Caju (footballer, born 1949)

Paulo Cézar Lima (born 16 June 1949), commonly known as Caju, is a Brazilian former football player. He played as a midfielder or forward for many teams in Brazil and also played one year for Olympique de Marseille, a Ligue 1 team in France.

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Caju in 2013
Personal information
Full name Paulo Cézar Lima
Date of birth (1949-06-16) 16 June 1949 (age 71)
Place of birth Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Position(s) Attacking midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1966–1967 Junior de Barranquilla
1967–1972 Botafogo 264 (83)
1972–1974 Flamengo 40 (6)
1974–1975 Marseille 31 (16)
1975–1977 Fluminense 39 (11)
1977–1978 Botafogo 28 (4)
1978–1979 Grêmio 5 (1)
1980 Vasco da Gama
1981 Corinthians
1981 California Surf[1] 18 (4)
1982–1983 Aix 21 (3)
1983 Grêmio
National team
1967–1977 Brazil 57 (10)
Men's Football
Representing  Brazil
FIFA World Cup
Winner 1970 Mexico
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


Caju spent his early years in Honduras, where his father Marinho Rodrigues managed Club Deportivo Olimpia during the early 1960s. In the mid 1960s Marinho took over as manager in Colombian club Junior de Barranquilla, where Caju debuted as a professional, at age 16, playing alongside Brazilian internationals Dida and Escurinho.[2]

In 1967 he moved to Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas, making his debut at age 17. He won the Campeonato Carioca (championship of the state of Rio de Janeiro) several times and many more trophies which led him to become one of Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas' all-time greatest and most honoured players.

Caju was most widely known as a member of the Brazilian national team in the World Cup in 1970 and in 1974. With the Brazilian national team he collected 57 caps and 10 goals.[3] This recognition, in an era dominated by Pelé, Tostao, Rivelino and Jairzinho, is impressive. In fact, he featured heavily in the national team throughout very successful years.

Caju featured in the Brazilian Bola de Ouro team of the season in Brazil in the seasons 1970, 1972, 1976, 1977.

In the 1990s,[4] Paulo César Lima was the subject of a documentary film by João Moreira Salles[5] The documentary depicts his flamboyance on and off the field during his days as a football player, and the difficult adjustments he had to make afterwards, outside of the limelight, and surviving on his income as a landlord.[4][6][7]


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References and footnotesEdit

  1. ^ "North American Soccer League Players". 16 June 1949. Retrieved 8 June 2011.
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  3. ^ "Paulo César Caju – Paulo César Lima –, all About Brazilian Football". Retrieved 8 June 2011.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ a b "Futebol". DVD Times. 31 May 2006. Retrieved 8 June 2011.
  5. ^ One of three soccer-related documentaries released in 2006 in a boxed set called Futebol.
  6. ^ Football: Best view ever of the beautiful game | Independent on Sunday, The | Find Articles at
  7. ^ "Madman Sports – Futebol". Retrieved 8 June 2011.
  8. ^ "weltfussball". 16 June 1949. Archived from the original on 14 December 2007. Retrieved 8 June 2011.