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.


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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