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Full name Iomar do Nascimento
Date of birth (1966-04-08) 8 April 1966 (age 53)
Place of birth Santa Rita, Paraíba, Brazil
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1983–1985 Santa Cruz (PB) ? (?)
1985–1990 Vasco da Gama 79 (7)
1990–1991 Lecce 34 (2)
1991–1992 Fiorentina 21 (0)
1992–1994 Palmeiras 20 (0)
1994–1996 Valencia 71 (0)
1996–2000 Celta Vigo 114 (8)
2000–2001 Elche 17 (0)
2001 Vitória 15 (0)
Total 371 (17)
National team
1989–1994 Brazil 35 (0)
Teams managed
2009 Aris Thessaloniki

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

† Appearances (goals)

Iomar do Nascimento, known as Mazinho (born 8 April 1966) is a Brazilian football manager and former player, and the former head coach of Greek club Aris Thessaloniki.

Mazinho played 35 internationals for Brazil, winning the 1989 Copa América, 1994 World Cup, and a Silver medal at the 1988 Olympics. He was also named in the squads for the 1990 World Cup and the 1991 Copa América.

Playing career

Club career

Mazinho played with Vasco da Gama, Palmeiras and Vitória in his homeland, with Lecce and Fiorentina in Italy, and with Valencia, Celta Vigo and Elche in Spain. Starting his career as left back, he moved to the midfield in the early nineties.

He was a three-time winner of the Campeonato Brasileiro (Brazilian championship) with Vasco da Gama and Palmeiras. He received the "Brazilian Silver Ball" award in 1987 and 1988.

International career

He had 35 caps with the Brazilian national team with the first one coming in May 1989 in a friendly against Peru and the last one during the 1994 World Cup.[1][2] His main achievement was winning the 1994 World Cup where he was the third member of the three men and baby celebration with Bebeto and Romário in the quarter-final win against the Netherlands. Mazinho was also a Copa América winner in 1989 at which point he was playing as a full-back for Brazil.

Another player nicknamed "Mazinho", real name Waldemar Aureliano de Oliveira Filho, played for Brazil alongside the preceding player at 1991 Copa América. He was known as "Mazinho Oliveira" or "Mazinho II" to avoid confusion.

Managing career

In January 2009 he was appointed as a new head coach of the Greek side Aris Thessaloniki replacing Spanish Enrique Hernández.[3] He was replaced with former Valencia coach Héctor Cúper in November 2009.

Personal life

He is the father of Thiago Alcântara of Bayern Munich and Rafael "Rafinha" Alcântara of FC Barcelona. He is also the uncle of former Real Madrid and current Valencia player Rodrigo Moreno Machado




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  3. "Mazinho sustituye a Quique Hernández como entrenador del Aris de Salónica" (in Spanish). 22 January 2009. Retrieved 22 January 2009. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "South American Team of the Year". 16 January 2009. Retrieved 30 October 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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