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Personal information
Full name Francisco Ernani Lima da Silva
Date of birth (1959-07-02) 2 July 1959
Place of birth Chaval, Ceara, Brazil
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Striker (retired)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1978–1979 Ponte Preta
1979–1980 Palmeiras
1980–1982 Botafogo
1983–1984 Náutico
1985 Portuguesa
1986–1987 Palmeiras
1987–1989 Newcastle United
1989?–1991 Palmeiras
1991 Belenenses
1991 Corinthians
1991 Fortaleza
1992 Shimizu S-Pulse
1993–1994 Bellmare Hiratsuka
1995 Fortaleza
National team
1987-1989 Brazil
Teams managed
1996 Ferroviário
1997 Botafogo-DF
1998 Hajer Club
1999 Goiânia
1999 Rio Negro
1999-2000 Al-Raed
2000 Nacional
2001 Rio Negro
2002 Flamengo-PI
2002 Hajer Club
2003 Ríver
2004 Kedah FA
2005 Cascavel
2006 Libermorro
2006 CENE
2006 Rio Negro
2007-2008 Libermorro
2009 Fortaleza
2009-2010 Hajer Club
2010 Ferroviário
2012 Maguary
2014 Itapajé
2015- Ahly Shendi

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

† Appearances (goals)

Francisco Ernani Lima da Silva, better known as Mirandinha (born 2 July 1959 in Brasilia), is a former professional Brazilian footballer and manager.

Mirandinha won four caps for the Brazilian national team, all in 1987, with his only international goal coming against England.[1]

He signed for Newcastle United in 1987 for £575,000, thus becoming the first Brazilian to play in English football.[2] He left Newcastle in 1989, returning to his former club Palmeiras.[3]

In 1991 he moved from Palmeiras to join Belenenses, although he was only there for a short time,[4] playing three Portuguese League matches.[5] By late February he was playing for Corinthians, and he scored two goals for them in the 1991 Copa Libertadores.[6]

After leaving Corinthians he played for Fortaleza, and he then had spells in Japan with Shimizu S-Pulse and Shonan Bellmare.[7]

As of July 2013 he was a director at Maguary, who were playing in the third division of the Campeonato Cearense.[8]


  1. ^ "Mirandinha". Sambafoot. Retrieved 12 March 2012. 
  2. ^ "Mirandinha: Toon twice tried to tempt me back". Four Four Two. Haymarket Media Group. 4 March 2009. Retrieved 12 March 2012. 
  3. ^ "Lembra Dele? De Fortaleza para o mundo, as corridas de Mirandinha". baú do esporte (in Portuguese). Globo. 29 November 2011. Retrieved 30 September 2012. 
  4. ^ Andrzej Bazylczuk & Łukasz Miszewski (2 December 2010). "Z cyklu "Nieznani, a szkoda": Mirandinha". (in Polish). Agora. Retrieved 30 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "Mirandinha" (in Portuguese). ForaDeJogo. Retrieved 30 September 2012. 
  6. ^ 1991 Copa Libertadores results and line-ups at RSSSF (although appearance data is not listed for Corinthians match against Flamengo on 20 March 1991, which was abandoned, although the match was declared valid)
  7. ^ Profile at zerozerofootball
  8. ^ Caio Costa (25 July 2013). "Maguary busca renascer no futebol cearense Quatro vezes campeão cearense, o Maguary que voltar a elite até 2016, pelo menos ó que diz Miradinha, ex-jogador, atual dirigente do clube" (in Portuguese). Tribuna do Ceara. Retrieved 11 October 2014. 

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