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This is a Portuguese name; the first family name is Gonçalves and the second is de Andrade.
Tostão in 1970
Personal information
Full name Eduardo Gonçalves de Andrade
Date of birth (1947-01-25) 25 January 1947 (age 77)
Place of birth Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7+12 in)
Position(s) Forward / Attacking midfielder
Youth career
1961–1962 Cruzeiro
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1962–1963 América Mineiro 26 (16)
1963–1972 Cruzeiro 378 (249)
1972–1973 Vasco da Gama 45 (6)
Total 449 (271)
National team
1966–1972[1] Brazil 54 (32)
Men's Football
Representing  Brazil
FIFA World Cup
Winner 1970 Mexico
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Tostão (born 25 January 1947) is a former Brazilian football player. He played for Brazil national team. He was a natural left-hander able to fill various roles. He played as an attacking midfielder, left midfielder, first striker and second striker. He scored 303 goals between club and national team. In the national team he was the center forward. He was widely considered as one of the best players in the world. He was named the first South American Footballer of the Year in 1971.

Early life[change | change source]

He was born in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais. ,His nickname was 'Tostão' (little coin). Legend has it that as a six-year-old school boy he scored 47 goals in one game for his primary school football team.

Club career[change | change source]

At the age of 14 he entered the Cruzeiro youth academy. After a further year of apprenticeship at América, he returned to Cruzeiro. He made his debut as a first-team center-forward at sixteen. With the Cruzeiro shirt he won five consecutive editions of the Campeonato Mineiro, from 1965 to 1969. He was the best scorer for four consecutive editions (from 1965 to 1968). He won a Taca Brasil in 1966 beating Santos di Pelé in both home and away finals. With 249 official goals, Tostão is still the best scorer in Cruzeiro history. He holds the record for goals (143) scored at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte. His move to Vasco da Gama in Rio de Janeiro, in 1972, was one of the most famous of the time. It was one of the most expensive in Brazilian football. Tostão did not have the opportunity to be very useful to his new team. He suffered from a detachment of the retina due to a ball in the face received in 1969 during a meeting with Corinthians. He spent a lot of time for medical consultations. To safeguard his sight, he decided to retire in 1973 at the age of 26, after five retinal surgeries.

International career[change | change source]

In 1966 Tostão was selected to go along to the World Cup in England. He was only 19 years old and one of the youngest players in the Brazilian squad. Tostão made his World Cup debut and scored a goal in the match against Hungary, replacing the injured Pelé. Brazil lost the match and Tostão later claimed that it was due to the too old selection. "Of the players who took part in the 1958 and 1962 World Cup, only Pele was fit enough," he said. "Djalma Santos, Gilmar, Bellini, Orlando and Garrincha were not fit enough for the tournament in England".

After the 1966 FIFA World Cup, preparations began for the next tournament, the 1970 FIFA World Cup in Mexico. During the qualifying matches, Tostão was Brazil's great hero. He was a striker who could do anything. He gave assists to others, but also scored many goals himself. Under the new national coach Saldanha, he did not play instead of Pelé, but together with Pelé. It seemed certain that Tostão was going to the World Cup in Mexico. A match between Corinthians and Cruzeiro almost threw a spanner in the works. A defender of Corinthians, Ditao, shot a ball in his face. He could not see for a while after this accident. Something was wrong with the retina, an injury that could prevent him from competing in the World Cup. Tostão sent for the best doctor from Belo Horizonte to operate on him, and on October 3, 1969, the whole of Brazil held its breath. Doctor Robert Abdalla Moura operated on Tostao in Houston. He said after the operation that he was satisfied with the result. In the months that followed, it had to become clear whether Tostão could come to Mexico. On a Friday in April 1970, he awoke to blood pouring from his eye. It was a few days before he was to make his comeback in a match against Paraguay. His competitor Dario could hope again, as he was Tostão's replacement during this match. He failed to impress, however, as the game ended 0-0. The new national team manager, Mário Zagallo, knew right away how valuable Tostão was to the squad.

In the end, Tostão recovered from his injury just in time and was able to compete in the tournament. On his appointment as national team manager, Zagallo said Tostao would fill in for Pele, but after missing the striker for a long time, he knew how valuable the "White Pele" was to the squad. Tostão started the tournament as a starting player and scored two goals and provided a number of assists. Brazil won the tournament with arguably the most beautiful football ever played. Italy was defeated 4-1 in the final.

Later life[change | change source]

After his career as a football player, he started studying again and became a doctor. Years later, he returned to the football world and became a sports journalist.

International career statistics[change | change source]


Brazil national team
1966 7 6
1967 3 0
1968 15 8
1969 9 12
1970 9 3
1971 6 2
1972 5 1
Total 54 32

International goals[change | change source]

No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition Ref.
1. 5 June 1966 Mineirão, Belo Horizonte, Brazil  Poland 2–1 4–1 Friendly [3]
2. 3–1
3. 8 June 1966 Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  Peru 2–0 3–1 Friendly [3]
4. 30 June 1966 Ullevi, Gothenburg, Sweden  Sweden 1–0 3–2 Friendly [3]
5. 3–1
6. 15 July 1966 Goodison Park, Liverpool, England  Hungary 1–1 1–3 1966 FIFA World Cup [3]
7. 9 June 1968 Pacaembu Stadium, São Paulo, Brazil  Uruguay 1–0 2–0 1968 Copa Río Branco [4]
8. 16 June 1968 Neckarstadion, Stuttgart, West Germany  West Germany 1–2 1–2 Friendly [4]
9. 20 June 1968 10th-Anniversary Stadium, Warsaw, Poland  Poland 3–2 6–3 Friendly [4]
10. 4–2
11. 25 June 1968 JNA Stadion, Belgrade, Yugoslavia  Yugoslavia 2–0 2–0 Friendly [4]
12. 30 June 1968 Estádio da Machava, Lourenço Marques, Mozambique  Portugal 2–0 2–0 Friendly [4]
13. 17 July 1968 Estadio Nacional de Lima, Lima, Peru  Peru 3–0 4–0 Friendly [4]
14. 6 November 1968 Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil FIFA XI 3–0 4–0 Friendly [4][a]
15. 9 April 1969 Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  Peru 2–1 2–1 Friendly [5]
16. 12 June 1969 Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  England 1–1 2–1 Friendly [5]
17. 6 August 1969 Estadio El Campín, Bogotá, Colombia  Colombia 1–0 2–0 1970 FIFA World Cup qualification [5]
18. 2–0
19. 10 August 1969 Estadio Olímpico, Caracas, Venezuela  Venezuela 1–0 6–0 1970 FIFA World Cup qualification [5]
20. 3–0
21. 4–0
22. 21 August 1969 Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  Colombia 1–0 6–2 1970 FIFA World Cup qualification [5]
23. 2–1
24. 24 August 1969 Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  Venezuela 1–0 6–0 1970 FIFA World Cup qualification [5]
25. 2–0
26. 3–0
27. 14 June 1970 Estadio Jalisco, Guadalajara, Mexico  Peru 2–0 4–2 1970 FIFA World Cup [5]
28. 3–1
29. 30 September 1970 Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  Mexico 2–0 2–1 Friendly [5]
30. 14 July 1971 Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  Czechoslovakia 1–0 1–0 Friendly [6]
31. 31 July 1971 Estadio Monumental, Buenos Aires, Argentina  Argentina 1–1 2–2 1971 Roca Cup [6]
32. 26 April 1972 Estádio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre, Brazil  Paraguay 2–0 3–2 Friendly [6]
  1. This match celebrated the 10th anniversary of Brazil's 1958 FIFA World Cup victory. In 2001, FIFA decided not to count matches involving its representative team as senior internationals, but the Brazilian Federation continues to recognise it as official.[4]

Honours[change | change source]

Tostão photographed in 1970

Club[change | change source]


International[change | change source]


Individual[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Tostão – Goals in International Matches". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation.
  2. "Eduardo Gonçalves de Andrade - "Tostão" - Goals in International Matches".
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Leme de Arruda, Marcelo; do Nascimento Pereira, André (15 January 2017). "Seleção Brasileira (Brazilian National Team) 1964–1966". RSSSF and RSSSF Brazil. Retrieved 12 May 2017.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 Leme de Arruda, Marcelo; do Nascimento Pereira, André (3 March 2017). "Seleção Brasileira (Brazilian National Team) 1967–1968". RSSSF and RSSSF Brazil. Retrieved 12 May 2017.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 Leme de Arruda, Marcelo; do Nascimento Pereira, André (3 March 2017). "Seleção Brasileira (Brazilian National Team) 1969–1970". RSSSF and RSSSF Brazil. Retrieved 12 May 2017.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Leme de Arruda, Marcelo; do Nascimento Pereira, André (3 March 2017). "Seleção Brasileira (Brazilian National Team) 1971–1973". RSSSF and RSSSF Brazil. Retrieved 12 May 2017.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 "Tostao the visionary". FIFA. Archived from the original on November 25, 2015. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  8. Bola de Prata Placar 1970 Archived 2015-10-09 at the Wayback Machine
  9. 9.0 9.1 IFFHS' Century Elections
  10. World Soccer: The 100 Greatest Footballers of All Time Retrieved on 28 November 2015