Saturday, February 11, 2017

Gremio Greatest All-Time Team

Intercontinental Cup 1983
Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.

This is my selection of a 25 member all-time team for the club.  The number 25 was chosen because it is the official squad size for the Champions' League.

Grêmio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense, commonly known as Grêmio, is a Brazilian professional football club based in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul. It was founded by English and German immigrants on 15 September 1903. Major titles captured by Grêmio include one Intercontinental Cup, two Copa Libertadores de América, two Campeonato Brasileiro Série A and five Copa do Brasil.[2] Grêmio plays in a tricolor (blue, black and white) striped shirt, black shorts and white socks, as first kit.
Copa Libertadores 1995

Team
GK: Eurico Lara  (Brazil)
Eurico Lara played for Grêmio from 1920 to 1935. He played his last match on 23 September 1935, when his club defeated Internacional 2–0.  Due to cardiac problems, he was substituted during half-time, dying approximately two months later in Porto Alegre. According to legend, he died during that match, after defending a penalty shot by his brother. He is mentioned in Grêmio's anthem.

GK: Danrlei (Brazil)
Danrlei is best remembered for helping Greimo to win the Copa Libertadores in 1995 and Recopa Sul-Americana in 1996.  He left Greimo in 2003, but never found the same successes.  He was capped 7 times for the senior side. He 5 times for the Olympic team, but he was a sub in the 1996 Olympic Summer Games, winning a bronze.

GK: Mazarópi (Brazil)
Mazarópi played for Vasco da Gama, Coritiba, Grêmio, Náutico, Figueirense and Guarany de Bagé. With Greimo, he won the Copa Libertadores in 1983 and the Intercontinental Cup that followed.  He also holds the world record for the longest time without conceding a goal, with 1,816 minutes while playing for Vasco da Gama.  He earned a single cap.

RB: Francisco Arce
Arce was a part of the great defensive unit of Paraguay in 1998 and 2002.  Arce started his career in Paraguay playing for Cerro Porteño, where he won the national championship on three occasions. He then moved to Brazil where he played for big clubs such as Grêmio and Palmeiras. He won the Copa Libertadores in 1995 with Gremio, but he spent much of his career with Palmeiras.

CB: Hugo De Leon (Uruguay) 
With Nacional, he won the Copa Libertadores in 1980. In 1981, he left Nacional to play for Gremio. With Gremio he won the Copa Libertadores and the Intercontinental Cup in 1983. After spells in Brazil and Spain he returned to Nacional in 1988, to win the Copa Libertadores and Intercontinental Cup in that year, and the Copa Interamericana and Recopa Sudamericana in 1989. He was capped 48 times.

CB: Raul Donazar Calvet (Brazil) 
Raul Donazar Calvet was a member of Pele's Santos team in the early 1960's.  He played for them between 1960 and 1964.  He was a part of the team that won two Copa Libertadores and two Intercontinental Cups. He also played for Gremio from 1956 and 1959.   He was capped twice for Brazil between 1960 and 1962

CB: Airton Pavolhao (Brazil)
In the course of his career (1949–1971), Airton Pavolhao played for Força e Luz, Grêmio, Santos and Cruz Alta Rio Grande do Sul. Airton is a legend with Gremio, where he had two spells. He played  for them from 1954 to 1960 in his first spell.  After a season with Santos, he played for them again from 1961 and 1967. He won eleven Campeonato Gaúcho with Grêmio (from 1956 to 1960 and from 1962 to 1967).  He was capped 7 times between 1960 to 1964.
Airton Pavolhao
CB: Atilio Ancheta (Uruguay) 
He started his career with Club Nacional at home, where he won the Copa Libertadores in 1971.  He moved to Greimo in 1971 and was considered a legend there.  For Uruguay, he earned over 20 caps.  He was a member of Uruguay's team that reached the semifinal at the 1970 World Cup Finals.  He was elected one of the best defenders of the Finals.

LB: Roger (Brazil) 
Roger played for Grêmio between 1994 and 2003. He was a part of the tam that won Copa Libertadores in 1995. After Grêmio, he played for Kobe Vessel in Japan. Between 2006 and 2008, he played with Fluminense.  In 2007, he scored the winning goal at the Final of the Brazilian Cup, giving him a record 4th title with the Cup.  He was capped once.

LB: Everaldo (Brazil) 
Everaldo earned 24 caps for the Seleção.  He was known for being the starting left back at the World Cup Finals in 1970 in which Brazil won its 4th World Cup.  He was the first ever player from Gaucho to have won a World Cup.  Greimo added a Gold Star on its flag to honour Everaldo's achievements. Everaldo spent his entire career with Greimo and was considered one of its greatest players. He died at the age of 30 in 1976.
Everaldo
DM: Dinho (Brazil)
Dino played for Confiança, Sport Club do Recife and Deportivi La Coruna (Spain) before making it big in Brazil.  With Sao Paulo, he won back-to-back Copa Libertadores and Intercontinental Cup in 1992 and 1993.  With Gremio, he won a Brazilian Cup, a Copa Libertadores in 1995, the Recopa Sudamericana in 1996, and the Brazilian Championship of that same year.  He was capped once.

DM/CM: Emerson (Brazil)
For nearly a decade, Emerson was a key player for Brazil.  He played over 70 times for them. He was due to captain the 2002 World Cup side, but an injury right before the Finals kept him out of the tournament.  He went to the World Cup Finals in 1998 and 2006. At the club level, Emerson played for Gremio, Bayer Leverkusen, Roma, Juventus, Real Madrid, AC Milan and Santos. He won the Copa Libertadores in 1995 for Gremio.
Emerson
CM: China (Brazil)
China started playing on a club named "July 14" in Passo Fundo and then went to Chapecoense.  With Grêmio, he was part of the team that won the titles of the Campeonato Gaúcho (1980), Brazilian Championship (1981), Copa Libertadores (1983) and Club World Cup (1983). He also played Vasco da Gama , Noroeste, Beira-Mar, Leixões and Passo Fundo. He was capped 5 times.

CM: Gessy Lima (Brazil)
Gessy Lima began his career with Uruguaiana. Grêmio brought him in 1955, and turned him into a midfielder.  He won eleven titles with the club between 1956 and 1962. He also played for Portuguesa. He never gave any interview in his career. At the international level, he played 4 times for Brazil during the 1960 Pan-American Games.

AM/CM: Formiguinha (Brazil)
Milton Kuelle was better known as Formiguinha. He was an one club player for Gremio. He spent his entire career with them. He was known for all round abilities.  He won the Campeonato Gaúcho: 1956 to 1960, 1962 to 1965.  He was capped 6 times for Brazil.  He attended the 1956 Pan-American Games as an unused sub, but played a greater role in 1960, where he scored the winning goal against Argentina.  After retirement, he became a dentist.
Formiguinha
RW/FW: Tarciso (Brazil)
Tarciso is Gremio's all-time appearance leader and the second highest goal scorer.  He won the Copa Libertadores and Intercontinental Cup in 1983. With the emerge of Renato Gaúcho, he was sold to Goiás.  Later, he played for Club Cerro Porteño in Paraguay. He was capped twice in 1979, playing against France and Paraguay.

LW/FW: Eder Assis (Brazil)
Eder played for many clubs in his career, most notably with Grêmio and Atlético Mineiro in the Campeonato Brasileiro.  His career was best remembered for playing with Brazil at the World Cup Finals in 1982. He scored a wonderful, winning goal against the Soviet Union, flicking the ball up and volleying it with blistering power into the net from 25 yards. He followed that up with another outstanding goal in the 4–1 win over Scotland. He earned 52 caps.  

AM: Valdo (Brazil)
Valdo made his debut with Grêmio, with which he won four consecutive Rio Grande do Sul Leagues. In 1988, he signed with Benfica of Portugal, alongside compatriot Ricardo Gomes. Both Valdo and Gomes left for Paris Saint-Germain F.C. in 1991.  He also played in Japan.  Capped 45 times. He went to the World Cup Finals in 1986, but did not play.  He played in Italia 1990.

AM/LM: Ronaldinho (Brazil)
Ronaldinho was a member of tyhe "Three R's" with Rivaldo and Ronaldo that helped Brazil winning the World Cup in 2002.  He had 97 caps. He started his career with Gemio before moving to Europe. He played with Paris St Germaine, Barcelona and AC Milan before returning to Brazil in 2011. He formed the REM line with Etoo and Messi with Barcelona before fighting among them destroyed the team. 
Ronaldinho
FW: Foguinho (Brazil) 
Oswaldo Roll was better known as Foguinho. He was born in 1909 in Porto Alegre. He was a star with Greimo in the 1930's.  He won the Campeonato Gaúcho in 1931 and 1932.  He scored over 100 goals for the club. In his prime, he also played water polo. After retiring from playing, he worked in radios.  He also managed the national team briefly in 1960.

FW: Paulo Nunes (Brazil) 
Paulo Nunes was a product of Flamengo's golden generation that included Djalminha, Marcelinho Carioca and Sávio, but his career there was limited.  In 1995, he moved to Greimo, where he teamed up with Mario Jardel, winning the Copa Libertadores.  He also won the 1999 Copa Libertadores with Palmeiras.  He was capped twice in 1997, debuting at the Tournoi de France against France.

RW/FW: Renato Gaucho (Brazil)
Renato started his career in Esportivo in Bento Gonçalves. With  Grêmio, he won the 1983 Copa Libertadores and the Intercontinental Cup, where he scored twice.  With Flamengo, he won the Green Module of Brasileirão Série A. He also played one disappointing season with AS Roma. With Fluminese, he was known for his belly goal against Flamengo in 1995. He was capped 41 times. He went to the World Cup Finals in 1990.
Renato Gaucho
ST: Luíz de Carvalho (Brazil)
Luíz de Carvalho was an idol at Greimo, earning the nicknames "the King of the Turn" "El Maestro".  He won 12 titles with the club.  In the mid-1930s, he moved to Rio de Janeiro, playing at Botafogo and Regatas and Vasco da Gama. While at Vasco, he became one of the first player in Brazil to endorse a product for marketing purposes. He also played for the national team.

ST: Mario Jardel (Brazil)
During his prime, Mario Jardel was one of the most prolific strikers in European football.  He scored 266 goals in 274 games.  He won the European Golden Boot for two years. His best years were with Porto, Galatasaray and Sporting CP.  He was a legend for Grêmio, playing a major part in the squad that won the 1995 Copa Libertadores. 

AM/FW: Alcindo (Brazil) 
During his club career, Alcindo played for Rio Grande (1963), Grêmio (1964–1971), Santos (1971–1973), Club Jalisco (1973) and Club América (1974–76) of Mexico, and Francana (1978). He is Grêmio's all-time leading scorer with 636 goals for the club. At the international level, he earned 7 caps and scored 1 goal for Brazil between 1966 and 1967. He was part of the team for the 1966 World Cup in England.  He played in two group matches over there.
Alcindo 

Honorable Mention
Adílson Batista, Mauro Galvão, Ortunho, Ênio Rodrigues, Joãozinho, André Catimba, Tcheco, Paulo Isidoro, Eder, Marcelinho Paraíba, Élton, Luan.

Squad Explanation
-- Gremio won both the 1983 Copa Liberatadores and the Intercontinental Cup.  Only five players from that team was selected.  They are Hugo De Leon, Mazarópi, Tarciso, Renato and China. Renato scored both goals in the Intercontinental Cup Final against Hamsburg SV.
-- The club won their second Copa Libertadores in 1996 . The following players made my all-time team here: Mario Jardel, Francisco Arce, Danrlei, Paulo Nunes, Dinho, Roger and Emerson.
-- Mario Jardel only played a short time here, but he won the Copa Libertadorres scoring nearly 70 goals for the club between 1995 and 1996. His contribution to the club was greatest than some of the players I have ignored.
-- Gremio won their third Copa Libertadores in 2017, but their players are still too young to be considered for an all-time team. Marcelo Grohe is named on my honorable mention.  He might one day make the team.  I put him as my 4th goalkeeper. Luan was the MVP of the tournament. He is too young to be considered for the team. I put him on honorable mention for now.
--- The last spot was between Paulo Isidoro and Eder.  They were made famous by their participation with the World Cup Finals in 1982.  For Greimo, Paulo Isidoro appeared in several all-time list I discovered on the internet.  Eder was often not mentioned. In the end, I took Eder because I wanted an extra left-sided player. I might also be biased because I watched the 1982 World Cup Finals and Eder was great.
-- Ronaldinho also did not play much at the club, but he was probably the greatest ever player produced by their academy.
-- Paulo Numes earned him the Bola de Prata from Placar magazine while playing for Gremio.  
-- Alcindo is Gremio's all-time leading scorer.  He earned his caps while playing for them.

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Sunday, February 5, 2017

Fluminense Greatest All-Time Team


Campeonato Carioca 2012
Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.

This is my selection of a 25 member all-time team for the club.  The number 25 was chosen because it is the official squad size for the Champions' League.

Fluminense Football Club was founded on July 21, 1902 by the sons of Carioca aristocrats, being led by Oscar Cox, a Brazilian sportsman, in the bairro of Flamengo, a direct contrast between the aristocratic founders and the modest ground it was founded on. Cox was elected as the club's first president. Fluminense has been state champions on 31 occasions, second only to Flamengo with 33. The team has been national champions four times, most recently in 2012, and won the Copa do Brasil in 2007.
Cope Rio Winner in 1952

Team
GK: Carlos Jose Castilho (Brazil)
Carlos Jose Castilho went to 4 World Cup Finals: 1950, 1954, 1958 and 1962, but only played in 1954.  He had a reputation for being lucky, earning the nickname "Leiteira".  He played over 695 games for Fluminense. He was daltonic and he believed he was favored because he saw yellow balls as if they were red, though he had trouble at night with white balls.  He also decided to partially amputate a finger so that he did not need to rest for an injury.
Carlos Jose Castilho
GK: Felix (Brazil)
Felix played goalkeeper for  Atlético Juventus and Associação Portuguesa de Desportos and Fluminense. With Fluminense, he won won Campeonato Carioca: 1969, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1976.  He has 47 caps with the Brazilian Seleção.  He was known for being the starting keeper for the 1970 World Cup-winning squad.

GK: Batatais (Brazil)
In career, Batatais started at early 1930s at Comercial Futebol Clube of Ribeirão Preto, he played for Portuguesa, Palmeiras, Fluminense and América-RJ where close his career in 1948. He won five Rio de Janeiro State Tournament in 1936, 1937, 1938, 1940 and 1941. For Brazil national football team he participated at 1938 FIFA World Cup and played two matches.

RB: Carlos Alberto (Brazil)
Carlos Alberto was one of the greatest rightback ever played the game. He was the captain of the 1970 World Cup winning team in Mexico.  His goal in the Final against Italy was considered one of the greatest goals in the history of the tournament. He missed the World Cup in 1974 through an injury.  He began his career with Flummense in 1963.  He played with Pele both at Santos and NY Cosmos. He had 53 caps for Brazil.
Carlos Alberto Torres
RB: Píndaro (Brazil)
Pindaro was an all-time great playing for Flumiense.  Together with Castilho and Pinheiro, he formed a great defensive unit for the club in the late 1940's and early 1950's.  The club won the Copa Rio in 1952.  It was an intercontinental tournament, involving teams from Europe. Despite being a top defender, he did not attend the World Cup Finals in 1950.

CB: Pinheiro (Brazil)
Pinheiro held the second highest appearance record for Fluminense. He was involved with over 600 games.  Pinheiro was Rio de Janeiro's champion in 1951 and 1959, Rio's 1952 Cup, Rio-São Paulo Tourney in 1957 and 1960, as well as several other lesser-known titles. Before Fluminese, he played for Americano.  At the club, he played for many position, including goalkeeper. He earned 17 caps, attending the WC Finals in 1954.

CB: Thiago Silva (Brazil)
Thiago Silva  became the most expensive defender in history when he moved from Milan to Paris St. Germain.  Before moving to play in Europe, he played for Juventude and Fluminense in Brazil. He was a key player as Fluminense to the Final of Copa Libertadores in 2008.  For the national team, he was the captain of Brazil ill-fated team in World Cup 2014, but did not play against Germany in the semifinal. He was an unused sub at the WC Finals in 2010.
Thiago Silva
CB: Edinho (Brazil)
Born in 1955, Edinho played 45 times for Brazil.  He went to three World Cup Finals: 1978, 1982 and 1986.  He was the captain of the 1986 team.  Edinho was also in the team which finished fourth at the 1976 Summer Olympics. He spent most of his career with Fluminense, but also played with Flamengo and Fluminense FC.  In  Europe, he played with Udinese in Italy and Gremio.

CB: Ricardo Gomez (Brazil)
Ricardo Gomez started his career with Fluminense at home before joining Benfica in 1988.  He would then join Paris St.Germaine in 1991.  He went to play in Italia 1990, where Brazil was known for their defensive tactics.  In 1994, he was selected as the captain for USA 1994.  However, he was injured before the Finals and did not attend the World Cup Finals.

LB: Branco (Brazil)
Branco appeared 72 times for Brazil, between April 1985 and February 1995.  He went to both Italia 1990 and USA 1994.  In 1994, he scored a powerful against Holland that sent Brazil to the semifinal.  On the club level, Branco played for Internacional (1980–81), Fluminense (1981–86), Brescia (1986–88), FC Porto (1988–91), Genoa (1991–93), Grêmio (1992–94), Flamengo (1995), Corinthians (1995), Middlesbrough (1996), and MetroStars (1997). 
Branco
LB: Altar (Brazil)
Altar has spent his entire career with Fluminense, for which he played 551 games, scoring twice. He was called “magro” (slim) because he was skinny and despite his modest physical appearance, was a tough tackler and tremendous marker. His duels with Garrincha were legendary. He retired from playing in 1971 aged 33. He was a member of Brazil's 1962 WC winning squad.

DM: Denilson (Brazil)
Denilson played entire career (1962–1974) at Fluminense, and won four Rio de Janeiro State Championship (1964, 1969, 1971, 1973), and three Guanabara Rio Cup (1966, 1969, 1971). At international level, he made 9 appearances for Brazil, scoring 2 goals, and participated at the 1966 World Cup, making two appearances against Bulgaria and Portugal. He is known as the 'king of step-overs'.

CM: Didi (Brazil)
Didi is considered one of the greatest players ever from Brazil.  He won two World Cups.  He was voted the best player in World Cup 1958.  He was also on the 1954 and 1962 team.  At the club level, he joined Real Madrid in the 1950's, but returned after less than a year because of a personal feud with Alfredo di Stefano. He also played with Garrincha at Botafogo, a team considered among the best ever club side in Brazil.
Didi
CM: Delei (Brazil) 
Delei started his career in 1979, playing for Fluminense. During his spell at the club, he won the Campeonato Carioca in 1980, 1983, 1984 and in 1985, and won the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A in 1984. He had brief careers with Palmeiras, Botafogo, Belenenses in Portugal and Atlético Paranaense.  He was capped once by Brazil in 1984, but played for the Olympic team in 1979.

CM: Pintinho (Brazil)
In his career, Pintinho played for Fluminense and Vasco da Gama in Brazil, Sevilla and Cádiz in Spain, and Farense in Portugal.  For Fluminense, he played in 381 matches and scored 23 goals between 1972 and 1980.  his second longest career was with Sevilla, which lasted from 1980 to 1984. He earned 3 caps with the Seleção.

RW: Tele Santana (Brazil)
Telê started his career as a goalkeeper, but switched to an attacker.  He played for clubs such as Fluminense, Madureira and Vasco da Gama.  With Fluminense's shirt, he played 557 matches and scored 165 goals.  He was the third highest player in appearance to play for the club and also the third highest scorer. He was better known for being the manager of Brazil's World Cup team in 1982, which was considered one of the best ever national team.
Tele Santana
LW: Hércules de Miranda (Brazil)
Hércules started his career in 1930, playing for Juventus. , leaving the club in 1933, joining São Paulo da Floresta. With Fluminense, he won  the Campeonato Carioca in 1936, 1937, 1938, 1940 and in 1941. Hércules de Miranda played Corinthians from1942 to 1948.  He played six games for Brazil, scoring three goals. His debutwas against Poand at the 1938 World Cup Finals.

LW/AM: Rivelino (Brazil)
Rivelino is considered to be one of the greatest left-sided midfielder ever.  His signature move was the "flip-flap". He was a member of Brazil's great 1970 team and also played in the 1974 team.  He had 92 caps for Brazil.  He started his career with Corinthians, but in one of the club's worst period in history. He moved to Fluminense in 1974, forming a great team with Carlos Alberto.  He also played for Al Hilal in Saudi Arabia.
Rivelino
AM: Julio Cesar Romero "Romerito(Paraguay)
Julio Cesar Romero was considered the best outfielder in Paraguay's history.  He had careers in Paraguay, the USA, Spain, Mexico, Chile and Brazil.  His two most famous stints were with NY Cosmos and Fluminense.  He led Paraguay to win the Copa America in 1979 and to qualify for the World Cup Finals in 1986.  He was selected as the South American Footballer of the Year in 1985. 

AM: Dario Conca (Argentina)
Conca played for Tigre and River Plate in Argentina, but he made his name with Brazil's Flumiense. He played an important role in the 2008 Copa Libertadores campaign. In 2011, he made a dramatic transfer to Guangzhou Evergrande, which the transfer fees was a domestic record.  It was reported that Conca's annual was among the highest paid players in the world. He helped the club to win the AFC Champions' league in 2013.
Dario Conca
ST: Benedito Assis (Brazil)
Benedito Assis played for São Paulo between 1980 and 1981. In 1982, he went to Atletico-PR. He formed an offensive partnership with Washington.  His career reached its height when he joined  Fluminense in 1983, where he was reunited with Washington.  Assis played 177 games for Fluminense and scored 54 goals between 1983 and 1987. He was capped twice.

ST: Ezio (Brazil)
During his career (1986–1998) he played for Bangu, Olaria, Portuguesa, Fluminense (he scored for this club 118 goals in 236 matches), Atlético Mineiro, Americano Rio, CFZ do Rio, Rio Branco-ES and Internacional Limeira. He won, as a Fluminense player, one Rio de Janeiro State Championship in 1995, and two Guanabara Cup titles, in 1991 and 1993.

ST: Waldo (Brazil)
Waldo was best known for his time at Fluminense, being top scorer in the former club's history by scoring 314 goals in 401 matches.In 1961, he joined Valencia, winning the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup in 1962 and 1963. He won the Pichichi Trophy in 1967 for the topscorer in the league. He also played one season with Hércules CF.  He was capped 5 times.

ST: Henry Welfare (England)
Welfare was an early icon for Fluminense.  He arrived at Rio de Janeiro in 1913 to work as an English teacher. In England, he had played for Northern Normals, Liverpool and Tranmere Rovers. With Fluminense, he scored almost a goal per game(163 goals in 166 games). Welfare ended his career after scoring the winning goal for Fluminense against Botafogo, in 1924. 

ST: Fred (Brazil)
Fred began his career at América Mineiro before transferring to local rivals Cruzeiro in 2004. In France, he won three consecutive Ligue 1 titles there with Lyon, but he had poor performance at the end of his stay.  He joined Fluminense in 2009.  He won the MVP of Campeonato Brasileiro in 2012.  At the time of writing, he earned 39 caps. He went to the World Cup Finals in 2006 as backup striker.  At the ill-fated Brazil 2014, he was the starter.  
Fred
Honorable Mention
Marco Antonio, Bigode, Jair Marinho, Pintinho, Gerson, Paulo Cezar Caju, Carlos Brant, Jandir Bugs, Tim, Russo, Francisco Rodrigues, Romeu Pellicciari, Pedro Amorim Duarte, Orlando Pingo de Ouro, Arthur Machado, Zeze, Renato Gaucho, Ademir de Menezes, Washington César Santos, Washington Stecanela Cerqueira, Assis.

Squad Explanation
-- For his loyal service to the Club, Henry Welfare was elected a Member For Life of the Fluminense's deliberative council. He was honoured for his role in the early history of the club.  He remained the 6th highest goal scorer for the club. He is one of the few European born player selected on my all-time teams for Brazilian clubs. Dejan Petković of Flamengo is the only modern era player who had the honour.
-- In 1952, Fluminense won the Copa Rio.  The tournament was one of the first major trophies won by the club.  It was a tournament, invoving European teams. From the winning team, I selected Didi, Píndaro and Pinheiro. 
-- Didi's longest stint was with Fluminese.  
-- Carlos Alberto Torres started over here.  He also made a name before joining Pele's Santos.  
-- The club also had another famous Carlos Alberto. In an unfortunate event in 1914, Carlos Alberto, a mulatto playing for Fluminense, decided to cover himself in face powder to disguise the color of his skin. This ultimately led to one of the club's nicknames, pó de arroz, which is the Portuguese for 'white powder'.
-- Fluminense also had two famous forwards named Washington.  Washington César Santos is eight best top goalscorer in club history with 118 goals. Washington Stecanela Cerqueira was  the 2008 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A top scorer, with 21 goals.  Both made honorable mention only.
-- Dario Conca was a star at the 2008 Copa Libertadores campaign. He was also voted the best player in Serie A for the 2010.
-- Thiago Silva was an important player as Fluminense made a run at Copa Libertadores in 2008. He also made over 100 appearances of the club and voted the best defender in Brazil while he was playing there. Branco also made a name here before moving to play overseas.
-- Rivelino's career was largely associated with Fluminense.
-- Gerson only played for them at the end of his career.  Paulo Cezar Caju also played two seasons. 
-- I do not have spaces for attackers:  Escurinho, Renato Gaucho, Ezio, Zeze, Orlando Pingo de Ouro, Tim, Russo and Romeu Pellicciari.  
-- Ademir de Menezes only played one season with Fluminense, but he was sensational that year. He won the Campeonato Carioca by scoring 24 goals in 23 games. I nearly selected him to the team. I only put him on honourable mention.
-- Denilson played his entire career with the club.
-- Waldo is the club's all-time leading scoring. 

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