Antônio Rondinelli

Not to be confused with Rondinelly.
Personal information
Full name Antônio José Rondinelli Tobias
Date of birth (1954-04-26) April 26, 1954
Place of birth São José do Rio Pardo, São Paulo, Brazil
Playing position central defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1971–1981 Flamengo 116 (2)
1981 Corinthians (–)
1982–1983 Vasco 14 (1)
1984 Atlético-PR 5 (0)
1985 Paysandu 2 (0)
1986 Bonsucesso (–)
National team
1979–1980 Brazil 3 (0)
Teams managed
Vila Nova
CFZ do Rio

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

Antônio José Rondinelli Tobias, usually known as Rondinelli (born April 26, 1954[1] in São José do Rio Pardo, São Paulo), is a retired professional association footballer who played as a central defender.

Playing career

Rondinelli started his career playing for Flamengo, where he played 394 matches and scored 14 goals[2] from 1974 to 1981, winning during that time period the Campeonato Carioca in 1974, 1978, and the two 1979 championships, and the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A in 1980. In 1978, he won the Placar's Campeonato Brasileiro Série A Bola de Prata award.[3] While playing for Flamengo, he was nicknamed Deus da Raça ("God of Determination") by the club's supporters,[4] due to his will to win.[4]

National team

He played three matches for the Brazilian national team, one match in 1979, against the Bahia State Combined Team, and two matches in 1980, against the Brazil Youth Team and the Minas Gerais State Combined Team, drawing the first match, and winning the other two.[5]

Managerial career

After retiring, Rondinelli started a managerial career.[4] Among the clubs he managed are Vila Nova, of Goiás state, and CFZ do Rio, of Rio de Janeiro state.[4]

Personal life

Rondinelli has one son, and two daughters.[4] His son, Antônio José Rondinelli Tobias Júnior, born in 1979 in Rio de Janeiro, is also a footballer.[6] Rio de Janeiro is also the birthplace of his wife.[4] Rondinelli opened a football academy in his home city, São José do Rio Pardo, named Deus da Raça.[4]


In 2003, a documentary telling Rondinelli's story, directed and written by Felipe Nepomuceno and Pedro Asbeg, and produced by Raça Filmes, which is a company based in Rio de Janeiro city, was released. While the Portuguese-language name of the documentary is O Deus da Raça, its English-language name is Our God.[7]


Besides winning the Bola de Prata in 1978, Rondinelli won the following honors during his playing career:

Club Competition Seasons
Flamengo Campeonato Brasileiro Série A 1980
Campeonato Carioca 1974, 1978, 1979, 1979 (special competition)


  1. "Gilberto Ribeiro de Carvalho" (in Portuguese). Brazilian Football Confederation. Retrieved June 21, 2008.
  2. "Rondinelli: 'O Flamengo é mais seguro com Fábio'" (in Portuguese). Jornal dos Sports. Archived from the original on June 20, 2008. Retrieved June 21, 2008.
  3. "Guia 2008 Brasileirão" (1318-B). São Paulo: Editora Abril. 2008: 155.
  4. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 "Rondinelli (ex-zagueiro do Flamengo)" (in Portuguese). Milton Neves. Archived from the original on August 14, 2011. Retrieved June 21, 2008.
  5. Napoleão, Antonio Carlos; Roberto Assaf (2006). Seleção Brasileira 1914–2006. Rio de Janeiro: Mauad Editora Ltda. p. 298. ISBN 85-7478-186-X.
  6. "Antônio José Rondinelli Tobias Júnior" (in Portuguese). Brazilian Football Confederation. Retrieved June 21, 2008.
  7. "O Deus da Raça – Our God" (in Portuguese). Curtacinema. Archived from the original on May 3, 2008. Retrieved June 21, 2008.
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