Mateus Caramelo

Mateus Caramelo
Personal information
Full name Mateus Lucena dos Santos
Date of birth (1994-08-30)30 August 1994
Place of birth Clementina, Brazil
Date of death 28 November 2016(2016-11-28) (aged 22)
Place of death La Unión, Colombia
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Right back
Youth career
2009–2013 Mogi Mirim
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013 Mogi Mirim 0 (0)
2013–2016 São Paulo 7 (0)
2014Atlético Goianiense (loan) 13 (1)
2015Chapecoense (loan) 4 (0)
2016Chapecoense (loan) 3 (0)
Total 27 (1)

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

Mateus Lucena dos Santos (30 August 1994 – 28 November 2016), commonly known as Caramelo, was a Brazilian professional footballer who played for Chapecoense on loan from São Paulo FC as a right back.

Club career

Mogi Mirim

Born in Clementina, São Paulo, Caramelo joined Mogi Mirim's youth setup in 2009, aged 14. On 21 April 2013 he made his senior debut, starting in a 1–0 Campeonato Paulista home win against São Paulo.[1]

Caramelo remained as a starter in the following two matches, a 6–0 routing of Botafogo-SP[2] and a 1–1 draw against Santos, with his side being knocked out in the semifinals after a penalty shootout.[3]

São Paulo

On 17 May 2013, Caramelo and Mogi teammate Roni signed with São Paulo.[4] He made his Série A debut on 6 June, coming on as a second half substitute for Maicon in a 0–1 home loss against Goiás.[5]

After returning from loan in January 2016, Caramelo was included in the main squad. Mainly used as a backup to Bruno, he was sent out on loan for the third time after the arrival of Julio Buffarini.

Atlético Goianiense (loan)

Rerely used by Tricolor in the previous campaign, Caramelo signed a one-year loan deal with Atlético Goianiense.[6] A starter during the club's Campeonato Goiano winning campaign, he was demoted to second-choice during the year's Série B.

Caramelo's first professional goal came on 3 October 2014, in a 1–1 away draw against América Mineiro.

Chapecoense (loans)

In January 2015, Caramelo joined Chapecoense on loan until December.[7] He was rarely used during his first spell at the club, being an immediate backup to starter Apodi.

On 5 August 2016, Caramelo returned to Chape also on loan, until the end of the year.[8] Initially a second-choice to Gimenez, he overtook the latter in the final stages of the season.


On 28 November 2016, whilst at the service of Chapecoense, Caramelo was among the fatalities of the LaMia Airlines Flight 2933 accident in the Colombian village of Cerro Gordo, La Unión, Antioquia.[9]

Career statistics

As of 27 November 2016[10]
Club Season League State League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Mogi Mirim 2013 Série C 003030
São Paulo 2013 Série A 30000030
2016 4080004[lower-alpha 1]0160
Subtotal 7080004000190
Atlético Goianiense 2014 Série B 13110010241
Chapecoense 2015 Série A 4010004[lower-alpha 2]090
2016 303[lower-alpha 2]060
Subtotal 70100070150
Career total 2712201011000611
  1. Appearance(s) in Copa Libertadores
  2. 1 2 Appearance(s) in Copa Sudamericana


  1. "Sonolento, líder São Paulo perde, e Mogi Mirim conquista vice-liderança" [Sleepy, leader São Paulo lose, and Mogi Mirim get the second place] (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. 21 April 2013. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  2. "Mogi goleia Botafogo e enfrenta Santos pelas semifinais do Paulista" [Mogi thrash Botafogo and face Santos in the semifinals of the Paulista] (in Portuguese). Folha de S. Paulo. 12 April 2013. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  3. "Rafael brilha nos pênaltis mais uma vez, Santos bate o Mogi e vai à final" [Rafael shines on penalties again, Santos defeat Mogi and go to the final] (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. 4 May 2013. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  4. "Tricolor contrata Roni e Mateus Caramelo" [Tricolor sign Roni and Mateus Caramelo] (in Portuguese). São Paulo FC. 17 May 2013. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  5. "Goiás vence São Paulo no Morumbi, e torcida tricolor pede volta de Muricy" [Goiás defeat São Paulo at the Morumbi, and the tricolor crowds calls for Muricy's return] (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. 6 June 2013. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  6. "Pouco aproveitado no São Paulo, Caramelo é emprestado ao Atlético-GO" [Rarely used at São Paulo, Caramelo is loaned to Atlético-GO] (in Portuguese). ESPN Brasil. 17 January 2014. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  7. "Apresentado na Chapecoense, Mateus Caramelo rebate brincadeira de Apodi" [Presented at Chapecoense, Mateus Caramelo rebukes Apodi's joke] (in Portuguese). ESPN Brasil. 13 January 2015. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  8. "Chapecoense acerta com Mateus Caramelo, do São Paulo, até o fim do ano" [Chapecoense sign Mateus Caramelo, from São Paulo, until the end of the year] (in Portuguese). UOL Esporte. 5 August 2016. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  9. ""Para mim ele está vivo", diz pai do lateral Mateus Caramelo, da Chape" ["To me he is alive", says father of full back Mateus Caramelo, of Chape] (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. 29 November 2016. Retrieved 3 December 2016.
  10. Caramelo profile at Soccerway. Retrieved 3 December 2016.
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