Osmar Donizete Cândido

Personal information
Full name Osmar Donizete Cândido
Date of birth (1968-10-24) 24 October 1968
Place of birth Prados, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
CFZ do Rio (assistant manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987–1988 Volta Redonda 0 (0)
1988–1989 São José-SP 0 (0)
1989–1990 Botafogo 15 (1)
1990–1995 Tecos UAG 183 (39)
1995–1996 Botafogo 24 (6)
1996 Verdy Kawasaki 14 (6)
1996–1997 Benfica 16 (7)
1997 Corinthians 21 (4)
1997–2000 Vasco da Gama 30 (8)
1997Cruzeiro (loan) 0 (0)
2000 Tigres 11 (0)
2000–2001 Botafogo 17 (3)
2001 Palmeiras 6 (1)
2003 Tecos UAG 18 (3)
2003 Vasco da Gama 15 (3)
2004–2005 Tecos UAG 8 (0)
2005 Macaé 0 (0)
2006 Londrina 0 (0)
Total 378 (81)
National team
1995–1998 Brazil 9 (2)
Teams managed
2015– CFZ do Rio (assistant manager)

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

Osmar Donizete Cândido(born 24 October 1968) is a Brazilian retired footballer, and the assistant manager at CFZ do Rio.

Dubbed as Donizete Pantera, a nickname he received in Mexico, where he won the Balon de Oro for his performances in the 1993–94 Mexican Primera División. He also stand out as part of the Botafogo team that won 1995 Série A, plus would later be influential in the 1998 Copa Libertadores won by Vasco da Gama.

A international for Brazil from 1995 to 1998, he made 9 caps and scored twice, but was not included in the squad for the 1998 FIFA World Cup, which he said to be the biggest disappointment of his life.

Club career

Born in Prados, Minas Gerais, Donizete started his career at Volta Redonda at age 19. After a few months with the third tier team, he moved to São José-SP in 1988, where he help them finish runner-up in the Campeonato Paulista in 1989, losing out to São Paulo.[1][2]

His performances led him to sign with Botafogo. With competition from Paulinho Criciúma and Milton Cruz, he only made 15 appearances in the Brasileirão, scoring once, on 14 October 1989 against Vitória.[3] In 1990, Donizete moved to Tecos UAG, spending five seasons there, being an important part in the conquest of the first and only league title for the Mexican side. On 30 April 1994, in the second leg of the championship final against Santos Laguna, with Tecos needing a goal to win the title; Donizete made an individual effort past Santos defence, scoring the second and decisive title.[4] For his influence, he won that season award for best player in the league, the Balon de Oro.[2]

In 1995. he returned to Botafogo, and partnered with Túlio Maravilha in the conquest of second league title for the club. He described the partnership as the best he ever had, "I returned to Brazil in 1995 and had the opportunity to take part in the conquest of the only league title of the Brazilian club. Me and Túlio, who was in a impressive form, scored in every way imaginable, he was the best partner I had"[5]

For the following two seasons, Donizete moved abroad, playing first at Verdy Kawasaki in the J1 League in 1996 and then moving to Portugal, playing for Benfica. He debuted on 18 August 1996, in the first leg of 1996 Supertaça against Porto, scoring his first goal on 7 September, a double against Gil Vicente. He partnered with João Pinto in the six month he spent at Estádio da Luz, scoring 9 goals in 22 appearances, leaving in late January 1997 for Corinthians.[6]

In Corinthians, he reunited with Túlio Maravilha, winning his first Campeonato Paulista, now beating São Paulo. In the late part of 1997, Donizete moved to Vasco da Gama, being loaned out to Cruzeiro to play a single game, the 1997 Intercontinental Cup, lost to Borussia Dortmund by 2–0. At Vasco da Gama, he played with Luizão, in the conquest of the 1998 Copa Libertadores. Eliminating Cruzeiro, Grêmio and River Plate in the knock-out stages, Donizete started and scored in both legs of the 1998 Copa Libertadores Finals, as Vasco defeated Barcelona by 4–1 on aggregate.[1][5]

He stayed at Vasco da Gama until 2000, losing the 1998 Intercontinental Cup for Real Madrid, and with the arrival of Romário and Edmundo, also losing his place in the line-up. In 2000, the 32 year-old, moved to Tigres for a brief spell in Mexico, returning to Botafogo immediately after. In the final years of his career, he passed through Palmeiras, returned to Tecos twice and to Vasco da Gama once, finally retiring in 2006. In post-football, he work at a foundation created to promote young talents, Fundação Pantera Negra, plus spent time studying to become a football manager.[1][5]

International career

He made his debut for the Brazil national team in friendly on 8 November 1995 against Argentina, in Buenos Aires, scoring the winning goal in a 1–0 victory for Brazil. It would take nearly 15 years until Brazil won a game in Argentina again. He scored a second goal on 28 August 1996, against Russia, in a 1–1 draw, making his final appearance for his national team on 15 February 1998, against Jamaica at the 1998 CONCACAF Gold Cup.[6] He admitted that the biggest disappointment in his life was not taking part in the 1998 FIFA World Cup, as he described. "I was in most of Zagallo's call ups that season. I was playing well, my performance at Vasco was helping a lot and I was really convinced I would play a World Cup. But then, right close to the announcement of the official squad, Bebeto won my place, and he was not a regular call up; Then Romário got cut out due to injury. I thought they would remember me. Hell, they chose to take Emerson instead, and he was a defensive midfielder. Then I can say that not taking part in the 98 World Cup was the biggest disappointment of my life."[5]

Club statistics


Club performance League
Season Club League Apps Goals
Brazil League
1987Volta Redonda00
1988Série C00
1989BotafogoSérie A151
Mexico League
1990–91Estudiantes TecosPrimera División295
Brazil League
1995BotafogoSérie A246
Japan League
1996Verdy KawasakiJ1 League146
Portugal League
1996–97BenficaPrimeira Divisão167
Brazil League
1997Corinthians PaulistaSérie A214
1998CruzeiroSérie A00
Vasco da GamaSérie A112
Mexico League
1999/00TigresPrimera División100
Brazil League
2000BotafogoSérie A173
2001PalmeirasSérie A61
Mexico League
2001/02Reboceros La PiedadPrimera División00
2002–03TecosPrimera División161
Brazil League
2003Vasco da GamaSérie A153
Mexico League
2003–04TecosPrimera División80
Brazil League
2005Macaé EsporteCarioca Segunda00
Country Brazil 12826
Mexico 20134
Japan 146
Portugal 167
Total 35973

National team statistics


Brazil national team


UAG Tecos
Vasco da Gama



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  2. 1 2 "A Marca do Pantera". Placar. May 1997. Retrieved 3 September 2015.
  3. "Brazil in 1969". RSSSF. Retrieved 3 September 2015.
  4. "Mexico List of Final Tables". RSSSF. Retrieved 3 September 2015.
  5. 1 2 3 4 "Donizete Pantera agora ataca de agenciador de talentos" [Donizete Pantera now is a player agent]. Esporte UOL (in Portuguese). 2 September 2008. Retrieved 3 September 2015.
  6. 1 2 "Nº175 - Donizete". Vedeta ou Marreta (in Portuguese). 5 February 2010. Retrieved 3 September 2015.
  7. "Osmar Donizete". ForaDeJogo.
  8. Osmar Donizete Cândido at National-Football-Teams.com
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