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Gaúcho (footballer)

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Personal information
Full name Luís Carlos Tóffoli
Date of birth (1964-03-07)7 March 1964
Place of birth Canoas, Brazil
Date of death 17 March 2016(2016-03-17) (aged 52)
Place of death São Paulo, Brazil
Position(s) Centre forward
Youth career
1982–1984 Flamengo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1984 Grêmio
1985 Atlético Goianiense
1986 XV de Piracicaba
1987–1988 Santo André
1988–1989 Palmeiras 40 (15)
1990–1993 Flamengo 44 (22)
1993 Lecce 5 (0)
1994 Boca Juniors 2 (0)
1994 Atlético Mineiro 10 (1)
1995 Ponte Preta
1995 Fluminense 11 (1)
Teams managed
2003–2004 Cuiabá (assistant)
2010 Mixto
2011 Luverdense
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Luís Carlos Tóffoli, usually nicknamed Gaúcho (7 March 1964 – 17 March 2016), was a Brazilian football player (centre forward), manager and club president.


Gaúcho was born in Canoas, Rio Grande do Sul. After spending his youth years at Rio de Janeiro club Flamengo, he began his professional career in 1984 at Grêmio. The following year he transferred to Atlético Goianiense. In 1986, he played for XV de Piracicaba, then a year later he moved to Santo André where he stayed until mid-1988.

From 1988 to 1989 he played for Palmeiras. On 17 November 1988, during a Campeonato Brasileiro Série A match against Flamengo, he was selected as replacement goalkeeper after Zetti suffered an injury. The match ended 1-1 after regular time; during the penalty shootout Gaúcho saved two Flamengo penalties, and Palmeiras won 5-4.

In 1990, he returned to his youth club, signing a three-year deal with Flamengo. There he won the 1990 Copa do Brasil, the 1991 Rio State Championship and the 1992 Série A. During this period he played 198 matches and scored 98 goals. At the end of his contract he joined Italian Serie A side Lecce, where he failed to make a breakthrough with only five games played. He left the club halfway through the season and signed with Boca Juniors, where once again he failed to repeat his good performances.

Back in Brazil, he joined Atlético Mineiro in 1994 where he played once again alongside his good friend Renato Gaúcho. In the following year, his last as a professional footballer, he played for Ponte Preta and Fluminense.

Cuiabá Esporte Clube

In 2001, he founded a football club called Cuiabá Esporte Clube. He was the club's first president. Cuiabá Esporte Clube won the Mato Grosso state championship six times.[1]


Gaúcho died of prostate cancer on 17 March 2016.[2]

Honors and achievements


  1. ^ "Cuiabá Esporte Clube" (in Portuguese). Arquivo de Clubes. Archived from the original on 6 December 2012. Retrieved 31 January 2011.
  2. ^ "Morre ex-centroavante Gaúcho, ídolo rubro-negro no início dos anos 90". Globo Esporte (in Portuguese). Retrieved 18 March 2016.
  • Enciclopédia do Futebol Brasileiro, Volume 1 - Lance, Rio de Janeiro: Aretê Editorial S/A, 2001.

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