José Carlos Cracco Neto


Zeca at the 2016 Olympics
Personal information
Full name José Carlos Cracco Neto
Date of birth (1994-05-16) 16 May 1994
Place of birth Paranavaí, Brazil
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current team
Number 37
Youth career
EF São Carlos
2006–2007 Santos
2007–2009 América-SP
2009–2014 Santos
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014– Santos 67 (3)
National team
2015– Brazil U23 9 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 28 November 2016.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23 August 2016

José Carlos Cracco Neto (born 16 May 1994), known as Zé Carlos or Zeca, is a Brazilian footballer who plays for Santos as a left back.

Club career


Zeca in action for Santos in 2016

Born in Paranavaí, Paraná, Zeca joined Santos' youth setup in 2006, aged 11.[1] On 19 February 2014 he renewed his link with Peixe until 2018.[2]

On 9 March 2014 Zeca made his first-team debut, coming on as a late substitute for fellow youth graduate Emerson in a 4–1 home routing over Oeste for the Campeonato Paulista championship.[3] He made his Série A debut on 11 May, playing the entire second half in a 2–0 away win against Figueirense.[4]

Zeca appeared in 15 league matches during the campaign, being challenged by Eugenio Mena and fellow youth graduate Caju. In the 2015 campaign, he was rarely used by managers Enderson Moreira and Marcelo Fernandes, being nearly loaned to Columbus Crew in July;[5] however, after the arrival of Dorival Júnior, he was immediately appointed as first-choice and retained his starting spot until the end of the year.[6]

On 31 March 2016 Zeca scored his first professional goal, netting his team's first in a 4–1 Paulistão home routing of Ferroviária.[7] His first goal in the Brasileirão came on 12 June, the first of a 2–0 win at Santa Cruz.[8]

On 18 November 2016, after establishing himself as an undisputed starter, Zeca further extended his contract until December 2020.[9]

Career statistics

As of 28 November 2016[10]
Club Season League State League Cup Continental Other Total
Santos 2014 Série A 1501020180
2015 22030100350
2016 30318140524
Subtotal 6732211601054
Career total 6732211601054








  1. "Paranavaiense está na categoria juniores do Santos" [Paranavaí-born is in Santos' juniores category] (in Portuguese). Diário do Noroeste. 10 April 2011. Retrieved 9 March 2014.
  2. "Santos FC renova com os laterais Zé Carlos e Daniel Guedes" [Santos FC renews with full-backs Zé Carlos and Daniel Guedes] (in Portuguese). Santos FC. 19 February 2014. Retrieved 9 March 2014.
  3. "Pelo alto, Santos goleia outra vez na Vila Belmiro e complica o Oeste" [From above, Santos thrashes again in Vila Belmiro and complicates Oeste] (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. 9 March 2014. Retrieved 9 March 2014.
  4. "Sem Damião, Santos desencanta e vence o Figueirense em Londrina" [Without Damião, Santos disenchants and defeats Figueirense in Londrina] (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. 11 May 2014. Retrieved 19 January 2015.
  5. "Lateral do Santos acerta com Columbus Crew e espera aval de Modesto para ser anunciado" [Santos' full back signs with Columbus Crew and waits for the green light of Modesto to be announced] (in Portuguese). ESPN Brasil. 10 July 2015. Retrieved 6 December 2015.
  6. ""Tranquilo" e fã de churrasco, Zeca se firma no Santos e elogia Dorival Júnior" ["Peaceful" and fan of barbecue, Zeca stands at Santos and commends Dorival Júnior] (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. 10 July 2015. Retrieved 6 December 2015.
  7. "Com Lucas Lima na etapa final, Santos vira sobre a Ferroviária e se classifica" [With Lucas Lima in the last half, Santos complete comeback over Ferroviária and get through the following stage] (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. 31 March 2016. Retrieved 1 April 2016.
  8. "Santos vence Santa Cruz, quebra jejum de quase um ano e dá salto na classificação" [Santos defeat Santa Cruz, end a drought from almost a year and jump in the table] (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. 12 June 2016. Retrieved 18 November 2016.
  9. "Zeca renova contrato com o Santos FC até 31 de dezembro de 2020" [Zeca renews contract with Santos FC until 31 December 2020] (in Portuguese). Santos FC. 18 November 2016. Retrieved 18 November 2016.
  10. Zeca profile at Soccerway. Retrieved 19 January 2015.
  11. "Santos domina seleção do Paulistão; Audax emplaca dois e mais o técnico" [Santos dominate the Paulistão team of the year; Audax include two and the manager] (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. 9 May 2016. Retrieved 9 May 2016.
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