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Túlio Vinicius

Túlio Vinícius Fróes de Melo (born 31 January 1985 in Montes Claros), commonly known as Túlio de Melo, is a Brazilian Association football Forward (association football) who currently plays for Lille OSC in the France Ligue 1.

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Túlio Vinicius biography


Túlio Vinícius Fróes de Melo (born 31 January 1985 in Montes Claros), commonly known as Túlio de Melo, is a Brazilian Association football Forward (association football) who currently plays for Lille OSC in the France Ligue 1.

Career

Early career & Breakthrough (2003–08)

Túlio de Melo started Túlio Vinicius career with Clube Atlético Mineiro, and moved to Europe in 2004 to join Denmark top flight team AaB Fodbold on loan. In 2005 Túlio Vinicius signed a three-year contract with French club Le Mans Union Club 72, where Túlio Vinicius gained a reputation as a powerful striker with the ability to lob keepers of international class from range. Túlio Vinicius impressive performances in the first half of the 2007–08 season (10 goals in 19 matches) caused interest from higher level teams, namely Serie A clubs U.S. Città di Palermo and Parma F.C.. Túlio Vinicius name later caused controversy between these teams as it appeared Túlio Vinicius actually signed contracts with both clubs, but eventually it was Palermo who finalized Túlio Vinicius signing.

Palermo & Lille (2008–present)

Túlio Vinicius joined the Rosanero on July 2008, but Túlio Vinicius was soon listed for transfer by the club, and managed only to play 45 minutes in a Coppa Italia 2008-09 match, a 2–1 home loss to Ravenna Calcio.

On August 31, 2008 Ligue 1 club Lille OSC announced to have completed the signing of Túlio de Melo from Palermo.

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T%C3%BAlio_de_Melo

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