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Waldemar de Brito (May 17, 1913 – February 21, 1979) was a Brazilian footballer, who played for several clubs in Brazil and Argentina, as well as for the Brazil national team. He is acknowledged to have discovered Pelé during the latter's early footballing days. His brother, Petronilho de Brito, was also a footballer.[1]

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Club career

Waldemar, a native of São Paulo, played as an inside forward or as centre forward. At the beginning of his career, he played for the local clubs Syrio, Independência, and São Paulo da Floresta. By 1933, he was playing professionally with the latter, now named São Paulo FC; he was top goalscorer of the Rio-São Paulo Tournament with 21 goals.[2] The following year, he moved to Botafogo, where he spent a short time, before transferring to San Lorenzo de Almagro in the Argentine first division. In 1936, he returned to Brazil, this time to play for Flamengo, with whom he won the Campeonato Carioca of 1939. He went back to São Paulo in 1943, to play for Portuguesa de Desportos. He finished his playing career in 1945 with Portuguesa Santista.[3]

National team

Waldemar was capped 18 times for the Brazilian national team, scoring 18 goals.[4] He played at the 1934 World Cup, where Brazil was eliminated by Spain in the first round. In that match, Waldemar took a penalty kick for Brazil, but Spain goalkeeper Ricardo Zamora saved his shot.[5]

Post-playing career

After he retired, Waldemar de Brito was part of a project to scout young talents at Bauru Atlético Clube. In 1954, he spotted a kid named Edson Arantes do Nascimento, whom he took to Santos FC, predicting that he would become the greatest footballer in the world.[2][6] Although Waldemar is recognized for his own talent while he was a player, it is perhaps his scouting of Pelé what makes him most notable in the history of football in Brazil.

References and notes

  1. ^ Enciclopédia do Futebol Brasileiro Lance Volume 2. Rio de Janeiro: Aretê Editorial S/A. 2001. p. 324. ISBN 8588651017.  
  2. ^ a b (Portuguese) Belpiede, Marcelo. "Waldemar de Brito: craque como jogador e descobridor de talentos". Gazeta Esportiva.net, Brazil. http://www.gazetaesportiva.net/idolos/futebol/waldermarbrito/. Retrieved 2007-01-03.  
  3. ^ (Portuguese) www.museudosesportes.com.br. "Waldemar de Brito do São Paulo". Museu dos esportes, Brazil. http://www.museudosesportes.com.br/noticia.php?id=23911. Retrieved 2007-01-03.  
  4. ^ Folha Online. "Todos os brasileiros - 1934". Folha de São Paulo. http://www1.folha.uol.com.br/folha/especial/2006/copa/todos_os_brasileiros-1934.shtml. Retrieved 2007-01-03.  
  5. ^ Source: http://www.rsssf.com/tables/34full.html#8fin
  6. ^ fifaworldcup.com. "Pele biography". FIFA. http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/p/cp/bra/pele.html. Retrieved 2007-01-03.  
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Simple English

Waldemar de Brito
Personal information
Full name Waldemar de Brito
Date of birth 17 May 1913(1913-05-17)
Place of birth    São Paulo, Brazil
Date of death    21 February 1979 (aged 65)
Playing position Striker (retired)
Senior clubs
Years Club
1927
1928
1929-1932
1933-1934
1934
1935-1936
1937-1939
1939-1940
1941-1942
1943
1944
1945-1946
Syrio
Independência
Syrio
São Paulo
Botafogo
San Lorenzo Almagro
Flamengo
San Lorenzo Almagro
São Paulo
Fluminense
Portuguesa Desportos
Palmeiras
National team
Brazil

Waldemar de Brito (born 17 May, 1913) is a former Brazilian football player. He has played for Brazil national team.

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