Can Newcastle Attract Brazilian Full Back Cicinho?

Cicinho, the 27 year-old Brazilian full-back at Real Madrid is reported to want to leave the club as he has only played 16 times for them since signing in 2005 from Brazilian club Sao Paulo.

Roma have been pursuing Cicinho for a while now and are reported to be ready to make a fresh bid for him in the coming weeks. They intend to use the money raised from Cristian Chivu’s sale to Inter Milan to bid for Cicinho. Roma see him as an ideal player as he would not occupy a non-EU place in their squad due to his Italian heritage and passport.

Is it possible for Newcastle to attract Cicinho?

Let’s take a look.



We wonder if Newcastle would have any chance of signing the Brazilian. Of course the big disadvantage we have right now is that we cannot offer him European football next year but that didn’t seem to affect Edmilson’s desire to play for Newcastle – and we still expect Edmilson to join Newcastle in January. Cicinho signed a five year contract with Real two years ago but it is thought that Real are willing to allow him to move on.

Cicinho is 5’8” tall and has played 16 times for Brazil since his debut in 2005 and scored 1 goal. His previous clubs before Real Madrid were Botafogo (27 appearances – 3 goals), Athletico Mineiro (62 appearances – 8 goals), Sao Paulo FC (90 appearances and 18 goals).

Cícero João de Cézare, nicknamed Cicinho (born June 24, 1980 in Pradópolis, São Paulo, Brazil), plays as a wingback or right-back. He is known for his combative tackling, darting runs and attacking play and has often been compared to Roberto Carlos, due to his ability to attack.

He would be a great signing for us but with his Italian heritage Roma’s appeal may be too much for him.

Comments welcome.

28 comments so far

  • nightfall

    Jul 28, 2007 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #1

    we have a good relations with real…so…at least on loan? for starters…

  • Phil

    Jul 28, 2007 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #2

    “Cicinho is 5′8” tall ” that pretty much answers the question. Sam wopnt go for him as he is too short for what he wants.

  • carl

    Jul 28, 2007 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #3

    yeah i think we could get him if he knows edmilson is/maybe coming.and i bet when any player becomes available at real ,newcastle will have been alerted by them due to our good relations with them.although that may be gone now due to the board change??

  • carl

    Jul 28, 2007 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #4

    oh sorry and how tall is stephen carr????

  • Dinko

    Jul 28, 2007 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #5

    Carr was already here when sam came nad i ma sure that he wouldn’t buy him. sam already sayed that he wants taller defenders.

  • Dinko

    Jul 28, 2007 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #6

    Carr was already here when Sam came AND I’M sure…

  • Phil

    Jul 28, 2007 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #7

    Like the rest said carl! in spirit of your reponse “Hello Mcflie”?

  • rich

    Jul 28, 2007 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #8

    what really bugs me is people say that players wont join teams because of the lack of Eurpean Football, i completely disagree, Cicnho must be on around 50, 60k p.a. if we over him 100K p.a. he would join regardless of euro football or not.

    Football players are more concerned about their wage packet that european football.

    Come on Mike Ashley get your frickin cheque bok out and sign Cicinho no matter what it takes, Ashley your supposed to be a multi-billionaire yet we havent seen 1 pence of his supposed fortune and hes been in charge for over a month and its starting to bug the hell out of me.

  • rich

    Jul 28, 2007 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #9

    Makelele is reportadley available? prem experience, solid player who can play in alot of positions…..

    That retard Paul Le Guen is supposed to be trying to sign him so if PSG have a chance i reckon we would be able to steal him because i think most players would prefer to play in the Prem rather than with the frenchies.

  • Shaun Dean

    Jul 28, 2007 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #10


    N’Zogbia/Duff…..Emre/Alan Smith…..Barton/Appiah…..Milner/Solano

    Shorey/John O`Shea…..Rozehnal/Hangeland…..Taylor/?…..Geremi/?


  • Lin

    Jul 28, 2007 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #11

    It’s just a daydream. It’s impossible that he would like to join a club cannot offer European football. And Roma has much advantages over us except the wages. It’s said that the tax on Italy is much higher than that in Spain, so he may have to accept a decrease in wages to join an Italian club.

  • PK

    Jul 28, 2007 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #12

    Anyone knows where i can see Toon goals against celtic?! i havent seen them yet:(

  • Adrian S/Leone

    Jul 28, 2007 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #13

    Signing Cincinho would be fantastic for us as he could add speed to our sloopy attacking play, good crosses and some good tackling skills he possesses. Though i am a little unsure whether he can really defend in the Premier League taking into consideration the physicality of the Legaue.


  • Dingo

    Jul 28, 2007 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #14

    has anybody heard ANYTHING about Alan Shearer in the close season. I thought he was meant to be an ambassador to the club… after all it was his words that persuaded MO to don our blank n whites….. surely with AS/SA on the case together not many players could or would say no to the toon… any thoughts?

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 28, 2007 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #16

    Cicinho is 172 cm tall – that converted is around 5′ 7.5″. Some sites list him at 171 cm.

  • Obafan

    Jul 28, 2007 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #17

    I will wait and see before giving a comment, because if I comment then nothing happens. I will change my tactics now 😉

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 28, 2007 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #18

    Obafan – worth a try.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 28, 2007 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #19

    Dingo – not sure Alan is still an ambassador for the club – it was all Shepherd’s idea and now he’s gone.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 28, 2007 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #20

    Lin – think you may be too close to the truth. It’s hard when we don’t even have Europe to offer.

  • Stu

    Jul 28, 2007 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #21

    I don’t think Cicinho fits the profile of the kind of player Sam wants – he’s short, attacking and not very strong, whereas BS wants solid, tall, reliable defenders. Don’t get me wrong, Cicinho is a brilliant player and it would be great to see him at the club, but I don’t think he’s the kind of player Big Sam is looking for. Just a thought.

  • DZ Adams

    Jul 28, 2007 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #22

    Westham dont have Europe to offer and they seem to have gotten their targets this time round,it’s time for Ash to splash the cash.

  • Obafan

    Jul 28, 2007 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #23

    DZ Adams – That’s true about West Ham having a good and solid squad for next season IMO. They worked very hard, but you also have to mention that hey throw their miney away by paying enormous wages (Ljungberg must have a good payment, because he stated that he would NEVER choose another EPL team) and transfer costs. Something what is not always that good; Newcastle also did it (Dyer, …) and it did not always work out like we hoped with him.

  • rich

    Jul 28, 2007 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #24

    even if we dont have europe to offer it doesnt matter, we just have to ofer him huge wages, all footballers will take buckets of loot over europe

  • Dinko

    Jul 28, 2007 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #25

    rich- I don’t like idea that my favourite team should be paradise for all money-hungry players without ambitions to play in europe. Yes some of them are not interesting in anything except the money and some of them will take his money and go if we don’t secure europe places in next season(that’s the posibility too). Toogether with all factors it’s good to have a lot of money to ofer but money shouldn’t be the main reason why any player want to came at any club. We can ( sam can) find some good players for realistic prices and that is the best we can find now. Next summer it will be much better and we must be patient till then. I would like more than anybody to have tarry,ferdinand and vidic in newcastle but i would be happy with cambel or woodgate for now and in next couple of years we can bring world class players but not ex-world class players like kluivert.

  • TOON1

    Jul 28, 2007 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #26

    SOL CAMPBELL unsettled at pompey ,just read it on itv teletext ,holding talks with pompey chief executive about his future .Bet we are linked with him in tomorows papers.He wanted to come to toon last year but Roeder didnt want him .I saw him on in the asia cup other day when subbed and him Redknapp had words on the sideline.Big sol 4 toon,come on sam sign him.

  • Phil

    Jul 28, 2007 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #27

    Ed am pretty sure he will be kept on as it is good PR for the club as well as he is highly respected so should help draw players/ buissness and attention to the club.

    As long as it is not portrayed as him waiting in the wings so to speak it should be all gravy.

  • Sam

    Jul 30, 2007 at 2:58 AM

    Comment #28

    How can you say European football is not a determinative factor in a transaction? Very many players have denied transfers to a team offering them lucrative contracts because of the lack of European competition. Either way, Newcastle is a good, ambitious team, but Roma has more potential to do well now. Newcastle seems out of the running of a CL spot next year, with Man U, Liverpool, Chelsea, and Arsenal, while Roma will make a run at the Italian championship and will be competitive in the Champions League. If you factor in Cicinho’s great friendship with Roma goalkeeper Doni, it seems his preference would be clear. Besides, he has recently said to Fifa mediator Ernesto Bronzetti that he wants to play at Roma “at all costs”.


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