Carlos Kaiser: The Greatest Footballer Never to Play Football

Apr 27, 2006
LOOOOOOOOOOL. You guys will have a great laugh if you watch the full documentary.

Carlos Henrique Raposo (born 2 April 1963), commonly known as Carlos Kaiser, is a Brazilian former footballer who played as a striker[citation needed]. Although his abilities were far short of professional standard, he managed to sign for numerous teams during his decade-long career. He never actually played a regular game and hid his limited ability with injuries, frequent team changes and other ruses.[1]


In November 2015 Carlos Kaiser signed an exclusive agreement with a UK production company, Nods & Volleys Entertainment Limited, which was specifically incorporated to tell his story on all media formats. Interview filming on a cinematic release was completed in December 2016.[citation needed]

Kaiser! The Greatest Footballer Never to Play Football had its world premiere at Tribeca Film Festival on April 21, 2018. The film features contributions from Carlos Alberto Torres, Zico, Renato Gaucho, Bebeto, Junior and Ricardo Rocha.[9]

The book Kaiser: The Greatest Footballer Never to Play Football, by the journalist Rob Smyth, was published in 2018.[10][11]

For 26 years, Carlos Kaiser was one of the most famous footballers in Brazil – even though he had zero intention of ever kicking a ball. The story of his stunning fraud has now been told in the film Kaiser! The Greatest Footballer Never to Play Football. In this exclusive clip, the conman explains how he was able to fool his coaches, teammates and the media for more than two decades.

The film, which will be released in the UK and Ireland on DVD and video-on-demand this week, features interviews with legends of Brazilian football such as Carlos Alberto, Zico, Júnior, Bebeto and Renato Gaúcho. An accompanying book by Guardian writer Rob Smyth is also available to purchase here.

Kaiser! The Greatest Footballer Never to Play Football review – meet the Brazilian Mr Ripley

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