José Carlos da Costa Araújo

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Zé Carlos
Personal information
Full name José Carlos da Costa Araújo
Date of birth (1962-02-07)February 7, 1962
Place of birth Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Date of death July 24, 2009(2009-07-24) (aged 47)
Place of death Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Height 1.92 m (6 ft 3 12 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1983 Americano
1983 Flamengo
1984 Rio Branco
1984–1991 Flamengo 107 (0)
1992 Cruzeiro 04 (0)
1992–1994 Farense 57 (0)
1994–1995 Vitória de Guimarães 15 (0)
1995–1996 Felgueiras 26 (0)
1996–1997 Flamengo 17 (0)
1997 Vitória 15 (0)
1999 XV de Piracicaba
1999 América
2000 Tubarão
National team
1988–1990 Brazil 3 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

José Carlos da Costa Araújo (February 7, 1962 – July 24, 2009), best known as Zé Carlos, was an association football goalkeeper who played for the Brazilian national team in the 1990 FIFA World Cup.


Throughout his career (1983–2000) he played for Americano de Campos, Flamengo, Rio Branco, Cruzeiro, Vitória, XV de Piracicaba, América and Tubarão.[1] He played also in Portugal, where he defended Vitória de Guimarães, SC Farense, and Felgueiras.[1]

The best moment in his career came when he played for Flamengo, in the late eighties, when he won one Brazilian championship in 1987 and one Rio de Janeiro state championship in 1986.

At that time he was often called up for the Brazilian national football team, but was usually the second goalkeeper after Taffarel. That was the case in the 1988 Olympics. He did play on two occasions in 1989. However, during the 1990 FIFA World Cup, he only made the third goalkeeper, after Taffarel and Acácio.


Zé Carlos died on July 24, 2009 of abdominal cancer, after more than one month at a hospital in Rio de Janeiro.[2]

On July 26, 2009, after Flamengo defeated Santos for the first time in official matches playing at Vila Belmiro (Santos' stadium), the current manager of Flamengo, Andrade, who was Zé Carlos' friend and teammate in the 1980s, both in Flamengo and in Brazilian team, crying, dedicated the special victory to Zé Carlos.[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Zé Carlos". Sambafoot. July 31, 2005. Retrieved July 25, 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Ex-goleiro do Fla morre de câncer" (in Portuguese). Justiça Desportiva. Retrieved July 25, 2009. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Andrade se emociona na vitória do Flamengo" on YouTube (in Portuguese)

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