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Didi
Personal information
Full name Waldyr Pereira
Date of birth October 8, 1929(1929-10-08)
Place of birth    Campos dos Goytacazes, RJ, Brazil
Date of death    May 12, 2001 (aged 71)
Place of death    Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil
Playing position Central Midfielder
Youth career
1944
1945
1945
1945–1946
1946
São Cristóvão
Industrial (RJ)
Rio Branco (RJ))
Goytacaz (RJ)
Americano (RJ)
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1946
1946–1948
1948–1949
1949–1956
1957–1959
1959–1960
1960–1962
1964
1964
1964–1965
1965–1966
1966
Americano (RJ)
Lençoense (SP)
Madureira (RJ)
Fluminense
Botafogo
Real Madrid
Botafogo
Botafogo
São Paulo
Botafogo
CD Veracruz
São Paulo
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19 (6)
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National team2
1952–1962 Brazil 68 (20)
Teams managed
1962–1963
1967–1968
1969–1970
1971
1972–1975
1975
1977
1981
1986
Sporting Cristal
Sporting Cristal
Peru
River Plate
Fenerbahçe
Fluminense
Cruzeiro
Botafogo
Alianza Lima

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of February 15, 2007.
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of February 15, 2007.
* Appearances (Goals)

Waldyr Pereira (October 8, 1929 – May 12, 2001), nicknamed Didi, was a Brazilian football midfield player who played in three World Cups: 1954, 1958, and 1962, winning the latter two. He is considered to be one of the greatest midfielders ever. He had incredibly accurate passing, great stamina and strength and he scored many goals.

Born in Rio de Janeiro, he nearly had his right leg amputated when he was 14 due to a severe infection. He recovered and played for some clubs in Campos dos Goytacazes. He became professional playing for Americano de Campos. He came to prominence when he joined Fluminense in 1949. During seven seasons with the club he won the Campeonato carioca in 1951 and Copa de Rio in 1952. He became famous for being an intelligent player and for his "folha seca" ("falling leaf") kicks, where the ball would swerve seemingly downwards at the right time resulting in a goal.

During the 1954 World Cup he scored goals against Mexico and Yugoslavia, before Brazil's defeat to the favorites Hungary. This match was infamously known as the Battle of Berne; Didi was involved with the brawl that followed this bad-tempered match.

At club level, he moved to Botafogo, winning the Campeonato Carioca (Rio state championship) in 1957. Didi had previously promised to walk from the Maracanã to Botafogo's clubhouse in his kit if Botafogo won the championship; 5,000 Botafogo fans joined him as he did so.[1]

His greatest achievement came at the 1958 World Cup where he was player of the tournament.[1] From midfield, he masterminded the first of his two World Cup successes for Brazil. In 68 international matches he scored 20 goals,[2] including a dozen using his trademark free-kicks.

In 1959 he was signed by Real Madrid of Spain. Despite his great reputation after the 1958 World Cup he played only 19 matches (6 goals) for the Spaniards and often clashed with the team leader Alfredo Di Stéfano, who felt offended by the divide in the fan’s attention with this newcomer; this situation precipitated his exit from the club. After success at the 1962 World Cup, he decided to become a coach.

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Playing Honours

Coach/Manager Career

After retiring as player he began a coach career with Sporting Cristal, and was called to manage the Peru national team in the 1970 World Cup. That team included stars like Teófilo Cubillas and Héctor Chumpitaz were eventually defeated in the quarter finals by Brazil. In 1971 he managed the top Argentine club, River Plate, when he accepted a lucrative position, and had his apex in his coaching career with Fenerbahçe, guiding the team to two consecutive Turkish First Division (later named Turkish Premier Super League) titles in 1973-1974 and later in 1974-1975.

He also coached important Brazilian clubs like Bangu, Fluminense, Botafogo, Cruzeiro, Peruvian club Alianza Lima, Kuwaiti and Saudi national teams.

In October 2000, he was inducted into the FIFA Hall of Champions.[3] By this time he was quite ill and died the following year in Rio de Janeiro from complications arising from intestinal cancer.

Trivia

On June 16, 1950 in a friendly match involving Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo youth state teams, Didi (aged 20), playing for Rio de Janeiro, scored the first ever goal at the Maracanã Stadium.[4]. He is also known as the first person to call the game The Beautiful Game.

External links

References

  1. ^ a b Bellos, Alex (2002). Futebol: the Brazilian way of life. London: Bloomsbury. ISBN 0-7475-6179-6.  
  2. ^ Waldir Pereira "Didi" - International Appearances and Goals, RSSSF, 6 September 2006
  3. ^ "Rivaldo on top of the world". FIFA. http://www.fifa.com/en/mens/awards/index/0,2419,17325,00.html?articleid=17325. Retrieved 4 March 2007.  
  4. ^ Maracanã Stadium, Sambafoot
Preceded by
Sabri Kiraz
Fenerbahçe S.K. managers
1972-1975
Succeeded by
Abdullah Gegić
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Simple English

Didi
File:Didi (Waldir Pereira).jpg
Personal information
Full name Valdir Pereira
Date of birth 8 October 1929(1929-10-08)
Place of birth    Campos dos Goytacazes, Brazil
Date of death    12 May 2001 (aged 71)
Playing position Midfielder (retired)
Senior clubs
Years Club
1949-1957
1957-1959
1959-1960
1960-1962
1962-1963
1964
1965
1965-1966
1966
Fluminense
Botafogo
Real Madrid
Botafogo
São Paulo
Sporting Cristal
Botafogo
Tiburones Rojos Veracruz
São Paulo
National team
1952-1962 Brazil
Teams managed
1962-1963
1967-1968
1969-1970
1971
1972-1975
1975
1977
1981
1986
Sporting Cristal
Sporting Cristal
Peru
River Plate
Fenerbahçe
Fluminense
Cruzeiro
Botafogo
Alianza Lima

Valdir Pereira (born 8 October 1929 - died 12 May 2001) is a former Brazilian football player. He has played for Brazil national team.

Club career statistics

[1]

Club Performance League
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals
SpainLeague
1959/60Real MadridLa Liga196
CountrySpain 196
Total 196

International career statistics

[2]

Brazil national team
YearAppsGoals
195251
195350
195472
195520
1956102
1957109
195881
195973
196000
196141
1962101
Total6820

References


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