Top facts about Mancini, Brazilian forward

Sat 22 January 2022 | 14:30

Various Brazilian footballers have played for Serie A clubs like Kaka, Rivaldo, Roberto Carlos, Ronaldinho, and Ronaldo. Mancini is usually omitted from the list; he made over 150 appearances for Roma between 2003 and 2008. Read on to learn more facts about Mancini.

Mancini who is so similar to another Brazilian defender, 

Dani Alves

, in both appearance and play was one of the brilliant player in his era. Here you can find out most important facts about Mancini, the Brazilian former professional footballer.

Alessandro Faiolhe Amantino born on 1st August 1980. He was born in one of the cities in Brazil, called Ipatinga.

Mancini’s age

is 41.

Mancini moved from Atletico Mineiro to Venezia in January 2003. However, moving from Brazil to Italy’s lower leagues was undoubtedly a culture shock for him, and he found it difficult to adapt, hence it resulted in his ineffectiveness at Venezia.

Then, Roma paid just €1,000 to sign the Brazilian in the summer of 2003. Fabio Capello trusted Mancini and let him play in the starting line-up from the very first match. He scored a goal in the UEFA Cup first round (second leg) against FC Vardar of Macedonia.

The 2007/08 season was the Brazilian’s final season at


, as once more they finished second in the league. The Nerazzurri had been long-term admirers, as had several foreign clubs, but the Nerazzurri took the plunge in July 2008 and signed the winger for €13 million – a far cry from his previous transfer fee of €1,000.

Top facts about Mancini:

The first

fact about Mancini

is that he is more commonly known as Mancini. In this Portuguese name, the first or maternal family name is Faiolhe and the second or paternal family name is Amantino.

Mancini was a Brazilian former professional footballer, who played as a winger and most recently manager of Foggia. Mancini’s great career was his plays in Roma; 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 favored position was as right or left winger, although he was also capable of playing as a second striker or as an attacking midfielder.

An interesting fact about Mancini’s international level is that he made nine appearances for


between 2004 and 2008, and was a member of the squad that won the 2004 Copa America.

Mancini early life

Mancini was born on 1 August, 1980 in Itapinga, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Unfortunately, there is no information available about

Mancini’s childhood.

Mancini personal life

His nickname, Mancini, is a diminutive form of Manso (which means calm in Portuguese), His composite surname (composite of father and mother, however Spanish and Portuguese culture have a different 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. Unfortunately, there is no information available about

Mancini’s parents


Mancini professional 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.


fact about Mancini

is that during his prime with Italian club A.S. Roma, he was famed for his dribbling skills and use of feints, especially his step-overs. His favored 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.

Mancini’s club career

Concerning Mancini’s early career there are some information that you can read in the following paragraphs:

Another interesting fact about Alessandro Faiolhe Amantino, or more accurately Mancini, or even more accurately Amantino Mancini is that he started his career at Atletico Mineiro.

With an average height and a forehead that seems just a bit too big for his face, Mancini started his professional career as many Brazil football players do.

He eventually made the breakthrough into Atletico’s first team, but his time at the club was a bit strange.

That is because he made the breakthrough, played for two seasons in Atletico’s first team, but was then loaned out to Portuguesa and Sao Caetano.

His loans were unsuccessful (2 goals in 20 appearances), but Mancini returned to Atletico where he showed a fantastic form (scoring 15 goals in one season).

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.


Mancini was signed by Serie B side AC Venezia in January 2003. During that time he struggled to adapt to Italian football, and was criticized 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.

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


In 2003,

Fabio Capello

was manager of Roma. Capello was never a fan of Brazilians. Ronaldo (Brazil’s Ronaldo) even branded Capello as the devil. Well, for some bizarre reason “the devil” decided to sign Mancini from Venezia.

It’s hard to imagine why this transfer happened, but Amantino Mancini was signed for no more than €1.000. Yes, for a laughable amount that even you can afford.

Unlike at Venezia, Mancini became an instant hit at Roma. He became an important first-team player as he scored eight goals in his debut season.

It a bizarre way, Mancini flopped in Serie B, but became a star in Serie A. That's a perfect example of just how strange football can be.

Mancini played five years for AS Roma. In those five years, he became a key player and fans favorite. He scored at least ten goals a season.

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.

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


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.

Amantino Mancini was once considered as one of the most skillful players in Europe. His promising career eventually flopped and ended in disgrace!

Amantino Mancini showed his incredible quality in 2007 when Roma was playing against Lyon in the Champions League last 16.

The first match (in Rome) ended with a 0-0 draw, so you could say that Lyon had a “home” advantage on Roma.

Things weren’t going well for Lyon, as


put Roma ahead after 22 minutes of the match.

Totti was then at the peak of his career. He helped Italy win the World Cup, a year earlier, and he was determined to win a trophy with his beloved club Roma.

After that opener, Totti than made one wicked pass that found his teammate Brazilian Mancini (not Roberto Mancini) and something amazing happened.

Mancini had Lyon’s defender Reveillere ahead of him. Brazilian decided to use a couple (a lot) of step-overs and left Reveillere bewildered.  Step-overs was something of a trademark for Mancini.

He went past Lyon’s defender with ease and finished his run with a powerful shot that ended in the top corner of Lyon’s goal.

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.


After the appointment of José Mourinho, Mancini was signed by Internazionale for €13 million, 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.


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. He made his debut for Milan in a scoreless draw against Bologna.

Return to Brazil

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

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

After spending 2013 as a free agent, 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.

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

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

Mancini’s end of football career!

Although there is no info about Mancini actually being in prison, his career never really recovered.

Mancini went back to Brazil, but he couldn't reproduce his form from Roma.

He ended his career (quietly) in 2016 after two short stints at lower league clubs Villa Nova and America Mineiro.

A really strange end to career that promised a lot more in 2008.

Mancini’s international career

At international level, Mancini made nine appearances for Brazil between 2004 and 2008, and was a member of the squad that won the 2004 Copa América.

Mancini’s coaching career

An interesting

fact about Mancini

’s coaching career is that on 7 August 2019, he signed his first managerial contract with Serie D club Foggia.

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

He was under investigation in 2011 for rape accused by a Brazilian woman, which happened in December 2010 after a party held by


. On 28 November 2011, he was jailed for 2 years and 8 months after being found guilty of rape by the court of Milan.

Mancini is his artist name and nickname, it is a diminutive form of Manso (which means calm in Portuguese), His composite surname (composite of father and mother, however Spanish and Portuguese culture had difference order) is Faiolhe Amantino, which the former is the misspell of Faioli.

He also holds Italian nationality through descent, as his had a great-grand mother Genoveffa from Veneto.

Mancini’s amazing stepovers

When a player creates a signature move, it's usually because no one else has the combination of skill and ability to execute it before them.

The Cruyff turn and Kerlon's seal dribble became renowned because few people believed in their own ability to accomplish them on a regular basis, whereas Ricardo Quaresma's trivela is theoretically reproducible but not in reality.

When a player can take a seemingly mundane move and make it their own, you know they're one of a kind. Consider

Arjen Robben

's cut inside and finish, or Mancini's modest stepover, if you're not sure what we're talking about. What's more, he simply needed one aim to keep his reputation intact.

Mancini, or Amantino Mancini as he was often called, was never a player who followed the rules. That holds true for both his voyage to Roma, the club where he built his reputation, and his actual activities in the capital.

Coach Gianfranco Bellotto gave the Brazilian limited opportunities when he was playing for Venezia in Serie B, with speculation at the time that his inclination to control the ball with the outside of his foot didn't sit well with the serious-minded coach.

Later, Bellotto would talk of falsehoods perpetrated against him in the press, but he didn't specifically mention this charge as being false. But one thing is certain: when Roma bought Mancini from Venezia for a pittance in 2003, they had the ideal player for their system.

With Cafu departing for Milan and Gianni Guigou on loan, Fabio Capello's side needed a defender who could play at full-back or on the flank. His volatility wasn't always welcome, but when he scored his first goal for the Giallorossi, few were grumbling.

While waiting for a Francesco Totti free-kick, he avoided the temptation to shoot goalward at the near post and instead leaped, opened out his body, and flicked the ball into the far corner with his heel.

A better-prepared defense, or at the very least one familiar with the Roma man, could have been able to stop him. Making such an assumption, on the other hand, would imply that his strategy was preconceived and not made on the spot. Who can tell for sure whether it was the case or not?

While Roma and Mancini were in danger of being knocked out of the Champions League before the last matchday, Lyon and Réveillère had been in command, defeating

Real Madrid

at home and hammering Dinamo Kiev on the road on way to an unbeaten run to the last 16.

The French club had come within three minutes of eliminating AC Milan in the previous season's quarter-finals, and a goalless draw in the first leg in Rome meant they were in good shape to go at least as far this time.

Roma had only scored twice in their three group stage away games, losing two of them, so they couldn't be expected to surprise a club who only surrendered at home when their progression was already certain.

They did, however, stun them. Totti scored a free header halfway through the first half to give Lyon a two-goal lead. Then, on the stroke of half-time, Mancini delivered his masterful performance.

There's nothing fundamentally wrong with Réveillère's position. He's face to face with Mancini, his body flexible enough to allow for a left-footed dart or an inside cut if the Roma player chooses either.

From Mancini's perspective, one answer may be a simple drop of the shoulder; pretend to move inside and drift out to the left, or vice versa. The problem is that if the defense reads your intentions, the opportunity is gone.

While a stepover might assist, you're just kicking the can down the road. The identical thing, except instead of a suburban street, the road is now a freeway.

When the winger recognizes the tipping moment, though, he leaves his opponent with no chance. He suddenly seems capable of unlimited stepovers after number four or five, without a second Lyon defender coming considerably closer. Réveillère's option of waiting it out and allowing Mancini to exhaust himself is no longer an option.

The focus has shifted from displaying power to concealing weakness, which would be OK if Mancini didn't realize it. He's making it into a twister game, keeping his position while his opponent sweats visibly and waits for the inevitable.

By the time he dances to the left, he knows he won't be pursued — the defender almost appeared glad that he didn't have to maintain the facade any longer.

Mancini only stayed at Roma for one more season before joining Inter, but the move away from the Olimpico signaled the start of his slide.

His deception and unpredictability were unsuitable for a

José Mourinho

team, and after a short loan stint on the opposite side of Milan, he returned home to finish his career in Brazil.

Those few years at the top with Roma may have felt a long time ago when he was playing in the Brazilian Série B to little fanfare, but supporters in the Italian city will never forget him.

Indeed, anybody wherever in the globe will think about Amantino Mancini when they witness a flawlessly performed stepover.

Mancini’s Roma legacy

When he moved from Atletico Mineiro to Venezia in January 2003, he had his first experience of Italian football in Serie B. Mancini didn't have much of an influence for the rest of the 2002-03 season, appearing in 12 games but starting just four of them.

Mancini failed to produce an assist or score a goal when playing on the left flank. Moving from Brazil to Italy's lower levels was clearly a cultural shock for him, and he struggled to adjust, which explains his lack of success at Venezia.

Gianfranco Belloto, his instructor, disliked his inclination to be too ornate and flamboyant, particularly when it came to tricks and flips.

Which is why Mancini's summer 2003 transfer to Serie A heavyweights Roma was such a shock. Roma spent just €1,000 to recruit the Brazilian, which is rather remarkable given the present financial situation of the transfer market. Fabio Capello, on the other hand, had trust in his new acquisition and immediately inserted Mancini into the starting lineup.

Mancini's early performances were dismal, with the Italian failing to score in his first eight appearances. The lone saving grace was a single goal against FC Vardar of Macedonia in the UEFA Cup first round (second leg).

Increasingly chastised by those who questioned whether he was cut out for Serie A, Mancini responded in the greatest conceivable manner.

Roma played Lazio in the Derby della Capitale on November 9, 2003. It was the most important match of the year in Rome, with both clubs doing well in Serie A, with the Giallorossi in third place and


in fifth.

Heroes and, more importantly, careers may be created in a rivalry that matters so much to its followers. In the 81st minute, Roma earned a free kick on the right side, well beyond the 18-yard box, with the game still goalless. Before blasting the ball into the box, a youthful Antonio Cassano regained his composure.

Mancini went ahead of the near-post defender to deliver a fantastic


flick on the volley that sailed past Sereni and into the bottom corner.

The Stadio Olimpico's Yellow and Red halves erupted in thundering excitement as Mancini enthusiastically celebrated by removing his shirt and sprinting towards a flare-lit Curva Sud. His opulent backheel would be dubbed Il Tacco di Dio - God's heel.

As Roma caught Lazio on the break, Mancini turned provider five minutes later, sending a superb crossfield ball for his Brazilian friend Emerson to make it 2-0. Lazio's spirits were broken by the five-minute surge, and the Giallorossi's victory moved them into second position.

Mancini's heroics marked the start of a run of form that saw him score twice in the following three league games.

In addition, he only missed one league game that season, which was noteworthy considering Roma's skill pool, which included Emerson, Cassano, Francesco Totti, Vincenzo Montella, a youthful Daniele De Rossi, John Carew, and Marco Delvecchio.

Mancini's eight league goals helped Roma finish second in the league and qualify for the Champions League next season.

In April 2004, he made his debut for Brazil, and he was a member of the group that won the 2004 Copa America in Peru. After such a fantastic first season in Serie A, Mancini succumbed to the curse of one-season syndrome, scoring just four goals in the 2004-05 season.

Roma had a terrible season, finishing eighth in the league and losing to Inter in the Coppa Italia final. Roma went through four coaches in one season, which didn't help matters (Cesare Prandelli,

Rudi Voller

, Luigi Delneri and Bruno Conti).

But the ability to bounce back from disappointment is a sign of a strong player, and he reacted by having his most successful season in the Italian city in 2005/06.

He scored 18 goals in all, including 12 in 27 league matches, as well as three more in seven UEFA Cup games and the same number in the Coppa Italia. Mancini was unsuccessful in the first part of that season, missing seven weeks due to injury and scoring only once before the winter break in a 3-0 victory against Reggina in August.

But he returned from the winter break rejuvenated, scoring the game-winning goal in a win against AC Milan in his first game back. The blue touch paper was lighted after scoring again in a 3-1 victory against


, as well as scoring twice and assisting in a 4-1 thrashing of Udinese. The Brazilian scored twice in a 3-0 triumph against Parma two games later.

Yet it was his inventive qualities that shone through once again in the Derby della Capitale in late February, and all when it truly mattered.

Roma took the lead thanks to Mancini's corner, which enabled Rodrigo Taddei to score at the near post. While Lazio looked for an equaliser late in the second half, Roma counterattacked, and Mancini found himself in space on the left flank.

The Brazilian unsettled the defender opposite him with a shimmy as he approached the area and confidently put the ball square to Alberto Aquilani, who hammered the ball past Angelo Peruzzi to make it 2-0. Mancini had led his side to another another derby day triumph, despite the absence of captain and star Francesco Totti, who was injured.

Sadly, despite Mancini's and his colleagues' efforts, the season turned out to be a rerun. Roma were defeated in the Coppa Italia final for the second time by Inter, and Mancini's assist in the final was little comfort for the Brazilian.

They were promoted to second place in Serie A as a consequence of the Calciopoli decisions, which resulted in Juventus' relegation to Serie B and the loss of their championship. Despite the setback, Mancini had once again shown his value, enhancing his end product in terms of goals and assists, adding to his already impressive skill set.

Roma qualified for the 2006/07 Champions League with a second-place finish. This signified a second opportunity for Mancini. In the 2004/05 season, when the Giallorossi were eliminated in the group stages, his performances were poor.

The Brazilian did not disappoint, announcing himself on the European scene in a last 16 clash against Lyon in February 2007.

After a 0-0 draw in the first leg, the Giallorossi gained an early lead in the second leg due to a Totti headed goal.

This, however, was just a taste of what was to follow. Mancini got the ball in space on the left as the game approached halftime, courtesy to Marco Cassetti's raking pass. The winger was pitted against Lyon's right defender Anthony Réveillère in a one-on-one situation.

The Brazilian squared up the French international as he approached the box before unleashing a spectacular barrage of stepovers. Réveillère, like many others in the audience, was transfixed.

The Frenchman fell for the bait and attempted to evict his opponent. Mancini, on the other hand, was too swift and danced past the full back. Gregory Coupet, Lyon's goalkeeper, tried to close the gap by advancing towards Mancini, but the Brazilian easily hammered the ball past him and inside the near post.

If the goal had been scored today, it would have gone viral on social media almost immediately. In an interview in March 2015, Mancini recalled his moment of individual brilliance:

“The stepovers, oh, the stepovers. In Brazil, we call them pedaladas. They've always been a signature of mine. It was a combination of skill, strength, and speed — a little of everything.”

Mancini would shine in the first leg of the quarterfinal against

Manchester United

, scoring both goals in a 2-1 victory, before suffering an infamous 7-1 humiliation in the second leg at Old Trafford. Meanwhile, Roma would come second in the league once again, but this time there would be no such disappointments in the Coppa Italia.

Inter was avenged by the Giallorossi, who were defeated 7-4 on aggregate. Mancini scored in the Coppa Italia final's amazing 6-2 triumph in the first leg.

The Brazilian's last season with Roma came in 2007/08, when they finished second in the league once again. Mancini's stay in the city ended in triumph, although from the bench, when the Giallorossi won back-to-back Coppa Italia titles.

Despite his injury troubles, Mancini managed to score 13 goals throughout the season, which piqued Inter's attention. The Nerazzurri had long been fans of the winger, as did other international teams, but in July 2008, the Nerazzurri took the risk and bought him for €13 million, a far cry from his previous transfer cost of €1,000.

It was shocking that he was moved to a local competitor, but despite the fact that his career waned after that, supporters remember him fondly from his time at Roma.

His talent to produce brilliant moments was marred by imperfections, and he and Totti allegedly feuded for a few years. But life with Mancini was never boring, and his five years at Roma wowed Giallorossi supporters.

Mancini social media


Mancini’s social media

, it should be mentioned that he has an Instagram page (


) with more than 33.5k followers.

Mancini body measurements

Speaking about Alessandro

Mancini’s body measurements

, it should be mentioned that the former player is 182 cm and weighs 78 kg. Mancini’s favorite color is black.

The top facts about his body detail are that his feet size is 12 and his biceps is 24, but size is 150.

Another fact about Alessandro Mancini’s body is that he has no tattoos.

Top facts about Mancini’s body features are listed below:

At first, it should be noted that his hair is black. Second of all, Mancini’s skin tone is Type III (medium skin), and his skin type is normal. Another fact about Mancini’s appearance is that he is mostly beardless, and his eye is dark brown.

Mancini net worth and salary

Regarding Alessandro

Mancini’s net worth

, it is worth mentioning that he owns 5 million Euros.

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