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José Roberto Gomes Santana

Jose Roberto Gomes Santana
Personal information
Full nameJosé Roberto Gomes Santana
Date of birthSeptember 13, 1978(age 38)
Place of birthPastos Bons, Brazil
Height1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing positionMidfielder
Club information
Current clubSan Diego Boca FC

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José Roberto Gomes Santana, commonly known as Zé Roberto (born September 13, 1978 in Pastos Bons) is an association footballer who most recently played for the Rochester Rhinos in the USL First Division. Zé Roberto began his career in his native Brazil, where he played with several clubs in the lower divisions. In 2002, he went abroad to North America to sign with the Hershey Wildcats of the A-League. It was there he was first introduced to Bob Lilley, who first deployed him as a playmaker that would lead him to prominence.

After the Wildcats folded, Zé Roberto was signed by the Montreal Impact in 2002. In Montreal he played an important role that would transform the Impact into a league powerhouse that would eventually dominate the league for latter part of the decade. His accolades during his tenure with Montreal include the League Championship, Regular-Season Championship, and the Voyageurs Cup. Following a successful run with the Impact, Zé Roberto had injury prone seasons during the end of his career that would restrict his appearances throughout the season. On January, 2010 he was ranked 22nd in the USL First Division Top 25 of the Decade, which announced a list of the best and most influential players of the previous decade.

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