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Ricardo Rogério de Brito, better known by his nickname Alemão (born November 22, 1961),[1] is a former Brazilian professional footballer who played as a defensive midfielder.[2] His nickname means German in the Portuguese language. A tenacious and physical player, Alemão was a strong, consistent, and versatile midfielder, who excelled as a defensive midfielder due to his tactical intelligence and his ability to read the game.[3][4][5]

Personal information
Full name Ricardo Rogério de Brito
Date of birth (1961-11-22) November 22, 1961 (age 57)
Place of birth Lavras, Brazil
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980 Fabril
1981–1987 Botafogo 62 (7)
1987–1988 Atlético Madrid 35 (6)
1988–1992 Napoli 93 (9)
1992–1994 Atalanta 40 (2)
1994–1996 São Paulo 31 (1)
1996 Volta Redonda
National team
1983–1990 Brazil 39 (6)
Teams managed
2007 Tupynambás
2008 América-MG
2010 Nacional-AM
2011 Central
2017 Rio Negro
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of August 29, 2008
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of August 29, 2008



The nickname, "Alemão" ("the German"), was attributed to his blond hair and fair complexion, making him similar in appearance to the many German immigrants in Brazil.

Playing careerEdit


Born in Lavras, Minas Gerais,[1] Alemão started his career playing for a Minas Gerais' club called Fabril in 1980.[6] In 1981, he moved to Botafogo, of Rio de Janeiro, where he stayed until 1987, winning the Bola de Prata award of Placar Magazine in 1985.[6] In 1987, and in 1988, he played for Atlético Madrid, of Spain,[7] scoring six goals in 35 games,[8] and won the EFE Trophy as best South American player and the La Liga Foreign Player of the Year in 1988.[6] Between 1988, and 1992, he played 93 games and scored nine goals for Napoli of Italy,[8] playing alongside star offensive players like Diego Maradona and Careca as a defensive foil.[7] With Napoli, he won the UEFA Cup in 1989, scoring a goal in the final, followed by the Serie A title and the Supercoppa Italiana in 1990.[9] In 1992, he signed with Atalanta of Italy, scoring two goals in 40 games, until he left the club in 1994.[8] In 1994, he returned to Brazil, playing 77 games and scoring two goals for São Paulo,[2] winning two international titles with the club in 1994, the Copa CONMEBOL, and the Recopa Sudamericana;[6] he remained with the club until 1996, when he moved to Volta Redonda and retired from football.[6]


Alemão was capped 39 times for the Brazil national football team, between June 1983, and June 1990, scoring six goals, and he was part of the national team squad for the 1986 FIFA World Cup and the 1990 FIFA World Cup.[2][10] He was also part of the Brazilian team that won the 1989 Copa América. He played his last game for the Brazilian national team on June 24, 1990, when his team was defeated by Argentina in the second round of the 1990 FIFA World Cup.[2]

Managerial careerEdit

Alemão started his managerial career in 2007, at Tupynambás, then in 2008, he was hired as manager of América Mineiro, which was, on that season, on second division of the Minas Gerais State League,[11][12] but was promoted to the first level under his management.[2]



São Paulo[6]





  1. ^ a b "Ricardo Rogério de Brito" (in Portuguese). Brazilian Football Confederation. November 11, 2007. Retrieved August 29, 2008.[dead link]
  2. ^ a b c d e "Alemão (ex-volante do Botafogo e São Paulo)" (in Portuguese). Milton Neves. August 14, 2008. Archived from the original on October 2, 2011. Retrieved August 29, 2008.
  3. ^ "10 CAMPIONI IN CERCA DI PADRONE". Retrieved December 22, 2014.
  4. ^ "QUE FIM LEVOU?". Retrieved December 22, 2014.
  5. ^ "ALEMÃO (Ricardo Rogerio de Brito) in TRECCANI: Enciclopedia dello Sport (2002)". Retrieved December 22, 2014.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h "Alemão". Sambafoot. March 24, 2006. Retrieved August 29, 2008.
  7. ^ a b "Alemão é empresário da bola". Futebol Interior (in Portuguese). April 8, 2003. Archived from the original on March 16, 2008. Retrieved August 29, 2008.
  8. ^ a b c "Brazilian Players and Coaches in Italy". RSSSF. May 5, 2005. Archived from the original on September 22, 2008. Retrieved August 29, 2008.
  9. ^ a b "Alemão (ricardo rogério de brito)". Folha Online (in Portuguese). Retrieved August 29, 2008.
  10. ^ Enciclopédia do Futebol Brasileiro Lance Volume 1. Rio de Janeiro: Aretê Editorial S/A. 2001. p. 22. ISBN 85-88651-01-7.
  11. ^ "Ex-volante Alemão comandará o América-MG". Gazeta Esportiva (in Portuguese). January 3, 2008. Retrieved August 29, 2008.[dead link]
  12. ^ "Alemão". Sambafoot. February 15, 2008. Retrieved August 29, 2008.[permanent dead link]

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