Amaral (footballer, born 1973)

Alexandre da Silva Mariano (born 28 February 1973), best known as Amaral, is a Brazilian retired professional footballer who played as a defensive midfielder.

Amaral in 2018
Personal information
Full name Alexandre da Silva Mariano
Date of birth (1973-02-28) 28 February 1973 (age 50)
Place of birth Capivari, Brazil
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Position(s) Defensive midfielder
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1996 Palmeiras 60 (1)
1996–1997 Parma 4 (0)
1996–1997Benfica (loan) 19 (0)
1997Palmeiras (loan) 22 (0)
1997–2000 Benfica 5 (0)
1998–1999Corinthians (loan) 18 (0)
1999–2000Vasco da Gama (loan) 71 (1)
2000–2002 Fiorentina 33 (0)
2002–2003 Beşiktaş 11 (0)
2003 Grêmio 14 (0)
2004 Al-Ittihad 8 (0)
2004 Vitória 9 (0)
2005 Atlético Mineiro 8 (0)
2006–2007 Pogoń Szczecin 16 (1)
2007–2008 Santa Cruz 0 (0)
2008 Grêmio Barueri 0 (0)
2008–2009 Perth Glory 9 (0)
2010 Grêmio Catanduvense 6 (0)
2010–2011 Manado United 18 (3)
2011–2012 Persebaya 1927 25 (5)
2013 Poços de Caldas 0 (0)
2013 Itumbiara 1 (0)
2015 Capivariano 0 (0)
Total 272 (3)
International career
1995–1996 Brazil U-23 6 (0)
1995–1996 Brazil 10 (0)
Medal record
Representing  Brazil
Men's Football
Bronze medal – third place 1996 Atlanta Team Competition
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

An international for Brazil, he participated in the Summer Olympics, winning a bronze metal. During his club career, he passes through numerous clubs, winning league titles at Palmeiras, Corinthians, Vasco da Gama and Beşiktaş.

Club career edit

Born in Capivari, during his youth, and before he turned professional, he worked at a funeral parlor.[1] Developed at Palmeiras, for which he made his debut in 1992.[2] He appeared in 244 matches for Palmeiras, and helped them win the 1993 and 1994 Brasileirão, as well two Campeonato Paulista in the same years. He scored his only goal for Palmeiras in a 5–1 win against Grêmio in the quarter-finals of the 1995 Copa Libertadores.

With his performances, Palmeiras sold him to Parma in 1996. The Italians had Buffon, Hernán Crespo, Dino Baggio and Lilian Thuram, with Amaral struggled to perform, only making four appearances, before being loaned to Benfica in December 1996. He made his debut on a home draw against Marítimo on 22 December 1996, and quickly earned his place in the starting XI, in favour of Bruno Caires and Jamir Gomes.[3][4] He returned to Palmeiras for the remaining Brazilian league, helping the São Paulo-side finish second.[2]

In December 1997, Amaral moved back to Benfica on a permanent deal, as an election promise from João Vale e Azevedo. However, he appeared only sporadically, as Graeme Souness opted for Kandaurov in 1997–98, and then signed Michael Thomas in the following season.[5] In July 1998, he was loaned to Corinthians for one year.[6] There, he was part of the squad that won two consecutive league titles, in 1998 and 1999, as well another State Championship.[7] A year later, he moved to Vasco da Gama on the same predicament.[8] He continued to bag league titles, winning his fifth title in 2000, as well two other titles, the Torneio Rio – São Paulo and the Copa Mercosur.[7]

On 28 June 2000, Amaral signed with Fiorentina for a fee of 7.35 billion lire (€3.796 million).[9][10] He reunited with Nuno Gomes, who also signed with the Italians, and during his first season, he help the team win the Coppa Italia. After a complicated second season, which ended in bankruptcy. The 29-year-old moved to Beşiktaş but stayed just six months, being released in January due to the lack of opportunities "I did not have many first-team chances, I could not play as much as I wanted to."[11]

After leaving Turkey, Amaral became a constant journeyman, moving from club to club on a yearly basis. In 2008, he moved to Australia, to play for Perth Glory who scored a major recruiting coup after snaring the services of the Brazilian international midfielder for the 2008/09 Hyundai A-League season. He brought a wealth of experience to the Glory and become a fan favourite, but he was ruled out for the rest of the season after aggravating a hamstring injury. Amaral was released by Perth on 2 May 2009.[12]

In August 2009, he rejoined the Glory after signing a nine-match guest contract.[13] The stint was rather uneventful, with Amaral only having featured for the side a few times off the bench, but despite this Amaral enjoyed his return to Perth and thanked the club for giving him another chance.[14] Already at the age of 40 years, he had brief spells with Poços de Caldas and Itumbiara during 2013, making only one official appearance for Itumbiara.[15]

International career edit

He made his debut for the national team on 27 September 1995, in a 2–1 win against Romania. In January 1996, he participated in the 1996 CONCACAF Gold Cup, won by Mexico against Brazil, and six months later played the Summer Olympics alongside Roberto Carlos, Bebeto, Ronaldo and Rivaldo, finishing with the bronze medal. His last game was on 31 August 1996, in a friendly against Netherlands.[16]

Other works edit

In 2015, Amaral participated as a contestant in the reality television series A Fazenda 8.[17]

In 2022, he performed cosplayed as a dog in the reality singing competition The Masked Singer Brasil.[18]

Honours edit



Vasco da Gama



References edit

  1. ^ "Perth Glory's Amaral has come a long way from digging graves". News Australia. 21 October 2009. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  2. ^ a b Sergio Quintella. "Amaral". Terceiro tempo (in Portuguese). Retrieved 7 September 2015.
  3. ^ Tovar, Rui Miguel (2012). Almanaque do Benfica. Portugal: Lua de Papel. p. 550. ISBN 978-989-23-2087-8.
  4. ^ Tovar, Rui Miguel (2012). Almanaque do Benfica. Portugal: Lua de Papel. p. 555. ISBN 978-989-23-2087-8.
  5. ^ Tovar, Rui Miguel (2012). Almanaque do Benfica. Portugal: Lua de Papel. p. 562. ISBN 978-989-23-2087-8.
  6. ^ "Proposta para Amaral visa novo empréstimo" [Offer for Amaral is for a new loan]. Record (in Portuguese). 7 June 1999. Connected with Benfica for two more seasons, the footballer was loaned last year to Corinthians
  7. ^ a b c "Amaral". Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  8. ^ "Amaral emprestado ao Vasco da Gama" [Amaral loaned to Vasco da Gama]. Record (in Portuguese). 4 July 1999. Retrieved 29 August 2015.
  9. ^ A.C. Fiorentina S.p.A. bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 30 June 2001 (in Italian), PDF purchased from Italian C.C.I.A.A.
  10. ^ "Benfica encaixa 600 mil contos com venda de Amaral para a Fiorentina" [Benfica bags six hundred thousand contos with the sale of Amaral to Fiorentina]. Record (in Portuguese). 28 June 2000.
  11. ^ "Amaral bows out at Besiktas". 14 January 2003. Retrieved 7 September 2015.
  12. ^ "Perth Glory chase former Dutch star for marquee spot". Perth Now. 2 May 2009. Archived from the original on 28 July 2009. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  13. ^ "Glory look at Amaral". Perth Glory. 11 August 2009. Retrieved 1 April 2016.
  14. ^ "Amaral underwhelms in Glory return". 23 October 2009. Archived from the original on 24 October 2009. Retrieved 1 November 2009.
  15. ^ "Amaral, 40 anos e ex-Benfica, dispensado após 59 minutos" [Amaral, 40 years, ex-Benfica, released after 59 minutes] (in Portuguese). O Jogo. 7 March 2013.
  16. ^ "Amaral". National-football Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  17. ^ "Amaral é o primeiro eliminado de A Fazenda 8. Relembre a trajetória do ex-jogador". (in Portuguese). 1 October 2015. Retrieved 20 March 2022.
  18. ^ "Cachorro do 'Masked', Amaral relembra gafe histórica no 'Jornal Nacional': 'Foi ao vivo'". (in Portuguese). 20 March 2022. Retrieved 20 March 2022.

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