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Full name  Antonio Carlos Cerezo
1973–1974  → Nacional (AM) (loan)
Weight  78 kg
Name  Toninho Cerezo
Playing position  Midfielder
Years  Team
Role  Footballer
Children  Lea T
1972–1983  Atletico Mineiro
Height  1.83 m

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Date of birth  (1955-04-21) 21 April 1955 (age 60)
Team coached  Kashima Antlers (Manager, 2013–2015)
Similar People  Lea T, Paulo Roberto Falcao, Jorginho, Oswaldo de Oliveira, Renato Caja

Place of birth  Belo Horizonte, Brazil

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Toninho Cerezo, real name Antônio Carlos Cerezo, (born 21 April 1955 in Belo Horizonte) is a Brazilian former footballer. Well known for his tireless work-rate, energetic style of play, and tactical awareness. He was also known for his vision and passing range as a deep-lying playmaker. Cerezo is commonly regarded as one of the finest Brazilian defensive midfielders of all time, most notably having played for his hometown's team Clube Atlético Mineiro.


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Club career

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Throughout his career, Cerezo played as a defensive midfielder with Atlético Mineiro, Roma, Sampdoria, São Paulo and the Brazilian national team.

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While playing in Brazil, he won the Bola de Ouro in 1977 and 1980 and the Bola de Prata in 1976.

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During his time in Italy, Cerezo won the Coppa Italia four times; in 1991 he won the Serie A with Sampdoria, but lost the Coppa Italia final to A.S. Roma.

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With São Paulo he was a two-time winner of the Intercontinental Cup, and also won the Copa Libertadores once. Cerezo was named the best player of the 1993 Intercontinental Cup final.

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In 1997, he retired as a player, and, after doing some studies and probations in Italy, he returned to Brazil, and start a career as a manager at Vitória, reaching the semifinals of the Brasileirão Série A. He also led Japanese powerhouse Kashima Antlers in the J. League for six years. He won five major titles in Japan, two league championships, one Emperor's Cup, and two league cups.

After his time in Japan, he coached Brazilian clubs Atlético Mineiro, and Guarani, as well as some Asian clubs, such as Al-Hilal, Al-Shabab, Al Ain; he later returned to Brazil once again as head manager of Sport do Recife, leaving the club just one month later.

International career

Cerezo won 57 caps (full international games), between March 1977 and June 1985, with the Brazilian national team, scoring seven goals.

He played in the 1978 FIFA World Cup, where they finished in third place, and in the 1982 FIFA World Cup, where they were eliminateed in the second round in a group which contained defending champions and continental rivals Argentina, as well as the eventual champions Italy. He was also due to go to the 1986 tournament, but a hamstring injury in May ruled him out of the upcoming World Cup.

At the 1982 FIFA World Cup one of his back passes was intercepted by Italian striker Paolo Rossi, who went on to score; the match ended in a 2–3 loss to Italy, which also saw Rossi score a hat-trick, and as a result, Brazil were knocked out of the tournament in a dramatic upset. For many years after the event, he was widely criticized for this error by many Brazilian fans and members of the press.

Personal life

Cerezo is the father of four children, including fashion model Lea T.


  • Campeonato Amazonense: 1974
  • Atlético Mineiro
  • Campeonato Mineiro: 1976, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983
  • Campeonato Brasileiro Série A: 1977 runner-up, 1980 runner-up
  • Roma
  • Coppa Italia: 1984, 1986
  • European Cup: 1984 runner-up
  • Sampdoria
  • Serie A: 1990–91
  • Coppa Italia: 1988, 1989, 1991 runner-up
  • UEFA Cup Winners' Cup: 1989 runner-up, 1990
  • European Cup: 1992 runner-up
  • São Paulo
  • Campeonato Paulista: 1992
  • Intercontinental Cup: 1992, 1993
  • Copa Libertadores: 1992, 1993
  • Supercopa Sudamericana: 1993
  • Recopa Sudamericana: 1993, 1994
  • Individual

  • South American U-20 Championship Top Scorer: 1977
  • Bola de Ouro: 1977, 1980
  • Bola de Prata: 1976, 1977, 1980
  • FIFA XI (Reserve): 1979
  • Intercontinental Cup – Man of the Match: 1993
  • A.S. Roma Hall of Fame: 2016
  • Club

    Kashima Antlers
  • J. League: 2000, 2001
  • J. League Cup: 2000, 2002
  • Emperor's Cup: 2000
  • Suruga Bank Championship: 2013
  • Al-Shabab
  • UAE Football League: 2008
  • References

    Toninho Cerezo Wikipedia

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