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Cacau (2016)
Surname Claudemir Jerônimo Barreto
birthday March 27, 1981
place of birth Santo AndréBrazil
size 178 cm
position Storm
Years station
1988-1993 União Mogi Futebol Clube
1994-1996 Palmeiras São Paulo
1997-1998 União Mogi Futebol Clube
Years station Games (goals) 1
1999 Nacional AC São Paulo 32 0(8)
2000-2001 SV Türk Gücü Munich 18 0(9)
2001 1. FC Nürnberg amateurs 18 0(9)
2001-2003 1. FC Nuremberg 44 0(8)
2003-2014 VfB Stuttgart 263 (80)
2014-2015 Cerezo Osaka 24 0(7)
2016 VfB Stuttgart II 9 0(3)
National team
Years selection Games (goals)
2009–2012 Germany 23 0(6)
1 Only league games are given.

Cacau (born March 27, 1981 in Santo André , Brazil ; real name is Claudemir Jerônimo Barreto ) is a former German - Brazilian soccer player and today's soccer official. After stints in and around São Paulo , with the national league club SV Türk Gücü Munich and with 1. FC Nürnberg , he played between 2003 and 2014 as a striker for VfB Stuttgart , with whom he became German champion in 2007. After brief engagements with Cerezo Osaka in Japan and the VfB second team, he ended his career in the summer of 2016.

From 2009 to 2012 Cacau played for the German national team , with whom he finished third at the 2010 World Cup . He has been the DFB's integration officer since November 2016.



Cacau began playing soccer at a suburban club in Mogi das Cruzes , the União Mogi Futebol Clube, when he was seven . He was accepted into Palmeiras São Paulo’s youth department in 1994 after a trial training session . He returned to Mogi das Cruzes in 1997 after being sent away by Palmeiras. His first station as a professional footballer was the Nacional AC São Paulo , but there he was retired. Through Osmar de Oliveira, his later manager and head of a samba group, Cacau came to Germany in 1999 and toured Germany with the dance group without any intention of becoming a professional footballer. He then received a contract with SV Türk Gücü Munich , for whom he last played in the fifth-class national league. In 2001, the then 20-year-old moved to 1. FC Nürnberg , where he initially played in the amateur team.

1. FC Nuremberg

After very good performances in Nuremberg's second team, Cacau was first used in November 2001 in the professional team of the "Club". In his second outing, a 2-4 defeat at Bayer 04 Leverkusen on December 9, 2001, he scored two goals and was named “Player of the Game” and “Player of the Day” in kicker . As a result, he quickly played his way into the first team of FCN, leaving among others Paulo Rink and Kai Michalke behind. Cacau played a total of 17 Bundesliga games in the 2001/02 season and scored six goals.

In the following season 2002/03 he was considered together with the new signing Saša Ćirić as the club's hope, who had previously only just managed to stay in league as fifteenth in the table. In contrast to the already 34-year-old Ćirić at the beginning of the season, who scored twelve goals, the season was not very successful for Cacau with two goals, and his club was relegated. In January 2003, Cacau had already signed a contract with VfB Stuttgart, to which he switched to a free transfer at the beginning of the 2003/04 season. 2003/04 his brother Vlademir also played at the club, but only came to a second division.

VfB Stuttgart

In its first season at VfB in 2003/04 , the club played in the Champions League . Cacau played four games before being eliminated in the round of 16 against Chelsea . In the Bundesliga he was used in 16 games and scored four goals.

In the 2004/05 season under coach Matthias Sammer he was VfB's top scorer over all competitive games. This season, VfB came fifth and thus in the UEFA Cup.

In the 2005/06 season , Cacau scored only four goals in the Bundesliga under coach Giovanni Trapattoni . Before the 2006/07 season , the club wanted to part with him. But the player insisted on fulfilling his contract, subsequently prevailed at VfB and received a new contract until 2010. He scored 13 goals in the Bundesliga and another four in the DFB Cup this season. He was next to Mario Gómez the most successful striker at VfB. With VfB, Cacau won the German championship , which meant the first title win in his professional career. He was also in the final of the DFB Cup with VfB, which VfB lost 3-2 to Cacau's former club 1. FC Nürnberg. There he scored the 1-0 for Stuttgart, but was sent off the field after half an hour of play for assault.

Cacau during the Stuttgart championship celebration (2007)

In the 2007/08 season , Cacau scored nine goals in 27 games, and seven goals in 25 games the following season . In the 2009/10 season he was again very successful with 13 goals in 25 games. On February 20, 2010, he scored four goals in a Bundesliga game for the first time in his career. He scored against 1. FC Köln in the 13th, 31st, 39th and 74th minutes. With his first three goals to 3-0, he scored a flawless hat trick .

On May 1, 2010, Cacau extended his contract with VfB Stuttgart until the end of June 2013, after he had originally announced his departure. On March 22, 2013, he made use of a contract option that extended his contract to 2014. In February 2014 it was announced that his contract in Stuttgart would not be extended beyond the end of the season.

Cacau planned to take over a functionary position at VfB Stuttgart in a few years.

Cerezo Osaka

On August 11, 2014, Cacau signed a contract dated June 30, 2015 with the Japanese first division club Cerezo Osaka . He made his debut on August 23, 2014 (21st matchday) in a goalless draw in the away game against Sanfrecce Hiroshima . With the connection goal in the 67th minute, he scored his first league goal on September 23, 2014 (25th matchday) in the 1: 2 defeat in the home game against Nagoya Grampus . At the end of the season he rose with the club as penultimate in the 2nd league . On June 9, 2015, Cacau dissolved his contract with Cerezo Osaka during the current season.

VfB Stuttgart II

After having previously trained with the second team at VfB Stuttgart , Cacau finally returned on February 1, 2016 and signed a contract with VfB II until the end of the season. He then ended his career in October 2016.

National team

On May 19, 2009, Cacau, who has had German citizenship since February 2009, was nominated by national coach Joachim Löw for the DFB's upcoming trip to Asia . On May 29, 2009 he made his international debut for the German national team in Shanghai against China when he came on as a substitute in the second half. Five months later, on October 14th, Cacau was in the starting line-up of the DFB for the first time in the qualifier for the 2010 World Cup against Finland . At 1-1 he played the full 90 minutes. On May 6, 2010 he was appointed to the expanded squad for the 2010 World Cup by national coach Joachim Loew . On May 13, 2010, he scored his first two goals in the DFB jersey in the game against Malta . In the following test match he scored a goal against Hungary after being substituted on. On June 13, 2010, he was substituted on in the World Cup opening game against Australia in the 68th minute and scored his first goal at a World Cup 110 seconds later. The goal is the second fastest goal in a soccer world championship (after Ebbe Sand 1998) that a player has scored after being substituted on. On September 6, 2011, just before the final whistle, he scored the equalizer to make it 2-2 in a friendly against the Polish national team . Cacau was substituted on on February 29, 2012 in an international match against France in the 70th minute of the game and scored the next goal in the 91st minute to make it 1: 2.

After the professional career

From October 2010, Cacau was one of the integration ambassadors for the German Football Association (DFB). In November 2016 he was appointed as the successor to Gül Keskinler as integration officer of the DFB.




Cacau at a World Cup service in the FeG Heidelberg

Cacau grew up in Mogi das Cruzes as one of three sons of a single mother who worked as a cleaner for a German family . To support the family, Cacau and his brothers regularly worked alongside school. After his breakthrough as a professional footballer, Cacau bought a house for his family in their hometown. Cacau has been married since 2001 and the couple have three children. According to his own statements, the most important thing in his life is faith in Jesus and the personal relationship with him.

Due to the importance of the Christian faith in the life of Cacau, he has been portrayed in several books and films. He is biographed in the book “Football God - Experience reports from the sacred lawn” (2002 and 2006), as well as in the “Football Bible” (2004). The striker also plays in the film "Football God - The Gate to Heaven" (2005). For children and young people, he tells his life story in the radio play "Andy Latte - Cacau is just right". Cacau is also a member of the board of trustees of the evangelical association ProChrist , which organizes mass evangelizations .

On February 2, 2009, Cacau became a German citizen. The naturalization was on his private initiative and had nothing to do with his later promotion to the German national team. It arose from a personal need of Cacau, who sees himself as a German.

Since a surrender or loss of Brazilian citizenship is not possible, Cacau still has Brazilian citizenship.

social commitment

Cacau is an ambassador for World Vision , a children's charity . He is also a godfather and has two godchildren. During the women's soccer World Cup in 2011, he and the organization wrote a diary for the World Cup. He supports the SportMeetsCharity Foundation and the Deutsche KinderSuchthilfe Foundation (DKSH). In August 2012, Cacau took over the chairmanship of the Board of Trustees of the DKSH.


Cacau makes the same goal celebration after every goal he scores. In home games he runs with two waving index fingers in the air to the fan curve, kneels at the corner flag, waits for the teammates and makes an air kiss. In away games he runs accordingly to the guest block.

His short name Cacau comes from a slip of the tongue : on his first birthday, instead of Claudemir, he said Cacaudemir to himself. From then on, his mother only called him Cacau. Cacau is the first soccer player to wear his nickname instead of his real surname on the jersey of the German national team.

Since his naturalization and the subsequent nomination for the German national team, his colleagues, initiated by Ludovic Magnin , have been calling him Helmut .

Cacau lives with his family in Korb (Württemberg) . Here he also got six votes in the mayoral election in 2009, although he had not run.

Cacau acted as an expert for ZDF during the soccer World Cup 2014 in his native Brazil .


  • Cacau (with Elisabeth Schlammerl): Cacau - Always look up , SCM Hänssler, Holzgerlingen 2014, ISBN 978-3-7751-5525-0 .

Web links

Commons : Cacau  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Cacau: “My name is actually Claudemir Jeronimo Barreto. Names like da Silva or Maria are fictitious. "
  2. ^ FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010. List of Players , p. 11, no. 19; PDF (837 kB) .
  3. German-Brazilian Cacau: He just wanted to play , accessed on December 5, 2015.
  4. People were lied to , accessed December 5, 2015.
  5. Photo show: Löw's alternatives in the storm center , accessed on December 5, 2015.
  6. National striker Cacau: I just want to play , from June 12, 2010.
  7. Jeronimo Claudemir Barreto ("Cacau") ,
  8. The way ,
  9. Klaus Schlütter: Cacau - A Brazilian plays for Germany . Die Welt online, May 19, 2009.
  10. Osmar de Oliveira: Diary about my experiences with Cacau
  11. Matthias Arnhold: CACAU Claudemir Jerônimo Barreto - Matches and Goals in Bundesliga . RSSSF . December 1, 2016. Accessed December 1, 2016.
  12. Cacau stays with VfB! ( Memento from July 22, 2011 in the Internet Archive )
  13. Cacau will remain a VfBler until 2014 ( memento from August 12, 2014 in the Internet Archive ), March 22, 2013.
  14. a b Oliver Trust: A quiet farewell for Cacau, in: NRZ, February 6, 2014 (Sport)
  15. カ カ ウ 選手 と 契約 合意 の お 知 ら せ ( Memento from August 11, 2014 in the web archive ) Cerezo Osaka, August 11, 2014.
  16. カ カ ウ 選手 と の 契約 に つ い て Cerezo Osaka, June 9, 2015.
  17. Cacau plays for VfB II ( Memento from February 1, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) VfB Stuttgart February 1, 2016.
  18. a b Cacau becomes DFB integration officer: “Approaching the people” German Football Association, November 22, 2016.
  19. a b c double pass for Cacau,, February 3, 2009 ( Memento from February 22, 2014 in the Internet Archive )
  20. Matthias Arnhold: CACAU Claudemir Jerônimo Barreto - Goals in International Matches. RSSSF , December 1, 2016, accessed December 1, 2016 .
  21. Who scored the fastest goal at a World Cup after being substituted on? .
  22. dpa: Cacau becomes integration ambassador of the DFB in: Zeit Online from October 4, 2010.
  23. Sportschau: Goal of the Month August 2006
  24. Carlos Eduardo Freitas: Adopted Brazilian - Cacau has long been a German at heart in: Die Welt online, June 22, 2010.
  25. ^ ProChrist Board of Trustees
  26. Article on sueddeutsche .de.
  27. For the first time with Cacau and Träsch , ( Memento from February 12, 2013 in the web archive )
  28. Acceptance of multiple nationality ( memento from August 19, 2012 in the Internet Archive ) (Ministry for Integration, Family, Children, Youth and Women, Rhineland-Palatinate)
  29. Women's World Cup in Germany - Cacau writes World Cup diary! For his godchildren
  30. I owe my path in life to God , in: Evangelischer Nachrichtenendienst idea of ​​August 30, 2012.
  31. Interview in Rund-Magazin, accessed on June 10, 2010.
  32. Julia Rapp: The Mad Week of Helmut Cacau Stuttgarter Nachrichten , February 28, 2010.
  33. I just want to play, , June 12, 2010, accessed on February 6, 2014.
  34. TZ: What is ZDF expert Cacau doing after the World Cup? dated June 18, 2014.