Mancini (Brazilian footballer)

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Mancini playing for Internazionale in 2009
Personal information
Full nameAlessandro Faiolhe Amantino
Date of birth (1980-08-01) 1 August 1980 (age 39)
Place of birth Ipatinga, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position(s) Winger, Forward
Youth career
1997 Atlético Mineiro
Senior career*
1999–2002 Atlético Mineiro 122 (19)
2001Portuguesa (loan) 0 (0)
2001São Caetano (loan) 16 (2)
2003 Venezia 13 (0)
2003–2008 Roma 154 (40)
2008–2010 Internazionale 26 (1)
2010Milan (loan) 7 (0)
2011–2013 Atlético Mineiro 19 (1)
2012Bahia (loan) 15 (1)
2014 Villa Nova 8 (7)
2014–2015 América-MG 56 (15)
2016 Villa Nova 11 (6)
National team
1999–2000 Brazil Olympic 9 (0)
2004–2008 Brazil 9 (0)
Teams managed
2019 Foggia
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 4 November 2011
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 8 May 2009

Alessandro Faiolhe Amantino (Portuguese pronunciation:  [ɐlɨˈsɐ̃dɾu faˈjɔʎi ɐmɐ̃ˈtʃinu] ; born 1 August 1980 in Ipatinga, Brazil), more commonly known as Mancini ([mɐ̃ˈsinʲi]), is a Brazilian former professional footballer, who played as a winger and most recently manager of Foggia.


During his prime with Italian club A.S. Roma, Mancini was famed for his dribbling skills and use of feints, especially his step-overs. His favoured position was as right or left winger, although he was also capable of playing as a second striker or as an attacking midfielder. At international level, he made nine appearances for Brazil between 2004 and 2008, and was a member of the squad that won the 2004 Copa América.

Club career

Early career

Regarded as a promising talent, Mancini began his career in his homeland of Brazil with his hometown club, Atlético Mineiro, where he remained from 1999 to 2002. During that time he had two loan spells, at Portuguesa and at São Caetano in 2001.


He was signed by Serie B side AC Venezia in January 2003. During that time he struggled to adapt to Italian football, and was criticised by the Venezia manager for his errors, and for his habit of controlling the ball with the outside of his foot, which in Italy is considered unconventional.[ citation needed ]

Mancini only made 13 appearances for Venezia that season. In the summer of 2003 he was signed by A.S. Roma for nominal fees totalling €1,000. [1]


Having lost Cafu, Roma needed a replacement at right-back, but with his early performances in Italy being far from convincing, many Roma fans were sceptical about his ability. However, their then-manager Fabio Capello gave the Brazilian a chance, and Mancini went on to complete a consistent first season in Serie A, the highlight being a backheel flick from a set piece in the Derby della Capitale against S.S. Lazio. [2]

In the 2005–06 season, Mancini began to find his top form, once again becoming a key player for the Roma side. Following the Calciopoli scandal, Roma qualified for the UEFA Champions League, giving Mancini the chance to play at the highest level of club football.

In the last 16 of the 2006–07 UEFA Champions League, Mancini scored a goal against Lyon after beating their defender Anthony Réveillère with several stepovers before firing the ball high into the net. That same year, Mancini also celebrated his first silverware since arriving in Italy as Roma won the Coppa Italia, beating Internazionale in the final.

In the 2007–08 season, Mancini scored eight league goals as Roma reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League and finished as runners-up in Serie A for the second year running. He did not have the best of seasons though, in what would prove to be his last in Rome.


After the appointment of José Mourinho, Mancini was signed by Internazionale for €13 million, [3] along with Ricardo Quaresma and Sulley Muntari in his maiden season. (Although Mancini was a long desired target of Massimo Moratti and ex-coach Roberto Mancini). However, he failed to become a first team regular due to his lack of consistency.


Mancini playing for Milan in 2010. Alessandro Faiolhe Amantino (Milan).jpg
Mancini playing for Milan in 2010.

On 1 February 2010, he moved to city rivals A.C. Milan, on loan for the remainder of the 2009–10 season, with an option for them to acquire half of the player's rights at the end of the loan spell. [4] He made his debut for Milan in a scoreless draw against Bologna.

Atlético Mineiro

He returned to Atlético Mineiro on 5 January 2011, signing a three-year contract. [5]


In June 2012, Mancini joined Esporte Clube Bahia. He played for the team until the end of the year.

Villa Nova

After spending 2013 unsigned with any team, in January 2014 Mancini signed with Villa Nova for their Minas Gerais state league campaign. He scored seven goals, making him the top-scorer of the league.

América Mineiro

At the end of the state league season, Mancini signed a contract with Série B team América until December 2014.

Return to Villa Nova

In January 2016, the Villa Nova-MG agreed to hire Mancini for the next season. [6]

Manager career


On 7 August 2019, Mancini signed his first manager contract with Serie D club Foggia. [7]

His short-lived experience as Foggia boss ended 2 September 2019, as he resigned after the first league game, a 0–1 away loss to Fasano. [8]

Personal life

His nickname, Mancini, is a diminutive form of Manso (which means calm in Portuguese), [9] His composite surname (composite of father and mother, however Spanish and Portuguese culture had difference order) is Faiolhe Amantino, which the former is the misspelling of Faioli. He also holds Italian nationality through descent, via his great-grandmother Genoveffa from Veneto. [10]

2011 rape conviction

He was under investigation in 2011 for rape accused by a Brazilian woman, which happened in December 2010 after a party held by Ronaldinho. [11] On 28 November 2011, he was jailed for 2 years and 8 months after being found guilty of rape by the court of Milan. [12]

Career statistics

As of 23 May 2010
Club performanceLeagueCupContinentalTotal
BrazilLeague Copa do Brasil South America Total
1999 Atlético Mineiro Campeonato Brasileiro 15120171
2000 Copa João Havelange 2000080280
2001 Portuguesa Campeonato Brasileiro6060
São Caetano 142142
2002 Atlético MineiroCampeonato Brasileiro2515703215
ItalyLeague Coppa Italia Europe Total
2002–03 Venezia Serie B 130130
2003–04 Roma Serie A 33841814510
2004–05 3446150455
2005–06 271273734118
2006–07 298837145113
2007–08 31863924613
2008–09 Internazionale 20120412721
2009–10 60001070
Milan 7070
Career total274584811????

Above table not include statics in Campeonato Mineiro and Campeonato Paulista.
1Include 1 match and 1 goal at 2006 Supercoppa Italiana
2Include 1 match at 2008 Supercoppa Italiana

International appearances

As of 1 April 2008. [13] [14] [15] [16]






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