Djalma Santos

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Djalma Santos
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Personal information
Full name Dejalma Pereira Dias dos Santos
Date of birth (1929-02-27)27 February 1929
Place of birth São Paulo, Brazil
Date of death 23 July 2013(2013-07-23) (aged 84)
Place of death Uberaba, Brazil
Position(s) Defender (retired)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1948-1959 Portuguesa Desportos 434 (11)
1959-1968 Palmeiras 498 (10)
1969-1971 Atlético Paranaense 32 (2)
Total 964 (23)
National team
1952-1968 Brazil 98 (3)
Teams managed
1981-1982 Panama
1982-1984 EC Bahia
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Djalma Santos (27 February 1929 – 23 July 2013) was a Brazilian footballer. He played for the Brazil national team. He is part of the small circle of footballers with at least 1000 career appearances. In March 2004 he was included by former teammate Pelé in the FIFA 100, the special ranking that includes to be regarded one of the best players of all time due to his defensive and offensive skills. Djalma Santos was a fast and physically strong player, known for his endurance, ability to keep players and take the ball away from the opponent. It was also effective in the air. He was also known for his excellent technique and offensive abilities, due to which he also participated in the attack. Alongside Franz Beckenbauer and Philipp Lahm, he is the only one to have been voted into the all-star team at three World Cups.

After starting his career as a midfielder, Santos enjoyed great success as a right-back, a role in which he is considered one of the best performers in football history, but he could also adapt as a center-back. He had an excellent technique and a handsome physique, he was known for his endurance, marking and ability in tackling and despite his small size, he was capable in aerial play, characteristics from which he derived the nickname of Muralha, assigned to him by the writer Edoardo Galeano. Santos 'qualities did not end in the defensive phase, in fact he also excelled in individual technique and offensive skills, which saw him contribute to the growth of the role of the full-back, he was endowed with excellent control of the ball, good dribbling, creativity and a' accurate passing ability, he often allowed himself refined plays and risky dribbling, even under pressure or inside his own penalty area. He was one of the first full backs to push forward and to overlap to contribute to the attacking phase. Santos was also an excellent hitter of free kicks and penalties and was capable of throwing long throw-ins. In addition to his qualities as a footballer, great human qualities were added, Santos was in fact considered an extremely loyal and correct footballer, an exemplary professional, who stood out for his hard work, longevity, discipline in training and clean behavior on the pitch. in his long and busy career he was not expelled even once. Santos is considered as one of the greatest right-backs of all time.

Club career[change | change source]

Santos started his career with Portuguesa, the fourth biggest club in his home city. The club had one of the strongest teams in club history at the time, with players such as Brandãozinho, Simão, Julinho, Ipojucan and Pinga. In 1952 and 1955 he won the Torneio Rio-São Paulo with the club. After eleven years, he made the move to Palmeiras, for which he would play for nine years. With that club he won the Campeonato Paulista three times, the Torneio Rio-São Paulo once and became national champion three times. He ended his career with Atlético Paranaense from Curitiba, with which he won the Campeonato Paranaense in 1970.

International career[change | change source]

He played his debut match for the national team against Peru on April 10, 1952, he played alongside Ademir, Didi and Nílton Santos. The match, which ended 0-0, was for the Pan American Football Championship, which Brazil would win.

Two years later he was in the squad for the 1954 FIFA World Cup. He scored the 2-1 against Hungary from the penalty spot in the quarterfinals against Hungary. In the second half, the match would escalate very violently, and after the defeat, the Brazilians even attacked the Hungarians in the dressing room. The match went down in history as the Battle of Bern.

At the 1958 FIFA World Cup, he had to wait until the final before he could play his first game. He ensured that Swedish left winger Lennart Skoglund was neutralized and Brazil won 5-2. Four years later, at the 1962 FIFA World Cup star player Pelé injured himself in the group stage, forcing Brazil to rely on defensive rather than offensive football. In addition to Garrincha and Pelé's replacement Amarildo, Djalma Santos was one of the mainstays of the team, which could extend the world title.

He was also present at the 1966 FIFA World Cup in England. However, the adventure already ended in the group stage.

In 1968 he played his last international match in the 2–0 win against Uruguay. Until July 3, 1998, he was the player with the most appearances for the Seleção with 98 games.

Later personal life[change | change source]

After his active time he became a trainer of Panama. He later became the coach of the Brazilian football club EC Bahia, and in the mid-1980s he worked in Kuwait. He later taught at a football school in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais.

Death[change | change source]

From July 1, 2013, 84-year-old Santos had pneumonia, from which he died three weeks later on 23rd of July 2013.

International career statistics[change | change source]


Brazil national team
1952 4 0
1953 7 0
1954 7 1
1955 1 0
1956 19 1
1957 9 0
1958 1 0
1959 7 0
1960 10 1
1961 1 0
1962 11 0
1963 7 0
1964 0 0
1965 9 0
1966 4 0
1967 0 0
1968 1 0
Total 98 3

Honours[change | change source]

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References[change | change source]

  1. "Djalma dos Santos - International Appearances".
  2. Ídolo eterno do Verdão, Djalma Santos morre aos 84 anos em MG
  3. "ERIC BATTY’S WORLD XI – THE SIXTIES" Retrieved on 26 November 2015
  4. FIFA XI´s Matches - Full Info Archived 17 November 2015 at the Wayback Machine
  5. "The Fifa 100". The Guardian. 4 March 2004. Retrieved 9 June 2015.
  6. "The Best of The Best" Archived 26 January 2010 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved on 17 November 2015