Caio Lucas Fernandes

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Caio playing for Benfica in 2019
Personal information
Full name Caio Lucas Fernandes
Date of birth (1994-04-19) 19 April 1994 (age 27)
Place of birth Araçatuba, São Paulo, Brazil
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Position(s) Winger
Club information
Current team
(on loan from Benfica)
Number 7
Youth career
2002–2005 América-SP
2005–2009 São Paulo
2009–2011 América-SP
2011–2013 Chiba Kokusai High School
Senior career*
2014–2016 Kashima Antlers 78 (23)
2016–2019 Al Ain 62 (23)
2019– Benfica 3 (0)
2020–2021Sharjah (loan) 27 (8)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 29 May 2021

Caio Lucas Fernandes (born 19 April 1994), known simply as Caio [ˈkaj.u] , is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a winger for Emirati Club Sharjah on loan from Portuguese club Benfica.



Born in Araçatuba, São Paulo, [1] Caio started playing football in 2002, aged 8, at local clubs SMER Bosque Araçatuba and América-SP. He then played for São Paulo's youth teams from 2005 to 2009 but could not become professional, so he left the club and unsuccessfully tried to join rivals Santos and Palmeiras before returning to América. In 2011, when he was prepared to give up on football, he was discovered by a Japanese university that was playing in Birigui, Brazil. [2] Almost aged 17, he moved to Japan that year to enroll in Chiba Kokusai High School in Kimitsu, where he played for three years. [1] [3]

After his graduation, Caio joined the J1 League club, the Kashima Antlers in 2014. In his first professional season, under the coaching of Toninhoɫ Cerezo, Caio scored eight goals as Kashima Antlers qualified for the AFC Champions League. Moreover, he was named J. League's Young Player of the Year in 2014 and won the 2016 J1 League and 2015 J.League Cup. [4] In 2019, following a three-year spell with Emirati club Al Ain, with whom he reached the 2018 FIFA Club World Cup Final, Caio signed a four-year contract with Portuguese club Benfica. [5] [6]

On 23 January 2020, Sharjah signed Caio from Benfica on loan for 18 months . [7]

Career statistics


As of match played 28 December 2018 [8]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
ClubSeasonLeagueNational Cup [lower-alpha 1] League Cup [lower-alpha 2] ContinentalOtherTotal
Kashima Antlers 2014 J1 League 3081160379
2015 J1 League321000426 [lower-alpha 3] 04212
2016 J1 League1650051216
Al Ain 2016–17 UAE Pro-League 2412205116 [lower-alpha 4] 54718
2017–18 UAE Pro-League19533547 [lower-alpha 3] 13413
2018–19 UAE Pro-League1241167005 [lower-alpha 5] 22414
Career total133447531152965220572
  1. Appearances in Emperor's Cup and UAE President's Cup
  2. Appearances in J.League Cup and UAE League Cup
  3. 1 2 Appearances in AFC Champions League
  4. Six appearances and two goals in 2016 AFC Champions League, ten appearances and three goals in 2017 AFC Champions League
  5. One appearance and one goal in UAE Super Cup, four appearances and one goal in FIFA Club World Cup


Kashima Antlers

Al Ain



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