Orlando Peçanha

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Orlando Peçanha in 1961
Personal information
Full name Orlando Peçanha de Carvalho
Date of birth (1935-09-20)September 20, 1935
Place of birth Niterói, Brazil
Date of death February 10, 2010(2010-02-10) (aged 74)
Position(s) Defender (retired)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1953–1961 Vasco da Gama 341 (17)
1961–1965 Boca Juniors 119 (0)
1965–1969 Santos 62 (1)
1969–1970 Vasco da Gama 23 (0)
Total 545 (18)
National team
1958–1966 Brazil 31 (0)
Teams managed
1977 Fluminense
1977 CSA
1978 América-SP
1978 Rio Preto
1979 Joinville
1979 Vitória
1980–1981 Kazma
1983 Taubaté
1987 Fluminense de Feira
1988 Galícia
Men's Football
Representing  Brazil
FIFA World Cup
Winner 1958 Sweden
Copa América
Runner-up 1959 Argentina
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Orlando Peçanha de Carvalho (20 September, 193510 February, 2010) is a former Brazilian football player. He has played for Brazil national team. With the Brazilian national team he became world champion in 1958. At club level, he has played in Brazil with CR Vasco da Gama and FC Santos and in Argentina with Boca Juniors great achievements. With his powerful style of play and ability to read the game, he is regarded as one of the best defenders in Brazilian football history.

Club career[change | change source]

Orlando started his professional career in 1953 with the Vasco da Gama club where he played until 1961, winning 2 Rio championships and the Rio São Paulo tournament. In February 1961, he made his debut with Boca Juniors, in which he played 119 matches (105 in the league and 14 in the Copa Libertadores ), but did not score a single goal. With Boca, the team that he took to the field with the captain's armband, he won 3 Argentine championships. In 1965, Orlando returned to Brazil and began playing for Santos. With Santos, Orlando won 4 Paulista championships, Rio São Paulo tournament, Copa Brazil, Roberto Gómez Pedrosa and Recopa Sudamericana Tournament Orlando ended his career in 1970, playing for his first club, Vasco da Gama, for three months.

International career[change | change source]

In May 1958, Orlando Peçanha also made his national team debut. In São Paulo, the Seleção won 3-1 against Bulgaria. A month later he was taken on a trip to Sweden for the 1958 FIFA World Cup. There Orlando Peçanha, together with Bellini, formed the defensive backbone of the Seleção, who impressed the world with the brilliant attacking players Garrincha, Didi, Vavá, Zagallo and the 17-year-old Pelé and brought the title to Brazil for the first time with a brilliant 5-2 final victory over Sweden. In 1959 he took part in the Copa America in Argentina with Brazil. When the score was 0-1, he was dismissed from the field in the game against Uruguay along with another Brazilian and two Uruguayans. Brazil ended up winning 3-1. Overall, it was only enough for second place behind the hosts. In 1960 he won the Taça do Atlântico with the Seleção, in which the national teams of Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay also took part that year. He was not considered for the 1962 FIFA World Cup in Chile because he played abroad. 1966 FIFA World Cup, Orlando Peçanha was again in Brazil's squad. But he was only used once. Deputizing for Bellini, he was captain of the Brazilian team that lost the decisive group game against Portugal with players like Eusébio and Mário Coluna 3-1 and thus had to say goodbye to the tournament. With his only defeat in the national jersey, his international career ended at this point. In total he made 31 appearances for Brazil.

Club career statistics[change | change source]


Club statistics League
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals
1961 Boca Juniors Primera División 26 0
1962 28 0
1963 20 0
1964 30 0
1965 1 0
Country Argentina 105 0
Total 105 0

International career statistics[change | change source]


Brazil national team
Total 31 0

Honours[change | change source]

Club[change | change source]

Vasco da Gama

Boca Juniors


International[change | change source]


Individual[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. Strack-Zimmermann, Benjamin. "Orlando Peçanha". www.national-football-teams.com.
  2. "Brazil - Record International Players". www.rsssf.com.
  3. "Eric Batty's World XI – The Sixties". Beyond the Last Man. 29 April 2013. Retrieved 26 November 2015.