The Soccer Player


Antonio Jorge Cecílio Sobrinho, a.k.a. Toninho Cecílio, was born on May 27, 1967 in Avaré (São Paulo countryside). His deceased father was a public health physician, Dr. Cecílio Jorge Netto, and his mother, Suhad Aurani Jorge, was an artist. Like most children in Brazil, Toninho was always playing soccer with friends in local teams, parks or even in the streets.

While in Palmeiras, he carried out two off-field activities. At the same time he reached the peak of his career defending the Brazilian National Team, Cecílio was graduating in Advertising at UNIP (Universidade Paulista) and starting his term as President of the Union of Professional Football Athletes of São Paulo.

In 1983, Toninho saw his dream come true when he successfully passed a test at Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras, an important soccer team of Brazil. In 1984, Palmeiras under-17 team, coached by Cidinho, featured names like Zetti, Veloso, Edu Manga, Ivan, Gerson Caçapa, among others, and the newly hired Toninho Cecílio was already team captain.

Cecílio was promoted to the first team and later named captain again, staying at Palmeiras until 1992. He stayed at the “alviverde squad” for nine years, during this period, he was called up by coach Paulo Roberto Falcão to defend the Brazilian National Team in 1990, and he was also called to defend the São Paulo State Team in 1987, 1990 and 1991.

While in Palmeiras, he carried out two off-field activities. At the same time he reached the peak of his career defending the Brazilian National Team, Cecílio was graduating in Advertising at UNIP (Universidade Paulista) and starting his term as President of the Union of Professional Football Athletes of São Paulo, adding important experiences to his future career.

In 1993, after nearly a decade of his arrival, Toninho Cecílio left Palmeiras. He was hired by Clube de Regatas Botafogo - Rio de Janeiro, where he was named captain right away. In the same year, the defender moved to Cruzeiro from Minas Gerais.

In the following year, 1994, Toninho Cecilio was negotiated with Cerezo Osaka, where he won the Japanese championship. He successfully stayed at the Japanese team for two seasons and was called to defend the Foreign Players Team of the J-League at a match against the Japanese National Team.

Cecílio returned to Brazil in 1996 hired by Coritiba. After that, he also defended São José, União São João, Portuguesa Santista, Etti de Jundiaí and Santo André. Toninho left the fields in 2001 after nearly two decades as a professional soccer player.

Club Career As A Soccer Player

palmeirasPalmeiras – 1984/1992 (Captain)

botafogo rjBotafogo (RJ) – 1993 (Captain)

cruzeiroCruzeiro - 1993

cerezo osakaCerezo Osaka/Japan – 1994/1995

coritibaCoritiba – 1996

sao joseSão José – 1997

uniao sao joaoUnião São João – 1997 (Captain)

portuguesa santistaPortuguesa Santista – 1998 (Captain)

etti jundiaiEtti Jundiaí – 1999/2000 (Captain)

santo andreSanto André – 2001 (Captain)

 

Other Teams

selecaoBrazilian National Team – 1990 – Coach Paulo Roberto Falcão

fpfSão Paulo State Team – 1987/1990/1991

j leagueForeign Players Team of J-League (Japan) – 1995

 

Coaches Toninho Worked With As A Soccer Player

palmeirasCastilho , Waldemar Carabina , Carbone , Rubens Minelli , Ênio Andrade , Emerson Leão , Jair Pereira , Telê Santana , Dudu , Paulo César Carpegiani , Nelsinho Baptista e Otacílio Gonçalves

selecaoPaulo Roberto Falcão

botafogo rjPaulo Emílio e Carlos Alberto Torres

cruzeiroCarlos Alberto Silva

cerezo osakaPaulo Emílio

coritibaLori Sandri e Heron Ferreira

sao joseCabralzinho , Benê Ramos e Cilinho

uniao sao joaoGeninho

portuguesa santistaOrlando Lelé e Basílio

etti jundiaiWagner Benazzi , Wilson Coimbra , Cilinho e Luís Carlos Ferreira

santo andreVica e Luís Carlos Ferreira

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