Gaúcho (footballer, born 1964)

Brazilian footballer (1964-2016)

Luís Carlos Tóffoli, usually nicknamed Gaúcho (7 March 1964 – 17 March 2016), was a Brazilian football player and manager. He was born in Canoas, Rio Grande do Sul.

After spending his youth years at Rio de Janeiro club Flamengo, he began his professional career in 1984 at Grêmio. The following year he transferred to Atlético Goianiense.

In 1990, he returned to his youth club, signing a three-year deal with Flamengo. There he won the 1990 Copa do Brasil, the 1991 Rio State Championship and the 1992 Série A. During this period he played 198 matches and scored 98 goals. At the end of his contract he joined Italian Serie A side Lecce, where he failed to make a breakthrough with only five games played. He left the club halfway through the season and signed with Boca Juniors, where once again he failed to repeat his good performances.

Gaúcho died of prostate cancer on 17 March 2016.[1]


  1. "Morre ex-centroavante Gaúcho, ídolo rubro-negro no início dos anos 90". Globo Esporte (in Portuguese). Retrieved 18 March 2016.