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Mirandinha

Personal information
Full nameFrancisco Ernani Lima da Silva
Place of birthChaval, Ceara, Brazil
Height1.70 m
Playing positionStriker (retired)

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Francisco Ernani Lima da Silva, better known as Mirandinha (born 2 July 1959 in Brasilia), is a former professional Brazilian footballer.

Mirandinha won four caps for the Brazilian national team, all in 1987, with his only international goal coming against England.

Mirandinha is most notable for being the first Brazilian to play for an English football club, when he signed for Newcastle United in 1987, after he scored against England in the 1987 Rous Cup. The move cost Newcastle £575,000. His time at Newcastle was a mixed bag of spectacular goals, injury and charges of selfish play.

He later joined Corinthians, and scored two goals for them in the 1991 Copa Libertadores.

After leaving Corinthians he played for Fortaleza, and he then had spells in Japan with Shimizu S-Pulse and Shonan Bellmare.


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