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Full name Francisco Ernani Lima da Silva
Date of birth (1959-07-02) 2 July 1959 (age 60)
Place of birth Chaval, Ceará, Brazil
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Striker (retired)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1978–1979 Ponte Preta
1979–1980 Palmeiras
1980–1982 Botafogo
1983–1984 Náutico
1985 Portuguesa
1986–1987 Palmeiras
1987–1989 Newcastle United 54 (19)
1989–1991 Palmeiras
1991 Belenenses 3 (2)
1991 Corinthians
1991 Fortaleza
1992 Shimizu S-Pulse
1993–1994 Bellmare Hiratsuka
1995 Fortaleza
National team
1987 Brazil 4 (1)

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

† Appearances (goals)

Francisco Ernani Lima da Silva, better known as Mirandinha (born 2 July 1959 in Brasilia), is a former professional Brazilian footballer.

Mirandinha won four caps for the Brazilian national team, all in 1987, with his only international goal coming against England.[1]

He had unsuccessful early spells at Ceará and Fortaleza, before finding some success at the 'third club' in Fortaleza city, Ferroviário. He then moved to play for Ponte Preta.[2]

He signed for Newcastle United in 1987 for £575,000, thus becoming the first Brazilian to play in English football.[3] He left Newcastle in 1989, returning to his former club Palmeiras.[4]

In 1991 he moved from Palmeiras to join Belenenses, although he was only there for a short time,[5] playing three Portuguese League matches.[6] By late February he was playing for Corinthians, and he scored two goals for them in the 1991 Copa Libertadores.[7]

After leaving Corinthians he played for Fortaleza, and he then had spells in Japan with Shimizu S-Pulse and Shonan Bellmare.[8]

As of July 2013 he was a director at Maguary, who were playing in the third division of the Campeonato Cearense.[9]

Club statistics

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
1987–88[10] Newcastle United First Division 26 11 2 0 2 1 - 32[A] 13[A]
1988–89[10] 28 8 3 1 2 1 - 35[B] 10
Brazil League Copa do Brasil League Cup South America Total
1991 Corinthians Série A 3[7] 2
Japan League Emperor's Cup J. League Cup Asia Total
1992 Shimizu S-Pulse J. League 1 - -
1993 Shonan Bellmare Football League ? ?
1994 Bellmare Hiratsuka J. League 1 -
Country Brazil
England 54 19 5 1 4 2 - 67 23
Japan ? ? 0 0 - ? ?
A. ^ Two appearances and one goal in Simod Cup included in total.
B. ^ One appearance in Simod Cup and one appearance in Mercantile Credit Centenary Trophy included in total.


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  8. Profile at zerozerofootball
  9. Caio Costa (25 July 2013). "Maguary busca renascer no futebol cearense Quatro vezes campeão cearense, o Maguary que voltar a elite até 2016, pelo menos ó que diz Miradinha, ex-jogador, atual dirigente do clube" (in Portuguese). Tribuna do Ceara. Retrieved 11 October 2014. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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