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Brazil - Foreign Legion

By TheSaddlersFC
February 9 2004

We profile the Brazilians who have made appearances for the Saddlers over the years. New Page 2 New Page 1 New Page 1 Walsall have only ever had two Argentineans represent them Jimmy Walker

Bica


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Name - Marcus de Giuseppe (Bica)
Position - Striker
Appearances - 1
Goals - 0
Period - October 1999

Bica spent one month with the Saddlers in October 1999. As with most of our foreign signings, no one new what to expect. We were told that Bica was the David Beckham of Peru. He was the most famous player in the Peruvian league, a TV and media star.

Bica began his career in Brazil with Botafogo and Rio Branco. In 1995 he moved to Sporting Cristal (Peru), scored 25 goals and won the Peruvian championship.

His move to Salzburg (Austria) the year after saw him play a peripheral role in in their Championship win. He then returned to Peru for a spell with Deportivo Municipal before heading off to Greece for a short spell with Paniliakos.

He went back to Peru in 1998 and won an other championship winners medal with Sport Boys. He then came to try his luck in England. Prior to joining the Saddlers he had spent some time on trial with Sunderland who decided not to offer him a deal.

The Saddlers decided to give him a chance, and they did. 13 minutes as a sub against West Brom. He was totally anonymous for those 13 minutes and failed to impress. That was all we ever saw of Bica.
He was not used against Pompey the week after and left the club. The management must have seen enough to know he wasn't going to make the grade. Maybe with time he could have improved, but we didn't have time for him to improve, we needed to strengthen our squad quickly.

Walsall was his last European club. After spells in Uraguay and Brazil Bica has settled with Peru's with Deportivo Wanka. Perhaps it was foolish of the Saddlers to take on a player who had failed to settle in Europe previously, but considering his track record it was certainly worth a chance.

Herivelto


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Name - Moreira Herivelto
Position - Striker
Appearances - 33
Goals - 6
Period - July 2001 - January 2003

Moreira Herivelto, or Harry as he was known to his team mates played all of his football in Portugal and Brazil prior to joining the Saddlers.

Having played for Tirsense, Maritimo and Leira in the Portuguese leagues he moved to Brazilian giants Cruzeiro at the turn of the Millennium. While with Cruzeiro he played under Big Phil Scolari, who would eventually coach Brazil to World Cup Success in 2002.

After one season in Brazil he headed for England and joined the Saddlers on trial. Ray Graydon liked what he saw and rewarded him with a contract.

With Pace, Power and the ability to split opposition defences with darting runs we thought we had found a real gem. He made a good start to his Walsall career. As a first team regular he was amongst the goals and impressed the fans with his attacking performances. His ability to play out wide, up front or in behind the strikers made him an asset to the team, but his inconsistent performances soon cost him a first team place. Defensively he was very poor and he never managed to work on that aspect of his game.

02/03 saw Harry limited to just 5 substitute appearances, which provided us with our best memories of Harry in a Walsall shirt. He scored our only goal in a 3-1 defeat at Molinuex, and helped terrorise the Blackburn defence in November. The penalty shoot out defeat to Blackburn turned out to be his last game for the club.

Despite outstanding performances in the reserve team Harry failed to produce the goods on a regular basis. He was released in January and joined Greek club Ionikis. He helped Ionikos escape from relegation and weighed in with his fair share of goals. At the start of the 2003/2004 he was awarded the number 9 shirt and looks set to lead the Ionikos front line.

Herivelto photo courtesy of www.saddlers.co.uk

Junior


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Name - Jose Luis Guimaraes Sanabio (Junior)
Position - Striker
Appearances - 42
Goals - 26
Period - August 2002 - May 2003

Junior ended up at Walsall following an unsuccessful trial spell with Bolton Wanderers. He played in our pre-season game against Malawi, finding the net and impressing everyone with his good touch and unpredictable style of play.

He disappeared for a while, but was soon back on the scene as Colin Lee finalised the deal thanks to some help from the FA. He signed on loan until January 18th from Brazilian club - Treze. He came at a time when Jorge Leitao desperately needed a striking partner. Corica was out of form. Zdrilic was injured and Birch was to inexperienced.

He made two sub appearances against Reading and Watford before being handed his first full start against Shrewsbury Town. There was no doubting we had a real talent on our hands, but it was a talent who needed to learn a lot about the English game, and learn he did.

It took him 5 games to break his duck, and he finally did it against Notts Forest in the League Cup. His understanding with Leitao was almost telepathic. They struck up one of the most entertaining partnerships Walsall fans have ever seen.Junior wasn't blessed with blistering pace, great strength on the ball or great ability in the air, but he was awesome on the ball. His movement helped create chances for both himself and his team mates. He soon understood what it took to be a success in the English game. His goal against Preston which saw him pick the ball up in his own half, ride a few tackles, cut inside then curl the ball in to the top right hand corner from 30 yards was simply phenomenal.

Fans were worried we wouldn't get his loan deal extended, but an extortionately priced buy out clause in his contract meant no one dare bid for him. After a bit of wrangling with the Brazilian FA and Treze a deal was secured to keep him until the end of the season. The goals continued to flow until the end of the season, with Junior managing to find the net 16 times in 42 appearances. Quite a record for someone's first season in English Football.

When his contract with Treze came to an end in the summer we offered Junior a permanent deal. Junior never rejected the deal. He didn't even give us an answer.

It was believed the agent "owned" the player, and was trying to auction him off to the highest bidder. Derby came in with an offer and signed him on the eve of the season starting. Colin Lee told the Express and Star it was "all about greed", blasting the player and his agent for how they behaved. He made a good start with the Rams, scoring goals early on (including the winner against Walsall) but tore his Cruciate ligaments in his 7th game for the club.

Despite there being a lot of bad blood between Walsall and Jose Luis Guimaraes Sanabio, there is no doubting he is one of the most talented center forwards to have played for us.

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