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Telê Santana
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Personal information
Full name Telê Santana da Silva
Date of birth July 26, 1931(1931-07-26)
Place of birth Itabirito, Brazil
Date of death April 21, 2006 (aged 74)
Place of death Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Playing position Right winger
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1951–1960 Fluminense 557 (162)
1960–1962 Guarani
1963 Vasco
Teams managed
1969–1970 Fluminense
1970–1976 Atlético Mineiro
1977–1979 Grêmio
1980–1982 Palmeiras
1980–1982 Brazil
1983–1985 Al-Ahli
1985–1986 Brazil
1988–1989 Flamengo
1990–1996 São Paulo
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of April 20, 2009.
† Appearances (Goals).

Telê Santana da Silva, usually known as Telê Santana (July 26, 1931 – April 21, 2006), was a Brazilian football manager and former player. He was born in Itabirito, Minas Gerais.

As a player, his preferred position was right winger. However, he started his career as a goalkeeper.

His career as a manager started in 1967, coaching Fluminense Football Club youth squad. Four years later, Telê led Atlético Mineiro to win the first Brazilian League title. Regarded to have coached one of the best Brazilian national squads in 1982 FIFA World Cup and 1986 FIFA World Cup, however, he failed to win the tournament in both occasions. He is also well known as the manager responsible for the 1992 and 1993 São Paulo Copa Libertadores de América and Intercontinental Cup titles. In 1996, he had to retire, because he was suffering from ischemia.

He had part of his left leg amputated in 2003 after suffering of ischemia in his left foot. He was operated at Hospital Felício Roxo, in Belo Horizonte.[1]

Santana died on April 21, 2006 in Belo Horizonte, due to an abdominal infection.[2] His body was buried at Cemitério Parque da Colina, in Belo Horizonte.[3]

Santana is widely credited for the invention of the "jogo bonito" (beautiful game in Portuguese) by the vast majority of the Brazilian press. His full attack mentality of play was best displayed with the 1982 Brazilian national squad who fell 3–2 to Italy in the Second Round of the Cup.[4] Santana was criticized by most for refusing to switch Brazil's style of play versus Italy since Brazil only needed to tie the game to reach the Semifinals due to the original World Cup set up at the time. Many still feel that Santana should have placed more emphasis on defense and a counter attack strategy due to circumstances of the match. Regardless of the fact that Santana never lead the Brazilian squad to glory he is still regarded as one of greatest coaches and innovators in the history of Brazilian football.[5]


Playing career

He played for clubs such as Fluminense, Guarani, Madureira and Vasco. He was also a reserve player of the Brazil national football team.

Managerial honors

Preceded by
Alfio Basile
South American Coach of the Year
Succeeded by
Francisco Maturana




  1. ^ "Telê Santana tem parte de perna amputada" (in Portuguese). Revista Época. December 22, 2003.,6993,EPT650528-1664,00.html. Retrieved August 22, 2006.  
  2. ^ "Morre em Belo Horizonte o ex-técnico da seleção Telê Santana" (in Portuguese). Folha Online. April 21, 2006. Retrieved August 22, 2006.  
  3. ^ "Telê será enterrado na manhã deste sábado" (in Portuguese). Folha Online. April 21, 2006. Retrieved August 22, 2006.  
  4. ^ "Murió Telê Santana artífice del Juego Bonito brasileño" (in Spanish). El Universal. April 22, 2006. Retrieved August 22, 2006.  
  5. ^ "Telê gosta de atacar" (in Portuguese). Camisa 12.,2,050321.asp. Retrieved August 22, 2006.  
  6. ^ See match #15: C.R. Flamengo 3 X 1 Vasco da Gama


  • Enciclopédia do Futebol Brasileiro, Volume 2 - Lance, Rio de Janeiro: Aretê Editorial S/A, 2001.

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