Carlos Henrique Raposo
Carlos 'Kaiser' Henrique Raposo (2 April 1963) was a master conman who managed to gather an impressive number of clubs. He became 'the best footballer who (almost) never played'.
Puebla FC, Botafogo FR, CR Flamengo, Gazélec FCO Ajaccio, Bangu AC, Fluminense FC, CR Vasco da Gama, El Paso Patriots America FC and Guarany FC. They are all clubs that fell for the beautiful stories of 'Kaiser'. Because he had many outward similarities with Franz Beckenbauer, Raposo had been given this nickname. In terms of footballing ability, this comparison would become more and more limp…
Raposo started his youth career still encouraging, in his native Brazil with Botafogo and later moved 'domestically' to Flamengo, another such famous club. In 1981 he made enough impression at Puebla during a training session. Because of his slender and nimble appearance, he was very popular and he was signed to the Mexican club. This although he was sold again months later without having played a single full game. 'Kaiser' was selected for three games, but played only 23 minutes in total. This was the first sign on the 'football wall'.
On the one hand Carlos started to behave more and more like a football pro, on the other hand he made fewer and fewer playing minutes. He borrowed expensive clothes and goods, handed out drinks and dealt with footballers who lived up to it, such as Ricardo Rocha and Romario. In this way he managed to win over these famous players and forced an internship at, again Botafogo, one of the biggest clubs in Brazil. As is often the time in his career, he immediately simulated an injury that kept him off the bench. One time it was the hamstring, the other a mouth infection, which was staged by a one-tweet with a dentist friend.
No ball straight
At Botafoga he also used the famous 'toy-gsm-trick'. Carlos used toy-cell phones that were unpopular and expensive at the time, to fake fake calls in foreign languages, to pretend to be on the phone. This, to disapprove non-existent transfer offers and to create an image of themselves as a valuable and much sought after player. And all while he couldn't kick a ball straight.
He also worked at Ajaccio in France. On the day he arrived, there was an immediate training session. Because Raposo didn't want to be exposed on the first day, he decided to kick all the balls in the stands so that all the balls were up before practice and he didn't have to train. He did this while kissing the club's logo on his shirt. The supporters appreciated his club love very much, but without knowing that they were being set up.
Back to home
Raposo returned to Brazil in 1989. Here it almost went wrong for the on paper attacker. Almost because raposo managed to escape the dance again. The trainer of Bangu, his new employer, suddenly wanted to bring him in at the request of a sponsor. Raposo, however, knew what to do with it and began scolding an opponent for no reason. It resulted in a huge brawl, and Raposo got red; without hit a ball. Again, we managed not to have to take action. In Bangu he played two games, but he was only on the pitch for eighteen whole minutes. Never mind that the forward managed to score a goal.
His new club was also one of name and was also accompanied by a special story: Fluminense it was and pretending that many clubs were interested in the con man and injuries became it. Here he was eventually exposed by an assistant. But miraculously, kaiser played fifteen games at Fluminense and even scored a goal and also against Fluminense's biggest rival, Flamengi. It may be… In the end, this was not a great success either.
In 1993 Raposo moved to Vasco da Gama, not a crazy name either! The story here was that Raposo was contracted to help a teammate who was struggling with an alcohol problem. Again, he did not play and managed to get under contract with El Paso Patriots and America FC, two American teams. Guarany finally became the last team kaiser played for in 1996, or rather, where he was on the payroll. At this club he played twelve games and even scored another goal. In his professional career, 'Kaiser' eventually played for ten different clubs.
Book and film
This story, of course, was crying out for a book and therefore a film adaptation. These came, both called "Kaiser: The Greatest Footballer Never to Play Football". And with this place on our website is the most curious football circle around for this charlatan. A footballer who couldn't really hit a ball but has an impressive list of clubs behind his name…