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Marinho Chagas

Marinho Chagas
Centre: Francisco Marinho Chagas
Personal information
Full name Francisco das Chagas Marinho
Date of birth (1952-02-08)8 February 1952
Place of birth Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
Date of death 31 May 2014(2014-05-31) (aged 62)
Place of death João Pessoa, Brazil
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Left back
Youth career
1968–1969 Riachuelo AC (Natal, RN)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1969–1970 ABC FC 25 (4)
1970–1972 Náutico Capibaribe 60 (8)
1972–1977 Botafogo FR 74 (10)
1977–1978 Fluminense FC 28 (10)
1979 New York Cosmos 24 (8)
1980 Fort Lauderdale Strikers 19 (3)
1980–1983 São Paulo FC 54 (2)
1983–1984 Bangu AC 6 (0)
1984–1985 Fortaleza EC 14 (1)
1985–1986 América de Natal 7 (0)
1986–1987 Los Angeles Heat 16 (2)
1987–1988 BC Harlekin Augsburg
Total 327 (48)
National team
1972–1975 Brazil 28 (4)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Francisco das Chagas Marinho (8 February 1952 – 31 May 2014), generally known as Marinho Chagas or Francisco Marinho, was a Brazilian association footballer. One of the best left backs of his era, he is best known for his flowing curly blond hair and his performance at the World Cup 1974, when Brazil finished fourth. On club level he is mostly associated with Botafogo FR of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo FC, but he played for numerous other teams, also in the North American Soccer League, in his career spanning from 1969 to 1987.


  • Career 1
  • Clubs 2
  • National team 3
  • Honours 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


Marinho was born in Natal, Rio Grande do Norte. He played left-back with Botafogo FR of Rio and the Brazilian national team. He played the Football World Cup 1974. He was a skilful and innovative right footed left back who was considered at the time one of the top players at his position. He was an attack minded full-back with a powerful shot, and is considered a pioneer, becoming very influential in helping the lateral position evolve into what it is in today's Brazilian football.

He travelled the world and played for many different clubs in Brazil, the USA and Germany, always showing great skill and quality, but not settling anywhere for too long. His longest stint was with Botafogo, where he stayed four years from 1972 to 1976.

He spent two years in the North American Soccer League. In the first year, playing for the New York Cosmos alongside Carlos Alberto Torres and the German legend Franz Beckenbauer, his club lost in the semifinal of the championship to eventual winners Vancouver Whitecaps. Marinho scored 8 goals in his 24 matches that season.

The following year, playing with German striker phenomenon Gerd Müller for the Fort Lauderdale Strikers in Florida, he scored three goals in 19 matches. The Strikers finished the season as runners-up in the championship, losing the final 0-3 to the Cosmos. However, Marinho did not play in the final.

Back in Brazil he won with São Paulo FC the State Championship of São Paulo of 1981, the most notable title of his career, overcoming AA Ponte Preta in the finals 1-1, 2-0. His personal performance in this year yield him a third Bola de Prata of the specialist magazine Placar.

He ended his career as player with a brief stint in Germany where he played in the lowest amateur division, the local "C-Klasse", alongside some outdated former minor Bundesliga celebrities in Augsburg for the short-lived BC Harlekin, named after the chain of gambling halls operated by the quasi owner of the club, Mr Peter Eiba who had grand ideas to taking the club all the way to the first division.[1]

After his return to Natal Marinho stood there as Liberal Party candidate for the city council, but was deafeated.

His release of the single with the song Eu Sou Assim ("That's the way I am") did not enter him into a career in this sector.

In 1991, he was hired to coach the El Paso Patriots, an amateur team competing in the Southwest Independent Soccer League.[2]

Marinho Chagas has no relation to the Brazilian serial killer Francisco das Chagas Rodrigues de Brito, often referred to in press as simply Francisco das Chagas.[3]

Marinho Chagas died on 31 May 2014 in João Pessoa (RN), from a digestive hemorrhage.[4] At the time of his death, he was working as a sports commentator for a station in Natal. He was 62 years of age. The former Fullback had been battling Alcoholism in his later years, seaking treatment for illnesses related to his drinking. He was a father of three, two sons and a daughter as well as a grandfather to three. In an interview in 2013, he joked that he might have other children, given his wild ways, but that none of them come forward to claim him as their father since everyone knows he's broke.[5]


National team

With Brazil's national team he played 36 matches(8 non-official) and scored four goals. He was a starter for every match during the 1974 FIFA World Cup, part of a very solid defense which allowed 4 goals in 7 matches in their way to a 4th place finish.



  1. ^ Der Spiegel 44/1989, Augsburger Allgemeine 3 March 2008 and 5 March 2008.
  2. ^ Renegades' Sunbelt Outdoor Slate Set Tulsa World – Sunday, April 7, 1991
  3. ^ Man accused of killing 42 boys is sentenced. MSNBC 11:36 am PT, Wed., Oct. 25, 2006
  4. ^ Lateral da seleção de 74, Marinho Chagas morre aos 62 anos em João Pessoa (Portuguese)
  5. ^ Marinho Chagas Ex-lateral do Botafogo, Fluminense e São Paulo: What ever happened to? Transcription of a radio show done in 2013: ABC em Natal, Náutico no Recife, Botafogo no RJ e São Paulo F.C. em São Paulo. Contents accessed via Google Translate June 2, 2014.

External links

  • (Portuguese) CBF
  • (Portuguese) Botafogopiaxao – photos & stats
  • Rogério Micheletti: Marinho Chagas: Ex-lateral do Botafogo, Fluminense e São Paulo, Terceiro Tempo: Que fim levou?
  • Dave Morrison: Francisco Marinho NASL Soccer: North American Soccer League Players.
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