Rubens Josué da Costa

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Rubens Josué da Costa
Rubens (1952).tif
Rubens in 1952
Personal information
Full name Rubens Josué da Costa
Date of birth (1928-11-24)24 November 1928
Place of birth São Paulo, Brazil
Date of death 31 May 1987(1987-05-31) (aged 58)
Position(s) Striker (retired)
Youth career
1945-1947 Ypiranga
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1947-1950 Ypiranga 67 (25)
1950-1956 Portuguesa Desportos 6 (1)
1956-1959 Flamengo 77 (43)
1959-1960 Santa Cruz → (loan) 1 (0)
1960-1962 Vasco da Gama 42 (16)
1962-1963 APEA Prudentina 121 (37)
Total 314 (122)
National team
1952-1954 Brazil 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Rubens Josué da Costa (24 November 1928 – 31 May 1987) is a former Brazilian football player. He has played for the Brazilian national team. He played as an attacking or attacking midfielder. On the pitch, he was noted for his technique and skill in dribbling, fast and effective, often carried out in a confined space of the pitch. He earned the nickname Doutor Rúbis due to his skill in controlling the ball. Widely considered as one of the best ever strikers.

Club career[change | change source]

He made his football debut in 1943 with Ipiranga (Sao Paulo), where he spent five seasons. From 1949 to 1950 he defended the colors of the Portuguesa Desportos. With his game for the last team he attracted the attention of the coaching staff of the club "Flamengo", which he joined in 1951. He played for the team from Rio de Janeiro for the next five seasons of his playing career. Most of his time with Flamengo was a key player for the team. As part of Flamengo, he was one of the team's top scorers, averaging 0.49 goals per game. He later played for Vasco da Gama, Prudentina and Ourinhos from 1957 to 1964. He ended his playing career with Bragantino, which he played for from 1964 to 1965.

International career[change | change source]

In 1952 he made his debut in official matches as part of the Brazilian national team. During his career in the national team he played 5 matches in its form. He was present in the application of the national team at the 1954 FIFA World Cup in Switzerland, but did not go on the field.

Death[change | change source]

He died on May 31, 1987 at the age of 59 in Rio de Janeiro.

Honours[change | change source]

  • Panamerican Championship: 1952
  • Rio de Janeiro State Champion: 1953, 1954, 1955, 1958
  • Rio São Paulo Tournament Champion: 1958