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.