|Full name||Gustavo Manduca|
|Date of birth||8 June 1980|
|Place of birth||Urussanga, Brazil|
|Height||1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Playing position||Winger / Striker|
|1998||→ Atlantis (loan)||10||(2)|
|2006–2007||→ AEK Athens (loan)||23||(5)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
He also held an Italian passport, and played professionally in five countries, mainly in Portugal – where he represented six teams in seven years, including a very brief spell with Benfica. He amassed Primeira Liga totals of 91 games and 15 goals, during three seasons.
Manduca signed with APOEL in 2010, remaining with the club until his retirement and winning eight major titles.
Early years / Portugal
Manduca was born in Urussanga, Criciúma. After a brief spell with Grêmio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense he moved in 1998 to Finland with HJK Helsinki and, after only two matches, he was loaned to Atlantis FC of the country's second division for the remainder of the season.
Manduca moved to Portugal in 1999, successively representing F.C. Felgueiras, AD Esposende and G.D. Chaves, all in the second level. In the 2003–04 campaign he made his Primeira Liga debuts, joining F.C. Paços de Ferreira.
Manduca blossomed into a top division player with C.S. Marítimo, where he scored in a 2004–05 UEFA Cup first round penalty shootout exit against Rangers, moving to S.L. Benfica in January 2006 on a four-and-a-half-year contract. He appeared in 16 league games in his only season, netting in a 1–3 loss at U.D. Leiria on 4 February.
He made three appearances in the season's UEFA Champions League, and helped the capital club to the second place in the Superleague Greece; on 16 May 2007, he signed a permanent three-year contract.
After three years (his on-loan season notwithstanding) of regular use at AEK, 30-year-old Manduca signed a three-year deal with APOEL FC from neighbouring Cyprus. In his debut campaign with the club he won the national championship (the first in his career), scoring ten goals and providing as many assists.
On 13 September 2011, in a home game against FC Zenit Saint Petersburg in the Champions League, Manduca scored the equaliser in the 73rd minute and, two minutes later, assisted compatriot Aílton for the final 2–1 win, in APOEL's first ever win in that stage of the competition. On 1 November, he netted in the last minute against FC Porto (same competition, venue and result). In the round-of-16's second leg against Olympique Lyonnais, on 7 March 2012, he netted the 1–0 at home which levelled the tie, being sent off before the penalty shootout triumph; on 4 April 2012, he scored APOEL's first goal against Real Madrid in an eventual 2–5 quarter-final loss at the Santiago Bernabéu (2–8 on aggregate).
The following campaign, Manduca bettered that total to a career-best 13 goals, being an essential attacking unit as his team won conquered the treble of league, Cup and Super Cup. He was also a regular in the next season's Champions League group stage and scored the equaliser from the penalty spot in a 1–1 home draw against AFC Ajax on 30 September 2014.
On 30 March 2015, aged 34, Manduca announced his immediate retirement from football due to a serious ankle injury. The same day, he was appointed director of football at APOEL, signing a two-year contract with the club.
On 7 October 2015, after only six months in the post, Manduca's sporting director contract was terminated by mutual consent.
On 11 May 2015, following the dismissal of Thorsten Fink, Manduca took over as caretaker manager for the team's crucial final two league games of the season as well as the Cypriot Cup final, alongside assistant Giorgos Kostis and former club captain Marinos Satsias. His short spell in charge saw APOEL win the double after beating AEL Limassol 4–2 in the domestic cup decider, and collecting the four points needed to conquer the league title.
At the end of the 2015–16 campaign, Manduca agreed terms with Cypriot Second Division side Othellos Athienou FC to take over as first team coach. On 21 November 2016, after only a few months in charge, his contract was terminated due to a poor string of results.
- AEK Athens
- Cypriot First Division: 2010–11, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15
- Cypriot Cup: 2013–14, 2014–15
- Cypriot Super Cup: 2011, 2013
- Manduca to bolster Benfica attack; UEFA.com, 28 December 2005
- AEK make Manduca move; UEFA.com, 4 August 2006
- AEK make Manduca move permanent; UEFA.com, 17 May 2007
- APOEL recovery leaves Zenit reeling; UEFA.com, 13 September 2011
- APOEL's Manduca floors Porto late on; UEFA.com, 1 November 2011
- Lyon stunned as APOEL fairy tale continues; UEFA.com, 7 March 2012
- Madrid make serene progress past APOEL; UEFA.com, 4 April 2012
- "Συνεχίζει ο Gustavo" [Gustavo continues] (in Greek). APOEL FC. 31 May 2013. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
- "Sheridan strike hands APOEL Cypriot title". UEFA.com. 31 May 2014. Retrieved 31 May 2014.
- ΕΡΜΗΣ ΑΡΑΔΙΠΠΟΥ 0–2 ΑΠΟΕΛ [Εrmis Aradippou 0–2 APOEL] (in Greek). APOEL FC. 21 May 2014. Retrieved 21 May 2014.
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- "APOEL hero Manduca calls it a day". Cyprus Score. 30 March 2015. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 30 March 2015.
- Ανακοίνωση εταιρείας ΑΠΟΕΛ ΠΟΔΟΣΦΑΙΡΟ (ΔΗΜΟΣΙΑ) ΛΤΔ [APOEL Football Company (Public) Ltd notice] (in Greek). APOEL FC. 30 March 2015. Retrieved 30 March 2015.
- Κοινή συναινέσει λύση της συνεργασίας με Gustavo Manduca [Mutual termination of cooperation with Gustavo Manduca] (in Greek). APOEL FC. 7 October 2015. Retrieved 7 October 2015.
- Κοινή συναινέσει λύση συνεργασίας με Thorsten Fink [Mutual termination of cooperation with Thorsten Fink] (in Greek). APOEL FC. 11 May 2015. Retrieved 11 May 2015.
- Σήκωσε το 21ο ο ΑΠΟΕΛ, 4–2 την ΑΕΛ [APOEL lifted their 21st cup, 4–2 against AEL] (in Greek). Sigma Live. 20 May 2015. Retrieved 3 February 2017.
- "APOEL secure league to wrap up Cypriot double". UEFA.com. 24 May 2015. Retrieved 24 May 2015.
- Τέλος ο Μαντούκα από τον Οθέλλο [End at Othellos for Manduca] (in Greek). Sport FM. 21 November 2016. Retrieved 21 November 2016.