Célio Ferreira dos Santos

This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Ferreira and the second or paternal family name is Dos Santos.
Célio Santos
Personal information
Full name Célio Ferreira dos Santos
Date of birth (1987-07-20) 20 July 1987
Place of birth Paracatu, Brazil
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Ulsan Hyundai
Number 29
Youth career
2004–2005 URT-MG
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006 Ferroviário AC
2006–2008 AA Ponte Preta
2009 Cascavel CR
2009AA Ponte Preta (loan)
2009–2010 Shaanxi Zhongjian Chanba 6 (0)
2010–2011 Belenenses 17 (0)
2011–2012 Dacia Chișinău 27 (3)
2012–2014 Tavriya Simferopol 26 (1)
2015 Tractor Sazi 9 (1)
2015 Al-Shaab CSC 16 (0)
2016 Avaí 12 (0)
2016– Ulsan Hyundai 10 (1)

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

Célio Ferreira Santos, better known as Célio Santos, or simply Célio (Paracatu, July 20, 1987) is a footballer Brazilian-born and Timorese-nation who plays as a defender. Currently plays for Ulsan Hyundai.[1]

Eligibility Controversy

An inquiry held by the Prime Minister of East Timor in 2016 heard that Celio Santos was one of seven Brazilian footballers to receive falsified baptism documents from Timor's Catholic Church, in order to make it appear he was eligible for Timorese nationality.[2]

All seven players were based in Asia at the time, but only one, Juninho, has played for Timor's controversial national side.

It is unclear when Celio Santos received his Timorese passport, which he received despite having no known means of eligibility, such as a family connection, or residency.[3]

Despite his impressive playing career, he has never been selected for the Timorese national side.


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