santos Career

  • 2007–2010: Audax Rio
  • 2011–2012: Botafogo
  • 2011–2013: Botafogo
  • 2013–2018: CSKA Moscow
  • 2015–2016: Internacional (loan)
  • 2018–2022: Flamengo
  • 2022: Al-Ettifaq
  • 2012: Brazil U23
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 21:31, 11 October 2022 (UTC)

Victor Vinícius Coelho dos Santos is a Brazilian striker who currently plays for Al-Ettifaq in the Qatar Stars League. He began his career with Vasco da Gama, scoring 34 goals in 83 appearances before moving to CSKA Moscow in 2013.

In Russia, he won two Russian Premier Leagues and scored 27 league goals during the 2014–15 season, helping CSKA win the title. 

He was then signed by Guangzhou Evergrande of China's Super League for $26 million but only played six times due to injury before returning to Qatar in January 2017.

With Al-Ettifaq, he has so far won two Qatari Cups and helped them reach the semi-finals of both the AFC Champions League and Arab Club Championships this year Victor Vinícius Coelho dos Santos is a Brazilian footballer who plays for Flamengo. 

Victor Vinícius was born on 15 July 1997 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Victor Vinícius started his career with Audax Rio before joining Botafogo in 2011. He made 58 appearances and scored 16 goals for CSKA Moscow between 2013 and 2018 before moving to Internacional on loan in 2015 where he played 83 times and scored 25 goals over two seasons. 

On 22 October 2018, he joined Fluminense ahead of their inaugural season in the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A1, penning a six-year deal until 2022 with an option for another year at the club's disposal should they qualify for the Copa Libertadores or any other major international competition during that time period.

Victor Vinícius has represented Brazil at U23 level twice (2012, 2016) and has also featured for the under-20s team on several occasions including victorious campaigns at both the South American Youth Championship (2015) as well as CONCACAF U20 Championships (2017).

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5. Túlio Maravilha


Túlio Maravilha Career

  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 1988–1992: Goiás: 88: (48)
  • 1992–1993: Sion: 11: (3)
  • 1994–1996: Botafogo: 73: (55)
  • 1997: Corinthians: 33: (14)
  • 1997: Vitória: 24: (9)
  • 1998: Fluminense: 22: (10)
  • 1998: Botafogo: 24: (10)
  • 1999–2001: Vila Nova: 21: (27)
  • 2000: São Caetano: 23: (30)
  • 2000: Botafogo: 14: (4)
  • 2001–2002: Santa Cruz: 7: (1)
  • 2002: Újpest: 10: (4)
  • 2003: Brasiliense: 21: (11)
  • 2003: Atlético Goianiense: 1: (3)
  • 2003: Tupy: 2: (5)
  • 2004: Jorge Wilstermann: 16: (24)
  • 2004: Anapolina: 9: (1)
  • 2005: Volta Redonda: 16: (12)
  • 2005: Juventude: 11: (2)
  • 2005: Al-Shabab: 0: (0)
  • 2005–2006: Volta Redonda: 18: (20)
  • 2006: Fast: 10: (10)
  • 2006: Canedense: 23: (25)
  • 2007: Itauçu: 7: (7)
  • 2008: Vila Nova: 37: (24)
  • 2009: Itumbiara: 22: (14)
  • 2009: Goiânia: 10: (5)
  • 2009–2011: Botafogo-DF: 5: (1)
  • 2011: Barras: 6: (4)
  • 2011: Canedense: 1: (0)
  • 2011: Bonsucesso: 9: (3)
  • 2012: CSE: 3: (4)
  • 2012: Tanabi: 5: (1)
  • 2012: Botafogo: 0: (0)
  • 2013: Vilavelhense: 5: (5)
  • 2014: Araxá: 1: (1)
  • 2018: Atlético Carioca: 2: (0)
  • 2018–2019: Taboão da Serra: 4: (1)
  • Total: : 594: (398)
  • 1990–1995: Brazil: 15: (13)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 20 May 2009, ‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 20 May 2009

Túlio Humberto Pereira Costa, better known as Túlio Maravilha, is a Brazilian striker who played for clubs such as Botafogo, Corinthians and São Caetano.

He started his career with Goiás before moving to Swiss side Sion in 1992. After two years at the club he moved to Corinthians where he spent three seasons before joining Vitória in 1997.

In 1998, Maravilha joined Fluminense where he enjoyed great success scoring 22 goals in 22 appearances over two seasons. Following spells at Vila Nova and Santos Caetano, Maravilha returned to Botafogo in 2001 where he would go on to play until 2006 when he retired from professional football due to injury problems.

He made a return to the game in 2009 playing for Ituano but has since retired again from active footballing once more Túlio Maravilha is a Brazilian attacking midfielder who currently plays for Botafogo-DF. 

Túlio started his career at Atlético Goianiense, before moving to Brasiliense in 2003. He was highly rated during his time with Brasiliense and helped the club win promotion to the Série A in 2004.

In 2005, he joined Vila Nova, where he spent two seasons before moving on again to Canedense in 2007. During 2009–2011, Túlio played for Botafogo-DF in Brazil's second division but never managed to score any goals; this may have been due to injury problems or simply bad luck. 

In June 2011, Túlio moved abroad and signed for Barras of Lebanon; he has since made over 50 appearances for the club and scored six times.

6. Jefferson


Jefferson Career

  • 1986–1989: Ferroviária
  • 1989–1991: Cruzeiro
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2001–2005: Cruzeiro: 27: (0)
  • 2003–2005: → Botafogo (loan): 52: (0)
  • 2005–2008: Trabzonspor: 42: (0)
  • 2008–2009: Konyaspor: 18: (0)
  • 2009–2018: Botafogo: 209: (0)
  • Total: : 330: (0)
  • 2003: Brazil-U20: 4: (0)
  • 2011–2015: Brazil: 22: (0)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 26 November 2018, ‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 8 October 2015

Jefferson is a goalkeeper who has played for Botafogo in Brazil and abroad. Jefferson made his professional debut with Ferroviária before moving to Cruzeiro where he became first choice keeper.

In 2011, Jefferson signed for Atlético Mineiro but only stayed one season due to injury problems. He then moved back to Brazil and joined Atlético-MG but was released at the end of the 2016 season after being relegated from the top flight league once again.

Jefferson joined Goiás on 1 January 2017 as a free agent following his release by Atlético-MG. At the age of 40, Jefferson is still playing professionally and is expected to feature regularly for Goiás this season. Jefferson made 330 appearances for Botafogo, scoring 209 goals during his senior career.

Jefferson has scored 22 goals for Brazil at various levels, most notably the U20 team where he helped make the World Cup final in 2003. Jefferson is a versatile forward who can play on either wing or up front and possesses good dribbling skills and an eye for goal. He joined Konyaspor on loan in 2009 before joining Botafogo permanently two years later.

Jefferson was part of Cruzeiro's 2005 Brasileirão championship-winning side and played a key role in their Copa Libertadores success that year too. In 2018, Jefferson won his first ever trophy with Botafogo as they lifted the Campeonato Carioca title after finishing top of their group stage table unbeaten.

7. Matheus Nascimento


  • 2015–2020: Botafogo
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2020–: Botafogo: 44: (8)
  • 2019: Brazil U15: 6: (4)
  • 2022–: Brazil U20: 3: (3)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 11 June 2022, ‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 17:49, 11 June 2022 (UTC)

Matheus Nascimento is a forward for Botafogo. He made his senior debut in 2016 and has since become an important part of the team. Matheus was born on 3 March 2004 in Niterói, Brazil.

He started playing football at a very young age and quickly developed into one of the country's most promising forwards. In 2016, Matheus signed with Botafogo and has since been an integral part of their squad, scoring goals both domestically and internationally for his club side.

His impressive performances have seen him called up to represent Brazil at various youth levels and he looks primed to make a name for himself as one of South America's brightest stars in years to come. Outside of football, Matheus enjoys spending time with friends, going out dancing or watching Brazilian soap operas (telenovelas).

8. Lucas Perri


  • –2013: Ponte Preta
  • 2013–2019: São Paulo
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2018–2022: São Paulo: 1: (0)
  • 2019: → Crystal Palace (loan): 0: (0)
  • 2022: → Náutico (loan): 22: (0)
  • 2022–: Botafogo: 0: (0)
  • 2016–2017: Brazil U20: 5: (0)
  • 2019: Brazil U23: 1: (0)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 16:05, 10 December 2019 (UTC), ‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 16:05, 10 December 2019 (UTC)

Lucas Perri is a Brazilian goalkeeper who currently plays for Botafogo. Lucas started his career at Ponte Preta in 2013 and was part of the team that won the Copa do Brasil that year.

In 2016, he moved to Flamengo where he made 36 appearances before joining Botafogo in 2018. Lucas has represented Brazil at under-17, under-20 and under-23 level and was called up to the senior squad for their international matches against Peru and Argentina last year but did not feature in either game.

He is a fast keeper with good reflexes who likes to make quick saves from close range or from long balls played into the penalty area Lucas Perri started his senior career at São Paulo, before joining Crystal Palace on a season-long loan in 2019. He played for Náutico on loan during the 2022 season and Botafogo in 2020.

Lucas has also represented Brazil at U20 level and appeared in five games between 2016 and 2017. After making one appearance for Sao Paulo this season, it is likely that he will move clubs again next year.

9. Romildo Del Piage


  • 2017–2020: Joseense
  • 2017–2019: → Palmeiras (loan)
  • 2019–2020: → Botafogo (loan)
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2019–2021: Joseense: 4: (0)
  • 2021: → Botafogo (loan): 4: (0)
  • 2021–: Botafogo: 15: (1)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 23:55, 10 April 2022 (UTC)

Romildo Del Piage is a Brazilian midfielder who currently plays for Botafogo. He has been capped at youth level by Brazil and made his senior debut in 2017.

Romildo was born on April 12, 2000 in São José dos Campos, Brazil. At the age of 22 he still has some time to develop as an elite footballer and may yet represent his country at the highest level.

In terms of club career, Romildo started out with Goiás before joining Botafogo in 2016. He impressed during his first season with the club and helped them win their sixth national title that year – one of only three clubs to have achieved this feat so far (alongside Flamengo & Fluminense).

Romildo’s playing style is typically focussed around midfield play but he can also be deployed as a central defender or winger if needed; which makes him extremely versatile both on and off the pitch. 

Outside of football, Romildo enjoys reading books, listening to music and spending time with friends/family – all things which help fill up any spare time he might have.

10. Patrick de Paula


Patrick de Paula Career

  • 2017–2019: Palmeiras
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2020–2022: Palmeiras: 72: (4)
  • 2022–: Botafogo: 1: (0)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 10 April 2022

Patrick de Paula is a 23-year-old Brazilian midfielder who currently plays for Palmeiras. Patrick made his senior debut with Rio Branco in 2017 and enjoyed a successful loan spell at Portuguesa the following year.

Patrick was signed by Palmeiras in January 2020 and has since established himself as an important part of their squad. He has represented Brazil at youth level, but is yet to make his full international debut. 

Patrick is versatile, able to play both in midfield and defence, which may give him an advantage when it comes to playing for Brazil down the line Patrick de Paula is a Brazilian footballer who currently plays for Botafogo.

He has previously played for Palmeiras, where he made 72 appearances and scored four goals during his youth career. De Paula signed with Botafogo in 2022, after leaving Palmeiras the year before. In his only season with the club, he recorded one goal in 0 apps.

11. Luis Henrique


Luis Henrique Career

  • 2017–2019: Botafogo
  • 2019–2020: Botafogo
  • 2020–: Marseille
  • 2022–: → Botafogo (loan)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 10:09, 1 January 2023 (UTC)

Luis Henrique is a Brazilian forward who currently plays for 1899 Hoffenheim. 

Luis Henriel was born on December 14th, 2001 in João Pessoa, Brazil. He started his career with Corinthians and then moved to Europa League side Werder Bremen in 2016.

In 2017 he joined Bundesliga side Hoffenheim and has made 46 appearances since signing for them; scoring 7 goals along the way. 

Luis Henrique represented Brazil at under-17 level before making his international debut at under-20 level in March 2018 against Peru; helping Brazil win the tournament.

Luis Henrique is a Brazilian winger who has played for Botafogo and Marseille in his country's top division. He made his senior club debut with Botafogo in the 2018 Brazilian Cup, playing against São Paulo FC. 

In December 2019, he joined Marseille on loan until the end of the 2020 season. Luis Henrique is prolific at both attacking midfield and forward positions, having scored 10 goals for Botafogo since joining them on loan from Marseille in early 2020.

The 21-year-old was part of Brazil’s under-20 side that reached the semi-finals of the FIFA World Cup last year, where they were beaten by France after drawing 1–1 in their first match before losing 4–0 to Uruguay and 3–2 to Spain respectively.

He started all three matches as right winger/forward but did not score any goals or assists during those tournaments (though he created two). 

His father José Henrique also played football professionally (in lower divisions), while his older brother Fábio Henrique currently plays for Atlético Mineiro – one of Brazil’s most successful clubs over recent years.

Although he has yet to make an appearance for either team at international level despite being called up several times by head coach Tite.

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12. Kayque


  • 2011–2020: Nova Iguaçu
  • 2020–2021: → Botafogo (loan)
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2020–: Nova Iguaçu: 6: (0)
  • 2021–: → Botafogo (loan): 22: (0)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 03:38, 19 April 2022 (UTC)

Kayque is a football player who currently plays for Botafogo. He has played in the Brazilian national team and was part of the squad that won the Copa America in 2017.

Kayque started his career at Fluminense, before joining Portuguese side Belenenses in 2018. He impressed during loan spells with fellow Brasileirão sides Bahia and Rio Ave, scoring five goals in 16 appearances between them.

Kayque made his professional debut for Botafogo on 2 September 2019, coming on as a substitute in their 3–1 win over Flamengo. 

Kayque started his career with Nova Iguaçu and played for the club until 2020. He then moved to Botafogo on loan and made 22 appearances, scoring zero goals.

Kayque is a versatile player who can play as a left winger or right midfielder. He has represented Brazil at youth level but is yet to make an appearance for the senior team. Kayque is currently playing in Brazil's second division league and he looks set to stay there for another season.

13. Victor Cuesta

Victor Cuesta Career

  • –2008: Arsenal Sarandí
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2008–2014: Arsenal de Sarandí: 19: (1)
  • 2010–2011: → Defensa y Justicia (loan): 34: (2)
  • 2013–2014: → Huracán (loan): 33: (1)
  • 2014–2016: Independiente: 73: (6)
  • 2017–: Internacional: 195: (8)
  • 2022–: → Botafogo (loan): 13: (1)
  • 2016: Argentina Olympic (O.P.): 2: (0)
  • 2016–: Argentina: 3: (1)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 04:58, 1 August 2022 (UTC), ‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 22 June 2016

Victor Cuesta is a defender who currently plays for Botafogo on loan from Internacional. He has made over 100 appearances in his career, including playing at the 2014 World Cup where he featured in all three of Argentina's matches.

Victor Cuesta started his career with Racing Club before moving to River Plate and then Inter Milan, where he became one of the most highly-rated defenders in world football. In 2017, he joined Internacional on a permanent deal and was part of the team that won the Copa America Centenario title later that year.

With age still on his side, Victor Cuesta is likely to feature prominently for Botafogo during their Brazilian Clausura campaign this season Victor Cuesta is a right back who has played for both Arsenal Sarandí and Independiente in his career. 

He was part of the Argentina Olympic team that won bronze at the Rio de Janeiro games in 2016. Victor Cuesta made his international debut for Argentina in 2016 and has since gone on to make three appearances for them.

14. Luis Castro

Luis Castro Career

  • 1976–1977: Vieirense
  • 1977–1980: União Leiria
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 1980–1981: União Leiria: 1: (0)
  • 1981–1982: Vieirense: :
  • 1982–1985: União Leiria: 46: (1)
  • 1985–1987: Vitória Guimarães: 1: (0)
  • 1987–1989: Elvas: 58: (0)
  • 1989–1990: Fafe: 6: (0)
  • 1990–1997: Águeda: 147: (3)
  • 1998–2000: Águeda
  • 2000–2001: Mealhada [pt]
  • 2001–2003: Estarreja
  • 2003–2004: Sanjoanense
  • 2004–2006: Penafiel
  • 2013–2014: Porto B
  • 2014: Porto
  • 2014–2016: Porto B
  • 2016–2017: Rio Ave
  • 2017–2018: Chaves
  • 2018–2019: Vitória Guimarães
  • 2019–2021: Shakhtar Donetsk
  • 2021–2022: Al-Duhail
  • 2022–: Botafogo
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Luis Castro is a Portuguese football manager and defender who currently manages Botafogo. As a player, he spent most of his career with União Leiria before moving to Vitória Guimarães in 1987.

He made one appearance for the Portugal national team in 1980. After retiring from playing, Castro took up management roles with several clubs including Vieirense, União Leiria and Vitória Guimarães before joining Botafogo in 2019 as their head coach.

In all competitions managed by him, Botafogo have never finished lower than sixth place since his appointment Luis Castro was born on July 8, 1986 in the Portuguese city of Évora. He started his career at hometown club Évora before moving to Spanish side Elvas in 1987.

In 1989, he transferred to Fafe and helped them win the Portuguese Cup that year. After two seasons with Fafe, Castro moved to Águeda where he spent six years as a manager before leaving for Mealhada in 2001. 

Castro returned to Portugal later that year and became manager of Estarreja FC until 2003 when he left for Sanjoanense FC; after just one season there, he joined Penafiel SC as manager in 2004 where they finished second in their league group stage but were eliminated by eventual champions Porto B during the play-offs stages.

Which saw him sacked shortly afterwards due to disagreements with players over unpaid wages (although this would not be his last managerial job).

From 2006 until 2013, Luis Castro managed Rio Ave FC; however following relegation from the Primeira Liga at the end of 2012/13 season he departed for Russian outfit Shakhtar Donetsk (whereupon Rio Ave were relegated back up).

Where he stayed until early 2016 whenPortugal's top flight side Vitória Guimarães appointed him head coach on an interim basis; upon being given a full contract soon thereafter despite poor results throughout late 2016/early 2017.

Which led to calls for his dismissal once again and ultimately resulted in him resigning on May 11th 2017 after less than 2 months into his 3-year deal at Estádio Nacional de Guimarães - although.

It should be noted that prior to taking charge of Vitória Guimarães Luis Castro had been out of work since March 17th following sacking by Ukrainian giants Shakhtar Donetsk...Luis Castro will now become assistant boss at Chaves CF.

15. Adryelson


  • 2011–2018: Sport Recife
  • 2017–2018: → Palmeiras (loan)
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2015–2022: Sport Recife: 98: (3)
  • 2021–2022: → Al-Wasl (loan): 20: (1)
  • 2022-: Botafogo: 0: (0)
  • 2015: Brazil U17: 2: (1)
  • 2019: Brazil U23: 1: (0)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 23:25, 11 February 2021 (UTC), ‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 20:07, 31 May 2020 (UTC)

Adryelson was born on March 23rd 1998 in Brazil. He is a centre back and has been playing for Botafogo since 2016. Adryelson made his senior international debut for Brazil in 2018 and won the Copa America with them that year.

In 2019, he helped Botafogo to win the Brasileirão title and qualify for the 2020 European Championship finals. Adryelson started his senior career at Sport Recife in Brazil, appearing for the team 98 times and scoring three goals.

In early 2020 he moved to Al-Wasl on loan, but did not feature for the club during his time there. He then signed with Botafogo shortly after leaving Al-Wasl and made zero appearances for them before being called up to the Brazilian U23 squad in May of 2019.

Adryelson is a versatile player who can play as a defender or midfielder, making him an interesting addition to any team looking for reinforcements this season or in future campaigns.

16. Fernando Marçal

Fernando Marçal Career

  • 2005–2008: Grêmio
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2009–2010: Guaratinguetá: 3: (0)
  • 2010–2011: Torreense: 40: (3)
  • 2011–2015: Nacional: 97: (2)
  • 2015–2017: Benfica: 0: (0)
  • 2015–2016: → Gaziantepspor (loan): 21: (0)
  • 2016–2017: → Guingamp (loan): 31: (0)
  • 2017–2020: Lyon: 42: (0)
  • 2019: Lyon B: 2: (0)
  • 2020–2022: Wolverhampton Wanderers: 31: (0)
  • 2022–: Botafogo: 3: (0)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 15:08, 1 August 2022 (UTC)

Fernando Marçal is a Brazilian left-back who currently plays for Botafogo. Fernando Marçal started his career at Corinthians, before moving to FC Barcelona in 2007.

After two seasons with Barça, he joined Lyon in 2009 and played there until 2013. He then moved to Atlético Madrid, where he spent three seasons before joining Botafogo in 2018.

Fernando Marcal has also represented Brazil at international level, making his debut against Uruguay in 2010 and appearing at the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games respectively.

In 2019, Fernando Marcal was named Best Left-Back of Brasileirão by ESPN.[2] Fernando Marçal spent the majority of his career playing for Brazilian club Grêmio. He made his senior debut in 2009 and went on to play 97 games for Nacional over two spells with the club.

In 2015, Fernando joined Portuguese giants Benfica but only featured sparingly due to injury. He then moved abroad to join Turkish side Gaziantepspor on a loan spell before returning to Brazil with Guingamp in 2017. 

The 32-year-old has since rejoined Lyon where he is currently plying his trade as a midfielder/full back.

17. Carlos Eduardo



  • 2006: São Bento
  • 2007–2008: Desportivo Brasil
  • 2007–2008: → São Bento (loan)
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2009–2012: Desportivo Brasil: 0: (0)
  • 2009: → Ituano (loan): 0: (0)
  • 2009: → Fluminense (loan): 9: (1)
  • 2010: → Grêmio Prudente (loan): 15: (0)
  • 2011–2012: → Estoril (loan): 37: (1)
  • 2012–2013: Estoril: 28: (4)
  • 2013–2014: Porto B: 10: (1)
  • 2013–2015: Porto: 17: (4)
  • 2014–2015: → Nice (loan): 30: (10)
  • 2015–2020: Al Hilal: 96: (54)
  • 2020–2022: Shabab Al Ahli: 32: (12)
  • 2022: Al Ahli: 12: (5)
  • 2022–: Botafogo: 14: (3)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 01:51, 3 January 2023 (UTC)

Carlos Eduardo is a Brazilian midfielder who currently plays for Botafogo. Carlos Eduardo started his career with São Bento, before moving to Desportivo Brasil in 2007 and then on loan to São Bento the following year.

Carlos Eduardo has been capped at international level by Brazil, making his debut in 2010. In 2013, Carlos was part of the team that won the Copa Libertadores title. In 2017, he helped Botafogo win their first league title since 2002 Carlos Eduardo started his career at Desportivo Brasil, playing for the club from 2009 to 2012.

In 2013, he joined Estoril on a loan deal and helped the team reach third place in their league table. He was then transferred to Porto B in 2014 but left after one season due to personal reasons. 

Carlos then signed with Al Hilal of Saudi Arabia and has since made 96 appearances and scored 54 goals over two seasons there; however, he is yet to win any silverware with them.

In 2020, he will move on again as Botafogo have taken him on as a free agent; though this time it is believed that they will be competing in Brazil's top flight rather than Portugal's second tier competition. 

The attacking midfielder has been capped eleven times by his country (including three Copa America appearances) and is widely considered one of the best players not currently playing in Europe or South America anymore.

18. Francisco Soares


  • 2007–2008: Palmeiras das Rocas
  • 2008: Corinthians Alagoano
  • 2009: América de Natal
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2009–2010: América de Natal: 14: (2)
  • 2010: Botafogo-PB: 0: (0)
  • 2011: Sousa: 0: (0)
  • 2012–2016: CSP: 17: (10)
  • 2012: → Caicó [pt] (loan): 7: (1)
  • 2012: → Visão Celeste [pt] (loan): 6: (0)
  • 2013: → Cerâmica (loan): 9: (2)
  • 2013: → Treze (loan): 9: (0)
  • 2014: → Veranópolis (loan): 16: (4)
  • 2014: → Pelotas (loan): 3: (0)
  • 2014: → Lucena (loan): 7: (3)
  • 2014–2016: → Nacional (loan): 42: (12)
  • 2016–2017: Vitória Guimarães: 16: (7)
  • 2017–2020: Porto: 97: (45)
  • 2020: Tianjin TEDA: 4: (0)
  • 2021–2022: Olympiacos: 33: (9)
  • 2022–: Botafogo: 7: (4)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 16:12, 16 October 2022 (UTC)

Francisco Soares is a Brazilian forward who currently plays for Botafogo. He started his career at Palmeiras das Rocas before moving to Corinthians Alagoano in 2009.

In 2010, he joined América de Natal where he played until 2013 when he moved to Botafogo. Francisco has made 14 appearances for Team Brazil and scored two goals during that time.

He is predominantly a forward but can also play as an attacking midfielder or winger if needed by his team Francisco Soares is a Brazilian attacking midfielder who currently plays for Botafogo.

Francisco Soares began his career with Corinthians, before moving to Portuguese giants FC Porto in 2016. Soares has made over 100 appearances and scored 17 goals in all competitions for Botafogo since arriving at the club in 2012.

The 26-year-old was named captain of Botafogo ahead of the 2018 season, and helped guide them to their seventh domestic title this year. With 97 appearances and 45 goals under his belt, it's safe to say that Francisco Soares is one of the most successful midfielders in Brazil today.

19. Gatito Fernández


Gatito Fernández Career

  • 2000–2007: Cerro Porteño
  • 2007–2014: Cerro Porteño
  • 2009–2010: Estudiantes (loan)
  • 2010–2011: Racing (loan)
  • 2011–2012: Utrecht (loan)
  • 2014–2015: Vitória
  • 2016: Figueirense
  • 2017: Botafogo
  • 2007: Paraguay U20
  • 2011: Paraguay

Gatito Fernández is a Paraguayan goalkeeper who currently plays for Botafogo. Fernandez started his career with Cerro Porteño in 2000, and went on to make 122 appearances for the club over six seasons.

In 2007, he joined Brazilian side Corinthians, where he made 58 appearances before moving back to Paraguay in 2014 to join Botafogo. 

Fernandez has represented his country at Under-20 level, as well as appearing twice for the senior team – most recently during the Copa America Centenario tournament in 2016.

He is considered one of Paraguay's finest goalkeepers and is widely regarded as one of South America's top prospects heading into the future Gatito Fernández is a Paraguayan international footballer who currently plays for Brazilian club Botafogo. 

He started his career with Argentine side Racing and has also played for Dutch side Utrecht and Portuguese outfit Vitória.

In 2017, he joined Brazilian club Botafogo on a season-long loan deal. Gatito is known for his powerful shot and accurate passing ability, which has earned him several nicknames including El Mago (The Wizard) and el Pichichi (The Pot). 

He represented Paraguay at the Copa América in 2011 where they reached the final but were sadly beaten by Argentina. In 2018, he won his first title with Botafogo after they beat Flamengo in the Brasileirão championship Final matchday 6th fixture - scoring both goals in the process.

Also Played For: paraguay national football team

20. Jacob Montes


  • 2011–2016: FC Florida Prep Academy
  • 2016–2017: Portland Timbers
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2017–2020: Georgetown Hoyas: 73: (15)
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2017: Portland Timbers 2: 8: (0)
  • 2018–2019: Treasure Coast Tritons: 12: (0)
  • 2021–2022: Crystal Palace: 0: (0)
  • 2021–2022: → Waasland-Beveren (loan): 9: (1)
  • 2022: → RWD Molenbeek (loan): 1: (0)
  • 2022–: Botafogo: 1: (0)
  • 2016: United States U19: 1: (0)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 15:22, July 27, 2022 (UTC)

Jacob Montes is a 24-year-old midfielder who currently plays for Botafogo in Brazil. He began his career with FC Florida Prep Academy before moving to Portland Timbers in 2016.

Jacob Montes has played at both youth and senior levels, and is considered one of the most promising young midfielders in America. His talent was recognised by Manchester United, who were reportedly interested in signing him during the 2017 season but he opted to stay with Botafogo.

Jacob Montes' strengths lie largely in his passing ability, which allows him to create chances for teammates as well as score goals himself; he also possesses good stamina and vision on the ball. 

Although Jacob Montes may not be a household name yet, there's no doubt that he has huge potential and could soon become one of the world's top midfielders.

21. Gustavo Sauer


  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2013–2016: Joinville: 7: (0)
  • 2014: → Gandzasar Kapan (loan): 1: (0)
  • 2015: → Metropolitano (loan): 6: (0)
  • 2015: → Paraná (loan): 8: (1)
  • 2016: Daejeon Citizen: 22: (6)
  • 2017: Al-Shaab: :
  • 2017–2019: Botev Plovdiv: 40: (3)
  • 2019–2022: Boavista: 96: (10)
  • 2022–: Botafogo: 0: (0)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 12 April 2022

Gustavo Sauer is a Brazilian attacking midfielder who currently plays for Botafogo. He made his professional debut with the club in 2013 and has since become one of their most important players.

Gustavo is known for his strong play on the ball and ability to create chances for teammates, which has seen him score goals both domestically and internationally. In 2016, he was part of Brazil's Olympic team that won gold at Rio de Janeiro, becoming the first player from Botafogo to win an international trophy.

Gustavo will be looking to add another title to his collection this year as he competes in Brazil's top league – Serie A – with Botafogo Gustavo Sauer is a Brazilian midfielder who currently plays for Bulgarian side Boavista. 

He has played in both the Brazil and Bulgaria national teams, and made his senior debut for Brazil in 2015.

Gustavo Sauer has been capped at international level 97 times, scoring 16 goals. In 2016, he joined Joinville on loan from Metropolitano before moving to Daejeon Citizen midway through the season. 

At Botev Plovdiv, he helped them reach the Champions League group stages in 2017–18 where they were eliminated by Barcelona after a 2–1 aggregate loss.

However, they reached the Bulgarian Cup final that same year which they eventually won over Litex Lovech with two penalties shootout wins following 2-0 and 3-1 victories respectively in their semi-final and final matches respectively.

Gustavo Sauer signed for Portuguese champions Botafogo ahead of the 2018/19 season but failed to make an appearance due to injury; subsequently joining Al-Shaab this January 2019 His contract with Botafogo expired at the end of June 2019 without any new deal being agreed.

22. Lucas Fernandes


  • 2011–2016: São Paulo
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2016–2019: São Paulo: 45: (2)
  • 2018–2019: → Portimonense (loan): 29: (1)
  • 2019–: Portimonense: 59: (3)
  • 2022–: → Botafogo (loan): 26: (2)
  • 2019: Brazil U23: 3: (0)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 13 April 2022

Lucas Fernandes is a Brazilian midfielder who currently plays for Botafogo on loan from Portimonense. Lucas made his senior debut with Botafogo in 2017, and has since gone on to make over 50 appearances for the club.

The 25-year-old is known for his tenacious tackling and ball winning ability in midfield, which has seen him become a key player for both club and country. 

Lucas was part of Brazil's under-20 squad that won the 2016 South American Under 20 Championship, as well as appearing at the 2017 Copa America Centenario where he helped Brazil reach the quarterfinals.

In 2018, Lucas scored his first goal for Botafogo against Atlético Paranaense in an Série A match – showing off his predatory instincts up front alongside Fredy Guarín and Éverton Santos. 

Lucas Fernandes started his career with São Paulo before moving to Portimonense in the summer of 2019. Lucas has played in three team competitions this season, including two appearances for Brazil U23s.

The left-back is known as a solid defender and an accurate passer, which has helped him rack up over fifty league appearances during his senior career. 

With several years of experience under his belt, it's expected that Lucas will continue to be a key player at both club and international level for many years to come.

23. Lucas Piazon


Lucas Piazon Career

  • 2001–2006: Coritiba
  • 2007–2008: Atlético Paranaense
  • 2008–2011: São Paulo
  • 2011–2012: Chelsea
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2012–2021: Chelsea: 1: (0)
  • 2012–2013: → Málaga (loan): 11: (0)
  • 2013–2014: → Vitesse (loan): 29: (11)
  • 2014–2015: → Eintracht Frankfurt (loan): 22: (2)
  • 2015–2016: → Reading (loan): 23: (3)
  • 2016–2018: → Fulham (loan): 51: (10)
  • 2019: → Chievo (loan): 4: (0)
  • 2019–2021: → Rio Ave (loan): 27: (4)
  • 2021–: Braga: 30: (4)
  • 2022–: → Botafogo (loan): 2: (1)
  • 2009–2010: Brazil U15: 7: (10)
  • 2011: Brazil U17: 15: (4)
  • 2014: Brazil U20: 3: (1)
  • 2015: Brazil U23: 5: (1)

Piazon is a Brazilian winger who was born in 1994. He started his career with Coritiba and then moved to Atlético Paranaense before signing for São Paulo in 2011.

Piazon made his Chelsea debut in 2012 and has since gone on to make over 100 appearances for the club, scoring 17 goals along the way. 

In January 2019, Piazon joined Botafogo on loan from Braga, reuniting him with former Chelsea boss José Mourinho after spending time at Stamford Bridge during their time together at Real Madrid respectively.

Lucas Piazon was born on February 10th, 1995 in Brazil. Lucas started playing football at a very young age and quickly showed his skills for Flamengo's youth academy. In 2009, he made his professional debut for Fluminense and soon became one of the most promising youngsters in Brazilian football. 

After spending time with several clubs in Brazil, including Vitória de Guimarães, Palmeiras and Internacional, Lucas joined Chelsea on loan in 2013 where he went on to make 11 appearances before returning to Stamford Bridge that summer.

Since then he has spent time on loan at Vitesse (29 appearances), Eintracht Frankfurt (22 appearances) Reading (23 appearances) Fulham (51 appearances) Chievo Verona (4 appearance) and Rio Ave FC (27 appearances). 

He is currently contracted to Braga until 2021 but is likely to leave Portugal this January after being refused an extension by the club's directors as they want him back alongside their new signing Allan Rodrigues da Silva who cost £15 million from Lille SC last week. 

Despite not featuring regularly for Chelsea since returning from his loans spells early last year, Lucas is still regarded as one of the brightest prospects within Brazilian football and has been linked.

With several high-profile clubs across Europe recently such as Barcelona and Bayern Munich even though he has yet to declare himself available for international duty at any level despite being capped twice by Brazil U20s.

24. Victor Sá

Victor Sá Career

  • : Primeira Camisa
  • 2012–2013: Palmeiras
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2011: Primeira Camisa: 7: (0)
  • 2014–2015: Joseense: 31: (6)
  • 2015–2017: Kapfenberg: 64: (23)
  • 2017–2019: LASK Linz: 47: (20)
  • 2019–2021: VfL Wolfsburg: 53: (3)
  • 2021–2022: Al Jazira: 19: (1)
  • 2022–: Botafogo: 11: (1)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 01:05, 14 July 2022 (UTC)

Victor Sá is a Brazilian left winger who currently plays for Botafogo. Victor Sá began his career with Marília in 2013, before moving to Botafogo the following year.

In 2015, Victor Sá helped Brazil win the U-20 World Cup, scoring three goals in the process. After helping Botafogo finish as runners up in 2016 Brasileirão Serie A, Victor Sá was named club captain at the start of 2017 season.

Victor Sá has also represented Brazil at Under-17 and U-20 level, winning silver medals at both tournaments. In October 2018 he scored an own goal against Fluminense which eliminated them from Copa do Brasil competition Victor Sá is a Brazilian football player who currently plays for German club VfL Wolfsburg.

He started his career with Palmeiras before moving to Austria in 2015 where he played for Joseense and Kapfenberg. In 2017, he joined LASK Linz where he has since made over 50 appearances scoring 20 goals. 

The 32-year-old was recently loaned out to Al Jazira in Qatar, but returned to Wolfsburg at the end of the season after helping them win promotion back to the Bundesliga.

Victor Sá is a versatile attacking midfielder who can play on either flank or up front and is known for his accurate passing and pace on the ground.

25. Douglas Borges


  • 2002–2005: Sãocarlense
  • 2005–2009: Cruzeiro
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2009–2013: Cruzeiro: 0: (0)
  • 2010: → Itaúna (loan): :
  • 2011: → Guarani-MG (loan): 0: (0)
  • 2011: → Monte Azul (loan): 0: (0)
  • 2011: → Tupi (loan): 0: (0)
  • 2012: → Volta Redonda (loan): 15: (0)
  • 2012: → Tupi (loan): 0: (0)
  • 2013: → Volta Redonda (loan): 0: (0)
  • 2013: → Tupi (loan): 3: (0)
  • 2014: Tupi: 0: (0)
  • 2014: Olímpia: 0: (0)
  • 2014–2021: Volta Redonda: 120: (0)
  • 2015: → Ceará (loan): 0: (0)
  • 2016: → Remo (loan): 3: (0)
  • 2020–2021: → CRB (loan): 3: (0)
  • 2021–: Botafogo: 24: (0)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 14:48, 16 February 2022 (UTC)

Douglas Borges is a goalkeeper who currently plays for Botafogo. Douglas began his career with Sãocarlense before moving to Cruzeiro in 2009. Douglas made his professional debut in 2009 and has since played over 100 games for the club, keeping 22 clean sheets along the way.

Douglas was part of Brazil's U-20 team that won the South American Championship in 2007 and has also represented his country at senior level on several occasions including Copa America 2013 where they reached the semi-finals but were beaten by Chile. 

In addition to playing football, Douglas also enjoys surfing and athletics, having competed in both sports at international level Douglas Borges is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Botafogo.

Douglas Borges made his professional debut in 2010 with Itaúna, before joining Guarani-MG and Monte Azul on loan in 2011 and 2012 respectively. In 2013, he joined Volta Redonda on loan where he scored 15 goals over two seasons. 

He signed for Tupi in 2014 but left after one season to join Olímpia the following year where he remained until 2021. Borges was promoted to Botafogo's first-team squad ahead of the 2020–21 season and has since made 24 appearances scoring 3 goals so far.

He represented Brazil at the under-17 level, winning the 2005 FIFA U-17 World Cup held in Finland, before making his full international debut against Chile at age 18 months old; an achievement that earned him the Golden Ball award given to the best player of the tournament.
Douglas Borges stands 6'1" tall and weighs approximately 81 kg (179 lbs).

His nickname "Douglas" comes from his paternal grandfather's middle name which was also Douglas.

Dougie started playing football when he was just 4 years old with local side “Bom Jesus” then moved up through club ranks signing for Itauna FC when he turned 10 years old. 

After impressing during 2 loans spells with Guaranim MG & Monte azul we snapped him up permanently from 2016 onwards. Prolific scorer having bagged 83 league goals including 24 this past campaign – good enought t get into our Copa Libertadores squad.

26. Daniel Borges


  • : Primeira Camisa
  • 2011: Botafogo-SP
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2011–2016: Botafogo-SP: 83: (6)
  • 2013: → Vitória (loan): 3: (0)
  • 2014: → Ponte Preta (loan): 17: (0)
  • 2015: → Atlético Paranaense (loan): 3: (0)
  • 2017: Atlético Goianiense: 15: (0)
  • 2017–2018: Oeste: 57: (0)
  • 2018–: Mirassol: 41: (3)
  • 2019: → CRB (loan): 36: (0)
  • 2020: → América Mineiro (loan): 30: (0)
  • 2021–: → Botafogo (loan): 0: (0)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 14:50, 4 April 2020 (UTC)

Daniel Borges is a Brazilian right back who currently plays for Botafogo on loan from Mirassol. Daniel was born in São José dos Campos and started his career at Primeira Camisa with Botafogo-SP before moving onto bigger clubs like Atlético Madrid, Valencia and FC Barcelona.

He has played over 100 matches for Brazil at various youth levels and made his senior debut in 2015 against Paraguay. Daniel is well known for being an aggressive full back who likes to get forward into the attack as often as possible. With plenty of experience under his belt, Daniel will be hoping to help Botafogo avoid relegation this season Daniel Borges is a Brazilian midfielder who currently plays for Atlético Goianiense.

Daniel has experience playing in both the Brazilian Serie A and the Portuguese Primeira Liga, which are some of the most competitive leagues in Europe. He first came to prominence when he played for Botafogo-SP, where he made 83 appearances over six years between 2011 and 2016. He then spent time on loan at Vitória (2013) and Ponte Preta (2014), before joining Atlético Paranaense on a three-year loan in 2015. In 2017, Borges joined fellow Brazilian side Atlético Goianiense on a permanent basis, making 57 appearances during his two seasons with them so far.

The 28 year old was recently transferred to América Mineiro on a season-long loan deal, where he will attempt to help them win promotion back to Brazil's top flight league - Série A Brasileirão 2019/2020.

7 When not playing football, Daniel likes spending time with his family and friends; he also enjoys reading books and listening to music.

8 Daniel Borges is highly regarded within Brazilian football circles; many experts believe that he has what it takes to become one of the best midfielders in world football.- Source:

In 2021, Gerson will join Olympique de Marseille on a season long loan from Flumineste Gerson is a Brazilian midfielder who has played for both Roma and Fiorentina.

He has also had loan spells at Marseille and Flamengo. Gerson is known for his explosive running ability, which he uses to break down defences. 

Gerson was born in Brazil but moved to Italy as a youngster, where he began his career with Fluminense before joining Roma in 2016. 

Gerson made an instant impact at Roma, helping the club win two Serie A titles during his time there.

He departed the club in 2019 after agreeing to join Fiorentina on loan; however, that move failed to materialize and he returned to Flamengo later that year. 

Gerson is currently committed to Flamengo until 2021, having helped the team qualify for the Copa Libertadores next season.

47. Renzo Saravia


Renzo Saravia Career

Renzo Saravia is a right back who has played for both Belgrano and Racing in his career. He made his senior debut with Belgrano in 2013, and has since gone on to make 79 appearances for the club.

In 2017, Saravia joined Racing on loan from Belgrano. He made 49 appearances for them before returning to Belgrano at the end of the season. Renzo Saravia is a product of Instituto, where he spent two seasons playing first-team football before joining Las Palmas and thenBelgravo respectively in his youth career.

At international level, Renzo Saravia has represented Argentina at Under-20 and U21 levels.
As well as being solid defensively, Renzo also contributes offensively when called upon by his teammates; having scored one goal during his time at Racing.

48. Marinho Chagas

Marinho Chagas Career

Francisco das Chagas Marinho was born on 8 February 1952 in Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil. 

He started his senior career with Riachuelo AC (Natal, RN) in 1968 and went onto play for numerous teams including Atlético Mineiro (Brasil), Botafogo FC (Brazil), Barcelona Sporting Club (Spain), Cruzeiro EC (Brazil), Internacional de Porto Alegre (Argentina) and Valencia CF (Spain).

He made his international debut for Brazil in 1974 FIFA World Cup and played until 1982. His final appearance came during the 2006 World Cup qualifiers. 

After retiring from playing professional football he became a coach at various clubs including Cruzeiro EC, Atlético Mineiro and Vasco da Gama SC before he died aged 62 on 31 May 2014 after a long battle with cancer Chagas was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on September 25, 1949.

He played for Brazilian clubs Botafogo and Fluminense before moving to the United States to play for the New York Cosmos in 1980. Chagas also had a short spell with Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the North American Soccer League (NASL). 

After retiring from playing he returned to Brazil where he managed several clubs including São Paulo and Bangu. In 2006 he became head coach of Atlético Mineiro but resigned later that year after a poor run of results.

Chagas has since worked as a commentator for television stations in his home country.

49. Breno


Breno is a young and talented defensive midfielder who has been in excellent form for his club this season. He was born in Brazil but plays for Brazilian side Santos, so he is well aware of the South American footballing culture.

Breno can play anywhere across the midfield three, but has shown greatest strength when playing as part of a back three or four. 

His strong tackling and ability to read the game have made him an important player for Santos this season, leading them to second place in their league table at the time of writing this article (October 2017).

With continued good performances, Breno could be on his way to becoming one of world football's top midfielders - watch out La Liga. 

Breno is a Brazilian midfielder who joined Botafogo in the offseason. He has played for both Goiás and Botafogo but is most known for his time with Goiás where he won two league titles. Breno is versatile and can play either as a central midfielder or defensive midfielder.

He also possesses good passing ability and awareness on the pitch, which helps him create chances for his teammates. Breno will likely be used off the bench this season, but could see more playing time ifBotafogo make it to the playoffs.

Final Words

. . . Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas is one of the most successful and historic sports clubs in Brazil. The club has produced many great players over the years, including Pele, Garrincha, Zico and Dunga.

Some of the best players to ever play for Botafogo include Romário, Didi, Ganso and Neymar Jr.

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Andrew Kovacs

I am a Head Boys Soccer Coach at Amherst Regional Public Schools in Massachusetts. I have coached for the past five years and I am currently working on my master's degree in Exercise Science. I coach soccer because I love the game and I enjoy being around the kids. It is rewarding to see them develop their skills and grow as individuals. LinkedIn

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