Júlio Botelho

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Julinho
Personal information
Full name Júlio Botelho
Date of birth (1929-07-29)29 July 1929[1]
Place of birth São Paulo, Brazil
Date of death 10 January 2003(2003-01-10) (aged 73)
Position(s) Striker, Right winger (retired)
Youth career
1948–1950 Juventus-SP
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1950–1951 Juventus-SP 38 (11)
1951–1954 Portuguesa de Desportos 191 (101)
1954–1955 Fluminense (loan) 22 (10)
1955 Portuguesa 45 (20)
1955–1958 Fiorentina 89 (22)
1958–1967 Palmeiras 269 (81)
Total 654 (245)
National team
1952–1965 Brazil 24 (11)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Júlio Botelho, also known as Julinho (Brazilian Portuguese: [ʒuˈlĩj̃u]; 29 July 1929 – 10 January 2003) is a former Brazilian football player. He has played for the Brazil national team. He was nominated as the best player in the history of Italy's Fiorentina in 1996, helping to win a scudetti. He was recognised one of the finest wingers in Serie A history. He had 24 caps for Brazil and he netted 11 goals. He was regarded one of the best players at the World Cup Finals in 1954. He turned down a chance to play in the 1958 World Cup Finals in Sweden, giving the way for Garrincha to shine in the Finals. Known for his dribbling ability and powerful shot, A highly creative, talented, and dynamic player, with a slender build, Julinho usually played as a right winger, where he operated as a playmaker, and was known for his speed, vision, tactical sense, powerful shooting ability, and dribbling skills. He is regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, and considered as one of Brazil's best wingers ever.

Club career[change | change source]

Julinho started his career with Corinthians and soon switched to Portuguesa. In his second game for the club, he already scored two goals, against America. After winning the Torneio Rio-São Paulo with Portuguesa in 1955, he was sold to the European Fiorentina for USD 5,500 and was a key player in winning the title in 1956. In 1957 he played with Fiorentina in the final of the European Cup I, which they lost to Real Madrid. In 1996, he was named the best player in Fiorentina's history. In 1958 he returned to Brazil to play for Palmeiras. He won the Campeonato Paulista twice there and in 1960 the club became the second Brazilian national champion.

International career[change | change source]

He also played for the national team, including at the 1954 World Cup. He scored in the group stage against Mexico and in the quarterfinals in the violent match that went down in history as the Battle of Bern. In 1958, he declined an invitation to play at the World Cup because he was playing in Italy at the time and felt that only players from the Brazilian league should be selected. He was also a member of the squad that won the 1952 Panamerican Championship, and that finished runners-up in the 1953 South American Championship and the 1964 Taça das Nações, he played 24 matches with 11 goals.

Death[change | change source]

He died in 2003 due to heart problems.


Honours[change | change source]

Club[change | change source]

Portuguesa
Fiorentina
Palmeiras

International[change | change source]

Individual[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. FIFA.com. "FIFA Tournaments - FIFA.com". www.fifa.com.
  2. "ERIC BATTY'S WORLD XI – THE SIXTIES". beyondthelastman.com. 29 April 2013. Retrieved 26 November 2015.