For the Nigerian name, see Obinna.
Personal information
Full name Manoel de Brito Filho
Date of birth (1983-01-31) January 31, 1983
Place of birth Vera Cruz, Bahia, Brazil
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Matsumoto Yamaga FC
Number 9
Youth career
2001 Vitória
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2004 Vitória 40 (19)
2003Fluminense-BA (loan) 0 (0)
2003CRB (loan) - (-)
2005 Al-Ittihad - (-)
2005–2010 Flamengo 112 (28)
2009Palmeiras (loan) 27 (12)
2010 Atlético Mineiro 24 (12)
2011–2013 Shandong Luneng 34 (15)
2012Palmeiras (loan) 24 (2)
2013Bahia (loan) 13 (3)
2014 América-MG 24 (13)
2015– Matsumoto Yamaga FC 31 (6)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 May 2013.

Manoel de Brito Filho, better known as Obina (born January 31, 1983), is a Brazilian football striker currently playing for Matsumoto Yamaga FC.



Obina caught attention in 2004 when he made a solid season, despite the relegation of his club, Vitória. He scored 24 goals that season, 19 in the Brazilian Série A, being the top scorer of the team along with Edílson. At the end of that year he has been transferred to Al-Ittihad.


Flamengo's supporters like to refer to him as the Brazilian Samuel Eto'o (they usually chant ôôôô... Obina é melhor que o Eto'o, "Obina is better than Eto'o"), a joke-reference to the Cameroonian Chelsea FC player. Obina was fundamental in helping Flamengo win the 2006 Brazilian Cup. He has often been compared with Fio Maravilha for his folkloric charm. Kléber Leite, Flamengo's Director of Football, once referred to him as being "culturally naive."

During Flamengo's Taça Guanabara semi-final match against Vasco da Gama on February 25, 2007, Obina injured his left knee's anterior cruciate ligament after scoring in the second minute of the match. Flamengo's doctors estimated that he will be out of action for six months.

Just a few games after his awaited return, Obina was suspended for 120 days after hitting Internacional's player Índio with his elbow during Flamengo's match against that team on September 8, 2007.[1]

In the two final games of the 2008 Campeonato Carioca, Obina scored three goals against Botafogo and led Flamengo to win its 30th championship.


Obina was loaned to Palmeiras on May 25, 2009 until the end of the 2009 season.[2] He debuted for Palmeiras on May 29, 2009 in a Copa Libertadores game against Nacional,[3] scoring his first goal for the club on May 31, 2009, in a Série A game against Barueri.[4]

Obina scored his first hat-trick for Palmeiras on July 26, 2009 against rivals Corinthians, his club won 3-0.[5]

On November 18, 2009 Obina was involved in some trouble with his teammate Maurício, both argued and tried to hit each other after the incident. Both were resigned from the club with two matches left to play in the season.[6][7]

Return to Palmeiras

In July 2012 Obina returned to Palmeiras for a six-month loan in which the São Paulo club shelled out $300 thousand ( R $626,000 ).

On July 22, 2012, shook the Nautical networks in victory by 3-0, this being his first goal after the return to Palmeiras . His poor performance, along with the entire team, which culminated with Palmeiras relegation to Serie B in 2013 led to the board of directors desist to renew with the player, following the Palestra Italia only until December, when it closes your loan agreement. On November 29, 2012, along with four other companions, was officially dismissed from the club.

Atlético Mineiro

After a very brief stay in Flamengo, for merely two weeks (the first two of 2010), Obina signed a three years contract with Atlético Mineiro prior to their first official game of the season, against América Mineiro, on January 24, 2010. The contract grants Atlético Mineiro 50% of the rights over Obina, and it cost the club approximately 700,000 euros.[8]


On January 21, 2011, the Atletico Mineiro announced through its official website that the group of investors who held the pass Obina, had negotiated the player with the Chinese football. Atletico received only, according to the contract, the amount on the window rate. [9 ] Obina was sold to Shandong Luneng, current Chinese champion.

América Mineiro

Hit in January 2014 to its arrival to America Mineiro . [ 15 ] He scored twice against his former club Atletico Mineiro, but the rabbit ended up losing the game by turning 3 to 2. [ 16 ] Before Vasco da Gama, Obina scored the goal that secured the tie for América Mineiro in a match valid for the Brazilian Championship . [17 ] Before his former club Bahia, scored a penalty goal that opened the scoring for the Coelho, but the team eventually lost the match 2-1.


Hit in January 2013, was loaned to Bahia until December 2013. [ 14] Opened on March 17, 2013, against Vitória da Conquista, match that ended in a draw 1 to 1. He scored his first goal in the club's match against Juazeirense on March 24, 2013.

Career statistics

(Correct as of May 5, 2011)
Club Season State League Brazilian Série A Copa do Brasil Copa Libertadores Copa Sudamericana Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Vitória 2004 --401995----4924
Total 0040199500004924
Flamengo 2005 --27621----297
2006 30301184----4115
2007 53234--22--309
2008 177317--71--5515
2009 1101050----170
Total 361011228155930017246
Palmeiras (loan) 2009 --2712--20--2912
Total 0027120020002912
Flamengo 2010 20--------20
Total 200000000020
Atlético Mineiro 2010 33241235--333323
Total 3324123500333323
Club Season Chinese Super League Cup Continental Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Shandong Luneng 2011 --25103062--3412
Total --25103062003412
Career total 411322879301522533319117

according to combined sources on the Flamengo official website[9] and Flaestatística.[10]


Atlético Mineiro


  1. "Obina, do Flamengo, é condenado a 120 dias de suspensão por agressão" (in Portuguese). Folha Online. September 18, 2007. Retrieved September 28, 2007.
  2. "Em baixa, Obina troca Flamengo pelo Palmeiras" (in Portuguese). Terra. May 25, 2009. Retrieved May 25, 2009.
  3. "Libertadores: na estreia de Obina, Palmeiras tropeça e se complica" (in Portuguese). O Globo. May 29, 2009. Retrieved May 29, 2009.
  4. "Obina marca no empate do Palmeiras com o Barueri" (in Portuguese). O Globo. May 31, 2009. Retrieved May 31, 2009.
  5. "Obina hat-trick helps Palmeiras crush Corinthians". Four Four Two. July 27, 2009. Retrieved July 31, 2009.
  6. "Demitidos, Maurício e Obina deixam Porto Alegre sem o Palmeiras". November 19, 2009. Retrieved November 19, 2009.
  7. "Palmeiras pair set for sack following fight". Four Four Two. November 19, 2009. Retrieved November 19, 2009.
  8. Presidente do Atlético-MG anuncia contratação de Obina (in Portuguese). ESPN Brasil. January 20, 2010. Retrieved January 21, 2010.
  9. Flamengo official website (Portuguese)
  10. Flaestatística (Portuguese)
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