Birth date 13 Jun 1978 (40 years)
Nationality Brazil Brazil
Height 175 cm
Position Midfielder
Team history
MSV Duisburg 2012 - 2013
Dortmund 2010 - 2012
Schalke 2009 - 2010 (loan)
Karlsruher 2008 - 2010
VfB Stuttgart 2006 - 2008
Mainz 2003 - 2006
Mainz 2003 - 2004
SV Wehen 1999 - 2003
Eintracht 1997 - 1999

Antonio da Silva is a Brazilian footballer who plays as a left-sided midfielder and possesses a magnificent left-foot. Despite being born in Brazil, Antonio moved to Germany at an early age. His natural talent for football saw him get into the Flamengo youth team in 1992. Having moved to Germany, Antonio continued playing football, this time for Eintracht Trier.

After spending 2 years with the Trier youth setup, Antonio moved back to Brazil to play with the Flamengo youth team, again. Just a year later, he was back in Germany, playing for Sportfreunde Eisbachtal in 1995.

After two seasons at his new club, Antonio was picked up by Eintracht Frankfurt and was offered a professional contract. However for two seasons, the Brazilian didn’t play a single game and was left on the bench or the reserve lineup.

He decided to move down the league order to find regular playing time. He moved down to the Regional southern league and joined SV Wehen. Post 86 games and 22 goals, Antonio was again amongst the most wanted youngsters in the country.

He moved to FSV Mainz’s second team in 2003, spending a single season before moving to the first team. Between 2003 and 2006, Antonio played as a regular member of the first team, scoring 13 league goals in the process.

That was all that Antonio needed to move onto better things as he joined VFB Stuttgart for the 2006-07 season. While he scored only three goals, Stuttgart went on to win the German Bundesliga title. His performance was not strong enough to hold on to a place in this side and Antonio moved to Karlsruher SC, who sent him out on loan to FC Basel, in Switzerland, after a single year.

Having played 25 games for FC Basel, Antonio returned to Germany with the Swiss Super League title and the Swiss Cup. His return to Germany saw him join Borussia Dortmund for the 2010-11 season, on a single season contract. While not a regular in the first team, Antonio has scored once in his 9 appearances for the club.

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