Alessandro Santos

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Alessandro Santos
Personal information
Full name Alessandro Santos
Date of birth (1977-07-20) July 20, 1977 (age 44)
Place of birth Maringá, Brazil
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Position(s) Midfielder
Youth career
1994–1996 Meitoku Gijuku High School
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–2003 Shimizu S-Pulse 198 (56)
2004–2009 Urawa Reds 100 (11)
2007Red Bull Salzburg (loan) 20 (1)
2009–2012 Nagoya Grampus 55 (0)
2013 Tochigi SC 25 (2)
2014 FC Gifu 18 (2)
2015 Maringá
2015 Grêmio Maringá
2016 PSTC
Total 416 (72)
National team
2002–2006 Japan 82 (7)
Honours
Shimizu S-Pulse
Runner-up J1 League 1999
Winner Emperor's Cup 2001
Runner-up Emperor's Cup 1998
Runner-up Emperor's Cup 2000
Urawa Reds
Winner J1 League 2006
Runner-up J1 League 2004
Runner-up J1 League 2005
Runner-up J.League Cup 2004
Winner Emperor's Cup 2005
Winner Emperor's Cup 2006
Nagoya Grampus
Winner J1 League 2010
Runner-up J1 League 2011
Runner-up Emperor's Cup 2009
Representing  Japan
AFC Asian Cup
Gold medal – first place 2004 China
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Alessandro Santos (三都主 アレサンドロ, Santos Alessandro, born July 20, 1977) is a former Japanese football player. He played for the Japan national team.

Biography[change | change source]

Santos was born in Maringá, Brazil on July 20, 1977. He moved to Japan in 1994. After graduating from Meitoku Gijuku High School, he joined J1 League club Shimizu S-Pulse in 1997. He played as many matches as left side midfielder from first season. In 1999, the club won the 2nd place and he received the "J.League MVP". In Asia, the club won the champions 1999–00 Asian Cup Winners' Cup and the 3rd place 2000–01 Asian Cup Winners' Cup. In 2004, he joined Urawa Reds. After won the 2nd place at J1 League for 2 years in a row (2004, 2005), the club won the champions in 2006 J1 League. In January 2007, he was loaned out to Red Bull Salzburg. He went back to Urawa in January 2008. He received a serious injury in a test match and had only one appearance in this season. In July 2009, he agreed to move to Nagoya Grampus. He made 55 appearances for the club, before joining J2 League side Tochigi SC for the 2013 season. He made 25 appearances there, scoring twice. In January 2014, he joined fellow J2 League team FC Gifu.

In November 2001, Santos obtained Japanese citizenship. He made his first appearance for Japan national team on March 21, 2002 against Ukraine, and he was part of Philippe Troussier's selection for the 2002 World Cup. He was the second foreign-born person to play for Japan in the World Cup after Wagner Lopes, who played in the 1998 World Cup and also the fifth naturalized citizen to play for Japan after Daishiro Yoshimura, George Yonashiro, Ruy Ramos, and Lopes.

Since Zico took over as the national team manager, Santos was a constant on the left side of the Japanese lineup, as a side back in 4-4-2 formation or midfielder in 3-5-2 formation. At 2004 Asian Cup, he played full time in all 6 matches and Japan won the champions. He was selected to Japan's 2006 World Cup squad in May 2006, providing an assist for Keiji Tamada in a group stage match against his former country Brazil. He played 82 games and scored 7 goals for Japan until 2006.

Statistics[change | change source]

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Club statistics League CupLeague CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
JapanLeague Emperor's Cup J.League Cup AsiaTotal
1997 Shimizu S-Pulse J1 League 27 3 3 0 2 1 - 32 4
1998 26 10 5 2 5 0 - 36 12
1999 30 11 1 0 4 0 - 35 11
2000 30 4 5 4 5 0 - 40 8
2001 30 12 5 1 2 1 - 37 14
2002 29 9 3 0 2 2 2 2 36 13
2003 26 7 4 0 4 0 3 1 37 8
2004 Urawa Reds J1 League 27 2 2 1 1 0 - 30 3
2005 32 4 5 0 5 0 - 42 4
2006 34 5 1 0 0 0 - 35 5
AustriaLeague Austrian Cup League Cup EuropeTotal
2006/07 Red Bull Salzburg Bundesliga 9 0 - - - 9 0
2007/08 11 1 - - 1 0 12 1
JapanLeague Emperor's Cup J.League Cup AsiaTotal
2008 Urawa Reds J1 League 1 0 0 0 0 0 - 1 0
2009 6 0 0 0 4 0 - 10 0
2009 Nagoya Grampus J1 League 14 0 6 1 0 0 4 0 24 1
2010 25 0 3 1 1 0 - 29 1
2011 11 0 4 0 1 0 3 0 19 0
2012 5 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 8 0
2013 Tochigi SC J2 League 25 2 2 0 - - 27 2
2014 FC Gifu J2 League 18 2 0 0 - - 18 2
Country Japan 396 71 51 10 36 4 13 3 496 88
Austria 20 1 - - 1 0 21 1
Total 416 72 51 10 36 4 14 3 517 89

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Japan national team
YearAppsGoals
2002 9 1
2003 15 1
2004 22 2
2005 17 1
2006 19 2
Total 82 7

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