Are Newcastle Interested in Brazilian Ze Maria?

Newcastle United boss Sam Allardyce has recently been reported to be giving trials to Brazilian defender Ze Maria.

The former Lazio and Inter Milan player, who can play right-back or right wing, is now a free agent and Italian sources have said he was flying to England for trials with Newcastle. But today reports suggest Sheffield United are taking the Brazil international on a week’s trial.

So what’s going on? Probably not much but we’ll take a look at who Ze Maria is, and what we think is happening.


Brazilian Ze Maria – free agent having trials at Newcastle?

Ze Maria has been a free agent since leaving Levante in the summer. Parma are said to be interested, but the player himself seems to prefer a move to Lazio. Ze Maria recently completed a one year spell with Levante and is now looking for new opportunities.

Jose Ze Maria is said to be deciding on a new club this week – and news is that he hopes it will be Lazio, who are supposedly tracking the Brazilian 1996 Olympic Bronze Medal winner. Ze Maria just turned 34 years old in July, so if Newcastle are interested it would probably be for only a couple of seasons. We’d prefer we went after younger players although being a free agent, the Brazilian can be signed at any time, and of course would cost nothing in transfer fees.

Ze Maria talked recently of the Lazio link:

“I read the speculation in the newspapers, and that made me smile,” “But that’s just paper talk – it’s not an actual move. Nobody from Lazio has yet been in touch with me.”

“I want to sign for a new club and start training again before next week. I’ve had lots of offers from various countries, but we must wait and see,”

Some information on Ze Maria:

Ze Maria, full name Jose Marcelo Ferreira, was born in Oeiras, Brazil. He signed with Portuguesa in 1996, before switching to Flamengo a year later. After a successful season there, he moved to Italy with Parma, where he enjoyed a good spell. He has also played for Palmeiras, Vasco da Gama and Cruzeiro. In the summer of 1999 he moved to Perugia, before transferring to Inter Milan in 2003. He was released on a free transfer by the Milan club in the summer of 2006. In August of that year he signed for Levante and this summer became a free agent.

Ze Maria is 5’9″ tall and has played a total of 434 first class games scoring 34 goals. In addition to this he played 43 times for Brazil from 1996 to 2001 and scored 2 goals.

Not sure if it’s even worth considering Ze Maria for Newcastle – we think we need a few younger players as our next acquisitions for the squad.

Comments welcome.

12 comments so far

  • Nguyen Tien Hai

    Sep 12, 2007 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #1

    con me may chu

  • rich

    Sep 12, 2007 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #2

    i dont believe the hype.

  • Mac

    Sep 12, 2007 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #3

    I don’t believe it. We don’t need him. He was a very good player a few years ago,but definately not what we’re looking for at the minute.
    Does anyone one have any news on Joey Barton? Has he returned to training yet,i think if that fella can control his temter he’s goona be a big big player for us.

  • nightfall

    Sep 12, 2007 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #4

    he’s a RB…do we need another one? if emre and babayaro both leave in january, we should be searching for AMR and another LB… zog MUST play in the midfield…

    oh and carroll will be back next year…so we’ll have 5-6 strikers: viduka, martins, owen, ameobi, carroll (and smith)…that’s too much if you ask me…who’s next to leave the club? i just hope we won’t sell oba…

  • Dev

    Sep 12, 2007 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #5

    It’s Newcastle in Australia where he is having a trial not in England!

  • Chris F

    Sep 12, 2007 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #6

    it’s actually sheffield united he’s having a trial with this week, not newcastle united. check their official site, there’s an article on it there somewhere.

    just lazy reporting because he flew into newcastle airport.

  • Chris F

    Sep 12, 2007 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #7,,10418~1109457,00.html

    there you go.

  • MARK

    Sep 12, 2007 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #8

    He’s on trial at Sheff Utd its on their web site

  • ToonLoon

    Sep 12, 2007 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #9

    Lazy reporting!!! That’s a bit harsh!!! Give the guy a break!!

  • ToonLoon

    Sep 12, 2007 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #10

    Chris F….. Lazy reporting!!! That’s a bit harsh!!! Give ED a break!!

  • Chris F

    Sep 12, 2007 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #11

    i wasn’t saying Ed was being lazy, i was talking about the journalists who broke this so-called “story”

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