World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Toninho Cerezo

Article Id: WHEBN0002053737
Reproduction Date:

Title: Toninho Cerezo  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: 1985–86 A.S. Roma season, Paulo Roberto Falcão, 1993 Intercontinental Cup, 1984–85 A.S. Roma season, 1984 European Cup Final
Collection: 1955 Births, 1978 Fifa World Cup Players, 1982 Fifa World Cup Players, A.S. Roma Players, Al Ain Fc Managers, Al-Hilal Fc Managers, América Futebol Clube (Mg) Players, Brazil International Footballers, Brazilian Expatriate Footballers, Brazilian Expatriates in the United Arab Emirates, Brazilian Football Managers, Brazilian Footballers, Brazilian People of Spanish Descent, Campeonato Brasileiro Série a Managers, Campeonato Brasileiro Série a Players, Clube Atlético Mineiro Managers, Clube Atlético Mineiro Players, Cruzeiro Esporte Clube Players, Esporte Clube Vitória Managers, Expatriate Football Managers in Japan, Expatriate Footballers in Italy, Guarani Futebol Clube Managers, Kashima Antlers Managers, Living People, Nacional Futebol Clube Players, Paulista Futebol Clube Players, People from Belo Horizonte, São Paulo Fc Players, Serie a Players, Sport Club Do Recife Managers, U.C. Sampdoria Players
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Toninho Cerezo

Toninho Cerezo
Personal information
Full name Antônio Carlos Cerezo
Date of birth (1955-04-21) 21 April 1955
Place of birth Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1972–1983 Atlético Mineiro 111 (12)
1973–1974 Nacional (AM) (loan) 20 (3)
1983–1986 Roma 70 (13)
1986–1992 Sampdoria 145 (14)
1992–1993 São Paulo 13 (1)
1994 Cruzeiro 10 (3)
1995 Paulista
1995–1996 São Paulo 8 (0)
1996 América
1997 Atlético Mineiro
National team
1977–1985 Brazil 57 (7)
Teams managed
1999 Vitória
2000–2005 Kashima Antlers
2005 Guarani
2005 Atlético Mineiro
2007 Al-Hilal
2008 Al-Shabab
2009–2010 Al Ain
2010 Sport Recife
2012 Vitória
2013– Kashima Antlers
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 September 2010.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 September 2010

Toninho Cerezo, real name Antônio Carlos Cerezo, (born 21 April 1955 in Belo Horizonte) is a former football player from Brazil. Well known for his tireless style of play and tactical awareness, Cerezo is commonly regarded as one of the finest Brazilian defensive midfielders.[1]


  • Career 1
  • National team 2
  • Honours as a player 3
  • Honours as a manager 4
  • Career statistics 5
  • Personal life 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


He played as a defensive midfielder with Atlético Mineiro, A.S. Roma, Sampdoria, São Paulo Futebol Clube and the Brazilian national team.

He won the Brazilian Golden Ball trophy in 1977 and again in 1980 and the Brazilian Silver Ball trophy in 1976.

Cerezo won five times the Coppa Italia (Italian Cup). In 1991 he won both the Italian Serie A championship and the Coppa Italia with U.C. Sampdoria.[2]

With São Paulo FC he was the two-times winner of the Intercontinental Cup and Copa Libertadores.

Cerezo was the best player of the Intercontinental Cup final in 1993.[3]

In 1998, 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 Brazilian Série A. He also led Japanese powerhouse Kashima Antlers in J. League for six years. He won five major titles in Japan, two league championships, one Emperor's Cup and two league cups.

After that, he coached Atlético Mineiro, Guarani, and some Asian clubs such like Al-Hilal, Al-Shabab, Al Ain and returned to Brazil to lead Sport, leaving just one month later.

National team

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

He played the FIFA World Cup 1978 and FIFA World Cup 1982. He was also due to go to the 1986 tournament, but a hamstring injury in May ruled him out.

At FIFA World Cup 1982 his back pass was intercepted by Paolo Rossi who went on to score in a 2–3 loss to Italy which saw a hat trick for Rossi and Brazil knocked out of the tournament in a dramatic upset. For many years after the event, he was widely criticized for this awful pass by many Brazilians.

Honours as a player

Atlético Mineiro
São Paulo

Honours as a manager

Kashima Antlers

Career statistics

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Japan League Emperor's Cup League Cup Asia Total
1972 Atlético Mineiro Série A 3 0
1973 4 0
1973 Nacional-AM Série A 20 3
1974 Atlético Mineiro Série A 5 0
1975 12 0
1976 19 2
1977 18 0
1979 8 1
1980 19 4
1981 9 3
1982 3 0
1983 11 2
1983–84 Roma Serie A 30 6
1984–85 22 3
1985–86 18 4
1986–87 Sampdoria Serie A 28 3
1987–88 28 3
1988–89 29 2
1989–90 21 2
1990–91 12 3
1991–92 27 1
1992 São Paulo Série A
1993 13 1
1994 Cruzeiro Série A 10 3
1995 Paulista
1995 São Paulo Série A 8 0
1996 América-MG
1996 Atlético Mineiro Série A
Total Brazil
Italy 215 27
Career total
Brazil national team
Year Apps Goals
1977 11 2
1978 11 0
1979 2 0
1980 6 1
1981 13 2
1982 9 0
1983 0 0
1984 0 0
1985 5 0
Total 57 5

Personal life

Cerezo is the father of four children, including fashion model Lea T.[4]


  1. ^
  2. ^ Smyth, Rob (25 June 2009). "The forgotten story of ... Sampdoria's only scudetto". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 21 July 2009. 
  3. ^ "Toyota cups 1992 and 1993". Retrieved 21 July 2009. 
  4. ^ Tom, Phillips (31 July 2010). "Lea T and the loneliness of the fashion world's first transsexual supermodel".  
  • Enciclopédia do Futebol Brasileiro, Volume 1 – Lance, Rio de Janeiro: Aretê Editorial S/A, 2001.

External links

  • Profile
  • Toninho Cerezo at
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from World Library are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.