Roberto Dinamite

Roberto Dinamite
Personal information
Full name Carlos Roberto de Oliveira
Date of birth (1954-04-13) April 13, 1954
Place of birth Duque de Caxias, Brazil
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1970–1971 Vasco da Gama
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1971–1979 Vasco da Gama 161 (92)
1979–1980 Barcelona 8 (2)
1980–1989 Vasco da Gama 134 (89)
1989–1990 Portuguesa 16 (9)
1990 Vasco da Gama 4 (0)
1991 Campo Grande 14 (0)
1992–1993 Vasco da Gama 2 (0)
Total 339 (198)
National team
1972 Brazil Olympic team 5 (1)
1975–1984 Brazil 47 (26)

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

Carlos Roberto de Oliveira, nicknamed Roberto Dinamite (born April 13, 1954) is a former footballer and politician. He was born in Duque de Caxias, Rio de Janeiro state. With a career as center-forward spanning over twenty years, Dinamite rose to legendary status playing for Vasco da Gama, becoming the club's player with the most appearances and all-time top-scorer, as well as the overall leading scorer in the Brazilian Série A.[1][2][3] At the national level, Dinamite played in the 1978 and 1982 World Cups and the 1972 Olympic Games. He was president of Vasco da Gama from 2008 to 2014.

Club career

Roberto Dinamite was developed at Vasco da Gama youth squad. He is one of the most famous Vasco da Gama players, and is the greatest goal scorer of the club. He scored 698 goals wearing the club's shirt and 864 goals in all his career. He played 1022 matches (768 official matches, and 254 friendly matches).

He was nicknamed Dinamite by the journalist Aparício Pires, of Jornal dos Sports newspaper, after scoring a spectacular goal in his debut in the professional team, on November 25, 1971, against Internacional, at Maracanã stadium.[4] The journalist wrote in the newspaper that the Dynamite-Boy detonates at Maracanã.[4]

In 1989 and 1990, he played for Portuguesa of São Paulo state, scoring 11 goals.[4]

His last goal was scored on October 26, 1992, when, in Campeonato Carioca, Vasco da Gama beat Goytacaz 2–0 at São Januário stadium.[5]

He retired on March 24, 1993, when he was 39 years old. His last match was on that day, when Deportivo de La Coruña of Spain beat Vasco da Gama 2–0 at Maracanã stadium, in a friendly game that Zico played for Vasco together with him.[5]

National team

Roberto Dinamite earned 47 caps with the Brazilian national team, between September 1975 and June 1984, scoring 25 goals, including matches against combined teams, and clubs.[6] He played 38 matches against national teams (20 of them were official FIFA matches), and scored 20 goals, and the nine other matches were against combined teams, and clubs, scoring 5 goals in those matches. His first national team match was played on September 30, 1975, when the Peruvian national team beat Brazil 3–1.[6] Roberto Dinamite's first Brazilian national team goal was scored on May 23, 1976, when Brazil beat England 1–0.[6] His last cap was earned on June 17, 1984, when Brazil and Argentina drew 0–0.[6]

He was a reserve player in the 1978 FIFA World Cup, scoring three goals.[4] He was also reserve player for Serginho Chulapa in the 1982 FIFA World Cup, and was called by Telê Santana after Careca got injured.[4]

Roberto Dinamite played five Brazil Olympic team matches, all of them in 1972.[7] He scored one goal in his last match, played on August 11, 1972, when Brazil and Tuna Luso drew 1–1.[7]


Club honors

Individual honors


After his retirement from football, he became a politician. In 1992, after joining the PSDB party, he ran for the State Assembly of Rio de Janeiro, being elected with 34,893 votes,[4] and being re-elected twice since.

As a member of PMDB, Roberto Dinamite was elected Rio de Janeiro state deputy in 1994, with 68,516 votes, in 1998, with 44,993 votes,[4] in 2002, with 53,172 votes[8] and in 2006, with 49,097 votes.[9] He is currently a member of PMDB party.

Roberto Dinamite was a candidate to Vasco da Gama presidency in 2003 and in 2006. He was elected president of Vasco da Gama on June 21, 2008.[3]


  1. "Os 10 Mais: Artilheiros" (in Portuguese). May 11, 2007. Retrieved January 7, 2009.
  2. "Jogadores que mais defenderam a camisa dos times" (in Portuguese). Guia dos Curiosos. August 5, 2005. Retrieved January 7, 2009.
  3. 1 2 "Roberto Dinamite" (in Portuguese). Guia dos Curiosos. Retrieved January 7, 2009.
  4. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Enciclopédia do Futebol Brasileiro Lance Volume 1. Rio de Janeiro: Aretê Editorial S/A. 2001. pp. 336–337. ISBN 85-88651-01-7.
  5. 1 2 "Relembre a carreira de Roberto Dinamite" (in Portuguese). O Dia. June 28, 2008. Retrieved January 7, 2009.
  6. 1 2 3 4 Seleção Brasileira 1914–2006. São Paulo: Mauad X. 2006. p. 295. ISBN 85-7478-186-X.
  7. 1 2 "Seleção Brasileira Restritiva (Brazilian National Restrictive Team) 1972–1975". RSSSF Brasil. February 6, 2008. Retrieved January 8, 2009.
  8. "Análise de desempenho eleitoral para deputado estadual – Carlos Roberto Dinamite de Oliveira – PMDB – RJ" (in Portuguese). Tribunal Superior Eleitoral. Retrieved January 7, 2009.
  9. "Deputados Estaduais – RJ – Apuração Final" (in Portuguese). Gazeta Mercantil. Retrieved January 7, 2009.
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