Célio Silva

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Célio Silva
Personal information
Full name Vagno Célio do Nascimento Silva
Date of birth (1968-05-20) May 20, 1968 (age 46)
Place of birth Miracema, RJ, Brazil
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986-1988 Americano - RJ
1988-1990 CR Vasco de Gama 47 (1)
1991-1993 SC Internacional 26 (0)
1993-1994 SM Caen 34 (1)
1994-1998 Corinthians 47 (7)
1998 Goiás EC 20 (0)
1999 CR Flamengo 8 (1)
2000 Clube Atlético Mineiro 10 (0)
2001 Universidad Católica 8 (0)
2003 Americano - RJ
National team
1992–1997 Brazil 11 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 08:40, 22 July 2008 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 08:40, 22 July 2008 (UTC)

Vagno Célio do Nascimento Silva (born 20 May 1968 in Miracema, RJ, Brazil) is a football defender, who retired from professional football in 2003.

He was nicknamed by fans "O Canhão do Brasileirão" (The Cannon of the Brazilian Championship) for his extremely potent right-foot shot. One of his shots was measured at 136 km/h (84.5 mph) during a test organized by Globo Esporte.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Revealed in the small Americano - RJ in 1986, he won the Brazilian Championship playing for Vasco da Gama in 1989.

He got famous after scoring the goal (shooting a penalty) that gave the Copa do Brasil (Cup of Brazil) title for Internacional - RS at 1992.

The defender also played for Flamengo, Atlético - MG and Universidad Católica de Chile, between others. But it was in Corinthians that he achieved more titles in his career.

While at Corinthians, Célio Silva agreed a £4m move to Premier League champions Manchester United in July 1997. However, United couldn't obtain a work permit, as the Home Office claimed that, despite Silva being a regular for Brazil for the past two years, he hadn't played enough matches for Brazil, and the move fell through.[2] United bought Henning Berg instead.[3]

He joined Brazil national football team in 11 matches, winning the Copa América title in 1997.



  1. ^ Globo Esporte - Lembra dele? Célio Silva o canhão do Brasil
  2. ^ Nixon, Alan (14 July 1997). "Work permit problem for United's Brazilian". The Independent. Retrieved 3 July 2014. 
  3. ^ Nixon, Alan (12 August 1997). "Berg makes £5m move to United". The Independent. Retrieved 3 July 2014.