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Moacir Barbosa
Barbosa in 1945
Personal information
Full name Moacir Barbosa do Nascimento
Date of birth (1921-03-27)27 March 1921
Place of birth Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil
Date of death 7 April 2000(2000-04-07) (aged 79)
Place of death Praia Grande, Brazil
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)[1]
Position(s) Goalkeeper
Youth career
1931–1940 Campinas
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1940–1942 ADCI-SP 35 (0)
1942–1945 Ypiranga-SP 56 (0)
1945–1955 Vasco da Gama 532 (6)
1955–1956Bonsucesso (loan) 30 (0)
1956–1958 Santa Cruz 34 (0)
1958–1960 Vasco da Gama 151 (0)
1960–1962 Campo Grande 49 (0)
Total 887 (6)
National team
1945–1959 Brazil 20 (1)
Men's Football
Representing  Brazil
FIFA World Cup
Runner-up 1950 Brazil
Copa América
Winner 1949 Brazil
Runner-up 1953 Peru
Third place 1959 Ecuador
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Moacir Barbosa Nascimento (27 March 1921 – 7 April 2000) was a Brazilian football player. He played for the Brazil national team. He was regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the world in the 1940s and 1950s. He was known for not wearing gloves because he wanted to feel the ball with his bare hands. He was a confident and elastic goalkeeper with an excellent sense of placement, who was never afraid to dive into the feet of his opponents. Although he won many trophies, he is most remembered for the Maracanazo, when host country Brazil lost to Uruguay in the 1950 FIFA World Cup Final. He died of a heart attack at the age of 79 and was buried in the Praia Grande Municipal Cemetery in São Paulo.

Club career[change | change source]

He started his career with the small club ADCI and in 1942 made the move to CA Ypiranga, a mid-sized player from São Paulo. There he was noticed by Vasco da Gama and went there for ten years in 1945. With this club he won the Campeonato Carioca six times, once the Torneio Rio-São Paulo and in 1948 the Campeonato Sul-Americano de Campeões, which is considered the first edition of the Copa Libertadores. After his time at Vasco, he played for Bonsucesso and Santa Cruz and then back for Vasco. He ended his career at Campo Grande.

International career[change | change source]

Barbosa made his debut for the Brazilian national team in 1945 during the Copa América where Brazil finished as runners-up. He was selected to play for the Roca Cup and he won the Cup, and he was selected to play for 1947 and 1950 Copa Rio Branco and Brazil won. Barbosa also won the South American Championship in 1949. In the final, Brazil beat Paraguay 7-0. At the World Cup in his own country a year later, the title was decided via a group stage. The third game between Brazil and Uruguay was decisive. Brazil needed a draw to become world champions and was a huge favorite. Not only because they were the home country, but also because they scored much faster than the Uruguayans. Friaça gave the Brazilians the lead, but a badly playing Bigode was dribbling past twice by Alcides Ghiggia, who then also passed goalkeeper Barbosa. The loss was a national drama and Barbosa was one of the scapegoats and he was blamed along with Bigode and Juvenal. He would carry this drama with him for the rest of his life. In an interview shortly before his death in 2000, he stated that the maximum prison sentence in Brazil is 30 years, but that he was sentenced to 50 years for something he was not even responsible for. In 1993 the Brazilian federation banned him from commenting on an international match and he was also once sent off from a training session for the national team because he could bring bad luck.

Honours[change | change source]

Club[change | change source]

Vasco da Gama

International[change | change source]


Individual[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Brazil - Moacir Barbosa Nascimento - Profile with news, career statistics and history". Retrieved 3 August 2011.
  2. IFFHS' Century Elections
  3. IFFHS' Century Elections