Footballers Named After Food: Brazil Edition

Continuing with footballers named after food, we go to Brazil with our top 5 Brazilian footballers named after food:

  1. Caju – Caju, or “Cashew” in English, had a long career playing for many Brazilian teams in the 70’s and 80’s. He also had a spell with Olympique de Marseille. He had many caps for the Brazilian national team and played in the 70 and 74 World Cups along with Pele and Rivelino. He got his nickname when he returned to Brazil from the United States with died red hair.


2.  Cacau – You might know Cacau, or “Cocoa” in English, from the German National team, especially the 2010 World Cup. Born in Brazil, he went to Germany at a young age and has played for such clubs as VfB Stuttgart  – which is actually named after a date, 1893, but more on them later.


3.  Jefferson Feijao – Feijao means “beans” in English, and Jefferson Beans had a long career playing for a number of clubs in Brazil like International, Goias, and Botafogo. He also played in South Korea for Daegu FC and in China for Liaoning.


4. Junior Pipoca – Junior “Popcorn” has played for over 20 different clubs! He’s had stays at Union Espanola in Chile, Cordoba in Spain, Ajaccio in France, Derby and Watford in England, Malmo in Sweden, Copenhagen in Denmark, and a bunch of Brazilian teams. He’s currently with Jauzeirense.


5. Rodrigo Arroz – Rodrigo “Rice” has been with a number of lower-division Brazilian clubs and had a short spell in India with the Kerala Blasters. He could possibly be related to Barry Rice, but that’s not confirmed.


Hermann Aichinger

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Country: Brazil   City: Ibirama

Founded: September 20, 1951       Colors: Maroon and white

Stadium:  Estadio de Baixada, Ibirama       Web:

This club, also called Atletico Ibirama, seems to only play in the Santa Catarina State League in Brazil. They have two second division Catarina State Titles. They are named after Mr. Hermann Aichinger, who donated the plot of land where they made their first field.

Hermann Aichinger was born in Germany in 1886. At some point, he immigrated to Brazil and opened a very successful factory that made cigar boxes. He possibly fought for Germany in World War Two. Not much else is known.

As usual, here’s the hymn:


The Fans:



CR Vasco da Gama

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Country: Brazil   City: Rio de Janeiro

Founded: August 21, 1898      Colors: Black and White

Stadium: Estadio Vasco da Gama / San Januario  Web:

Club de Regatas Vasco da Gama is the oldest team named after a person we’ve seen so far. This is a huge club from Rio de Janeiro with a long history and plenty of titles. They were founded by the Portuguese immigrant community in Rio as a rowing club. Football came soon after, and they were one of the first clubs to take a stand against racism by refusing to comply with a ban on players who weren’t white. They can claim 1 Libertadores, 4 Brazilian Serie A titles, and 23 Carioca (Rio de janiero) State championships. Some of their most famous players include, Roberto Dinamite, Romario, Bellini, Bebeto, Bismarck, Vava,  Edmundo,and Juninho Pernambucano, quite an impressive list!

The team is named after Dom Vasco da Gama, 1st Count of Vidiguera. As you might remember from geography class, Vasco da Gama was the first European explorer to reach  India by sea. He was born in Portugal in 1460 to a noble military family, and later in life he was given the mission of finding an open sea route from Portugal to the East. On July 8, 1497, he set off from Lisbon with four ships and 170 men. He sailed down the east coast of Africa, around the Cape of Good Hope, and up the west coast of Africa, completing his journey in Calicut. It was the longest voyage ever made at the time, lasting two years with 300 days at sea and covering 24,000 miles. By the time he returned to Lisbon, only two ships and 55 men remained. This trip is historically important because it marked the beginning of the Portuguese colonial empire. Vasco da Gama later made other voyages. It was on one of these voyages that he contracted malaria, passing away in 1524.

Here is Vasco’s traditional hymn, done in a different style:

Clube 15 de Novembro

Country: Brazil        City: Campo Bom          Founded: November 15, 1911

Colors: Green, Yellow, and White

Stadium: Sady Arnildo Schmidt     Web: 15 de Novembro

In this case, the 15th of November is significant for two reasons. Probably the most important thing to have happened in Brazil on November 15th is that it was declared a republic on this day in 1889. Marshal Deodoro da Fonseca led a coup that toppled Emperor Pedro II. This saw Marshal de Fonseca become the first president of Brazil, thus ending seventy-four years of imperial rule by the House of Braganza.

November 15th is also the day the club was founded. What a coincidence! This has nothing to do with Clube 15 de Novembro, but on the same day the club was formed, Yuan Shih-kai became Prime Minister of China.

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