Toninho Cerezo, real name Antônio Carlos Cerezo, (born 21 April 1955 in Belo Horizonte) is a former football player from Brazil.
He played as a defensive midfielder with Atlético Mineiro, A.S. Roma, Sampdoria, São Paulo Futebol Clube and the Brazilian national team. He was known for his tireless style of play.
He won the Brazilian Golden Ball trophy in 1977 and again in 1980 and the Brazilian Silver Ball trophy in 1976.
Cerezo won five times the Coppa Italia (Italian Cup). In 1991 he won both the Italian Serie A championship and the Coppa Italia with U.C. Sampdoria.
With São Paulo FC he was the two-times winner of the Intercontinental Cup and Copa Libertadores.
Cerezo was the best player of the Intercontinental Cup final in 1993.
In 1998, he retired as a player, and, after doing some studies and probations in Italy, he returned to Brazil, and start a career as a manager at Vitória, reaching the semifinals of the Brazilian Série A. He also led Japanese powerhouse Kashima Antlers in J. League for six years. He won five major titles in Japan, two league championships, one Emperor's Cup and two league cups.
After that, he coached Atlético Mineiro, Guarani, and some Asian clubs such like Al-Hilal, Al-Shabab, Al Ain and returned to Brazil to led Sport, leaving just one month later.
National team 
Cerezo won 57 caps (full international games), between March 1977 and June 1985, with the Brazilian national team, scoring seven goals.
He played the FIFA World Cup 1978 and FIFA World Cup 1982. He was also due to go to the 1986 tournament, but a hamstring injury in May ruled him out.
At FIFA World Cup 1982 his back pass was intercepted by Paolo Rossi who went on to score in a 2–3 loss to Italy which saw a hat trick for Rossi and Brazil knocked out of the tournament in a dramatic upset. For many years after the event, he was widely criticized for this awful pass by many Brazilians.
Honours as a player 
- Atlético Mineiro
- São Paulo
Honours as a manager 
- Kashima Antlers
Career statistics 
|Brazil national team
Personal life 
Cerezo is the father of one daughter, fashion model and Givenchy muse Lea T.
- Enciclopédia do Futebol Brasileiro, Volume 1 – Lance, Rio de Janeiro: Aretê Editorial S/A, 2001.
External links 
Kajuru Pergunta com Toninho Cerezo - Completo
Assista ao Kajuru Pergunta com Toninho Cerezo.
Toninho Cerezo fala sobre o amor e suporte que dá a Filha
La Samba de Toninho Cerezo, il fuoriclasse brasiliano [Gol & Magie nella Sampdoria]
in questo video potrete vedere alcuni gol e magie di Antonio Carlos Cerezo, meglio noto come Toninho Cerezo, centrocampista brasiliano della Sampdoria a cava...
12/2/2012 Entrevista com Falcao e Cerezo
Entrevistas com Paulo Roberto Falcão e Toninho Cerezo técnicos de Bahia e Vitória respectivamente ao programa Globo Espetacular da Rede Globo de Televisão, e...
Toninho Cerezo, sobre atitude do Tigre: 'Fizeram uma grande palhaçada'
Toninho Cerezo, sobre atitude do Tigre: 'Fizeram uma grande palhaçada'. Campeão do mundo pelo São Paulo em 92 e 93 comentou sobre a final da Copa Sul-america...
Toninho Cerezo se despede do futebol
Entrevista com Toninho Cerezo - Arena SportTV
Entrevista com Toninho Cerezo Arena SportTV.
São Paulo 3 x 2 Milan | Bicampeão Mundial 1993
www.FutebolEterno.com.br 12/12/1993. O São Paulo vence o poderoso Milan por 3 a 2 e conquista o bicampeonato mundial. Gols: Palhinha, Massaro, Papin, Toninho...
1982 Brazil vs Scotland Highlights
June 18th 1982 (21:00), Sevilla, Estadio Benito Villamarin Brazil: Valdir Peres - Leandro, Oscar, Luizinho, Júnior - Toninho Cerezo, Sócrates (c), Zico, Falc...
brasil - italia 1982.
Cuando se habla de Brasil 82 se habla de Leandro, Junior, Sócrates, Falcao, Toninho Cerezo y Zico. Se habla también de una manera fascinante de jugar: fluida...
The Japan Times
Sat, 11 May 2013 08:38:17 -0700
The game was chosen to commemorate the J. League's 20th anniversary celebrations, but Kashima manager Toninho Cerezo was withering in his assessment of the match officials. “A great game like this was proof that Japanese football has grown over the ...
Mon, 20 May 2013 08:26:09 -0700
He won two Scudettos and four Coppa Italias with the historic Roma of the '80s with Falcao, Conti, Toninho Cerezo and Gianinni, but he reached his peak at Milan under his friend and mentor Arrigo Sacchi. Alongside more physical and talented players ...
Thu, 16 May 2013 18:22:09 -0700
Midfielder Koji Nakata. The seven time J-League champion squad will go to Vietnam with nine players in the national squad of Japan and two Brazilian players, led by coach Toninho Cerezo. The seven national players include: goalkeeper Hitoshi Sogahata, ...
Tue, 14 May 2013 11:47:22 -0700
Since the 2007/08 season they have had only four coaches – Toninho Cerezo, Abdulwahab Abdulqader, Paulo Bonamigo and Paqueta. Only two of them were dismissed – Cerezo and Abdulqader, within two months of each other following a disappointing ...
The Japan Times
Fri, 03 May 2013 08:26:21 -0700
Kashima manager Toninho Cerezo said he was satisfied with the point, despite being denied victory at the death, but the Brazilian could not resist a dig at referee Hiroyuki Kimura. “Obviously we would have liked to have taken three points and moved ...
The Japan Times
Wed, 08 May 2013 09:04:36 -0700
Kashima manager Toninho Cerezo will coach one team made up of players from Antlers and Vegalta Sendai as well as those native to the disaster areas. The other will be a side selected from the rest of the league managed by Sanfrecce Hiroshima's Hajime ...
Sat, 27 Apr 2013 02:18:55 -0700
The 48-year-old revealed he played in a game when one of his Sampdoria team-mates, the Brazilian Toninho Cerezo, was bitten by an opponent. "I saw this in Italy," he said. "Against Pisa, a player, [Stefano] Cuoghi, bit Cerezo in the leg." Cuoghi was ...
Thu, 23 May 2013 12:03:32 -0700
O Pierre e o Leandro Donizete têm uma coisa que me faz lembrar Telê Santana, (Toninho) Cerezo, Heleno. O ataque do Atlético tem um jogador extremamente veloz, o Bernard, o Jô, que encaixou muito bem nesse esquema do Atlético, um jogador que ...
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