Gylmar dos Santos Neves

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Gilmar and Pelé (crying) after Brazil won the 1958 World Cup
Personal information
Full name Gylmar dos Santos Neves
Date of birth (1930-08-22)22 August 1930
Place of birth Santos, Brazil
Date of death 25 August 2013(2013-08-25) (aged 83)
Place of death São Paulo, Brazil
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
1945–1951 Jabaquara
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1951–1961 Corinthians 486 (0)
1961–1969 Santos 266 (0)
Total 752 (0)
National team
1953–1969[1] Brazil 94 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Gylmar dos Santos Neves (Brazilian Portuguese: [ʒiwˈmaɾ duˈsɐ̃tus ˈnɛvis]; 22 August 1930 – 25 August 2013) known simply as Gilmar (with an i), was a Brazilian footballer who played goalkeeper for Corinthians and Santos and was a member of the Brazil national team in three World Cups.[2] He was elected the best Brazilian goalkeeper of the 20th century and one of the best in the world by the IFFHS. He is remembered for his sober style on the pitch and his peaceful personality.[3]

In the book by Alex Bellos, Futebol: The Brazilian Way of Life, it is reported that Gilmar is named after his parents, Gilberto and Maria. Gilmar was the starting goalkeeper for Pelé's world-famous Santos and Brazilian national teams of the 1960s. Therefore, he's famous around the world as "Pelé's goalkeeper." In 1998, he was awarded the FIFA Order of Merit.[4]

Club career

Gilmar, born in Santos, São Paulo, started his career playing for club Jabaquara from Santos, but transferred to Corinthians in 1951. With this club he was State Champion in 1951, 1952 and 1954.

In 1961, he signed to play for Santos, where he was part of one of the best football teams in the history of the sport, and probably the best football team of the era. In that team he played along with sport legends like Pelé, Pepe, Zito, Mengálvio, Lima and Coutinho, among others. With Gilmar between the posts, Santos conquered almost every championship they competed in: they won five São Paulo State Championships (1962, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968), five National Championships (1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965), two Libertadores Cups (1962 and 1963) and two Intercontinental Cups (1962 against Eusébio's Benfica and 1963 against Milan).

International career

With the Brazilian national team, Gilmar played 104 times, allowing only 95 goals.[3] He was selected to the national squad for three straight World Cups, between 1958 and 1966.[3] He was part of the starting team in the first two World Cups Brazil won, in 1958 and 1962, and is the only goalkeeper to win two consecutive World Cups in the starting position. Gilmar died just three days after his 83rd birthday.[3]

Style of play

Gilmar was an agile shot-stopper, who possessed excellent reflexes, and who was also known for his composure under pressure, as well as his ability to inspire a sense of calm and confidence in his defenders.[5]







  1. ^ "Gilmar dos Santos Neves – International Appearances". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation.
  2. ^ Agência Brasil. "Morre Gylmar, ex-goleiro da Seleção Brasileira das copas de 1958 e 1962 | Agência Brasil". Retrieved 2013-08-26.
  3. ^ a b c d "Gilmar (Obituary)". The Telegraph. September 1, 2013.
  4. ^ "FIFA Order of Merit" (PDF). Retrieved 21 January 2015.
  5. ^ Grahame L. Jones (15 May 2010). "Top World Cup goalkeepers". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  6. ^ a b c "Gilmar, the definitive custodian". Retrieved 19 October 2015.

External links

  • Gylmar dos Santos NevesFIFA competition record (archive)
  • Corinthians All Time Best XI Placar Magazine
  • Gylmar dos Santos Neves at
  • Profile at
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