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Guilherme de Cássio Alves

 

Guilherme de Cássio Alves

Guilherme
Personal information
Full nameGuilherme de Cássio Alves
Date of birth (1974-05-08) 8 May 1974 (age 40)
Place of birthMarília, Brazil
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing positionStriker
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1992Marília?(?)
1993–1994São Paulo7(2)
1995–1997Rayo Vallecano89(37)
1997Grêmio16(10)
1998–1999Vasco da Gama3(2)
1999–2003Atlético Mineiro78(41)
2002Corinthians (loan)13(10)
2003–2004Al-Ittihad?(?)
2004Cruzeiro20(2)
2005–2006Botafogo18(1)
Total244(105)
National team
2000–2001Brazil6(1)
Teams managed
2011Ipatinga
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Guilherme de Cássio Alves, simply Guilherme (born 8 May 1974 in Marília, São Paulo), is a Brazilian retired footballer who played as a striker.

In his country, he played with eight different clubs, with different fortunes, and also represented clubs in Spain and Saudi Arabia, during 13 years as a professional.

Club career

Guilherme started his professional career at age 18 with local Marília Atlético Clube. After a few games, Telê Santana, then in charge of São Paulo FC, hired the player, who played a relatively important part in the club's conquests in the following two years: the South American Supercup, the Libertadores Cup, the Intercontinental Cup, the CONMEBOL Cup and the South American Cup Winners' Cup.

In January 1995, Guilherme left for Spain, joining Madrid club Rayo Vallecano. In only 20 matches (1/2 season), he scored 14 goals as the side achieved La Liga promotion. During the following two seasons, he would continue to score in double digits, but Rayo returned to the second division in the latter.

In 1997, Guilherme returned to his country, joining Grêmio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense. In the following year, he moved to CR Vasco da Gama, where he was very rarely played, but also helped to the Torneio Rio-São Paulo conquest.

Still in 1999, Guilherme signed with Clube Atlético Mineiro, where he experienced his best years as a professional. In the year's Série A, he was crowned top scorer, breaking the record which belonged to club legend Reinaldo, and led the team to the vice-championship.

Guilherme played one year on loan with Sport Club Corinthians Paulista, scoring twice in his debut, a 3–2 home win against Sport Club Internacional; however, his stay was marred by a serious car accident, which resulted in the death of two persons. He never regained his previous form with Corinthians, and after leaving Atlético for good (with a total of 139 official goals), represented Al-Ittihad (Jeddah) of Saudi Arabia, for one season.

In the year 2004, Guilherme signed for Cruzeiro Esporte Clube, scoring 13 goals in 50 official games, and helping the team to the regional championship. He finished his career in the following year, with Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas. He suffered a serious injury while at his last club and, whilst recovering from his condition at Corinthians, severely hurt his thigh and decided to end his career, at 31. In the beginning of 2007, he served as first club Marília's director of football, with the side then in the second level.

Guilherme then joined another former team, Atlético Mineiro, being named assistant coach alongside Nei Pandolfo and Colombian Freddy Rincón. On 15 February 2011, he was hired as Ipatinga Futebol Clube's manager.

International career

Courtesy of his solid Atlético performances, Guilherme played a total of six matches with Brazil, his debut coming in 2000. He was called up for the squad which represented the nation in the following year's Copa América, netting in a 2–0 group stage win against Peru on 15 July, in an eventual quarterfinal exit.

International goals

External links

  • SambaFoot profile
  • BDFutbol profile
  • Stats and profile at Zerozero
  • Guilherme at National-Football-Teams.com

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